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Urban Hill Climb

Bike 0.7km

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  1. Hill Climb

    Bike 0.7km

Event Details


Competitors set off at 30 second intervals, racing to the top of Swain’s Lane as fast as they can. Over the afternoon all our riders will get the chance to ascend the infamous climb before we pit the top 2 in the adult categories (Women, Men and Vet. men) for a head-to-head race to find our overall winners.

Folding Bike:

NEW! for 2018 – riders will race up Swain’s Lane on a folding bike of their choice. Worry not if you’re not a proud owner – Brompton will be here on the day to sort you out with one!

Raceday Logistics

Cargo riders ride individually between other categories and a required to bring the cargo back to the bottom, please check start times:

  • 12:30 Sign-On opens (please allow at least 30 minutes before your race time to sign on)
  • 13:00 Youth
  • 13:11 Cargo Bike
  • 13:13 Senior Men
  • 13:42 Junior
  • 13:50 Vet Men
  • 14:19 Senior Women
  • 15:47 Medal Ceremony

This year we have front facing numbers (similar to MTB) please attach to your bars with cable ties provided. These numbers will have your timing chips pre-installed on them. You do not need to return numbers or chips.

  • HELMETS are compulsory, it is a requirement of our event insurance.
  • DO NOT ride, or wheel your bike past or close to start / finish line mats before your start, there is a risk of your timing chip registering!
  • Be polite and friendly to all residents, spectators and officials, whether they support the event or not. If in doubt don’t engage angry people, direct them to the nearest marshal.
  • When riding from the HQ to the start and to the HQ from the finish please follow road laws (do not ride the wrong way down one way streets or make illegal turns).
  • Do not ride back down the course after your effort, follow the route on the course map.
  • Please ask your friends to NOT paint on the roads.
  • Obey instructions from all event officials, be aware that the event may have to be paused to allow emergency vehicle access
  • Ride a road-legal bike, fixie riders must have a working front brake
  • After you cross the line and have recovered please move away from the finish area (which is small). If you want to recover further there is a public space just 75 metres further up Swains lane and across the road, Pond Square, which will make an ideal, recuperation spot and give you a chance to chat with your fellow hill-climbers.
  • You will be able to leave bags here and use toilet/changing facilities.
  • You will be allowed to bring your bikes in, please do not wear cleats inside.
  • The public toilets at the top of the hill on Pond Square are only open ‘til 7pm. HQ will close at 1700 approx.
  • There will be a dedicated first-aider on the course, at the start point.

Urban Hill Climb weather forecast

Light rain in the evening and overnight.

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