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2017 Goals

2016 was an epic cycling year for me. The main aim of the year was the completion of the inaugural running of the Tour of the Highlands Sportive, which is an awesome three day, 300+ mile event with a ton of climbing. I also aimed to hit my highest ever annual mileage cycling. I planned to commute on the bike …

Holme Moss

This has to be the most iconic climb I’ve done. It’s number 43 in the Hundred Greatest Climbs. Now, there are harder climbs and longer climbs in the book. But I think this is so far the single greatest climb. That said the book seems to just focus on the pure uphill bit of the climb. Which I think is …

The Cat and Fiddle

Number 70 in the Hundred Greatest Climbs book, and this is a clear contender. Starting in the middle of Macclesfield is not ideal, but, the road is a major route with a great surface. It’s never too steep. You never┬áhave to be out of the saddle on it. It even lets up with a couple of little downhill’s and a …

Gun Hill

Gun Hill is another climb in the 2nd book of climbs. Another 100 Greatest Climbs. It seems to be iconic with people we’ve passed on the road on that side of the Peak District. Not having the 2nd book, I’m not sure why. I presume it’s used in the TOB a lot. It’s an OK ascent, the surface is reasonable, …

Slack Hill

Slack Hill is #139 in the 2nd book of Greatest Climbs. Slack Hill is a great descent, catch it at the right time on a Sunday morning and it’s empty of traffic. It’s wide, good surface, straight and steep. At the bottom it ramps up the other side to slow down safely. It is a main road from Chesterfield to …

Riber

Next on my list was Riber, #32 in the 100 Greatest Climbs. I actually hit it right after doing Bank Road. And you’re still in Matlock, and it starts climbing up through a residential area, is less than ideal. Until you turn off onto the Riber itself, when it’s still a bit residential but then it’s hairpins, steep and evil. …

Bank Road

Bank Road is #31 in the 100 Greatest Climbs book. It’s in there because it’s the venue for a famous hill climb race. Like quite a lot of the climbs seem to be. Being in the book for being an iconic hill climb might be great for people who’ve followed cycling for years, keeping up with HC championships. But I’ve …

100 Greatest Climbs

I’m working my way through as many of the 100 Greatest Climbs as I can, and blogging my review as I do. So far, for 2014: Michaelgate Winnats Pass Curbar Edge Rowsley Bank Bank Road The Riber The Cat and Fiddle Holme Moss From the 2nd Book: Slack Hill Gun Hill My top scores, over time, are currently here.

Rowsley Bank

The first time I hit Rowsley Bank, I’d been hunting around the climbs in the area for something that might be like the dreaded Hardknott Pass that was coming up on the C2C in a Day. It’s not Hardknott. But those hairpins are tough. The worst thing for me, is that after the nasty bit at the bottom it just …

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Curbar Edge

The first time I hit Curbar Edge was after I’d done the Coast to Coast mountain bike route over two days. I thought I’d ridden some tough hills on that. This was a Sunday ride with some non-C2C friends. And we hit Curbar, and it hit me back hard. For a long time since then, I considered it the toughest …