Monsal Hill Climb
Sunday 4th October 2015
HMT is proud to support once again support the Monsal Hill Climb, which takes place on Sunday 4th October 2015. 140 cyclists will compete one at a time – just one minute apart – to see who can record the fastest time.
While the event may be short, it is most definitely challenging, as competitors will battle it out from the bottom to the top, usually taking between 1 minute 14 second to 1 minute 20 seconds. It’s a cycling competition based on talent and determination. – and the beauty of the event is that it’s open to both amateur and professional cyclists who compete against each other and the clock.
Monsal Hill Climb is now in its 85th year, and past winners include Polypipe Cycling Team’s Dean Downing and JLT Condor’s Graham Briggs. The event was also rated by Cycling Weekly as the best hill-climb event in the country, and offers spectacular views of Monsal Dale and the Wye Valley.
The course is a one-in-six, 675 year climb, which starts from 11am. Fans will line the route, offering scenes reminiscent of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire.
The annual cycling event was created by a few friends who rode out to Monsal Head in the Peak District, and timed each other up the hill. Launching in 1930, the Monsal Hill Climb regularly attracts over 100 riders from club level to seasoned professionals, with competitors travelling across the country to participate.
Malcolm Elliot, the renowned ex-cycle pro, will undoubtedly be keeping a careful eye on his competitors, as his incredible record time of one minute and 14.2 seconds has remained intact since 1981.
The Monsal Hill Climb welcomes back last year’s winner, Graham Briggs, of HMT sponsored JLT Condor. The professional rider will return on fine form, after working with HMT St Hugh’s after battling illness this season, and he will almost certainly have his eye on retaining the prize. He will, however, face tough competition from another HMT rider, Thomas Traviss-Pollard, who made his cycling debut this season. He’s an explosive climber who’ll be looking to make an impression at this event.
Tony Barrett, the Healthcare Management Trust Chief Executive, recently commented: “It’s an honour for HMT Hospitals to be supporting such a historic event, and one that really brings professional cycling close to communities. The Monsal Hill Climb gives local club cyclists the opportunity to compete against world-class athletes and serve to promote cycling in general.
“Cycling is a sport that aligns with our goal of promoting health and wellbeing to all ages and abilities, and that is epitomised in this event. Each year we see more and more people coming back to compete and spectate and, encouragingly for us, we are seeing families riding their bikes to cheer on those racing.”
Click here to learn more about the Monsal Hill Climb, which takes place at 11am on Sunday 4th October 2015.