Journal / peak district climbs

  • Monsal Hill Climb, 2019

    It's hill climb season and one of the main attractions on the calendar is the Monsal Hill Climb at Monsal Head, Derbyshire. First run in 1930, this has been a fixture in the diary of those who enjoy the pain-cave for an amazing 89 years!  Malcolm Elliott holds the current record that has stood since 1981 ~ 1:14.2 Will it ever be broken? Not this year!  All photos by Thom Barnett

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  • The Mam Nick Hill Climb 2018

    It appears the weather is consistently bleak for the Mam Nick climb, this year was no different. 40mph winds and drizzle made for a epic spectacle with the first rider off at 10.01am. A swirling gale looked to occasionally help the riders on the lower slopes, before becoming a hazardous crosswind half-way up and a brick-wall headwind over the top.  61 riders had signed up to tackle the climb including the current record-holder Paddy Clark and a debut for European Champs silver-medalist and cross-country running star Hatti Archer.   On the day it was Andy Nichols (Team B38/Underpin) who took the win...

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  • Tour de Packhorse

    5 men, 181.4 miles, 18,307 feet, 4 British county's, 2 days, 1 cheese board. The weekend that will be forever remembered as the Tour de Packhorse.    All photos by Thom Barnett 

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  • Peak District Climbs - #6 Sir William Hill Road

    The two roads I like riding most leaving Hathersage are Abney and this one, Sir William Road. A single lane back-wack that leads up and snakes around Leam farm.  Once you've taken the B6001 out of Hathersage and dropped under the bridge you pass the David Mellor Museum and the football pitch to your left. You'll then pass the road to Abney on your right, the next road, the one before you reach Fallcliff Wood is the severe Sir William Hill Road and one that boasts ace views and interesting architecture. It does have it's moments of intense unpleasant gradient...

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