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Hill 5 - Ashurst Beacon

on Mon, 21/09/2015 - 20:00

With the club hill climb around the corner I thought it time to resurrect my hill climb blog and what a fitting hill for me personally, Ashurst Beacon. I first starting riding with the club in 2011 and by the Autumn had become a regular with Ste Warner's B rides. Soon an announcement came out on the old club forum that the club would have it's annual hill climb on Ashurst Beacon, from Lees Lane to the Prince William pub. Unsure what to expect I turned up at the shop, got a number from Matt pinned it to my back and joined all three groups in a mass ride to the start.

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Hill 4 - Parbold

on Sun, 17/08/2014 - 21:03

When I moved back to the area and first started riding Parbold Hill was my nemesis. Not knowing if cycling was for me I bought a road bike off eBay for £90, knowing little about bikes except “wanting one that didn't have gears on the bike frame” I picked up a heavy aluminium ex-halfords bike with a Sora double chain set and set off on the local roads. I knew of Parbold Hill and tried my luck. After lots of panting and puffing I got to the church and then faced the ignominy of getting off and walking the rest of the way.

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Hill 3 - Shaley Brow

on Sat, 03/05/2014 - 19:07

Shaley Brow is in my opinion a Jekyll and Hyde kind of hill, on paper it doesn't look all that bad, yes it kicks up to about 14% but take it at a steady pace with a low gear and the hill can be conquered without too much of a problem. However attack it at any sort of pace, be it with a competitive group, going after a strava KOM or like in 2013 for HMCC's annual hill climb competition, Shaley Brow has a habit of ripping your legs off, laughing at you as you struggle on and finally giving you an all mighty kick when you are down.