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Hill 2 - Hunters Hill

on Thu, 20/03/2014 - 22:17


Hunters Hill, unlike hill1, Stoney Lane, is a short steep brute that suits any rider who likes a lung busting punchy climb. It essentially climbs Parbold Hill from the North side and the full climb finishes at the Rigbye Arms where the Stoney Lane climb ends. It was used by HMCC in 2012 for the annual hill climb where we rode from The Farmers Arms to The Rigbye Arms. The climb can be attempted as a short burst from a farm to Hunters quarry but I will cover the "Pub to Pub" route to replicate the 2012 hill climb.
How to find it.
As per directions for #hill1, from Ormskirk head to Newburgh
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Hill 1 - Stoney Lane

on Sat, 22/02/2014 - 20:19


Stoney Lane a deceptive climb, in more ways than one. 1.5km long with a false flat it never relents, with an average gradient of 8%, hit it too hard and you will pay before the end – it is also tricky to find. I lived and cycled in the area for a couple of years before the first time I ever took on the climb, with the club on a Thursday night ride. 

How to find it. 

Stoney Lane runs parallel with the A5209, Parbold Hill road. From Ormskirk head through Newburgh and then turn left off the main road into Parbold. Cross the railway and past a row of shops on your right.

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The Hill Climbing Blog

on Sun, 09/02/2014 - 20:27

Hills can strike fear in any new rider (and a lot of experienced ones), the one thing you can be assured at HMCC the group will always wait at the top of hills. However you may want to ride a few of our favourite local climbs in preperation to joining us on a ride, or perhaps on a recent ride you rode up a climb such as Shaley Brow and you fancy another crack at it but can't remember where it is. Whatever your reason, this series of blogs will cover the location, gradients and advice on attacking the lumps and bumps of West Lancashire.