Cycling, Hill Climb, Look Mum No Hands!, Racing

81st Monsal Hill Climb

According to Cycling Weekly, the second best hill climb in the UK!

From the Monsal Hill Climb website:

This hillclimb event is one of the most popular hillclimb events in the Derbyshire area. The picturesque setting of Monsal Dale attracts a large crowd, even on an October Sunday morning.

The event, first run in 1930 attracts riders from local club level to seasoned professionals. Past winners include Tom Simpson, Malcolm Elliott and more recently Russell Downing, Dean Downing and Adam Blythe. Monsal Head is a famous beauty spot with magnificent views down Monsal Dale and up the Wye Valley.”


This hill climb is short (675yards) with a gradient of 1 in 6. ;
I rode the 40 mile round trip with a fellow member of the Uni bike club. ;I had only ever ridden down Monsal before so it was completely new to me, but luckily because it’s such a short climb there is little need to worry about pacing.
With a field of 120 riders the atmosphere was great and I had the chance to catch up with people I hadn’t seen in a long time and also to meet some ;Sheffrec CC-ers. (the lovely organisers of the HC). ;
The racing finished just in time because as the last rider crossed the line the heavens opened resulting in a very soggy journey home.


Here is Matt Clinton’s review of the race. ;


Three weeks until BUCS.


1. Gunnar Gronlund RST RT Trigon 1.26.0 ;
2. Chris Metcalfe Matlock CC 1.27.0 ;
3. Lee Baldwin Buxton CC 1.27.9 ;
4. Matt Clinton MikeVaughan.co.uk 1.29.9 ;
5. James Allen Sheffrec CC 1.31.0 ;
6. Daniel Storey Sheffrec CC 1.31.8 ;
7. Ashley Proctor Sheffrec CC Junior 1.34.2 ;
8. Danny Lowthorpe Rutland CC 1.34.8 ;
9. Mike Hutton Sheffrec CC 1.37.5 ;
10. Jacob Scott Planet X Junior 1.37.7 ;
11. Stuart Murfin Ashfield RC 1.38.7 ;
12. Nicholas Latimer Rutland CC 1.39.2 ;
13. Alex Mitchell Sheffrec CC 1.39.9 ;
14. Mike Birkby Rutland CC 1.40.4 ;
15. Lee Brown Holme Valley Wheelers 1.41.6 ;
16. Daniel Panichella Sheffield Sports CC 1.42.2 ;
17. Joey Walker RST RT Trigon SB 1.42.6 ;
18. Tom Sutton Sheffield Phoenix 1.43.5 ;
19. Will Glover Sheffrec CC Junior 1.43.8 ;
20. Dominic Smith We Love Mountains RT 1.44.2 ;
21. Gabriel Cullaigh RST RT Trigon SB 1.44.9 ;
22. Dominic Horton La Squadra 1.45.3 ;
23. Peter Colledge Matlock CC Vet 1.46.1 ;
24. Andrew Lees Sheffrec CC 1.46.3 ;
25. Paul Armstrong Sheffrec CC 1.47.1 ;
26. Craig Lamb Alford Wheelers CC Vet 1.47.1 ;
27. Carl Sawyer Kiveton Park CC Vet 1.47.5 ;
28. Stephen Price Derby Mercury RC 1.47.6 ;
29. Andrew Leigh Manchester Wheelers CC Junior 1.48.1 ;
30. Steve Roper Barnsley RC Vet 1.48.2 ;
31. Dominic Watts Sheffield Sports CC Vet 1.49.1 ;
32. Daniel Shinn Sheffrec CC 1.49.2 ;
33. Stuart Baker Buxton CC 1.49.3 ;
34. Stephen Ellis Rutland CC Vet 1.49.7 ;
35. Chris Sharp Matlock CC 1.50.0 ;
36. Matthew Williams Fusion CC Vet 1.50.3 ;
37. Adam Machan Sheffrec CC 1.50.4 ;
38. Keith Olllerenshaw Dinnington RC Vet 1.50.7 ;
39. Steve Taylor Rutland CC 1.51.0 ;
40. John Albaya Fusion CC 1.51.2 ;
41. Daniel Gee Ashfield RC 1.51.9 ;
42. Ben Lowe La Squadra 1.52.5 ;
43. Harry Crew Derby Mercury RC SB 1.53.0 ;
44. Liam O’Toole Sheffrec CC Junior 1.53.1 ;
45. Nick Downham Sheffrec CC 1.53.4 ;
46. Bert Gallagher Buxton CC 1.53.5 ;
47. Simon Cocker Sheffrec CC Vet 1.53.5 ;
48. Paul Kippax Rutland CC Vet 1.54.0 ;
49. Andrew Pearson Huddersfield Star Wheelers 1.54.0 ;
50. Lee Cains Sherwood Pines Cycles 1.54.2 ;
51. Simon Travell Bolsover & District CC 1.55.7 ;
52. Jessie Walker RST RT Trigon L Junior 1.55.8 ;
53. Paul Turner-Johnson Sheffrec CC 1.56.2 ;
54. Steve Heading Matlock CC Vet 1.56.9 ;
55. Stewart Gregory Nottingham Clarion Vet 1.57.4 ;
56. Jonathan Baines Buxton CC 1.57.6 ;
57. Frans Shrijver Sheffrec CC 1.58.0 ;
58. Julian Humphrey Sheffrec CC Vet 1.58.1 ;
59. Ted Tunnicliffe Sheffrec CC Vet 1.58.4 ;
60. Robin McKinnon Harworth & District Wheelers Vet 1.58.9 ;
61. Richard Birkin Nottingham Clarion Vet 1.59.1 ;
62. Simon Jackson Sheffrec CC Vet 1.59.5 ;
63. Alex Jones Team CF 2.00.0 ;
64. Diane Lee Zepnat L 2.00.4 ;
65. Richard Towse Buxton CC 2.00.4 ;
66. David Clarke Harworth & District Wheelers Vet 2.00.5 ;
67. Neil Lawrence Sheffield Triathlon Club 2.01.2 ;
68. Neal Hunt Sheffrec CC 2.02.8 ;
69. David Banks Derby Mercury RC Vet 2.03.4 ;
70. Stuart Burns Lyndsay Roads CC 2.03.9 ;
71. Simon Baines Buxton CC Vet 2.04.7 ;
72. Richard Brown Derby Mercury RC Vet 2.05.0 ;
73. Alex Deck Planet X L Vet 2.05.3 ;
74. Basil Adamo Sheffrec CC 2.05.5 ;
75. Rob Freeman La Squadra 2.06.2 ;
76. Sam Mansfield Manchester Wheelers CC Junior 2.06.7 ;
77. Gregg Booker Matlock CC SB 2.07.2 ;
78. Jonathan Edwards Matlock CC Vet 2.07.6 ;
79. Neil Armitage Matlock CC 2.07.8 ;
80. Torin Cannings Lincsquad SB 2.08.5 ;
81. Matt Rodgers La Squadra 2.08.8 ;
82. Adam Bebb Rockingham CC 2.09.4 ;
83. Rosie Blount Derby Mercury RC L Junior 2.09.7 ;
84. Brad Dransfield North Mids Youth Squad SB 2.10.1 ;
85. Tim Cocker Dysynni CC Vet 2.12.4 ;
86. David Swingler Zenith CC Vet 2.14.8 ;
87. Thomas Humphrey Wakefield Tri Club SB 2.15.5 ;
88. Oliver Wright Here Come The Belgians 2.15.6 ;
89. Jason Goulty Sugar Cane Creative Vet 2.16.8 ;
90. Thomas Shaw Sheffrec CC SB 2.17.4 ;
91. Mason Hollyman Kirklees Cycling Academy SB 2.17.9 ;
92. Thomas Colton Matlock CC SB 2.18.4 ;
93. Mark Hall Sheffrec CC Vet 2.18.4 ;
94. Andrew Cutts Birdwell Wheelers Junior 2.19.7 ;
95. Neil Proctor Sheffrec CC Vet 2.19.8 ;
96. Hannah Blount Derby Mercury RC SG 2.20.5 ;
97. Andrew Calpin Lincsquad 2.22.8 ;
98. Samuel Garner Buxton CC SB 2.23.2 ;
99. Ken Roberts Preston Wheelers Vet 2.25.0 ;
100. Sarah Birkby Rutland CC 2.25.4 ;
101. Stephen Crapper Bolsover & District CC 2.25.4 ;
102. Trevor Mayne Birdwell Wheelers Vet 2.26.7 ;
103. Jonathan Cooper Norton Wheelers Vet 2.27.4 ;
104. Hugo Reynolds Bolsover & District CC 2.28.7 ;
105. Alice Miller Look Mum No Hands! RT 2.30.2 ;
106. Peter Crotty Mansfield RC Vet 2.30.7 ;
107. Paul Heggie Birdwell Wheelers Vet 2.37.8 ;
108. Aaron Handley Buxton CC SB 2.38.6 ;
109. Martyn Dransfield Thurcroft CC Vet 2.40.7 ;
110. Jonathan Poole Ashley Touring CC Vet 2.41.2 ;
111. Sara Rodgers La Squadra 2.42.4 ;
112. Jack Shaw Sheffrec CC SB 2.42.7 ;
113. Henry Hollyman Kirklees Cycling Academy SB 2.48.9 ;
114. Stephen Cannings Lincsquad Vet 2.51.2 ;
115. Gabriel Sweeney Rutland CC SB 2.52.7 ;
116. Nick Edwards Matlock CC SB 3.02.5 ;
117. David Cutts Birdwell Wheelers Vet 3.37.3

Nick Bates Belper CC Vet DNS AP ;
Kevin White Matlock CC Vet DNS AP ;
Callum Rogers Scunthorpe Poly CC Junior DNS AP ;
Carlo Berton Border City Wheelers CC Vet DNS AP ;
Ania Siodelski Rutland CC L DNS ;
Wojtek Siodelski Rutland CC DNS ;
Rupert Pearson Rutland CC DNS ;
Jamie Caldwell St. Ives DNS

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