Second stiff hill for Stocksbridge cycling climb

Nicola Soden, the only personever to win three times on Pea Royd Lane. Photo: Brian Jones/ KimroyPhotography

Nicola Soden, the only personever to win three times on Pea Royd Lane. Photo: Brian Jones/ KimroyPhotography

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Stocksbridge CC/Full Gas Bikes/Irwin Mitchell Solicitors host their annual hill climb event on Sunday (Sept 23).

There will be two stages, with a different hill being used for the first stage. Stage 1 is using New Mill Bank, a vicious ascent out of Ewden Village towards Bolsterstone.

The length of the course is 810 yards with an average gradient of 13%. Riders will sign on at Full Gas Bikes, Fox Valley with the first rider Tia Sheldon (Langsett Cycles Race Team) who is just 13 years old starting at 10.03am.

The riders will then start at one minute intervals and the person that completes the course in the quickest time will be the winner.

After some recovery time, the second stage is on the infamous Pea Royd Lane. This course, 860 yards with an average gradient of 14% has been used in an annual event since 2004 and the full length version has been used as the National Hill Climb Championship in 2009 and 2014.

First rider away at 2.03pm on Pea Royd is the promoting club’s Simon Ellis, his first ever competitive event. Other riders to watch out for include Shaun Dolby (Birdwell Wheelers), Andy Nicholls (Team B38/Underpin Racing), James Allen (Sheffrec CC) with the last seeded rider being the 2014 event winner Joseph Clarke (Envelopemaster Giant Sheffield).

Of the ladies, last years winner (on Pea Royd Lane) Nicola Soden (Veloschils Interbike RT) returns to defend her title. Nicola is the only person to have won on Pea Royd Lane three times. The current women’s course record holder Lou Bates (Veloschils Interbike RT) also rides both events. The course records for Pea Royd Lane are, Men – 2:23.9 set by Matt Clinton in 2009 and the women’s being set by Lou Collins (now Bates) in 2014 with a time of 3:26.3.

Sponsorship has been received from Full Gas Bikes, Dransfield Properties Limited and Irwin Mitchell Solicitors with prizes for men, women, juniors and veterans in both individual events and also for the combined awards, which includes an additional team award where the fastest team of three riders to count.

There are extra awards for the Pea Royd Lane event with the Stocksbridge Town Council Shield for the fastest 16 (and under) year old Sheffield- based rider being up for grabs and the fastest rider (men and women) to break the current course records will earn themselves an extra £50.

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