London’s only closed-road hill climb bike race


It is with regret that we have cancelled / postponed the 2013 Urban Hill Climb due to reasons beyond our control.

As event organisers we feel we have a responsibility not only to provide great events, but also to ensure the safety of all participants and the general public.  With the road conditions as they were just a few hours before start time we could not guarantee a safe event.

We apologise to all those who were coming and thank you for your support of the event, we will look into the possibility of a date later in the year after consultation with all event partners.


The Rollapaluza Urban Hill Climb is an 800m, lung-busting, uphill sprint held on Swains Lane, Highgate, London. Now in it’s fourth year the event has proven to be hugely popular with a broad range of cyclists as well as local residents and spectators.

Thursday 11th July 2013, 6.30pm – 9.30pm.  Swains Lane, London, N6. FREE to ENTER and SPECTATE!

The Urban Hill Climb, generates a unique “alpine” atmosphere in North London,  allowing participants and spectators to experience the   cheering crowds lining the slopes usually only witnessed in the mountain stages of the Tour de France.


Photos: Andy Waterman

Over 180 riders took part in 2012 with hundreds of spectators.  Entry for racers and specators is FREE.

This event is part of Rollapaluza’s commitment to bring a more diverse range of cycling events to the capital alongside our famous roller-race events, the UK’s largest Cyclo Cross race, the nocturnal “Muddy Hell” and our new Keirin event.


Urban Hill Climb is presented and produced by Rollapaluza