2017 Sinclair Pharma Urban Hill Climb

Race schedule and information

The 2017 Urban Hill Climb gets underway at 1pm on Saturday 30th September.

Swains Lane, Highgate, London N6 6QX

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Overview

12:30 Sign-On opens
13:00 Racing starts
15:32 Women 2 up Final
15:37 Vet 2 up Final
15:42 Men 2 up Final
15:47 Medal Ceremony

View the full start list for start times and competitor listings

Skip to the FAQs for competitor information

What happens?

Competitors set off at 30 second intervals, racing to the top of Swain’s Lane as fast as they can. Over the afternoon all our riders will get the chance to ascend the infamous climb before we pit the top 2 in the adult categories (Women, Men and Vet. men) for a head-to-head race to find our overall winners.

Race preview

Men

Last year’s winner, Isaac Mundy beat Will Adams in a nail biting final to take the crown in 2016. Tom Wiley rounded out the podium in third.

In 2017 we’re expecting a blistering time from Dan Evans who’s in top form after winning the Exeter Wheeler’s HC last week. One of last year’s top Youth category riders George Spooner steps up to the senior male category too.

The first men will start at 13:13

Sponsored by Sinclair Pharma

1st: £200, Hackney GT jersey
2nd: £150
3rd: £100
4th: £50
5th: £25

Flamme Rouge: Neal’s Yard cheese wheel

Women

Colavita Bianchi pro Emma Grant took the win in 2016 with a time of 1:48 forcing Eryn Nolan into second place with National Hill Climb champ Maryka Senema taking 3rd.

This year we welcome young rider Kate Wootton to the senior women’s competition up against World Champion rower Mathilde Pauls just back from a successful Duo Normand amongst many of London’s finest female cyclists.

The first women will start at 14:19

Sponsored by Bowman Cycles

1st: £200, Hackney GT jersey
2nd: £150
3rd: £100
4th: £50
5th: £25

Flamme Rouge: Neal’s Yard cheese wheel

Veteran men

Everyone’s favourite Italian Livio Nannetti was victorious in the veteran men’s category in 2016, beating David Dugdale into second in the 2 up final despite David having set the fastest initial time up the climb.

2016’s second placed senior male competitor Will Adams moves into the veteran category so we’re expecting a change at the top!

The first veterans will be underway from 13:50

Sponsored by Sinclair Pharma

1st: £100, Hackney GT jersey
2nd: £75
3rd: £50
4th: £30
5th: £20

Flamme Rouge: Neal’s Yard cheese wheel

Cargo

Chris Abraham was victorious in 2016, delivering Scarlett to the summit in a time of 3:10. But this year we have a whole new cargo for our cargo competitors to transport – and we’re keeping it a mystery! Everything is up for grabs in this entertaining category.

Cargo racing will start from 13:11

Sponsored by Flying Dutchman Bikes

Youth

Nathan Huynh beat George Spooner in a closely fought battle in our Youth race in 2016 and we’re looking forward to welcoming many new youth competitors this year.

Youth racing for U14 and U16 competitors will start from 13:00

Sponsored by Hackney GT

1st: Hiplok lite

Junior

New for 2017, we have now split the youth category so we’re very excited to see who will be taking the top step of the podium. We’ve got our eye on [name and name]

Our junior racers will start from 13:42

Sponsored by Hackney GT

1st: Hiplok lite

FAQs

Rules

Please bear in mind that this is Central(ish) London with a large residential population nearby. In order for the event to be a success and to maintain goodwill for future events and similar road closures in London can we ask that you do the following:

  • HELMETS are compulsory, it is a requirement of our event insurance
  • DO NOT ride, or wheel your bike past or close to start / finish line mats before your start, there is a risk of your timing chip registering!
  • Be polite and friendly to all residents, spectators and officials, whether they support the event or not. If in doubt don't engage angry people, direct them to the nearest marshal
  • When riding from the HQ to the start and to the HQ from the finish please follow road laws (do not ride the wrong way down one way streets or make illegal turns)
  • Do not ride back down the course after your effort, follow the route on the course map
  • Please ask your friends to NOT paint on the roads
  • Obey instructions from all event officials, be aware that the event may have to be paused to allow emergency vehicle access
  • Ride a road-legal bike, fixie riders must have a working front brake
  • After you cross the line and have recovered please move away from the finish area (which is small). If you want to recover further there is a public space just 75 metres further up Swains lane and across the road, Pond Square, which will make an ideal, recuperation spot and give you a chance to chat with your fellow hill-climbers. Please understand the reasoning if a steward asks you to move away from finish area
  • Practise / warm up in advance of the event is at organisers and marshals discretion
  • Please encourage your friends to take their litter home with them
Race schedule

Cargo riders ride individually between other categories and a required to bring the cargo back to the bottom, please check start times.

12:30 Sign-On opens (please allow at least 30 minutes before your race time to sign on)
13:00 Youth
13:11 Cargo Bike
13:13 Senior Men
13:40 Cargo Bike
13:42 Junior
13:48 Cargo Bike
13:50 Vet Men
14:17 Cargo Bike
14:19 Senior Women
14:33 Cargo Bike
14:35 Senior Men
15:03 Cargo Bike
15:05 Vet Men
15:17 Cargo Bike
15:19 Senior Men
15:32 Women 2 up Final
15:37 Vet 2 up Final
15:42 Men 2 up Final
15:47 Medal Ceremony

View full start list

Start times

View the start list for your start time

Please sign on at least 30 minutes before your start time or we reserve the right to give your place to a reserve, you must be at the start line 5 minutes before your start time.

Sign on

Holly Lodge Community Association
30 Makepeace Avenue
N6 6HL

Sign on opens from 12:30

You will be able to leave bags here and use toilet / changing facilities.

You will be allowed to bring your bikes in, please do not wear cleats inside.

There are no refreshments at HQ. Coffee and snacks are available on the course.

Please sign on at least 30 minutes before your start time or we reserve the right to give your place to a reserve, you must be at the start line 5 minutes before your start time.

Race numbers

This year we have front facing numbers (similar to MTB) please attach to your bars with cable ties provided. These numbers will have your timing chips pre-installed on them. You do not need to return numbers or chips.

Digital timing

Timing and results is being provided by Stuweb

Toilets

The public toilets at the top of the hill on Pond Square are only open ‘til 7pm. HQ will close at 1700 approx.

First Aid

There will be a dedicated first-aider on the course, at the start point. Or call : 07747041596

Parking

Parking is very limited in this area, please arrive by bike if you can. If travelling please park in surrounding areas of London and ride to the HQ / Start. We have had specific requests from residents (upon whose goodwill this event depends) not to try to park in surrounding roads especially Hill Way.

Prizes

We intend to hold prize presentations outside the cemetery in the middle of the course at the conclusion of racing.

Reserve procedure

Male Seniors and Vets:

If you are on the reserve list you may well get a ride, people always pull out. Please arrive close to the start of your category, if a rider does not turn up 30 mins before their start time we will allot places to reserves according to the order on the start list, which is chronological. Fill in your full details on the start sheet and pay your £15 entry in cash.

All other categories:

 We may take a few entries on the day if places become available, however this is at the organiser's discretion.

Weather watch

If you are concerned if the event is going to go ahead, ring the following number for an automated confirmation: 07789356856

2017 Urban Hill Climb Start List