National Hill Climb 2008


The hill climb championship took place on Bank Road, Matlock. The road was closed to traffic. The distance of the climb was about 830m. Average gradient 14%. Maximum Gradient 20%. Weather was good for late October. There was a full field of 150 riders.

matt clinton

Matt Clinton Р2008 Winner time 2.24.2

I finished 14th in a time of 2.42.3. I was quite pleased with my time for a hill which wasn’t ideal to my liking. It was very close at the top, with just 2 seconds separating the top 3 – Bill Bell, Jim Henderson and Matt Clinton. The first women was Lynn Hamel, 2.59


There was a good crowd at the steepest part. At this point I was already a bit dizzy in the head. My arms were drained of blood like pins and needle. After the steep corner, there was another 200m of relatively shallow climb. Although it was shallow, it was hard to go much faster.

steward house

Stewart House (10) at the start. The event was well organised by Matlock CC and other local clubs. It’s great to race on closed roads.

I enjoyed the race alot. I really felt I had raced at my limit. I will have to try and find an extra 18 seconds for next year.

National Hill Climb 2008

1 Matt Clinton 02:24.2
2 Bill Bell Gemini BC 02:25.4
3 Jim Henderson Southport CC 02:26.5
4 Dave Griffiths Paramount RT 02:29.6
5 Lewis Cowley Plan B RT 02:30.2
6 David Clarke lacuna 02:31.0
7 Charles Taylor South Pennine RC 02:31.4
8 Adam Pinder Blackburn & District CTC 18 02:34.6
9 Adrian Rodgers Worthing Excelsior CC 02:35.2
10 Darren Atkins Coventry RC 02:39.5
11 Daniel Arblaster Guernsey Velo Club 17 02:40.4
12 Ian Stott Blackburn & District CTC 02:41.0
13 James McLaughlin Guernsey Velo Club 18 02:42.1
14 Tejvan Pettinger Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team 02:42.3
15 Adrian Lawrence Lancashire RC 02:43.5
16 Chris Metcalf Matlock CC 02:43.5
17 Robert Gough John’s Bike RT 02:43.7
18 James Ward Cambridge CC 02:44.8
19 Robin Coomber Johns Bike’s RT 02:44.8
20 Chris Edmondson Blackburn & District CTC 02:45.0

results at CTT

Hill Climb page

8 Responses to National Hill Climb 2008

  1. tejvan September 14, 2009 at 7:58 pm #

    entry forms for CTT are:

    deadline for national is early october I think.

    I will be entering

  2. Mike September 14, 2009 at 7:25 pm #

    Ait’e mate, how have you entered for the national hillclimb championship?, can’t see any entry forms on the rttc website or thurcroft


  3. tejvan June 2, 2009 at 9:04 am #

    Nat hill climb 2009 is on 25 oct

    I dont think there is a weight limit on bike. It just has to be road worthy

  4. Mike June 1, 2009 at 4:54 pm #

    Heya, i’m an avid reader of your blog and i’m thinking of entering the national hill climb champs for the first time this year. Do you by any chance have the dates and places for each round? as I want a good shot at the overall standings, and also any rules defining the weight of the bike?



  5. tejvan November 3, 2008 at 7:41 am #

    Thanks 2wheelchick.

    I once did the Cat and Bec hill Climbs – Great fun with a large crowd!

  6. 2wheelchick November 2, 2008 at 5:31 pm #

    Well done on your result at the hill climb champs.

    That’s really impressive.

    Near me the local hill climbs are at Yorks Hill (Catford Hill Climb) and Titsey Hill/White Lane (Bec Hill Climb). They are not as steep as the one in Matlock, but I still find them too scary to do !

  7. Dave Preece October 26, 2008 at 9:52 pm #

    Hi, Great ride for 14th.. I just got in the top 100 at 97th.. 43 seconds after you… I was walking down to the start when you set off, I gave you a shout but then again everyone was cheering! A friend of mine should have some photos of every rider so when I get them I’ll post one of you on my blog. Dave.


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