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Cat & Fiddle hill climb 2013

The Cat & Fiddle is on the of the longest climbs in England. It averages 3% over 10 km, including some sections of downhill. Cat & Fiddle Hill Climb Distance: 6.6 miles Height Gain: 335 metres Average Gradient: 3.2% Max Gradient: 8% Maximum altitude: 520 metres CR: 18.14 (2013) – 22mph) Last year I did […]

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Long Hill 2013

In the past few years I’ve become a bit of a regular at Buxton CC’s Long Hill climb. I like the atmosphere, and in a way I like the climb. Despite racing the hill 4 times, I’ve never been able to match my time from 2010 when I set a course record of 12.26. It […]

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Training – Don’t forget to enjoy it

At the race on Sunday, a young hill climber asked for some advice on training for hill climbs. I just about managed to blurt out ‘you could try some intervals’ I was probably more concerned with deciding how many home made scones and jam I wanted to eat – my mind seemed to go blank […]

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Snake Pass 2013

Coming back from two weeks in America, I wondered whether my diet of donuts, American diners and triple Chocolate Chip cookies might have caused me to put on any weight. But, fortunately, my bathroom scales seemed completely unmoved by two weeks of American food. It’s a funny thing America. Most days I cycled to the […]

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12 and 1/2 reasons to enter a hill climb

It’s nearly the time of the year, when the hill climb whippets start getting excited as there are finally some races which just go up and up. All cyclists have a love-hate relationship with hills. It means pain and suffering, but there is also something ‘deeply’ satisfying (or should I say¬† strangely satisfying) about challenging […]

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Cycling in hills of Lake District

Once a year I like to try and go to cycle around the hills of the Lake District. Recently, I was up in Keswick for the national 100 mile time trial championship, but it’s not the same going up and down a flat A road. For me the Lakes mean Wrynose pass, Kirkstone pass and […]

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Park Rash and Malham Cove

I’ve a few long, flat time trials coming up, including the YCF 50 and National 100. The sensible thing would be to get out the time trial bike, and get some fast miles in. But, I’m in Yorkshire and every evening I can’t resist opening the OS Map of Wensleydale and Upper Wharfedale and start […]

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Cycling from Settle-Carlisle to Yorkshire Dales

With a weekend off racing, I decided to do something a little different. I cycled five miles to Bingley and got a train on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line to Dent station. The line is a feat of epic Victorian engineering. Ribblehead viaduct It never really made much profit and has, a few times, narrowly avoided been […]

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Whiteleaf hill in the Chilterns

This weekend, I’m not racing. Somehow I’ve been encouraged to organise the cycle section of a beginners triathlon in Portishead. Still it’s quite nice to have the odd weekend off. You can concentrate on training, rather than having to think about peaking for the National 25. At the moment, I’m pretty keen on the idea […]

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Peaslows hill climb

Peaslows hill climb at the bottom. A nice 10% gradient awaits. Peaslows is number 37 in Simon Warren’s 100 Greatest cycling climbs book. Distance – 1.6km Avg Grade – 10.7% Lowest Elev – 237m Highest Elev – 408m Elev Difference – 171m There are a lot of great climbs around this part of the world. […]

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