Cycling up hills is challenging and invigorating, but racing up hills takes the experience to a whole new level!
Getting into hill climb racing can be difficult if you don't know who to talk to and it can seem daunting at first.
Where are the races? How do I get involved? Do I need to be in a club?
Most time trials in the UK are held under the rules of Cycling Time Trials (CTT) and to take part you need to be a member of a registered club. When you have joined a club you then need register with Cycling Time Trials, find a race and then enter, so now you will be asking yourself more questions!
What if I'm not ready to join a club?
I have launched gateway2RACING to introduce you to the world of cycle racing. You will be able to enter races with myHillCycling as your club for the first season, at the end of which I will help to put you in touch with a club appropriate to your needs.
For your membership fee to myHillCycling I will:
Provide you with guidance for how to register with CTT
Recommend races for you, and guide you with how to enter
Provide individual assistance for your first race
Provide ongoing advice and assistance to ensure that you get the most out of the races you enter
Recommend coaching and bike fit specialists if you wish to accelerate your progress even further
Other benefits to becoming a member of myHillCycling:
Introductory water bottle
Priority and discounted entry to myHillCycling sportives.
Ongoing support from someone with 35 years experience of cycle racing
Why hill climbs?
Hill climbs are a great introduction to racing. The races are quite short - usually about a mile - and many are held on fully closed roads so you don't have to worry about other road users. Most events have fantastic support from big crowds and the atmosphere and camaraderie at these events is second to none; which is why I have been riding them since 1985!
To give you a flavour here is a list of the local hill climbs being held on closed roads in 2021 (more events may be added - so bookmark this page!):
Want to do next.
If you wish to join just click on one of the membership links below. The cost is £20 for 18 and over and £10 for under 18's. This will give you membership until the end of 2021. Once I have your payment I will contact you via email to gather your details and get you registered with CTT. You'll be up and running in no time!
Please note that race organisers charge fees to enter each race - this is typically £10 per event.
If you want to find out more details before joining; get in touch and we can have a chat via email or phone.