Snake Pass Hill Climb (J9/5)
The Snake Pass Hill Climb is an ‘Open’ event – this means you need to be a member of a cycling club affiliated to Cycling Time Trials (CTT) – if you want to enter but are not a member of a cycling club you could always join us! The Hill Climb season starts in the Autumn and ours is in late September – it’s an ideal one to start with if you’re a beginner because you could also give our ‘Come & Try It’ Autumn Hill Climb Series a go with round 1 and 2 taking place before the Snake entry closes! If you just want to spectate and give vocal support you are more than welcome – please just turn up on the day. If you want to take photos for our club website or help marshal please contact our club event promoter.
What is a Hill Climb?
It is a timed event over a measured course. Hill Climbs vary from short steep ‘sprints’ lasting less than a minute to longer ‘endurance’ events of a few miles in length such as ours. Riders are held at the start and set off at one-minute intervals – the aim is to give it your maximum lung-busting effort! The winner is the rider who records the shortest time – even if you finish many minutes behind the winner you’ll still have the satisfaction of recording a personal best time!
The Snake Pass is well known to cyclists – ‘our’ side is a 3.3 mile ascent with over 1,000 ft of climbing. The gradient is between 6-8% levelling off over the last ¼ mile so keep something in reserve for a final blast to the finish-line!
Where is it?
The event venue is nearby so there will be parking and toilet facilities available. Please check the front page of our club website nearer the time for details. The start-line is outside the Royal Oak at the foot of the Snake Pass SK13 8QY.
What do I need?
Your can use any type of bike but most riders use standard road bikes – the lighter the better! You will need to wear a helmet and we recommend you use a rear light – it is often misty on the Snake Pass in the morning. You don’t need to worry about your fitness level – just give it your best effort and you’ll have a personal best time to aim for next time!
How do I enter?
The event is held on a Sunday morning in early September – check the front page of our club website nearer the time for details or visit the CTT website for information about other ‘Open’ events. You can also purchase the CTT handbook on-line – please visit http://cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/Shop/tabid/367/Default.aspx Our event is designated J9/5 – this is an event code and a legacy from the time when Hill Climbs on public roads were done in secrecy. You will need to enter 2 weeks before the event date so don’t leave it too late to avoid disappointment – entries are not allowed on the day. The cost is currently £9.00. You will be informed of your start-time before the event day – come along 60 minutes before to give yourself plenty of time to sign in, attach your number to the back of your jersey and left shirt sleeve, and cycle to the start. You need to be 12 or over to enter and if you are under 18 one of your parents will need to sign a consent form.
Everyone congregates at the event venue to recover, have a chat and some refreshments. You will be told the official results by the time-keepers on the day – these will also be posted on our Yahoo Group, club website, CTT website and published in Cycling Weekly. There may also be photos available to download free of charge after the event! There will be prizes for the fastest senior, veteran and junior riders.
There will also be awards for the fastest club riders presented at our annual dinner!
There will be warning signs for motorists and marshals stationed at the start-line and finish-line. Riders must exercise care at all times. All riders are responsible for their own safety and you must obey the Highway Code. Do not cross the white line. A helmet and rear light is recommended. You must look ahead and don’t ride with your head down. You must not take pace or shelter from any other vehicle or competitor – not that drafting helps much going up the Snake Pass unless there’s a strong headwind!
Men – Tejvan Pettinger (Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team) 11 minutes 36.6 seconds. Sunday 1st September 2013.
Women – Joanne Blakeley (Champion System/Maxgear/Base) 15 minutes 21.6 seconds. Sunday 31st August 2014.
Club Records – Pete Haigh 13:53 Senior Men