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The oldest race in the world: Catford Hill Climb 2019, sponsored by Cyclist

Joe Robinson
10 Oct 2019

Come along to one the UK's toughest hill climbs on Sunday 13th October, again sponsored by Cyclist

Cyclist is proud to announce that it will be continuing its sponsorship of the Catford Hill Climb, which this year takes place on Sunday 13th October 2019. The oldest continuously run bike race in the world, the Catford Hill Climb takes place on one of the most feared hill climb courses in the UK.

The event was first raced in 1887 on Westerham Hill before moving to the insidiously steep York's Hill, where the race is contested today.

The climb is just 640m long yet averages a hearty 14%. If that doesn't already make your knees hurt, riders will have to haul themselves over gradients of 25% towards the summit in a desperate attempt to reach the finish.

Catford Hill Climb: Key information

Date: Sunday 13th October 2019  
Location: York's Hill, Kent - Google Maps  
Entries: Through the CTT website  
Free to spectate  
Subscribe to Cyclist Magazine: Get three issues for just £5  

Worry not, however, the crowd will be there in their hoards to help each and every competitor. On the steepest sections, supporters are usually three-deep on either side, creating a wall of noise to help spur you on to the top.

By the finish, riders will be hunched double over their bars, their lungs deprived of oxygen and lactic acid furiously coursing through their leg muscles. It's a perfect place to capture the picture of true suffering.

Entries for the event have now closed, so everyone should go along, cowbell in hand, to shout the riders to the top.

As sponsor of the event, Cyclist is also proud to announce that it will be partnering with Hunt Wheels to offer the winners of the seven individual categories some fantastic prizes.

Hunt wheels is offering a set of its special sub-1kg Hill Climb wheels for any rider who manages to beat the 35-year-old course record of 1min 47.6sec set by Phil Mason back in 1983. 

Cyclist will also be handing out a bundle of prizes to the winners of all seven categories while further prizes are set to be announced.

Spectators on the day will also be in with a chance of taking a special prize. Cyclist will be giving away two weekends to the Cyclist Track Days 2020, an event that gives attendees the opportunity to ride the world's best bikes on purpose-built, closed-road circuits.

Photos: David Wren

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