as part of Farnham Festival of Cycling
4pm Sunday 2 July 2017
COURSE CODE: HHC034
The Hoops Velo Hill Climb on Farnham’s Firgrove Hill
is open to riders of all abilities with any type of bike
Starting adjacent to the William Cobbett pub on Longbridge, the hill climb is held as an individual
time trial with the first rider setting off at 16:01 and subsequent riders following at minute intervals.
The course finishes at the entrance to Old Farnham Lane – a distance of 775yds and an
average gradient of less than 5 per cent.
There are prizes for the fastest times for men and women, veterans, team prizes for men and women, vintage bikes, folding bikes, mountain bikes and bonuses for anyone who sets a new record in the men’s
and women’s categories – so there are lots of opportunities to come away a winner and plenty of entertainment for spectators. Some participants ride to set fast times and for others it’s a chance to ride
with a number on their backs, to enjoy the atmosphere and compare times with friends. Riders and supporters are invited to the Maltings’ Cellar Bar after the event for the results and prizegiving.
Can you beat the course records? In 2016 the fastest time was set by George Stainton-Ellis of Pedal Heaven RT at 1 min 4.4 secs. Edie Shaw of the University of Bristol CC was the fastest woman at 1 min 29.0 secs. The last placed rider completed the course in under two minutes.
Check out the Strava segment
And for inspiration view last year’s image gallery
All riders welcome
The hill climb is held under Cycling Time Trial (CTT) regulations as a ‘Come and Try It’ event which means there is no requirement to belong to a CTT affiliated cycling club. You must be aged 14 years or over and your bicycle must be road legal. If you wish to enter on a vintage, mountain, or folding bike, you may nominate your category on the day, at sign-on. Definitions of the special categories are as follows:
Vintage cycles must have:
• Steel or aluminium frame •
• Brake cables passing outside and over the handlebars •
• Down tube gear shifters (if shifters are fitted) •
• Maximum of 7 rear sprockets •
• Toe clips (no clipless pedals) •
Mountain bikes must have:
• Front telescopic suspension forks (may be locked out for the climb) •
• Minimum tyre width of 2.0” •
• Treaded tyres •
• Straight or riser handlebars (no drop handlebars) •
Folding bikes must have:
• A folding mechanism in the frame •
• Maximum wheel size of 20” •
Entry (£6 per rider) is now open. Online entries close on 26.06.17 or when the rider limit of 60 is reached. Any remaining places will be available on the day from 15:00 at the race HQ in the Maltings’ courtyard, where riders will also find changing facilities and bike storage. If you plan to arrive by car please note that there will be no entry or access to Central Car Park and restricted access to South Street Car Park from 17:00 until 19:45.
We are very grateful to Hoops Velo for their generous support
Thank you to officials, marshals, stewards and other volunteers from VC Meudon.
VC Meudon, based in the Farnham and Fleet area, welcomes cyclists with an interest in cycle racing and/or supporting cycle racing.
BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPH: BERNARD THOMPSON