September 2015 saw the Tour of Britain pass through the beautiful Peak District. We were lucky enough to see the race as it passed through Grindleford and children from the local playgroup cheered as the riders zoomed over the bridge. Inspired by this momentous visit a group of local cyclists organised the first Sir William Hill Climb – a gruelling 1.77km ride which climbs 200m with an average gradient of 11%. The event has been run each September since that first year to raise funds for Grindleford and Eyam Playgroup.
The event has seen some great moments over the years. In 2016 the winner of the women’s race tackled the climb twice, unhappy with her first performance. While a more sedate ride was made by a couple on a tandem! 2017 saw the National Hill Climb Champion Adam Kenway take on the challenge, finishing in just 6:34 minutes and in 2018 we saw our fastest ever female finish, Hatti Archer completing the ride in just 8:05 minutes.
On Saturday 14th September we will celebrate the 5th year by combining with the Grindleford Goat to offer a day of cycling, with events for the whole family.
The day will start with the GOAT, a super friendly sportive event. Cyclists will be setting off throughout the morning on the 108km Billy ride, the 56km Nanny or the 15.3 km Kid which has been given a new look route this year.
There is also an exciting new Gruff Gravel Track for those who enjoy being off road and finding their own way round.The afternoon will see the younger members of the family showing off their cycling skills in our Track Stars event. Prizes for the fastest riders completing a timed circuit of a grass track with medals for everyone taking part.
In the evening The Sir William Hill Climb is there for all those keen for a challenge. Peakland Cycles will be there to sort out any last minute mechanical problems and are providing prizes for the 3 fastest men and women. There will also be prizes for fastest 50+ man and woman, fastest local man and woman as well as a prize for best effort. We would love to see you there taking part or cheering on the intrepid riders.
After all of that cycling excitement unwind at The Sir William Pub with live music and BBQ, a chance to reflect on your performance and rest tired legs.
The fabulous hill climb t-shirt will be on sale at both the Track Star event and at the climb, available in both children’s and adult sizes. We are extremely grateful to White’s Calver Spar for sponsoring the t-shirts.
There really is something for everyone and participants will be supporting the Grindleford Community shop and Grindleford and Eyam Playgroup.
For more information and details of how to sign up for any of these events please visit the website http://www.grindlefordgoat.co.uk.