YOGi Summer (More like Autumn!) Series – HILL CLIMB – 7th October

So we end the Summer Series with the all important Hill Climb. Spain may have their Alto de l’Angliru, France their Mont Ventoux and Italy their Mount Etna. But they are still no match for the mighty mythological Gara Bridge!! A gruelling 1.6 Miles, Cat 4 Climb with an average gradient of 5%. Its no wonder the Europeans run in fear of its name!

As part of our continued efforts to link local Cycling clubs and organise shared events, we have teamed up with Cycle Sports South Hams for the official CSSH Hill Climb 2017. This is a fully CTT certified event, which is now in its 3rd year. https://www.facebook.com/events/1926413697641873/?__mref=mb

Although entry to the event, pits you against others from the local area. We’ve been given permission that YOGi can run our own little mini Club competition / Event (Members only event) on the day. All times / results will be made available to us and posted on our website shortly after.

Tickets are £8.00 each and are available through Cycling Time Trials (https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/16068) The first rider will start at 10 o’clock. Signing on will be from 8:00am at the head quarters and there will be no option to enter on the day.

The head quarters will be at:

Moreleigh Village
Moreleigh Cross
Nr. Totnes

Your £8 entrance fee provides suitable insurance and includes drinks, food & CAKE at the hall after the event. Where medals & prizes for the CSSH Hill climb will be handed out for Category winners.

The hill climb itself starts before a little brook over a bridge and just at the bottom of a steeper section of the climb under a forest canopy and a sharp right hand bend. It winds its way up through two woods called Emeridge Wood and Clay Park Wood. There’s a long sweeping s bend half way up before the road straightens all the way up to the finish 1.6 miles from the start. The average grade for the climb is only 5% but it does reach around 20% in some places with an elevation difference of 469 feet. It is categorised as a cat 4 climb which is due to its length, average road surface and steeper sections. The current course recorded KOM is 6 minutes 28 seconds at an average speed of 15.2 mph. The current recorded QOM is 8 minutes 38 seconds at an average speed of 11.4 mph. For further information please see Strava segment titled, “CSSH Hill Climb”.

We are one of the if not the biggest club in the area. So it would be great to have a good representation on the day. Perhaps look a organising a ride out from YOGi HQ for 7am. Please don’t be put off by the statistics above, as hill climbing isn’t just about beating the fastest riders up the hill. Its a race against the clock and yourself. Besides, i’m sure the usual YOGi Banter will be ever present.


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