A hill climb with a difference, Denbies Duels pits riders head to head in a series of knockout rounds

We’re into hill climb season now in the UK and each weekend we can see guys, girls and children suffering up steep inclines around the country.

One competition in Surrey offers something different, though. Instead of setting off one at a time, a rider battles it out with another rider in a series of head-to-head battles in the Denbies Wine Estate near Dorking.

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The 1.7km course averages six per cent, so it’s no walk in the park. While times are important in the first round, to decide your seeding for the next round, the round of 16 onwards are straight knockout.

Riders are whittled down to a final two, with Norwood Paragon’s Dan Sullivan winning the men’s and hill climb specialist Maryka Sennema taking the women’s.

It’s a lucrative affair as well, with the prize fund topping £1,000 in cash and cycle shop vouchers. Check out the video above and sign up for the event by clicking here if it takes your fancy.

  • Ade Webb

    Er.. that was last year’s but not well worded as you rightly observe!

  • Jdog

    If Dan and Maryka have already won, who else would bother entering?