CW5000 June Challenges

Another month, another two challenges for our CW5000 riders. Complete both to be in with a chance of winning a pin badge

(Image credit: Daniel Gould)

Now that restrictions on riding have been eased throughout the UK, our monthly challenges have shifted back to an outdoor focus, although if you’re still riding in virtual worlds, they can be done there.

This month both challenges have a very clear climbing focus, so hit those hills and enjoy that hard earned fitness gained from all those turbo sessions.

Both challenges have to be completed to be in with a chance of winning a CW5000 pin badge. Five will be awarded this month. Wherever you’re riding, stay safe and enjoy the outdoors. You’ve earnt it.

1 Set a pb on a climb

There are a few ways of doing this. You could head out to a hill that you know you’ve never attacked with venom, or strip the non-essentials off your bike to get the weight down, get in your tightest skinsuit and go hit a hill as hard as you can. We recommend using Strava for this challenge as it will automatically tell you if you’ve set a ‘PR’. You don’t have to get the KOM or QOM for the segment, just beat your previous best.

(Image credit: Sport Pictures Cymru)

Tackling Ffordd Pen Lech in Harlech. For a while the steepest road in the world. Picture by

2 Gain 9,000ft of elevation in one week

Back in March we set you the challenge of gaining 7,000ft of climbing in one week of riding. Now the days are longer and we’re all (hopefully) a bit fitter, we’re upping the ante. To hit 9,000ft of climbing you’ll need three good rides in a week.

To put it in perspective it’s three times up the Col du Telegraph in the Alps, 17.5 times up Milan San-Remo’s Poggio or eight times up Yorkshire’s Holme Moss.

This challenge can be done over seven consecutive days, rather than sticking explicitly to the Monday to Sunday definition of a week.

Share your rides

Upload your pictures and videos to the CW5000 Facebook group, and on Twitter and Instagram with the  #CW5000.

Good luck!

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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 

Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


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