Classic races revisited: The proving ground of the Grand Prix of Essex

In the latest in a series revisiting British classic race routes, Simon Warren takes on the mini-bergs of Essex and finds a few surprises

(Daniel Gould)

Unpacking my bike on Halstead’s Market Hill and looking down the road, I almost di a double take. "Wow, that is a lot steeper than I expected, that’s a proper hill. Must have really stung the legs."

From 1964, this testing little ramp through the heart of town was the finishing straight of one of the great British bike races, the Grand Prix of Essex.

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