The 2017 edition of the Monsal Hill-Climb has a full entry list of 190 riders, the most that the classic annual event has ever fielded.
The 87th running of the event takes place on Sunday, October 1, and is a mainstay of the short British hill-climb season. Evidently, the race’s popularity is still growing and organiser Sheffrec Cycling Club says the age range of competitors this year is six to 56.
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Riders must tackle the lung-busting 675-yard (617 metres) climb of Monsal Head in the Derbyshire Peak District, which is usually lined with a noisy and encouraging pack of spectators.
The current men’s course record was set by former international professional Malcolm Elliott, who posted a time of one minute and 14.2 seconds in 1981.
He had previously beaten the mark set by Tom Simpson in 1957 of 1-23.4. Elliott still regularly appears at the event to present the prizes.
As well as Simpson and Elliott, previous winners have included four-time winner Russell Downing, Adam Blythe, Dean Downing, Graham Briggs, Jack Pullar and last year’s winner, Adam Kenway.
Lou Bates set a new women’s record of 1-42.8 last year, proving that course records are still up for grabs.