hill climb

The famous Lancashire RC hill-climb on the fierce slopes of the Rake at Ramsbottom on Sunday October 15 (not 10th as printed recently). The event boasts a £500 first prize and over £1,000 in prizes for all categories.

Over the years the 970-yard Rake which averages one-in-five has tortured many a famous soul. Chris Boardman, Graeme Obree, Michael Hutchinson, Malcolm Elliott, Gethin Butler and Jim Henderson, they all have two things in common. Not only have they all won national titles, all have ridden the Rake.

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Keith Bingham joined the Cycling Weekly team in the summer of 1971, and retired in 2011. During his time, he covered numerous Tours de France, Milk Races and everything in-between. He was well known for his long-running 'Bikewatch' column, and played a pivotal role in fighting for the future of once at-threat cycling venues such as Hog Hill and Herne Hill Velodrome.