Hill Climb National Championships moved with one month’s notice

Some riders upset that the event has been moved 130 miles away

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

The Hill Climb National Championships, one of the jewels in the crown of the domestic racing calendar, have been moved with just one month’s notice.

The Championship had been due to take place at the Shelsley Walsh climb in Worcestershire on 28 October, but it has now been moved to Pea Royd Lane in Stocksbridge near Sheffield, 130 miles away.

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Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.