Thursday, September 27, 2012

Announcing the 2012 Irish HC Champs and Challenge

Our club/team, Cycleways CC, are holding the 2012 Irish Hill Climb Championships in Glendalough, County Wicklow. We have selected a great course (10km @ 5.2%), a course that is approachable by any rider from commuter to pro racer.

We are trying to make this as inclusive as possible, so there are two events:

1) The National Championship Hill Climb Time Trial - riders set off individually at 1 minute intervals, first rider off at 10:45am. To be eligible for the National Champion title, you must be Irish (IRL UCI code) and be an A3 rider or higher. A4s and riders that purchase a day-license can race it, but are not eligible to become National Champion. We will have prizes for the fastest three senior, vet, women and junior riders. 

2) The Challenge - this is for all riders, racers and non-racers, commuters or pros, you don't need a racing license. Basically, it is the same course as the National Championship course, but ran as a mass start at 10:00am. If we get big numbers, we will split it into smaller, more manageable groups. Everyone will get their time and we may have a few prizes too. U16 (not U14 or younger) can ride this challenge too.

With both races, there will be a car driving to the top of the course that you can give extra clothing for the descent back down.

The course is Glendalough to the top of Turlough Hill.

Race HQ/Signon: Glendalough Hotel, Glendalough, Wicklow, a great hotel - there are also many amenities in the area (shops, bars, restaurants and of course the world famous Glendalough Monasteries - well worth the trip)


The event is online registration only (€10), and registration closes on Thursday 4th of October. Online registation is available here.

Here is the poster - please repost - hopefully the event will be a success and we can build on it next year - it would be great to run a series (always has been a dream of mine)



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