Videos: Rollapaluza Urban Hill climb returns to north London
Event comes back to Highgate’s Swain’s Lane after four-year absence
The leaves are falling from the trees, the days are getting cooler, and the nights are drawing in – and for cyclists in Britain, that means it’s hill climb season.
Saturday 1 October saw some 200 cyclists tackle the north London climb of Swain’s Lane in Highgate as the Rollapaluza Urban Hill Climb made a welcome return after the last edition in 2012, the event supported by Sinclair, Rapha and Flying Dutchman.
900 metres long, the climb has an average gradient of 9 per cent but gets tougher in the second half, where it hits 18 per cent.
Here’s a video of the day, where Isaac Mundy took the men’s event in 1 minute 21 seconds, with Emma Grant triumphing in the women’s version in a time of 1 minute 48 seconds.
Some riders shot on-board video – the video at the top of the article is by Peter Holroyd who finished on the podium with the third-fastest time of 1 minute 31 seconds, while below is one shot by Charlie Woodhall – and there’s also footage of the separate Cargo Bike category from Paul Hayward.
It’s a tough enough climb to tackle once – so spare a thought for Mat Ilic of Regent’s Park Rouleurs, who in 2014 ‘Everested’ the ascent by tackling it no fewer than 134 times.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.