Rollapaluza have announced that this evening's Urban Hill Climb, due to have been the fourth edition of the closed-road event on Swain's Lane in Highgate, North London, has been cancelled on safety grounds, citing safety fears over unspecified "road conditions." It is hoped to restage the event later this year.
In a statement published on the event website, Rollapaluza said:
It is with regret that we have cancelled / postponed the 2013 Urban Hill Climb due to reasons beyond our control.
As event organisers we feel we have a responsibility not only to provide great events, but also to ensure the safety of all participants and the general public. With the road conditions as they are this evening we cannot guarantee a safe event.
We apologise to all those who were coming and thank you for your support of the event, we will look into the possibility of a date later in the year after consultation with all event partners.
Since the first edition in 2010, the event has proved popular with riders, fans and locals alike, with this video from 2011 showing some of the action that will now sadly be missing this evening.
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