A STAR-STUDDED field is set to make one of the Peak District’s great annual sporting spectacles a day to remember for spectators and cycling competitors in the 82nd Monsal Hill Climb time-trial.
Sunday’s historic event, sponsored by Think Simplyhealth, boasts top cyclists including pro-riders Russell and Dean Downing and Sheffield Grand Prix winner Graham Briggs who will be challenging current champion Gunnar Gronlund and his team mate and former Monsal winner Chris Walker.
Organiser Marc Etches, of Sheffrec CC, said: “This hill climb event is one of the most popular in Derbyshire. The picturesque setting of Monsal Dale always attracts a large crowd.
“So please come along as spectators are just as important as the riders. And if you are a past rider, make yourself known on the day as the commentators would love to have a chat and share your memories.”
The steep climb, from 11am, is 675yards long with a gradient of one-in-six and is set in the beautiful Monsal Dale and Wye Valley.
Over 100 riders will be taking on the challenge in turns while spinning their wheels in the tracks of past competitors including British stars Tom Simpson and Malcolm Elliott who still holds the record time of one minute, 14.2 seconds which remains unbeaten.
There will also be a range of prizes for competitors falling into the veteran, Ladies Cup and schoolboy categories.
Thanks go to sponsors and supporters Chesterfield Bike Shop, Pelican Cycles. Montura Bikes, Little Longstone Village Group, Hobbs cafe and the local authorities.