Rollapaluza Urban Hill Climb 22.07.10 Swains Lane, London.

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Germain Burton, Chris Metcalfe, Dave Clarke

Germain Burton, Chris Metcalfe, Dave Clarke. pics courtesy of Andy Waterman

The Inaugural Rollapaluza Urban Hill Climb was a huge success, despite the heavy rain showers early on in the evening which mimicked the conditions encountered on the Tourmalet in the Tour de France earlier on in the day, a huge crowd gathered to cheer on over 100 competitors in London’s first ever closed-road hill climb.

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Women's winner Claire

Women’s winner Claire Beaumont of Condor Cycles. pics courtesy of Andy Waterman

The Urban hill climb inspired 120 cyclists to get out and race up the fantastic Swains lane, a tough little climb hidden away in the centre of london. Simon Warren’s book “100 greatest cycling climbs features this road and another 99 hills all over Britain that are just waiting to be discovered. Racing in the event Simon set an early fast time of 1m 42.09 seconds, however spectators were stunned when only 38 racers in to the event 15 year old Germain Burton set a blistering time of 1m 33.70seconds, seven seconds faster than the quickest adult time at that point. Racers  from commuters on folding bikes through veteran cycle couriers, first-time racers, club riders were unable to beat this time and it wasn’t ’til the elite cyclists and top hill-climbing talent took to the hill over an hour later that Germain’s time was threatened. Londoner Matt Theobalds, elite cyclists Justin Hoy and Dave Clarke came close but only Chris Metcalfe of Matlock CC was able to beat the youngster.

Simon Warren 100 climbs author

100 greatest cycling climbs author Simon Warren takes the start. pics courtesy of Andy Waterman

Claire Beaumont rode stongly in the women’s category to win by over 6 seconds from Alexandra Marzec and Veteran John Storms rounded out the top 10 overall to take the Vets category 8 seconds faster than comeback rider Don Wiley.

Generous prizes were provided by Condor Cycles with cash prizes from Rollapaluza.

Above pic from: Trulli

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Brief Results:


1. Chris Metcalfe 1-32.86
2. Germain Burton 1-33.70
3. Dave Clarke 1-34.06
4. Justin Hoy 1-34.70
5. Matt Theobalds 1-35.80


1. Claire Beaumont 2-08.35
2. Alexandra Marzec 2-14.90
3. Jo Perriam 2-17.83


1. Germain Burton 1-33.70
2. Alex Cozens 1-58.70


1. John Storms 1-42.26
2. Don Wiley 1-50.57
3. Kevin Knox    1-50.67

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