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They’ll be cycling up that hill in Denbighshire!

They'll be cycling up that hill in Denbighshire!

HOPES are high that spectators will turn out in force when a major national sporting event is held in Denbighshire later this month. For the…

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HOPES are high that spectators will turn out in force when a major national sporting event is held in Denbighshire later this month.

For the first time in more than four decades, the British National Hill Climb Championship will be taking place in the Llangollen area.

This year’s event is being jointly organised by Velotik and Wrexham Roads Club, with the race running along the old Horseshoe Pass, from Pentredwr, on Sunday, October 30.

Organiser David Williams is urging spectators to turn out in force for the event.

"It is generally well supported," he said.

"Last year, at Winnats Pass, there were rucks of people there in driving rain!

"I hope it’s a success and a good day for supporters, marshals and riders."Entries have now closed for this year’s championships, with hundreds of cyclists set to take part.Mr Williams added: "We’ve had 440 entries in all, from 11-year-old juveniles to 70-plus year old veterans."We are pretty happy with that."There’s a record number of entries for women in a national championship event of 74 including the current national hillclimb champion Bithja Jones."The men’s field is huge, with seven former national hillclimb champions entering."It won’t be an easy route for the competitors on the day and gradients will hit an eye-watering 25 per cent, with an average of 12 per cent on the climb.As for the potential champions – and winning times – Mr Williams said: "It’s up in the air!"The fastest time on Strava up that climb is 5.55 and it was set by the reigning […]

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