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Hill climb champs weekender

29 - 31 October 2021

Join fellow members for a weekend in the Peak District.

Fit some low gears and get ready for some of the most iconic and challenging climbs that the Peak District has to offer!

Staying at the multi-award-winning Peak District pub-hotel the Old Hall Inn in the hamlet of Whitehough, you’ll be nestled in the heart of the hills you’ll be tackling on your bike. On Saturday you’ll get a full dose of Northern Grit riding and then, on Sunday, you can get a few more metres in your legs and cheer on the UK’s best climbers at the National Hill Climb Champs.

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128KM

Total Distance

2642M

Total elevation

2

Num. days

ROAD

Terrain

4

Fitness*

2

Experience*

*This is based on 1 being a beginner and 5 being an expert.

126KM

Total Distance

2642M

Total elevation

2

Num. days

ROAD

Terrain

4

Fitness*

2

Experience*

*This is based on 1 being a beginner and 5 benig an expert.

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If you have any questions or just need some advice why not book a call with one of our team members.

STAGE ROUTES

Chinley > Chinley  

 
This 90km/2000m route that includes three summits that have been used for the National Hill Climb Championships, Long Hill, the Cat and Fiddle and Winnats Pass. Your final climb of the day will be the 2021 course, Winnats Pass, where you can see how fast you can conquer its fearsome 20% ramps and compare your time to the mountain goats who’ll be doing battle on it on Sunday.
 
GPX files of the route will be shared with registered riders.

Chinley > Chinley

There will be a couple of options for Sunday depending on how your legs are feeling. Both routes will take you back to the bottom of Winnatts to soak up the atmosphere of the National Hill Climb Champs, neither are flat but the longer one has a few real stingers in it. It’s then 12km back to the Old Hall Inn before heading home.

GPX files of the route will be shared with registered riders.

PRICES & PACKAGES

INDIVIDUAL RIDER

£150 per rider

Only Hotchillee Premium Members can enter this event. If you are a Premium Member make sure you are logged in.

If you are not a Premium Member, join the gang

  • Carefully selected routes ticking off 3 climbs used at the National Hill Climb Champs
  • 2 course welcome dinner in the Old Hall banquet hall on Friday
  • 2 course dinner in The Paper Mill on Saturday 
  • Spot prizes at Saturday’s dinner
  • Hotchillee Ride Captain support
  • Manned water stops
  • Support vehicle en route
  • GPX files

Not included:

  • Accommodation (we have rooms reserved at the Old Grand Hall, see below)
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Alcohol or soft drinks
  • Insurance

ITINERARY

20:00 Rider Welcome Dinner at The Old Hall banquet hall

Distance: 90km
Elevation: 1755m

09:30: Ride departs from The Old Hall 

19:00: Dinner at the neighbouring Paper Mill pop-up restaurant

Don’t overindulge too much with your award winning Old Hall breakfast as it’s uphill from the off on today’s ride that ticks off three National Hill Climb Championship climbs. Leaving the village of Whitehough, we head up and over Eccles Pike before dropping into the outskirts of Whaley Bridge and onto Championship Climb number one, Long Hill, which was used in 2011.

Only averaging 3.2% and with no steep sections it’s Long Hill’s length at 7.5km and unpredictable winds that makes it a challenge. Ian Stannard holds the KOM with 12:57 which took an average of 503W.

It’s then a blisteringly fast descent down to Erwood reservoir and then another long and gradual climb up one of the areas prettiest roads to Derbyshire Bridge. We then head over Axe Edge Moor before riding through the village of Flash – which is the highest village in England.

More descending takes us to the edge of Macclesfield Forest and the twisting lanes of Wildboarclough. We then climb again, having passed the Forest Gin distillery, and out onto Championship Climb number two, The Cat and Fiddle, used in 2002 and featuring in the Tour of Britain in 2016 – Ian Stannard winning again on his local roads. We’re joining this climb halfway up but this still gives you the most exposed and spectacular upper sections and avoids having to ride through the centre of Macclesfield. Don’t worry though, you’re not missing out on any ascent and will actually be climbing on some steeper and more challenging roads.

The climb tops out at the Cat and Fiddle Inn which was the second highest pub in England but is now a café, shop and whisky distillery owned by Forest Gin. This is the halfway point of the ride and you’ll have a chance to fill your bottles and grab a snack here.

It’s then a fast blast down into Buxton, through the town and into the limestone dales of the White Peak. Climbing out of Miller’s Dale, although short, is one of the steepest ramps of the day at 25%.

We then head to Tideswell, followed by an undulating section of the ride that slowly gains height before a steep descent into Castleton and the ride’s crux – Winnats Pass. Hopefully you’ll have saved something in your legs as this climb, which’ll be raced up by the UK’s top climbers the following day, is a brute. It’s only 950m long (cattle grid to cattle grid) but averaging out at 12.9%, ramping up to 20% and a guaranteed headwind at the top, just keeping the pedals turning can be a mission.  The Strava KOM is 3:27 by 2020 Hill Climb champ Andrew Feather but, if the wind’s right, expect to see that topple.

We then carry on up onto Rushup Edge before a largely downhill 10km run-in back to the Old Hall for a well deserved beverage.

08:00: Ride departs The Old Hall Inn

10:00: Watch the National Hill Climb Champs 

ACCOMMODATION

The Old Hall INN

We have rooms reserved at The Old Hall Inn and adjoining Paper Mill Inn. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be booked directly with Dan here or by calling 07595 514466. Please make sure you mention Hotchillee when booking.

FAQ

No, you will need to upload the route to your navigation device before the event. If you do not have a device you can ride with one of the Hotchillee Ride Captains or local guides. 

No, but we recommend it if you do not want to ride with one of the supported groups.

Riders with GPS navigation units will be able to download the route ahead of time. However, there will be local ride leaders and Hotchillee Ride Captains each with a group of 10 riders.

Ride Captains will be on hand to help with light mechanical support however each rider will need to carry spares and tools necessary to deal with punctures and mechanicals.


We will have a dedicated support vehicle en route for riders needing to be picked up for any reason. 

You must be 18 years or older on 31 July 2021 to enter.
The event is not technical. A good level of fitness is recomended. If you are in doubt as to your fitness then we recommend you have a medical check-up before registering.

The rides start and finish at The Old Hall, Chinley. There is parking available, or the closest station is Buxton.

We’d recommend a road bike. Hotchillee Ride Captains will be riding the Specialized Roubaix.

We’d also strongly recommend trying to get as close to a 1:1 bottom gear ratio as you can – you’re not in Surrey any more! Unpredictable winds on high moorland roads make leaving the deep sections at home a wise call and, with rural road surfaces, 28mm tyres are also a must.

Yes! We recommend that all riders have public liability insurance I.E, British Cycling membership.

No, this is all about the climbs, although where there are Strava sections things may get a little punchy.

Hotchillee Ride Captains will be on the route to help with light mechanicals, but there is no dedicated mechanic on this one.

Yes, there will be a water stop with snacks each day.

There will be a car that is on hand to collect any riders with mechanical issues that can not be fixed on the road. Or need collecting for any other reasons. 

If Hotchillee cancels the event for any reason not listed in the conditions of sale, your entry fee is fully refundable.

If the event is postponed due to COVID-19, your entry will automatically be transferred to the new date. If you can’t make the new dates, you’ll receive a credit to use against any other Hotchillee multi-day or single day event. The credit expires on 1 July 2022. If you have not used the credit by the expiry date, you’ll receive a refund equal to the original booking amount. 

The Old Hall has a cancellation policy of 48 hours. Please confirm this with Dan when booking.

 

If for any reason you need to cancel your entry there are several options available: 

  1. You are able to nominate a substitute rider for your entry (up to 30 days before the event start date).
  2. You may defer your entry as a credit towards another HotChillee event in the same or following calendar year (up to 12 weeks before the event start date).
  3. You are entitled to the following refund on your entry:
  • 17 Weeks + before the Event start date: 66% refund of the full entry fee paid including any extra services and upgrades
  • 13-16 weeks before the Event start date: 33% refund of the full entry fee paid including any extra services and upgrades
  • 0-12 weeks before the Event start date: 0% refund of the full entry fee paid including any extra services and upgrades
  • If you are not able to travel due to COVID-19 click here for our COVID-19 Guarantee 

To cancel your entry, please contact info@hotchillee.com

If you are not able to travel due to COVID-19 click here for our COVID-19 Guarantee 

SPEAK TO OUR TEAM

If you have any questions or just need some advice why not book a call with one of our team members.