This Saturday is the Fixed n Chips alleycat in Bristol. Organised by Gav of BOIKZMOIND fame this promises to be a really great race, and Gav has put in countless hours to make sure everyone has a good time & potentially takes home some sweet (& salty & vinegary) goodies. Ed will be there representing Hamilton Wheelers & battling for the prestigious prizes. The action kicks off at 2pm at Queen’s Square.
The Bristol fixed gear scene is currently under going a massive rebirth, with lots of new riders and a variety of events happening.
Last week Tim and me headed over to Wales for the first of hopefully many Ride The Drome events.
Ride The Drome is a great idea by Luke which basically involves a bunch of cyclists, with varying levels of track experience, going to Newport Velodrome for a couple of hours of fun and some hard work!
If you’d like to get on the waiting list for the next event, visit Ride The Drome and drop Luke an email.
Yesterday Red Bull marked a few memorable dates in their diary – They got 1st & 2nd place at the Korean Grand Prix, they sent a man to space in a hot air balloon, and they attended the 2012 Hell Climb!
We’d just like to say thankyou to everyone who attended the event – the riders, the spectators & those who helped the afternoon run smoothly. Those guys that stepped up to the mark when we needed them most were: Kieran Ellis, Mark Hudson, Adam Axtell-Powell, Andy Timpson, Joe Lumbard & Gav Strange.
We had a great time & are super grateful to everyone who came along & (hopefully) had a good time themselves, once again we’re overwhelmed with the responses we’ve had via Facebook, Twitter & word of mouth.
If you have any photos of the event then we’d love to see them, post them on our Facebook wall, tweet us, tag us on Instagram, or simply use the #hellclimb hashtag to share your photos with the world! We’ll share some on the blog in the coming weeks.
A final thankyou to the companies that donated their time & some excellent prizes for all those that took part: Boston Tea Party, Avon Valley Cyclery, Road.cc, Antic Apparel & Red Bull. These guys made the climb up hell all the more worth it!
Well, the weather held out & we had a sunny afternoon on Dundry with a great turn out for today’s Hell Climb! 47 riders raced up the 1.5 climb & by the seems of it everyone had fun in the sun. We’d like to say a big thank you to everybody who rode, along with all those that came out to watch & support the riders. We will post a more indepth look at the event soon, but for now, here are the full results. Congratulations to Dan Alford, Lucy Walker & Paul Jones for wins in the 3 categories.
We’ve got less than 24 hours to go until the Hell Climb, and we have a few final details of the afternoon’s events to list, as well as another sponsor that we’re super excited about – Road.cc. The guys at the huge, but locally based website have kindly provided a whole load of their famous socks as hand-up prizes for tomorrow’s race. Put in some extra work & grab some extra prizes along the way!
A few final things to note before the event itself:
-Please aim to get to the start point for 1:30pm, this will give us time to get all riders signed on & ready to ride. And note, the start point is 5 miles from the centre of Bristol.
-Riders will be set off at 1 minute intervals.
-Riders will go in the following order: Bros, Girls, Pros.
-Bring warm/waterproof clothing as you may well have to wait for your turn & the weather will be Autumnal.
-This will be on an open road, so please be aware of cars & other road users, it is a quiet road but there is always the chance of traffic, we hope not too much.
We hope to see you all there tomorrow at 1:30pm, tell all of your friends to come along & support you & the other riders, it will be a fun afternoon! Christian has kindly put together some stats to prepare/scare you:
It’s only a few days away, and we’ve spent the past few hours putting together the final parts of Sunday’s event. We’re nearly there now & we can’t wait to see you guys there. Tonight we’re excited to bring you more prize fund news, this time from Bath’s longest running bike shop – Avon Valley Cyclery.
Avon Valley Cyclery have 2 stores which stock all kinds of bikes & accessories from brands like Giant, Cube, Charge, Oakley, Mission Workshop & stacks more. They’ve been kind enough to donate prizes to all 3 of the winners (1st Pro, 1st Bro & 1st Girl) in form of gift vouchers & goodies. As well as this they will be putting a whole bunch of hand-up prizes which everyone has a chance to win if they grab a ‘dollar’ along the course. Oh, and join their Strava group for a chance to win monthly prizes.
In the run up to this coming Sunday’s Hell Climb, we are giving a nod to each of the sponsors of the event with a little word on who they are & what they do. Second up we have Bristol based clothing brand Antic Apparel. We are super happy to have these guys on board as, like us they are Bristol based, and we like to keep things nice & local, the guys at Antic were really excited about sponsoring the event & just couldn’t say no!
They have donated t-shirts to the winners’ prize fund as well as a bunch of small goodies for hand-up prizes available through the day. Remember, even if you don’t put in a race winning time, if you put the extra effort in to grab a ‘dollar’ hand-up then you will be sure to take home a prize!
As you should be aware, the Hell Climb is only a matter of days away, on Sunday 14th October, and as with the Tunnel Sprints we will be introducing you to the event sponsors in the days leading up to the event.
Our first sponsor is once again our favourite local coffee & cake stop – Boston Tea Party. We don’t only love these guys for supplying a great prize fund for Tunnel Sprints, but they make great meals, cakes & drinks. This time round the prizes being put up for the winner of each category (Pros, Bros & Girls) are: Vouchers for meals at any of the Boston Tea Party cafes, vouchers for free coffee at any of the cafes as well as an awesome re-usable coffee cup.
Read full info on the Hell Climb & get your entry in here.
Autumn is upon us, the road racing season is over & the hill climb season is getting close, that means only one thing – the return of the world famous Hell Climb.
On Sunday 14th October Hamilton Wheelers are bringing back the event after the success of the recent Tunnel Sprint event. If you are not aware of the Hell Climb, the full details are below the amazing flyer designed by kateland.co.uk.
-The course is a 1.4 mile climb hill climb.
-We will be setting riders off individually at 1 minute intervals.
-This is a singlespeed & fixed gear race, whatever size wheel you ride, as long as you only have 1 gear!
-There will be bonus ‘hand up’ prizes on the course, if you put the work in to grab these, you will take home a bonus prize!
-There will be 3 categories of racers – Pros, Bros & Girls. Pros will be those riders that have experience racing CTT or British Cycling recognised events. Bros will be for the guys that are in it for the fun & have no race experience. The girls category will be open to all the girls racing.
-Sign on will be at 1:30pm on 14th October, with racing starting at 2pm. Sign on will be on the green on Highridge Road, see here for a map.
We welcome you to enter online, saving time on the day, and giving us an idea of numbers for each category. We would like you to be honest with the category you choose, but we have the final say as to which category you race in.
It’s been almost a week since Tunnel Sprints already, how time flies! And we’ve finally got round to digitalising the results. See below for the full run down of the races for both the guys & the girls (winner’s names in bold).
Round 2 of the guys’ race was timed & the 2 slowest winners had to step aside due to an odd number of races (38 riders in total).
Timing wasn’t necessary for the girls’ races, but due to the call for it we timed the final, which turned out to be a very close one indeed!
If you are viewing on a phone then the use the side bars to drag the results table to view in full.