Hill climb and freewheel competition 2024

Contact us about this event

Send an email to ride leader/event organiser: Roy Pearce.


The hill climb event will take place first. The course runs up Common Lane, starting at the bottom of the lane in Southwickford OS Landranger Map 196, Map reference 622088 It will finish after approximately 1.3 miles (2.1km) and a climb of 131ft (40m) at the top of the lane where it joins the Fareham to Hambledon road OS Landranger Map 196, Map Reference 619105.

The Freewheel event will run down Beckford Lane which comes off Common Lane about 500m down from the Hill climb finish. It will start at the top of the hill just beyond the farm Landranger Map 196, Map Reference 624102.

The freewheel has a separate class for Tandems.

For the Hill climb the rules are that each competitor states their anticipated time to complete the course. The course is ridden without watches in a visible or easily accessible position and with cycle computers removed. Each competitor is timed over the course and the competitor with the time nearest to their estimate is the winner.

For the freewheel competition the bicycle cranks are secured to prevent pedalling and the competitor starts down the hill from a set point. The place where they have to put a foot down is marked. The winner is the competitor who has travelled the furthest distance before putting a foot down. If the pedal securing is found to be broken at the finish the competitor is disqualified.

The entry fee again is an inflation busting 50p per event. Competitors may enter more than once (by paying additional entry fees). Participants may meet up at the Havant Old Town Hall at 18.30 and cycle to the start as a group or meet at the downhill start point at 19.15. The start will be as soon as possible after 19.15.

Afterwards, Phil Beed will be providing refreshments from his van again. Hot Dogs, crisps, dessert, beers, and soft drinks. More details here.

Or those wanting a pub there is the Chairmakers at the end of Beckford Lane or The Golden and Red Lions in Southwick.

These are fun events with trophies for the winners. Usually, the fiercely competed downhill event is very entertaining. Come and join in. If you feel that either event may be too strenuous, come and enjoy the pleasant socialising afterwards.

Bookings for this ride/event

This ride/event is unlimited and booking is not required. You're welcome to turn up on the day. Please come back to this page before joining in case we have to cancel or postpone.

About evening pub rides

Thursday evening rides in the summer from Havant or Farlington Marshes depending on direction. Destination is a pub for a drink or a meal.

There's a good chance you will arrive home after dark so you should bring some lights with you.

This article describes what you should consider bringing with you.