Hill climb and freewheel competition

  • Starts: Thursday 24 June 2021 7:00 pm
  • Ride leader/Event organiser: Roy Pearce
  • Category:
  • Route grade: C - Moderate route
At: The Spring Centre, Havant

Address: East Street, Havant, P09 1BS

The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre web site is here.

More details and map.

Contact us about this event

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


The hill climb event will start at the crossroads shown on OS Landranger Map 196, Map reference 658132 (marked Pithill Farm on the Map). It will finish after approximately 1.25 miles (2.0 km) and total climbing of 184ft (56m), at the road junction on the Forest Gate to Hambledon lane OS Landranger Map 196, Map Reference 650146 (marked Rushmere on the Map).

The route starts with a gentle climb of 17ft (5.3m) and then drops down to a crossroads, it then climbs up 78ft (23.8m) and drops down to the final climb of 87ft (26.6m).

The downhill competition will start below the hill climb finish and go back down the hill.

The freewheel competition 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 Spring Centre at 19.00 and cycle to the start as a group, or meet at the hill climb start point at 19.45

On completion we'll visit the White Hart at Denmead for the results, refreshments and socialising.

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 watch, and enjoy the pleasant socialising afterwards.

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.

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