Stewart started organising a "hill climb" event in 2004 on Pea Royd Lane, Stocksbridge, Sheffield, a true challenge on a brute of a hill.
Basically, riders are started at one minute intervals at the bottom of a hill and timed to the top of the hill, the quickest rider wins! Simple
The hill climb season usually lasts from September to the end of October and is a uniquely British event.
Every year on the last weekend of October the death knell of the cycling season is sounded by the National Hill Climb Championship. It’s been won by luminaries like Brian Robinson, Chris Boardman and Malcolm Elliott, and yet the story of the championship is one of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, of amateur cyclists prevailing against the professionals. It’s a tale of obsession, pain and asceticism – the key elements in the fight against the insidious grasp of gravity.
Pea Royd Lane has also been the venue for 3 National Championships - 2009, 2014 and 2018.
Strava link - https://www.strava.com/segments/1193299
The 2022 event also includes the North Midlands District Hill Climb Championship.
Stocksbridge Town Council also provide a trophy for the fastest under 16 Sheffield based rider (to keep for 1 year)
Unit B12, Joseph Hayward House
Fox Valley Way
Pigs in the Wood
Pigs in the Wood is a non-profit sanctuary for pigs that have been rescued from various situations. We are based in the village of Scissett, Huddersfield in 10 acres of woodland where the pigs roam free and live naturally. The wood is currently home to 20 pigs that are cared for by our team of volunteers who work 7 days a week ensuring the needs of the pigs are always met.
Our aim is to provide a home for pigs that have been abused and mistreated.
To take part, all riders must be a member of a CTT affiliated club. The event is held under CTT's rules and regulations.
Entry fee is £15 via the link -
The annual event on Pea Royd Lane is 860 yards in length and has an average gradient of 14.3%. The start is opposite the car park to Gate 4 of Liberty Steel and the finish is just below the brow of the hill.
The course records for the course are
Men - Andy Nichols - 2:17.5 set in 2019
Women - Lou Bates - 3:00.1 set in 2016
Year Winner Club Time
NC = National Championship CR = Course record
2004 Jonathan Dayus Arctic - Shorter Rochford RT 02:33.2
2005 Adam Blythe Pinarello RT 02:41.7
2006 Adam Blythe Sheffield Phoenix 02:30.1
2007 Jim Henderson Southport RC 02:39.7
2008 Kit Gilham Kinesis UK 02:46.0
2009 Matt Clinton Mike Vaughan Cycles 02:23.9
2009 Dan Fleeman Cervelo Test Team 03:17.8 NC
2010 Nicholas Latimer Rutland CC 03:03.2
2011 Lee Baldwin Buxton CC / Sett Valley Cycles 02:27.7
2012 Gunnar Gronlund RST - Trigon 02:28.6
2013 Graham Briggs Team Raleigh 02:32.4
2014 Joseph Clarke Derby Mercury RC 02:28.2
2014 Dan Evans Team Elite / Paul Bethall Electrical 03:24.2 NC
2015 Adam Kenway Sportgrub / Kuota 02:24.6
2016 Joseph Clarke Cycling Sheffield Giant 02:20.2
2017 James Hayward Woolwich CC 02:20.6
2018 Joseph Clarke Cycling Sheffield Giant 02:24.5
2018 Andrew Feather BCR Racing 02:18.8 NC
2019 Andy Nichols Team Lifting Gear Products/Cycles In Motion 02:17.5 CR 2020 event not held
2021 Andy Nichols Team Lifting Gear Products/Cycles In Motion 02:18.0
Year Winner Club Time
2004 None entered
2005 Susan Smith Thurcroft CC 05:38.8
2006 None entered
2007 None entered
2008 None entered
2009 None entered
2009 Anna Fischer Maxgear RT 04:55.2 NC
2010 None entered
2011 Sarah Birkby Rutland CC 04:12.6
2012 Nicola Soden Champion System / Maxgear / Kykios 03:53.4
2013 Nicola Soden Champion System / Maxgear / Base 03:43.0
2014 Lou Collins Beeston RC 03:26.3
2014 Maryka Sennema Kingston Wheelers 04:35.3 NC
2015 Nicola Soden Stocksbridge CC / Irwin Mitchell Solicitors 03:32.1
2016 Lou Bates Velo Schils Interbike RT 03:00.1 CR
2017 Rebecca Goodson Velo Schils Interbike RT 03:20.3
2018 Fiona Burnie GS Metro 03:12.7
2018 Fiona Burnie GS Metro 03:05.8 NC
2019 Rebecca Richardson Brother.UK Fusion RT 03:05.7
2020 event not held
2021 Rebecca Richardson Team Brother UK 03:04.0
Stocksbridge Town Council (age 16 & under) Shield
2009 James Baillie 04:44.4 NC
2010 Ashley Proctor 03:04.4
2011 None entered
2012 None entered
2013 Thomas Booth 04:36.9
2014 Thomas Booth 03:32.3
2014 Thomas Booth 04:54.6 NC
2015 Bruno Schooling 03:15.7
2016 Thomas Booth 03:39.7
2017 None entered
2018 Taylor Hill 03:08.5
2019 None entered
2020 event not held
2021 Not awarded
From the bridge looking upwards
The pain and agony of a hill climb
A team of "catchers" await the riders
A hill climb is great fun for spectators, if not the riders
From the bridge, looking down towards the start.
Was it that bad?