Porlock Hill is known as the steepest A road in the country with many stories of cars overheating going up and burning brakes coming down. The good news is that the Hill Climb is not going up the 1 in 4 main road climb but the longer, gentler and most definitely more scenic 4.2 mile Porlock Toll Road. We are fortunate to have been offered the use of the Toll Road for this event by Porlock Manor Estate to whom we are most grateful. Not only do we have the use of the road but also permission to close it to all traffic for the duration of the events. This is not just a race but a community event supported by the vibrant village of Porlock. Minehead CC is indebted to the Porlock community for their support in this event. Porlock Ladies will once again be feeding everybody, the community will help with the marshalling, and the Porlock Recreation Ground provides parking and showers. Finally the Village Hall hosts the event headquarters. The vocal support for the riders will come from Minehead Cycling Club, locals and holidaying visitors alike. Porlock offers a variety of overnight accommodation, restaurants, cafes and other facilities to look after riders and their families during the event weekend. Details can be found on the Porlock village website www.porlock.co.uk/accommodation/offers.phpor simply phone Porlock Visitor Centre (Tel: 01643-863150) who offer a wealth of knowledge and will be only too pleased to help you. For more information about the Toll Road see www.porlockmanorestate.org. Tejvan Pettinger’s blog Cycling Uphill reviewed our first event in 2013, last years men’s winner Ed Laverack has posted essential pre race advice and preparation and to get a taste of the action see John Grenfell’s videoThe Hill Climb is part of the Devon & Somerset Festival of Cycling where, with Exeter Wheelers, you can hill climb on two days in succession with their event on Saturday 23rd September. See http://www.exeterwheelers.co.uk/events/hill-climb-festival/The event is part of CTT west district Hard Riders series and we welcome participants in this challenge. Points are allocated to riders taking part in the series that include a number of hill climbs and time trail events during the season. For more information see http://www.wtta-hardriders.org.uk and their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1465965716996852/
The day itself is split into 2 distinct but linked events:Event 1:9.30am - Porlock Toll Road Hill Climb - 4.2 miles in length with a prize fund of £3,000 donated by Tanks DirectEvent 2:11.45pm - Minehead Merlins Go Ride Race - 2 miles in length with prizes donated by Tanks DirectThe Go Ride is the event for our future Olympic and World Champions to get a taste for the sport. Please, please, please stay on long enough to give them a Tour de France style send off at the start of their races. Just look at some of the pictures from last year to see how much it means to them and hopefully sometime in the future we will be able to say "I watched them when they were just a youngster" as they become the champions of the future.1.00pm - Prize presentation for both events.
Spot prizes: in 2017 we are excited that Exmoor food and drink producers are providing prizes for the riders finishing 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 90th, 100th, 110th and 120th. Please see the ‘RIDER OFFERS/PRIZES’ page for details.