9th October 2016 at 7:50 pm #6325
Here’s the list of climbs then. You may need to refer to this page when you look at the Survey Monkey survey (link to follow). Some of these climbs are ones we’ve used before but we’ll vote all the same.
Moor lane to GCHQ – I can’t find this on Strava
Irton Moor Lane – ditto, but we all know this I think?
Ascending to paradise – from Newcaslte Packet to top via cobbles
Simon Howe – Foxholes to top
Racecourse hill – can’t find this on Strava
Realty climb – i.e. Reasty Bank
Bickley gate climb
Upchuck-er – Raincliffe woods, from Wood cutter carpark to top. Nice rooty but doable climb. –
Seavegate – from the bottom to the top of the valley then turn left and go all the way to the top of the bridleway. currently two strava segments (seavegate to moor lane and whin covert climb). I’ve linked the first one.
Muddy rut – bridleway from the mere Raincliffe that goes by the farm
Cross cliffe climb – Dalby. From the gate to the view point (think we may of had this before). – I can’t find this on Strava.
Riverbed climb – in Dalby
Dark arches, off valley road – I can’t find this on Strava
RCC Just Enough Grip Climb – it’s in Broxa woods
Holbeck – up the landslide9th October 2016 at 8:38 pm #6326
CLICK HERE to go to the survey. It’ll take a couple of minutes to fill in, probably. You’ve got until noon on Saturday 15 October to answer. After that I’ll compile the results and we’ll start competing on Sunday 16 October.
I’ve left off the team competition for this year, but there’s nothing to stop you riding out as a group and having a go at climbs. You mustn’t get any kind of ‘tow’ off anyone else, of course. I’ll put all the rules and regs up when the comp goes live.15th October 2016 at 3:25 pm #6338
Here are the results of the survey.
Climbs we’ll be competing on: 5 (scored 60%)
When you’d like to ride the climbs: anytime before the end (67%)
Should we have a big-boned class: yes (67%)
ROAD CLIMBS CHOSEN
Olivers Mt Climb (73%)
Moor Lane to GCHQ (47%)
Castle Bank Climb (40%)
Ascending to paradise (40%)
using Cote de Harwood Dale KOM 2016
OFF-ROAD CLIMBS CHOSEN
Back up to the Wykeham nurseries (69%)
Climb thru Whin Covert (what we voted for as Seavegate, 46%)
Rainbar climb (46%)
Riverbed climb (38%)
The Strava hills contest is from Sunday 16 October to Sunday 5 February.(That gives us time to get trophies engraved before the club dinner in March.) You can ride the climbs as many times as you want. There are competitions for men and women, both on and off-road. For this year, there will be a big-boned class too. If you’re 80kg or over (male) or 70kg or over (female) let us know on here and we’ll put a B after your name so we remember. Weight is your weight now – if you lose several kilos by February and slip down a class, don’t worry about it.
The rider with the lowest cumulative time (in each category) on the five hills, road or off-road, will win a trophy. If you win multiple trophies, you might just get one bigger trophy with a plaque listing all your victories.
1. You must be a paid-up member of Richardsons CC when any ride is done for it to count.
2. Before any counting ride, you must join Richardsons Cycling Club on Strava so that other club members can see your rides.
3. Only rides within the time period will count.
4. All rides must be uploaded and made public no later than the day after the climbs were ridden in order to count.
5. You can use any bicycle you like, so long as it doesn’t have an engine or a motor.
6. You must not get a tow off a vehicle or other cyclist.
7. At the end of each calendar month (approx), we’ll publish a league table of times. If your times are not visible on Strava (because you’ve gone faster on one of the climbs at an earlier date), you must inform the organiser (Dan Joyce), either by email, text, or by posting it on the RCC forum.
8. This is meant to be self-policing but any disputes will be decided by a majority vote of RCC Committee members. (So, for example, if your phone says you did a climb at 30mph, they can just toss it out as a phone error.)
That’s it. We know Strava isn’t 100% accurate. Sometimes you’ll get the breaks, sometimes you won’t even get a recording. It’s just meant to be a bit of fun really, and something to do over the autumn and winter.
Even if you don’t think you’ll be in with a shout of a trophy, it’s worth having a go at to see how much you can improve on the various hills. It’s great training! You’ll want to get some of the off-road climbs done before winter bites, as they’re much harder when it’s wet and muddy.
Any queries, post on the forum. I’ll provide more detailed descriptions on where the climbs start shortly.
Enjoy!15th October 2016 at 4:41 pm #6344
A good selection of hills in both categories. I am going to start my campaign tomorrow, I’m a B rider though I would like not to be by the end of the competition.1st November 2016 at 8:24 am #6364
I’ve done a leaderboard but struggling to upload…more to follow
1st November 2016 at 9:19 am #6366
- This reply was modified 1 year, 2 months ago by Simon Walker.
Thanks, Simon. One option I’ve found works is to export a spreadsheet file as an image file, then upload that. There may be other ways. New site doesn’t seem to like tabbed text, however.1st November 2016 at 12:01 pm #6368Paul LaneParticipant
So, probably guessed already but declaring myself in the B class!11th November 2016 at 3:37 pm #6380
I’ve just done a comparison to a couple of the times on Castle Bank Climb
Castle Bank Climb
It would seem that comparing to a couple of faster riders (including Hannah) that I’m 10 seconds ahead until the last bit where I am suddenly 10 seconds behind….I reckon it’s cause the final switchback is close enough for GPS Drift to pick up the finish line…….would it be worth creating a new segment without the final switchback to cut out GPS error? or should I just ride harder?11th November 2016 at 4:30 pm #638111th November 2016 at 5:06 pm #6382
Looks good to me but only for my joint fourth place!11th November 2016 at 7:28 pm #6383
I think this falls under ‘them’s the breaks’. I’ve seen this happen even on straight climbs like Bickley, where I’ve beaten someone all the way up, only for them to catapult forward 20-30 metres in the final second – clearly, a missed satellite ping. Strava isn’t 100% accurate.
It’s a risk on *any* Strava section, and any errors are proportionately larger the shorter the segment is. On that basis, I wouldn’t favour shortening the climb any further. It’s quite possible to do an entire climb and not have it picked up by Strava at all – an even bigger kick in the nuts than someone gaining a handful of seconds.
I’m not just saying that because I’ve got a decent time on Castle Bank Climb, as I haven’t ridden any of the road climbs within the relevant time period yet.
If anyone feels really strongly about it, we could put it to a vote. But don’t forget that you’re free to ask for a ‘steward’s enquiry’ on anyone’s times. Obvious phone errors can already be tossed out by a committee vote.
11th November 2016 at 9:22 pm #6385Chris HarperParticipant
- This reply was modified 1 year, 2 months ago by Dan Joyce.
Something to be aware of on the castle climb is starting point, if you come at it from the skate park entrance it comes up on Strava as castle climb, whereas the other side (old cafe/toilet block) is castle bank climb.12th November 2016 at 11:43 am #6387
Message received…..Pedal Harder next time then 😉14th November 2016 at 10:21 am #6393
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14th November 2016 at 8:22 pm #6394
I have a 5.32 on climb thru Whin Convert from 29th October
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