Published: 8 July 2013
Report: David James
The Abergavenny Hill Climb (Deri Dash) is making its debut in the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling this week, adding an exciting mid-week challenge to the South Wales event.
The ‘Deri Dash’ took place for the first time in September last year, managed to attract over 50 competitors from 7 years and upwards. For 2013, the hill climb will take place on Wednesday 10 July and has been extended, making it more of a challenge than a sprint.
Event organiser, David James of Abergavenny RC described the route the hill climb will take.
"It starts off with a steep kick, the gradient then decreases between the high banks at the side of the lane leading to Llwyndu. About half way up, around the bend in the lane, riders then see the steep part of the climb ahead with gradients well in excess of 15%. Under the oak tree and once again riders will feel the gradient easing, but as they turn right into the last 40 metres the steepest part of the test awaits. The legs should be hurting by now! No doubt if last year's event is anything to go by there will be lots of spectators shouting encouragement and ringing cow bells to help people get over the line!"
As the event takes place on a closed road all ages are welcome to take part. The road closure is from 6pm onwards and the hill climb commences at 7pm. Depending on the number of competitors there’ll be will be race offs for the fastest riders in each category for some additional prizes.
Entry is on the line with a fee of £3.00 for all categories.
The event will be raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust so there will be a raffle and all monies from food sales will go to the charity. All money raised will then be doubled by a major sponsor.
To find out more, please contact event organiser David James on 07941 757747 or by email Cwmheulog@sky.com