Based in Exmoor it is impossible to cycle very far without having to go up some pretty serious hills and so during the summer months, Minehead Cycling Club have held a series of training evenings to help riders climb a little bit better.
These were held on a variety of different climbs and thanks to the generosity of The National Trust, the most popular was the relatively short hill up to Dunster Castle. The much steeper and longer climbs to Selworthy Church and North Hill in Minehead also proved to be worthy challenges. Ages ranged from pre-school to well into retirement with the more experienced riders sharing their knowledge with their less experienced colleagues, though with some of the under 16 year olds from Minehead Merlins Cycling Club showing the older riders how well they could climb.
Over the series Geoff Ware from Skillgate showed his ability to get up the hills consistently with best female Ros Willicombe from Minehead showing many of the male riders how it should be done.
All the riders will have the opportunity to demonstrate their new found skills and fitness at the forthcoming Tanks Direct Porlock Hill Climb held up the Toll Road on the 24th September. This is an annual race which attracts many of the top Hill Climbers in the country including Olympic & National Champions. For more information see www.porlockhillclimb.co.uk
The next event organised by Minehead Cycling Club will be a series of Circuit Races for all ages on closed roads around the rather flatter town centre as part of the Minehead Festival of Wheels on 10th September. For more information see http://mineheadcyclingclub.com/festival-of-wheels-2017