I forgot to put the details in the Acorn News, so here they are.
To round off the end of the racing season we have the Club Hill Climb Championship on Terrace Hill starting around 10.30 a.m. The Sunday Club Run will be heading there after meeting at Lowdham 9.15 a.m. as usual. Terrace Hill is shown on http://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/2158852
If it is a foul day, there may not be sufficient numbers to run the event.
Our hill climb is an informal affair and members are encouraged to have a go as it is only half a mile long and we have to get to the top anyway! After the race we head off to Lakeview cafe for refreshment, then back to the top of Harby Hill. The freewheel contest has riders starting individually to see who can freewheel furthest towards/into/beyond Harby - depending on the wind direction. None of this is too serious, there are no fees or prizes - all for fun.
Afterwards we continue the Club Run back to Lowdham.
One difference this year is that I will be going to the start by car (with bike in the back). This is because I struggle to get round the whole run when carrying watches, numbers etc. This is the direct route of about 15 miles from Lowdham to the hill start https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/20668118
We will need a second timekeeper, as I can't be at the start and the finish! Trev usually volunteers.
A hill-climb can be very hard and is the domain of the young and fit. If you are not very fit and used to making hard efforts, I'd suggest just using a low gear and not pushing yourself too far - no shame in doing a slow time, it is just for the fun of it!
You sign on, wear a number and are held at the start so you can get your feet in the pedals. Strictly you are not allowed to put a foot down during the ride (this is because on some hills it could be faster to run up). We wouldn't disqualify anyone who had to stop for a rest - wouldn't win anyway.
On the freewheel competition we trust everyone not to pedal. You just freewheel as far as you can, then stop with your bike. Then we see who got furthest. Careful if you get into Harby as vehicles are often parked blocking one side of the road and there are likely to be oncoming vehicles.
Remember it is all for fun!