Sunday 25 September sees the return of Frome’s Cobble Wobble hill climb, founded as recently as 2009 but already firmly established as one of the highlights of the cycling calendar in the South West. If you want to take part this year though, you’d better be quick – entries, which are restricted to 200, open online at 8pm this evening and are expected to sell out in double quick time.
The contest features the 179-yard climb of the cobbled Stony Street and Catherine Hill, and as last year, when Chris Akrigg picked up the title of King of the Cobbles, there’s a Charge bike on offer to the fastest person up the ascent.
Akrigg of course is still recovering from serious injuries he sustained in a crash in May, and earlier this week tweeted a picture of himself in his King of the Cobbles t-shirt with the caption ‘King of the cripples more like!’
This video produced by Charge Bikes of last year’s event includes Akrigg talking about the set-up of his bike, and also shows some of the more light-hearted participants – Sesame Street’s Big Bird roaring up the cobbles being a particular crowd-pleaser.
If you fancy having a go yourself, this helmetcam footage from Neil Thayer shows you what to expect. There, that doesn’t seem so bad, does it? Although of course, it’s always much easier to watch someone else do it…
Organisers expect the event to sell out in as little as one hour, and their advice if you want to take part is to set yourself a reminder to go to the website at 8pm sharp this evening to complete the entry form. They add that you must wait for the payment screen to load after submitting the form, since only complete entries (including payment) will be processed.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.