This evening's Urban Hill Climb in North London cancelled at eleventh hour

Organisers Rollapaluza cite safety concerns over unspecified "road conditions"

by Simon_MacMichael   July 11, 2013  

2010 Rollapaluza Urban Hill Climb senior male winner Chris Metcalfe pic courtesy Andy Waterman.jpg

Rollapaluza have announced that this evening's Urban Hill Climb, due to have been the fourth edition of the closed-road event on Swain's Lane in Highgate, North London, has been cancelled on safety grounds, citing safety fears over unspecified "road conditions." It is hoped to restage the event later this year.

In a statement published on the event website, Rollapaluza said:

It is with regret that we have cancelled / postponed the 2013 Urban Hill Climb due to reasons beyond our control.

As event organisers we feel we have a responsibility not only to provide great events, but also to ensure the safety of all participants and the general public.  With the road conditions as they are this evening we cannot guarantee a safe event.

We apologise to all those who were coming and thank you for your support of the event, we will look into the possibility of a date later in the year after consultation with all event partners.

Since the first edition in 2010, the event has proved popular with riders, fans and locals alike, with this video from 2011 showing some of the action that will now sadly be missing this evening.

Urban Hill Climb from rollapaluza on Vimeo.


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Damned shame. Rollapaluza put a huge amount into organising this and its always massively oversubscribed. *sad face*

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posted by aslongasicycle [253 posts]
11th July 2013 - 18:23

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Brave decision from a responsible organiser. Safety has to come first. Let's hope they manage to get it run later in the year. Nocturne Hill Climb, anyone??


posted by doc [167 posts]
11th July 2013 - 19:01

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Anyone local know what the story was with the road conditions?

posted by sarahb [5 posts]
11th July 2013 - 19:14

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Five guys all called Victor, what are the chances of that?

Between the S and the LOW

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posted by bikeboy76 [1053 posts]
11th July 2013 - 20:47

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I live just down the road and climbed it a couple of times this morning in anticipation of tonight. Didn't notice anything out of the ordinary and was expecting to go and watch this evening until I saw it was cancelled. Mate actually missed announcement and went there this evening and couldn't figure out why cancelled (though he didn't ride up the hill).

posted by forzagaribaldi [7 posts]
11th July 2013 - 21:42

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I know someone involved with it, and they said that the council forgot to close the road.


posted by Paul Madden [8 posts]
11th July 2013 - 21:54

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