Event comes back to Highgate’s Swain’s Lane after four-year absence


Videos: Rollapaluza Urban Hill climb returns to north London

Event comes back to Highgate’s Swain’s Lane after four-year absence

The leaves are falling from the trees, the days are getting cooler, and the nights are drawing in – and for cyclists in Britain, that means it’s hill climb season.

Saturday 1 October saw some 200 cyclists tackle the north London climb of Swain’s Lane in Highgate as the Rollapaluza Urban Hill Climb made a welcome return after the last edition in 2012, the event supported by Sinclair, Rapha and Flying Dutchman.

900 metres long, the climb has an average gradient of 9 per cent but gets tougher in the second half, where it hits 18 per cent.

Here’s a video of the day, where Isaac Mundy took the men’s event in 1 minute 21 seconds, with Emma Grant triumphing in the women’s version in a time of 1 minute 48 seconds.

UrbanHillClimb from Orange Trike Media on Vimeo.

Some riders shot on-board video – the video at the top of the article is by Peter Holroyd who finished on the podium with the third-fastest time of 1 minute 31 seconds, while below is one shot by Charlie Woodhall – and there’s also footage of the separate Cargo Bike category from Paul Hayward.

It’s a tough enough climb to tackle once – so spare a thought for Mat Ilic of Regent’s Park Rouleurs, who in 2014 ‘Everested’ the ascent by tackling it no fewer than 134 times.

> Videos: London cyclist Everests hill with 18 per cent gradient - riding it 134 times

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.