Up The Buttress 2014: Results and photos

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With the infamous cobbles of the Buttress running greasier than an Ali Baba’s kebab, it was clear that anyone taking part in this year’s Up the Buttress Hebden hill climb would have to spend time working on optimal tyre pressure and pedalling technique if they wanted to be in with a chance of winning.

Another good turnout saw riders battling for traction in front of an encouraging/heckling crowd for a chance to win something from the prize pile kindly donated by race sponsors.

But enough of that, here’s some bike mounted police doing their bit for community relations (thanks DazH for capturing the moment)…

Thanks to the sponsors:

  • Orange
  • Hope
  • Yorkshire Tea
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Lazer
  • Singletrack/Grit.cx
  • Butt’r
  • South Pennines Walk and Ride festival
  • Bridestones brewery
  • Victor and Liberty
  • Timothy Taylors
Only 400 yards of greasy cobble to go
If you made it this far you still had a way to go
Polite encouragement


Race face on…
He started well
Did he make it? Fat Chance
The start of the corridor of heckle
Ballast or baby participation? You decide…
Not far away.

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The Wobbler
Some people won something
He really likes tea



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Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 15.30.23Full results here.



Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (6)

    Was that Matt Wild with the electric shouty tube?

    out of interest – did any fat bikes take part? Were they any good?

    No fat bikes took part.

    Ah well, it looked fun unless you were a member of the law enforcement community 🙂

    I’m with wwaswas – a fatbike would have been the perfect weapon

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