One of the final events of the summer, or perhaps the opening event of the winter is Hebden Bridge’s ‘Up the Buttress’ event. A hill climb like no other up a steep, cobbled ‘road’ in the West Yorkshire town. While the overall distance is something like 400m, it’s the tricky first couple of steep pitches that usually determine whether riders will fly or die on its cobbled slopes.
The event has been held as part of the South Pennines Walk and Ride festival for the last five or so years and brings in a wide variety of entrants: from Ed Oxley on his Kona Ute, with a bag of coal on the back, to local racing hotshots like Jack Clarkson.
It’s a great event to watch, especially given the great riding locally, and the proliferation of pubs and cafes in the area, but why not sign up to race? The entry fee is £10 and every racer number goes into a prize draw to win a vast array of prizes – with top prizes in the past being an Orange mountain bike donated by local shop Blazing Saddles. You can race on any bike – track bike to fat bike.
Entries will be available on the day and we’ll get more info up here as it arrives.