“What is Up The Buttress?”
That’s a question we heard a lot last week in the lead up to the weekend, but for any rider based outside of the Calderdale Valley, it’s a totally valid one. For Calderdale residents, The Buttress is a well-known cobbled laneway that extends up the hill from the town centre of Hebden Bridge. It’s a very old piece of infrastructure that contains the steepest known climb in the area. How steep? Over the course of 300 metres of so, the Buttress has an average gradient of 25%, and that includes a flat bit. So basically it’s really freakin’ steep.
Once a year, Singletrack hosts an event called Up The Buttress, which sees competitors taking on a timed hill climb to make it to the top as fast as possible. It’s absolutely bonkers, but the riders and the spectators (mostly the spectators) love it. We were there over the weekend gone to host another round of riders silly enough to take on the Buttress, and we have both photos and results here for all ye to view!
If you raced Up The Buttress yourself or you had a mate of family member take on the hill climb, then you’ll be able to check out results in the table below. There’s also a full gallery of images available from Craig Shaw Photography, who was snapping away on the day to capture everyone’s pain faces and jeering from the crowd. We all had an absolute cracking day out at the event, and we hope we’ll see more people around next year to take on The Buttress!