Hundreds of spectators will be welcomed to one of the Peak District’s greatest spectacles on Sunday.

Pictured is the 2012 Monsal Hill Climb champion Jack Pullar of Wheelbase.CO.UK/MGD. Picture courtesy of Sheffrec CC website.
Pictured is the 2012 Monsal Hill Climb champion Jack Pullar of Wheelbase.CO.UK/MGD. Picture courtesy of Sheffrec CC website.

This year’s 83rd Monsal Hill Climb time trial boasts one of its best fields ever for spectators with the men’s and ladies’ National Champions and top pro Russell Downing.

Crowds massed on the crest at Monsal Head in the Peak District for free last year as the action unfolded with riders including top pros Russell and Dean Downing before Jack Pullar, now of Madison Genesis, clocking up the fastest time.

Pictured are Sheffrec cycle club Monsal Hill Climb organiser Marc Etches with former professional cyclist and Monsal Hill Climb record holder Malcolm Elliott.

Pictured are Sheffrec cycle club Monsal Hill Climb organiser Marc Etches with former professional cyclist and Monsal Hill Climb record holder Malcolm Elliott.

As National Men’s Hill Climb Champion he will be leading the charge with top pro Russell Downing and Lynn Hamel, of Herbalife-Leisure Bikes.com, looking to take the Monsal ladies’ title from Jessie Walker.

The Sheffrec Cycle Club event which starts at 11am, on Sunday, October 6, is being sponsored by Simplyhealth, Pelican Cycles and the Derbyshire Times and the 2013 edition boasts about 120 entrants from across the country after they have trained hard to take on the 675 yard sprinters’ climb.

Sheffrec organiser Marc Etches said: “What distinguishes this popular event from other competitions is that we try to get a mix of riders of all ages and abilities from amateur cyclists to pros. I can’t think of any other sport where amateurs can so readily rub shoulders with their heroes from the top end of their sport.”

Monsal Hill Climb was first run in 1930 by mates who used to time each other and it has now become one of the country’s top hill climb events with £1,350 worth of prize money up for grabs.

Retired pro-rider and local legend Malcom Elliott still holds the record for the fastest time from his incredible 1981 performance of one minute and 14.2seconds. Current champion Jack Pullar managed the climb in 2012 in one minute 18.9seconds.

Marc added: “There have only been four chief organisers of the event since its launch so it’s very much a labour of love and it looks like I might have this role for a lifetime.”

Organiser Marc is appealing for archive material. Those with information can call Jon Cooper on (01246) 504524. For results visit www.matlockmercury.co.uk.