Bank road runs through the centre of Matlock, Derbyshire. It is one of the steepest town-centre climbs and makes a good venue for a hill climb. It was used as the National hill climb venue in 2008. A shorter version is used every year in the Matlock CC double hill climb even (as well as the nearby Riber hill).
The top of Bank Road before the right hand turn to Wellington Street. National Hill Climb 2016.
- Location: Matlock
- Distance 0.6 miles
- Average gradient: 11%
- Maximum gradient: 20%
- Height gain. 110m
- Course record:
- 100 climbs: #31
- Bank Road Strava
- Everesting? 77* 1.4 miles = 108 miles in total
Bank Road begins in the centre of Matlock by the river Derwent. The first 250 metres are a gentle gradient, but then the climb gets progressively steeper. It gets to its steepest point just before the end of Bank Road. The full climb then turns right onto Wellington Street, where the gradient eases off a little.
In the Matlock CC open event, the climb finishes on Bank Road. In 2014 Adam Kenway won the event in a time of 01:46.6.
The 2008 National championship version goes all the way to the end of Wellington Road.
National Hill climb 2008
Matt Clinton – Photo Phil and Pam
The version used in the national hill climb also uses an extra leg on Wellington Street. The 2008 National hill climb was won by Matt Clinton in a time of 2.24. 1st women Lyn Hamel 2.59.
The only time I’ve ridden Bank road is the national hill climb in 2008. I hadn’t done much riding that year, but I still went to the national hill climb. I went really hard on the steep bit and then struggled on the last section on Wellington Square. I remember feeling very light-headed in the middle of the climb. Quite exhilarating with all the spectators. It is pretty steep. I finished 14th in a time of 2.42.
Results from 2008
|2||Bill Bell||Gemini BC||02:25.4|
|3||Jim Henderson||Southport CC||02:26.5|
|4||Dave Griffiths||Paramount RT||02:29.6|
|5||Lewis Cowley||Plan B RT||02:30.2|
|7||Charles Taylor||South Pennine RC||02:31.4|
|8||Adam Pinder||Blackburn & District CTC||18||02:34.6|
|9||Adrian Rodgers||Worthing Excelsior CC||02:35.2|
|10||Darren Atkins||Coventry RC||02:39.5|
|11||Daniel Arblaster||Guernsey Velo Club||17||02:40.4|
|12||Ian Stott||Blackburn & District CTC||02:41.0|
|13||James McLaughlin||Guernsey Velo Club||18||02:42.1|
|14||Tejvan Pettinger||Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team||02:42.3|
|15||Adrian Lawrence||Lancashire RC||02:43.5|
|16||Chris Metcalf||Matlock CC||02:43.5|
|17||Robert Gough||John’s Bike RT||02:43.7|
|18||James Ward||Cambridge CC||02:44.8|
|19||Robin Coomber||Johns Bike’s RT||02:44.8|
|20||Chris Edmondson||Blackburn & District CTC||02:45.0|
- Lynn Hamel (The Green Room ) was fastest women.
- 1st junior was Adam Pinder (Blackburn & District CTC),
- Team Prize Blackburn & District CTC, Adam Pinder Ian Stott and Chris Edmondson.
- 2008 Nat HC at Cycling Weekly
2016 National hill climb championship
See: Blog National Hill Climb 2016
Ahc/6 – description
Stewart House (10) at the start. Photo me whilst warming up.
- Start at the bus shelter just above Imperial Road, Matlock.
- Climb up Bank road and continue into Rutland Street to finish by the wall just above Matlock green garage, just before the junction with Wellington street and the triangle at this junction.
- Will I need a qualifying time to enter? Yes. In recent seasons, the national hill climb championship has been oversubscribed. It is likely to be oversubscribed again this year.