• Location: Church Stretton, Shropshire. South of Shrewsbury, close to Welsh border, SY6 6DL
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  • Distance: 1.9 miles
  • Average gradient: 9%
  • Maximum gradient: 20%
  • Height gain: 283 m
  • KOM time: 11.08 – 10.8 mph
  • 100 climbs: #39
  • Category: 3
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A real difficult climb in Shropshire. This is like a classic British climb, but rather than go on for one mile, this extends the climbing to two miles, maintaining an average gradient of 9%. Leaving Church Stretton, heading north east, there is a gentle introduction to the climb, but then a real difficult kilometre, averaging 15%, which will have you out of the saddle. The last mile eases off a little, as you climb to the top of Pole Bank.

Photo: John Clift CC NC. BY

It was the venue for the 1989 national hill climb championship, where a young Chris Boardman won in a time of  5.01.


Related Pages

National Hill Climb Championship 1989


Cycling Weekly Report

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