Challacombe is a short and steep hill in Devon. It was used in the 1985 national hill climb championship.


Steve Marchant (2nd place) on Challacombe hill, Devon

Challacombe is located on the North West coast of Devon. Starting near the sea, the first 0.25 miles are a gentle introduction, lulling the rider into a false sense of security. But, then the climb ramps up close to 25%, and maintains an average gradient of 20% for half a mile.

  • Location: Devon, South West
  • Distance: 0.8 miles
  • Average gradient: 13%
  • Maximum gradient: 25%
  • Height gain. 540ft / 164m
  • 100 climbs: #7
  • Challacombe, Strava
  • Everesting? – 53 * 1.6 miles = 84.8 miles



1985 National Hill climb Championship

The 1985 Hill climb championship was won by Darryl Webster (his 3rd title in a row), who was dominant that year – winning national titles at 25 miles and 50 miles.

1985 Results


The Cycling Weekly report from the 1985 Hill climb championship is full of riders who set off too fast and paid for their early efforts as the climb got steeper and steeper. One of the pre race favourites – Phil Mason promised never to do another hill climb after blowing up on the last section

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