Riber Hill Matlock

Photo Ian. Riber during 1986 National hill climb
  • Location: Riber hill. Matlock, Derbyshire
  • Distance: 1.8 km
  • Avg grade 9
  • Max Grade: 25%
  • Elev Gain: 162m
  • Direction: South easy
  • KOM: 5.12 – 19.8 km/h
  • Cat: 3
  • 100 hills #32
  • Strava segment
  • Everesting? 49*1.6 miles = 78 miles
  • riber-22

Riber is a ‘popular’ hill climb to the south of Matlock. It has everything you can want in a classic steep British hill climb. A maximum gradient of 22% – two very hard corners and then a long drag to the castle. The full climb starts off near the town centre of Matlock – off the A615. There are a few ramps as you go through a built up area and the village of Starkholmes (and one or two-speed humps). It is challenging, but this section is only the hors d’oeuvre for the real sting in the tail which is the last kilometre up a very steep and twisting section of road. To get on the steep section you take a left and the road really rears up quickly. The first bend is a sharp left-hander and it is hard to keep full momentum as you have to go a little wide and then turn sharp left. After that, the road is unforgiving, with a constantly difficult gradient and more twists and turns until the climb finally starts to level out by the top of Riber Castle.

I have often wanted to ride Riber but only got round to it in 2020. I took the first section relatively easy and then went as hard as I could up the last section. It was a really great climb!

Riber 100 Climbs



Photos of hill

start of steep section and hill climb course
riber bends
riber bends
tough left hander
tough left hander.

Near the top

Photo Chris Barnes – Riber Castle from the distance

The Matlock CC hill climb course, doesn’t use quite the full hill – just the shorter version 1.1 km @ 11%

National Hill Climb Championship 1986

In 1986, the National hill climb championship was held on Riber. It was a longer version than usual Matlock CC hill climbs. It went all the way to the top near the castle. The winner in a time of 4.48 was Daryl Webster (Manchester Wh.)

Daryl Webster – 1986 National HC on Riber. Photo by Ian
Riber 1986. Photo Ian
Photo Ian

Results 1986 – from Cycling Weekly


Riber HC



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