Ottery’s first hill climb event takes place this weekend

Cllrs Josefina Gori, Ian Holme with Otter Garden Centre's Sabine Taylor, Mayor Glyn Dobson and John

Cllrs Josefina Gori, Ian Holme with Otter Garden Centre's Sabine Taylor, Mayor Glyn Dobson and John Campion as the garden centre presents a cheque for more than £1,000 to the hill climb. - Credit: Archant

Cyclists are gearing up for Ottery’s inaugural hill climb on Sunday.

1st Chard Wheelers have organised the time trial which will see competitors race up Chineway Hill in the hope to claim a top prize of £350 and be named the first King and Queen of the mountain.

The race will start at 9am but spectators and riders are invited to have a big breakfast from 8am at participating restaurants in the town.

At 12.30pm, attentions will turn to the Land of Canaan for the first go ride cycling event.

There will be events for all the family including races, stalls, refreshments and demonstrations by the Exeter Aces speedway club and Urbanflow street dancing group.


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The event’s mascot, Daisy the climbing Jack Russell will also be at the event.

There will be a duck race at 3pm and an award ceremony at 4pm.

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Josefina Gori, who has co-ordained the event, said; “The biggest satisfaction I have had is to see how many fathers, mothers are doing the time trial in the morning and sons and daughters are doing the Go-ride event in the afternoon. Just what the whole idea behind this event is: get families to enjoy the sport, what Ottery has to offer and the beautiful surroundings we have got.”

She also thanked the sponsors, businesses and residents for supporting the idea.

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