Ottery’s King and Queen of the Mountain contest heads to new heights

Ottery's first King and Queen of the Mountain hill climb took place on Sunday. CREDIT: Phyllis Baxte

Ottery's first King and Queen of the Mountain hill climb took place on Sunday. CREDIT: Phyllis Baxter - Credit: Archant

Cyclists will be put to the test once again as Ottery St Mary’s annual hill climb returns with a new twist.

This year organisers have announced a three hills contest which will take participants on to Haytor and Widdicombe.

Since launching three years ago, The King and Queen of the Mountain competition has pitted competitors against each other to race up Chineway Hill in the fastest time.

The hill featured in the Tour of Britain in 2015 and 2017 as the 'King of the Mountain' stage of the tour.

The race will start in Ottery on Sunday, September 22 and has been organised by the event's committee in conjunction with Chard Wheelers and Mid Devon cycling clubs.


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An event spokesman said: "This event is a test of endurance in which participants will have to conquer three different stages starting with Chineway Hill in Ottery, followed by the Haytor climb and ending with the Widecombe climb.

"Haytor as defined by some cyclists is such a tease, where you are constantly looking for the impressive Haytor rocks but you can only see them until the final couple hundred metres. Widecombe is a short, steep climb ideal to round off the day."

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Anyone wishing to enter should contact Nigel Ware on nware1807@gmail.com or 07766692581.

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