Buxton Mountain Time Trial
The Buxton Mountain Time Trial is organised by Buxton Cycling Club on behalf of Cycling Time Trials and is traditionally held annually on Good Friday each year.
Due to the Covid-19 situation, the decision was taken to postpone the 2021 event from it’s traditional Good Friday date.
For 2021 the event took place on Saturday 2nd October and used the same circuit but with the starting and finishing points close to the junction where the course meets the A53 Buxton to Leek road at the Knights Table pub (previously the Travellers’ Rest)
Headquarters were at Flash Village Hall.
Tough weather conditions made for hard racing in 2021. There was a brute of a headwind on the most exposed section of the course along Morridge Top at 1500 ft altitude, then a troublesome crosswind on the main descent towards Longnor. Thankfully, riders were helped by a tailwind up the big climb towards Flash Bar. It rained throughout.
In the senior men’s event, held over three laps of the 11 mile circuit, there were just three starters from thirteen entrants, such were the conditions. David Fellows (Solihull CC) clocked 1:30:31 on his time trial machine and was well ahead of second-placed rider Joseph Molyneaux (Congleton CC) who finished in 1:53:03 and fastest rider on a road bike. Gareth Haines (Race Hub) was third, in 2:05:52.
In the two lap event, contested by women and veterans, there were far fewer non-starters. Alice Taylor (Congleton CC) was fastest woman, in 1:16:50, relishing the tough conditions. Liz Batt, of the promoting club, was second in 1-20-48. Catherine Hughes (Ilkeston CC) was third, in 1:25:54. All were on road bikes.
Thijs Geurts (Macclesfield Wheelers) was the quickest veteran, in 1:08:06, and on a road bike. Jimmy Froggatt (SKCC) rode out and back from Stockport, a tough ride in itself given the weather and with Long Hill and Axe Edge having to be climbed just to reach the HQ. He clocked 1:10:47, and was also on a road bike. Riding his time trial machine, Andy Hicklin (Peak RC) finished third, in 1:11:09.
- David Fellows (Solihull CC) 1:30:31
- Joseph Molyneaux (Congleton CC) 1:53:03
- Gareth Haines (Race Hub) 2:05:52
- Alice Taylor (Congleton CC) 1:16:50
- Liz Batt (Buxton CC / Sett Valley cycles) 1-20-48
- Catherine Hughes (Ilkeston CC) 1:25:54
- Thijs Geurts (Macclesfield Wheelers) 1:08:06
- Jimmy Froggatt (SKCC) 1:10:47
- Andy Hicklin (Peak RC) 1:11:09
The Buxton CC Mountain TT was again sponsored by Hotel Milano Helvetia, Riccione in Italy (www.hotelmilano.net), one of the area’s famous “Bike Hotels”, and also long-standing sponsor Sett Valley Cycles
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Buxton Mountain Time Trial
The Buxton Mountain Time Trial is organised by Buxton Cycling Club on behalf of Cycling Time Trials and is held annually on Good Friday each year.
The course is a circuit of 11 miles and for the 2021 event started and finished at Flash Bar. For 2021, we had three lap and two lap events. All except men had the option of riding two laps rather than three. Prizes for all other categories of rider were awarded in the two lap event. Usually, all except men and a few veterans ride the two lap event. There are 390 metres of climbing per lap which, along with the variable weather, makes this one of the hardest time trial events in the country. It is set in the heart of the Peak District National Park and so takes place amidst beautiful scenery and so it’s a great day out if you come to watch by bike or car. Many family members, supporters and fans congregate in Longnor to watch the riders pass through each lap and if they fancy a break, there are plenty of pubs and cafes to keep them occupied.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank, in addition to our sponsors:
Hilary Sharpe who has been doing refreshments for 27 years.
Tony Millington and Judith Soden our timekeepers for 2021.
All the marshalls and others from Buxton Cycling Club and elsewhere who offer their help.
Official Course Description – J8/3
Due to Coronavirus restrictions the course has been revised for the 2021 edition of the event.
Start outside the Knight’s Table, Flash Bar. Proceed towards the A53 and turn left (M) onto the A53 in the direction of Leek. Turn sharp left (M) after the Royal Cottage but before the Winking Man (public house), on an unclassified road towards Longnor. In Longnor turn left (M) into Carder Green and left again (M) onto Buxton Road B5053, in the direction of Glutton Bridge. Take the first left turn (M) upon leaving Longnor, on an unclassified road towards Flash Bar. At Flash bar, turn left (M) onto the A53, past the start and complete a further one or two laps.
The finish is located approximately 0.4 miles before Flash Bar, immediately after a no-through road signed ‘Colshaw’
2021 route map
The revised MTT course map for 2021
2021 Course Profile
The traditional course, not used for the 2021 edition is retained here for information purposes only
Start in Longnor on the B5053 outside Longnor Primary school. Proceed north and just as leaving Longnor village (just before the derestricted sign) (300 yards) turn left (M) along unclassified road where continue straight on until Travellers Rest pub on A53 (4.1 miles) (M). Turn left on A53 towards Leek. Immediately after the Royal Cottage but before the Winking Man pub turn sharp left (6.8 miles) (M) keeping straight on to return to Longnor (11 miles) going left in Longnor (M) and after approximately 30 yards left again (M) onto the B5053 past the start to follow the circuit for a second and then a third lap.
Please avoid riders who are just setting off as you come through the start. The finish is in Longnor just before the first left turn in the village centre, just after the 30mph limit sign.
History of the Buxton Mountain Time Trial
The original course started on Grin Low Road, headed up Axe Edge (A53), took the left after Royal Cottage and descended to Longnor. Once in Longnor riders turned left along the B5053 past the school towards Glutton Bridge and Brierlow Bar, where the riders turned left just before the A515 and headed back to the start. This was a 2 lap course for the 32 miles.
Between 1974 and 1978 due to RTTC policy banning the use of the existing course, the circuit was amended to a longer 28 mile loop starting at Burlow Road in Harpur Hill, proceeding along Grin Low Road before turning and climbing Axe Edge (A53). Riders then turned left after Royal Cottage but before Longnor a right turn was made to Fawfieldhead and on the B5053 towards Warslow. A left turn was made on to the B5054 and took the riders through Hulme End and Hartington to join the A515 near the Jug & Glass pub to return to Harper Hill, turning into Heathfield Nook Road to finish. The ban was overturned and the Time Trial returned to it’s original circuit in 1979.
In 1990 the event moved from a desolate start and finish on Grin Low Road to Longnor where the Crewe and Harpur Arms was used as the first headquarters.
In 2002 the circuit was amended to what we know it as today, this is in part due to traffic lights being installed on the circuit following a landslip between Longnor and Glutton Bridge.
Hotel Milano Helvetia, Italy
The Buxton CC Mountain TT has again been sponsored by Hotel Milano Helvetia, Riccione in Italy (www.hotelmilano.net), one of the area’s famous “Bike Hotels”. The hotel is offering prizes of 2 five day stays at the hotel on their “Plus” package for cyclists, one for the winner of the Men’s/Espoirs’ in the 3-lap event and one for the winner of Women in the 2-lap event. During their stay, the package will give our winners bed, breakfast, evening meal and post-ride afternoon buffet along with the assistance of a guide to show them the best local routes (with the hotel’s other guests of course). The prizes don’t include air fares but many UK airports have budget routes to destinations in north eastern Italy which allow easy transfers to the hotel by bus, train or taxi. Bike hire is available at the hotel.
The Hotel Milano Helvetia will, in addition, be offering a 10% reduction on the cost of their stay (excluding extras like bike hire and bar bills, of course) to ALL ENTRANTS to the event!
Sett Valley Cycles
Long-standing sponsor of the event, Sam Clark at Sett Valley Cycles, kindly sponsors the Mountain Time Trial in 2021.