The Shelsley Walsh Open Hill Climb Time Trial ran from 2014 – 2018
|James Hayward||Jonathon Morris||Richard Bussell||Richard Bussell||Matt Clinton|
|2 min 43 secs||2 min 54 secs||2 min 36 secs||2 min 40 secs||2 min 43 secs|
No date has been set for another Shelsley Walsh Open Hill Climb Time Trial yet.
In 2014 for the first time ever, an open cycling hill climb competition was run on the world’s oldest motor racing venue, Shelsley Walsh Speed Hill Climb in Worcestershire. Shelsley Walsh is the oldest motor sport venue in continuous use in the world. First used in 1905, it is older than Indianapolis, Le Mans or Monza. Brooklands has been and gone, but Shelsley Walsh is still here.
Worcester St John’s Cycling Club and Wyre Forest Cycle Racing Club teamed up with the Midland Automobile Club to promote this inaugural event, with the aim of it becoming an annual feature of the UK cycling calendar.
The 12ft wide (3.66m) wide smooth tarmac surface of the hill climb course runs for 1000 yards (914 metres) gaining an elevation of 328 feet (100 metres). This gives an average gradient of 1:9 (11%) with a maximum gradient of 1:6 (17%).
Spectators were welcome, with easy access to track-side seating and viewing areas, use of the Strastone Cafe open all day for hot food and drinks. For the riders the Shelsley Walsh covered pit area was available for preparation and warm up. The hill climb course was open for practice before the main competition began.
The Shelsley Walsh Motor Sport Venue is a private facility, there is no access for cycling at any other time of the year.