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Partners Usher in new era in Hill Championships

A long-time supporter of Irish Cycling, Usher Insulations and the Irish Road Club have joined forces with the Cycling Ireland Road Commission to organise this year's National Hill Climb Championships for August 26.

To get as close to the capital as possible, they have selected the championship to be based on Kilmashogue Lane, Rathfarnham.

The sting in the tail is that it is a relatively short course at 2.5km, but the steepness is what will make the winner a worthy Hill Climb champion.

The course gradient is at an average of 9.6pc with the steepest section coming in the final 200m to the finish where it rises to 16pc, which will have the competitors digging deep into their lungs.

Sign up for the event at St Columbas College Sports Hall at the foot of the climb.

To make the championship more interesting, they have opted to spread the prizes around, giving all categories something to race for.

Not only are the Cycling Ireland Championship medals on offer, but there are also prizes for the top three Senior, Junior, Veteran and Women.

So although riders may not have the fastest time on the night, they can go away with something.

As this is a National Championship, it is pre-entry only. Entries close next Wednesday.

Defending Champion Ryan Sherlock is now racing for the Sportactive Racing Team. He recently finished third in the Hill Climb stage at the Suir Valley Three Day, behind Conor McConvey (An Post/Sean Kelly Team) and Damien Shaw (Lakeside Wheelersz).