Porlock is an attractive Exmoor village nestling between the high moor and the sea with a variety of great hill climbs close to hand. For the connoisseur, Porlock Toll Road is fine wine offering an alpine style classic climb with 4.2 miles of constant 5-6% ascent. Add to that the glimpsed, spectacular views of the Bristol Channel and surrounding country and you’re in Hill Climber’s heaven.The Tanks Direct Porlock Hill Climb is not just a race but a community event supported by the village. Minehead CC is indebted to the Porlock community for their support on the day. Porlock Ladies will once again be feeding everybody, and Porlock Recreation Ground provides parking and showers. Finally the Village Hall hosts the event headquarters. The vocal support for the riders will come from Minehead Cycling Club, locals and holidaying visitors alike. The Toll Road offers some exciting racing where Dan Evans won here prior to taking the National Mens Hill Climb title in 2017 after a close contest with 2016’s winner, JLT Condor road pro Ed Laverack. Past National Ladies Chapion Maryka Senema has won the ladies race for the past 3 years where our womens field is one of the largest of the season. However this event is not just about the overall winners, a Hill Climb time trail is also an individual event where the nature of this climb offers something different to the shorter steeper efforts elsewhere. To help your preparation Past National Champion Tejvan Pettinger reviewed our first event in 2013 in his blog Cycling Uphill. Author of Greatest Cycling Climbs, Simon Warren, picks the Toll Road as one of his favourites and to get a taste of the action see John Grenfell’s videoPorlock offers a variety of overnight accommodation, restaurants, cafes and other facilities to look after riders and their families during the event weekend. Details can be found on the Porlock village website www.porlock.co.uk/accommodation/offers.php or simply phone Porlock Visitor Centre (Tel: 01643-863150) who offer a wealth of knowledge and will be only too pleased to help you. For more information about the Toll Road see www.porlockmanorestate.org. The event is part of CTT West District Hard Riders series and we welcome participants in this challenge. Points are allocated to riders taking part in the series that include a number of hill climbs and time trial events during the season. For more information see http://www.wtta-hardriders.org.uk and their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1465965716996852
The day itself is split into 2 distinct but linked events:Event 1:9.30am - Porlock Toll Road Hill Climb - 4.2 miles in length with a prize fund of £3,000 donated by Tanks DirectEvent 2:11.45pm - Minehead Merlins Go Ride Races - 2 miles in length for various age groups up to 14 years with prizes donated by Tanks Direct. The Go Ride is the event for our future Olympic and World Champions to get a taste for the sport. Please, please, please stay on long enough to give them a Tour de France style send off at the start of their races. Just look at some of the pictures from last year to see how much it means us all and hopefully sometime in the future we will be able to say "I watched them when they were just a youngster" as they become the champions of the future.1.00pm - Prize presentation for both events at HQ.
Spot prizes: in 2017 we are excited that Exmoor food and drink producers are providing prizes for the riders finishing 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 90th, 100th, 110th and 120th. Please see the ‘RIDER OFFERS/PRIZES’ page for details.