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First run in 1887...

Considering a hill climb to be a cycle race - which it is - then the Catford Cycling Club's Hill Climb in Kent, UK, is one of the oldest races in the world. It was first held in 1887 when it was won on Westerham Hill by S.F. Edge of the Anerley B.C. riding a 'safety' cycle. The 7th rider R.L. Philpot of the Brixton B.C. rode an old ordinary ('penny farthing').

This year's event will be held on October 23 at York's Hill, Nr. Sevenoaks. 2004 winner Rob English (21st Airports CT) will start off last in a field of 73 riders, facing face fierce competition from current national hill climb champion Jonathan Dayus (Arctic Shorter Rochford RT) and four times champion Jim Henderson (Southport CC).

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