Due to the worldwide pandemic that we are all very much aware of, the organisers of the 2020 HMT Monsal Hill Climb have taken the difficult decision to cancel the running of the event. We have looked at all aspects of the event and in the best interests of rider, official and volunteer safety we simply cannot safely run the event in its current form.
The HMT Monsal Hill Climb is renowned for its large crowds of spectators and amazing atmosphere which attracts a record rider fields each year and we don’t want to run the event without that unique electric atmosphere. Running the event behind closed doors, without spectators just wouldn’t be the same Monsal that we all know and love. We have consulted with the CTT, our event partners the Healthcare Management Trust and local residents and although this is very disappointing, we are already planning our return in 2021.
Event organiser, Marc Etches commented “The future of the event is absolutely vital and we have to make sure safety is paramount for everyone involved and that cant be guaranteed this year so I do think we have made the correct decision. I’m personally disappointed as this is one of the highlights of the hill climb season and an event lots of riders enjoy, so I know this decision will be hard for some riders to take, but this is a worldwide pandemic and way beyond our control.”
Tony Barrett, CEO of the Healthcare Management Trust commented ”We fully back Marc’s team on the decision to cancel this years event. Safety for all involved has to be our 1st priority and we are already looking forward to supporting the event in 2021.”
The organising club, Sheffrec CC would like to thank HMT Hospitals, Langsett Cycles, Big Bobble Hats, Skyhook Coaching, Yondermann Cafe, Velotastic, Simon Warren from 100 Climbs, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Chatsworth Estates, Litton & Cressbrook Parish Council, Little Longstone Village Group, Derbyshire Police, Hobbs Cafe and Monsal Head Hotel for their support over the last few years. Without their support previous editions just simply wouldn’t have happened.
All entrants will receive a full refund via Cycling Time Trials in due course.