Road racing is arguably the highest profile branch of cycle sport and Huddersfield Star Wheelers have a strong tradition in the road race scene. Road racing is a classic test of stamina, fitness and team tactical acumen. Huddersfield Star Wheelers hold two open road races each year: the Eric Biddulph memorial road race on a Sunday at the start of June and the evening road race is not too long after. Both races are open to Juniors and Cat 4 level racers and up to date information can be found on the news page.
The true test of a rider’s fitness, this specialist branch of road racing sets each rider off against the clock with no peleton to shelter in hence its name as the ‘race of truth’. Time trials come in a number of standard lengths but are typically; 10, 25 and 50 miles. Huddersfield Star Wheelers hold at least one time trial each year, and in 2014 held a 2-Up TT for pairs of riders. Huddersfield Star Wheelers is affiliated to the National Governing Body for Cycling Time Trials in England and Wales.
The hill climb is a quintessentially British affair which combines a typically short albeit very steep hill, mixes that with the ‘race of truth’ format of a time trial, and results in a one on one challenge against gravity and the clock. Huddersfield Star Wheelers have a long history of hill climb events held at ‘our’ Jackson Bridge venue and have attracted some of the regions best riders over the years. In 2018 Huddersfield Star Wheelers held three events: the classic Jackson Bridge, Slaithwaite and Marsden Women’s Only, along with co-hosting a series of events on Holme Moss in the Summer evenings. Hill climbs are raced in the very same way as time trials and Huddersfield Star Wheelers is affiliated to the National Governing Body for Cycling Time Trials in England and Wales.