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Cyclists set to attempt the Gas Hill Gasp

PUBLISHED: 15:05 06 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:05 06 July 2013

Cyclists competing against one another to make the climb up Norwich's Gas Hill in the Gas Hill Gasp. Photo: Steve Adams

Cyclists competing against one another to make the climb up Norwich's Gas Hill in the Gas Hill Gasp. Photo: Steve Adams

Hundreds of spectators are expected to watch the Gas Hill Gasp cycle race in Norwich tonight.

The challenging cycling event was revived for the Lord Mayor’s Celebration in 2011, having faded away in the 1980s, and has proved hugely popular.

The race sees cyclists battle a 20pc incline for around 200m up Gas Hill, off Bishops Bridge Road, and can lead to the cyclists who reach the final having to complete the climb up to four times.

The race will start at 7.30pm, with Norwich City Council closing Gas Hill, William Kett Close and William White Place to traffic from 5.30pm to 10.30pm.

The Gasp was established in the 1950s as a successful time-trial cycling race and was revived by the Lotus Cars Cycle Race League, with help from the city council.

More than 70 cyclists will take part in the knockout competition with four riders in each race and entrants split across five categories – Stars, Recent Converts, Ladies Race, Future Stars and The Big C Hopefuls Race – with cash prizes for the winning riders.

The Big C Hopefuls Race is new for 2013 and will see four staff from race sponsor Alan Boswell Group compete while raising money for staff charity Big C.

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