Stag conquers summit of Gas Hill Gasp - on an Ofo bike

Charlie Haines cycled the Gas Hill Gasp on an Ofo bike for his stag do. Picture: Dominic Gilbert

Charlie Haines cycled the Gas Hill Gasp on an Ofo bike for his stag do. Picture: Dominic Gilbert - Credit: Archant

Cyclists of all abilities braved some sweltering evening temperatures to take on the lung-busting summit of the Gas Hill Gasp.

Riders prepare for the climb in the Gas Hill Gasp. Picture: Dominic Gilbert

Riders prepare for the climb in the Gas Hill Gasp. Picture: Dominic Gilbert - Credit: Archant

Professional riders might find it difficult, but 28-year-old Charlie Haines described his ride as 'terrible'.

The stag had only had half an hour warning he was going to compete - and on a yellow Ofo bike.

His friends said they dreamed up the idea to 'make him suffer a little bit'.

Mr Haines, who used to work at Street Life Cycles, was in a heat with three others and came last.


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But he made it to the finish line.

'It was awful,' he said afterwards. 'I know something like this was coming but I didn't know I was going up Gas Hill. It was terrible, noisy and rattly.'

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Hundreds of people lined the side of the road for the heats as riders battled the steepest hill in Norwich, which helped kick off a weekend of events to mark the Lord Mayor's Celebrations.

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