John Gilliat toils up Redstone Rigg in East Lothian in the 60s, racing for Edinburgh Comet RC. The image is courtesy of Jennie Wells and I’ve previously featured images of Comet riders that she posted on flickr.
The climb starts just outside of Gifford, and is used in the Lammermuirs Road Race, an event that usually takes in several laps of the Gifford circuit before embarking on a punishing hilly circuit that will split the field up long before the finish line.
The climb itself rolls for the first few miles before kicking up to 15% or more. I remember tackling it in 2009, one of my first race seasons, with my goal being simply to stick with the bunch until the climb. Out of my depth in an open event, I struggled to hold the pace as someone tried to clip off the front before the drag at Bolton. I cursed my teammate as he sat on my wheel while I smashed myself into the wind to close the gap, and when my goose was cooked he came around me to finish the job and I slipped off the back.
Pic of me by James Ruskin featured previously on the blog.
Ben Greenwood won the race that day.
More photos of Redstone Rigg from Edinburgh RC: