Brasted Road Hill-climb 1931

Cycling Weekly - - FROM THE ARCHIVE - Photo: Cy­cling Weekly ar­chive

Shirt sleeves rolled up and hair neatly coiffed, Ernie Hussey is the epit­ome of the 1930s cy­clist as he wres­tles his fixed-gear ma­chine up Brasted Hill at the hill-climb Na­tional Cham­pi­onship in 1931. Hussey as­cended the 667-yard Kent hill — which has a fear­some av­er­age gra­di­ent of one-in-seven — over fallen leaves and be­tween big crowds in 1.54, win­ning the event. Hussey was some­thing of a hill-climb­ing le­gend in the Thir­ties, and his le­gacy is still cel­e­brated to­day in the Ernie Hussey Cup, which is given each year to the win­ner of the East­ern Coun­ties Cy­cling As­so­ci­a­tion hill-climb.

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