An uphill battle Ride Britain’s best hill
If you can think of a more fun short stretch of tarmac, we’d like to hear from you – don’t forget there’s a free MCN T-shirt for anyone who has a route published in the paper.
Zig Zag Hill is a stretch of road between Tollard Royal and Cann Common that’s less than a mile in length but still packs in five hairpins and another four or five bends of varying ferocity. You have to focus, especially when going down it as it’s quite easy for the bike to gather momentum faster than you are expecting, leading to a bit of a scare when one of the many switchbacks looms. This, combined with a patchy surface, makes the hill quite a challenge. Car drivers also like to try and test their skills against Zig Zag Hill, while lorries often end up crossing the centre of the road. However, don’t let these obstacles put you off as it’s a unique and exhilarating section of the UK’S tarmac and one that is worth riding. Take it easy on your first pass before you even consider building speed. Once you have become either dizzy or tired of Zig Zag Hill continue on the route. Who says road builders have no sense of fun?
Know of a better short stretch of biking road than this one?