What goes up must come down, as the old saying goes. Retired professional road racer David Millar recently drove a diesel-powered, Maserati Ghibli up the famed Goodwood Estate’s 1.16-mile course in England, then descended at close to 50 mph on his carbon road bike.
“As a true petrolhead, there’s no better place to set a cycling speed record than the most iconic automotive venue in the country,” Millar told Ben Miles on the Goodwood Festival of Speed website. “The descent is steepest at the top, but you only have a limited time to get to a high speed as before you know it you’re passing the famous flint wall and braking hard into Molecomb Corner, you really have to trust your instincts. It was a real buzz and something I never expected I’d be doing on my road bike.”
The Hillclimb is the Festival of Speed’s principal attraction. Taking place throughout June 25-28, this challenging white-knuckled 1.16-mile course starts as a tree-lined run through the southern corner of the Goodwood Estate which then turns to sweep past the front of Goodwood House before climbing a steep and narrow Estate road bordered by flint walls and dense woodland groves towards Goodwood’s equine racecourse on top of the magnificent South Downs.