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National Hill Climb Championship

Post by Gnostic Ascent @ Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:31 am

This was last week up Ramsbottom Rake in Lancashire.

People do some strange shit to their bikes to save a few 100grams.

Original video page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDyLObj8W1U
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Re: National Hill Climb Championship

Post by nervy @ Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:38 am

and yet, mud guards.
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Re: National Hill Climb Championship

Post by nakedninja @ Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:43 am

Why did I just watch all of that?

And why did Paul Jones have a massive beard, surely extra weight and drag there.

Interesting that people are doing this without helmets, I thought most competitions required helmets.
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Re: National Hill Climb Championship

Post by mmm-five @ Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:46 am

Bugger, I was expecting something more like this...
Original video page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0T2Lwm2Zxs


...as I saw the thread title on the front page, so didn't realise it was in the Bike forum.
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Re: National Hill Climb Championship

Post by Careless Whisperer @ Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:53 am

The mudguards were just on a warm-up bike, that wouldn't have been his race bike.

I was juvenile and junior club hillclimb champion three or four years in a row BITD and can still remember the pain vividly. My first attempt was only a few months after I joined the club and was still riding an old gas pipe frame with downtube friction shifters! Over the years, experience taught me better approaches and I ended up basically riding my time trial bike with a single chainring and ratios specifically for the hillclimb. I couldn't go too radical because we always used to ride out to the hill en-mass as a warm up - turning up in a car was considered being a wuss.

Great fun, but lung-bursting, calf-popping, back-breaking stuff.
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Re: National Hill Climb Championship

Post by thekungfury @ Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:47 pm

Jose Pinon-Shaw has gone to the extent of making his face more aero.
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Re: National Hill Climb Championship

Post by thekungfury @ Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:53 pm

Also, how aidsy do most of them look?
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Re: National Hill Climb Championship

Post by onomatopoeia @ Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:53 pm

mmm-five wrote:Bugger, I was expecting something more like this...


The British hillclimb championship is primarily contested by single seaters fitted with V8 engines (Nicholson-Mclaren, etc), not tin tops, although there is a class based national championship as well for all types of cars. The hills are a lot shorter here too as those on the GB mainland are all on private land - with motorsport on closed public roads* looking an ever more likely possibility on the mainland we might start to see some continental type hillclimb events in the coming years.

For example, Doune is one of the longest and best hills we have, many of the rest are a lot shorter. I make no apologies for choosing this particular video, I now own the engine that can be heard in it (Graeme has fitted a Rover KV6 to his car).

Original video page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36V0lotnYd4


*without requiring a separate act of parliament to suspend the road traffic act for every running for event as is needed at present, I mean.
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Re: National Hill Climb Championship

Post by Dirk @ Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:31 pm

onomatopoeia wrote: For example, Doune is one of the longest and best hills we have

Though the strangely unknown Longcross offers a much longer course (2.5miles), albeit technically a sprint rather than a hill

Well worth a visit. My favourite course
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Re: National Hill Climb Championship

Post by thekungfury @ Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:54 pm

Probably worth starting another thread or something?
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Re: National Hill Climb Championship

Post by Gnostic Ascent @ Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:45 pm

TKF wrote:Also, how aidsy do most of them look?


It's all about power to weight ratio going uphill. The aidsy bloke with the beard has a blog.

Read this article about dropping weight off the bike and then about dropping weight off himself. Extreme.
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Re: National Hill Climb Championship

Post by Ghost @ Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:41 pm

Gnostic Ascent wrote:
TKF wrote:Also, how aidsy do most of them look?


It's all about power to weight ratio going uphill. The aidsy bloke with the beard has a blog.

Read this article about dropping weight off the bike and then about dropping weight off himself. Extreme.


"The specialist nature of the task and the event appeals to that latent autism that all men possess." :rofl:
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