Disc brake takeover and weird tech: National Hill Climb Championship gallery

Riders once again went to extremes measures to shed weight for the UK’s biggest hill climb

Clock17:36, Monday 30th October 2023
There was plenty of interesting tech at the National Hill Climb Championship

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There was plenty of interesting tech at the National Hill Climb Championship

Every autumn in the UK, one of cycling's most niche disciplines emerges from its near year-long hibernation to take over the British cycling scene: hill climbing.

Starting at the end of August before culminating with the National Hill Climb Championships at the end of October, this two-month period of pure climbing sees riders go head-to-head on their local climbs. Forget endurance or hours of riding, these up-hill time trials are all about gritted teeth and short, leg-burning pain. Only the toughest mentally and physically claim the victories.

Watch: Andrew Feather: Natural Born Climber

Except, power alone isn’t enough. The lighter a rider and their set-up is, the faster they’ll soar up a climb. As a result, riders go to extreme lengths to make their bikes as light as possible.

Here’s a selection of the weird and wonderful tech we spotted at the recent National Hill Climb Championship which took place on the Struggle in the Lake District - and the surprising trend towards disc brakes.

Read more: Hunt releases sub-1kg hill climb wheelset

Which piece of tech caught your eye from this gallery? Let us know in the comments. Hungry for more hill climb tech? We sent GCN mechanic Owen to weigh some of the bikes on show at the weekend - check out the video below.

Keep up to date with the latest tech news, features and pro bikes on the GCN website, linked here.

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