Hill climbing: The secrets of how anyone can go faster uphill

Jim Cotton speaks to champion climbers to find out how we can all go faster uphill - and maybe bag a KoM along the way

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Now that the road racing, TT and sportive seasons have ended, you may want to put your summer form to a different kind of use. Hill-climb racing may seem a slightly bonkers niche, with its backwards caps, stripped-down bikes and whippet-thin competitors — but perhaps they’re on to something. You can’t fight gravity, but you can keep very fit trying!

Why not try out this autumnal cycling pursuit and test yourself uphill — even if it’s just for fun against your mates? Your end-of-season fitness won’t last forever so now is the time to go smash some segments and set some PBs on your local climbs. To help you in your quest for that elusive KoM, we spoke to some national hill-climb champions past and present to find out how to train your body and mind to ride uphill very, very fast.

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