Carrot sticks over butter and bread for dieting hill-climbers

A strict diet has to be enforced for hill-climb specialists, who have to manage losing or maintaining weight with no detriment to their power

Tejvan Pettinger, Hill Climb National Championship 2014

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Cyclists are notoriously strict with what they can and can’t eat, and for hill-climbers it can even mean missing a meal with their partner.

Autumn is the time of the year when club riders turn their attention to ascending gradients as fast as they can, and to achieve the quickest times they have to take particular care of their weight.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.