The super-light specifications of a hill-climb champion's bike

Adam Kenway's hill-climb bike that he hopes will power him to national glory features a £250 Fizik saddle that was earmarked for the skip

The bargain-bucket in cycling shops rarely contain a few gems, but for hill-climb specialists who are weight-saving-hungry, items destined for the tip can be the difference between winning and losing.

Adam Kenway (SportGrub Kuota Cycling Team) is one of the favourites for the RTCC National Hill-Climb Championships at Jackson Bridge, near Holmfirth, on October 25.

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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 long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide 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.