Paddy Power are already taking bets on the UK National Hill-Climb Championships

The Irish bookmaker received in excess of 500 bets on the autumn championships last year.

William Bourne, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

The 10- and 25-mile RTTC national time trial championships haven't even taken place yet, but with more than 100 days still to go,  bookmaker Paddy Power have begun taking bets on the National Hill-Climb Championships.

The race - on Bank Road, Matlock - isn't until October 30 (not October 23 as Paddy Power advertise) but it seems that the Irish bookmaker are keen to exploit their new-found market once again.

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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.