Six different bookmakers are now taking bets on National Hill-Climb Championships

It seems like it's not just Paddy Power who have bought into hill-climbing's popularity

Becky Lewis, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

When Paddy Power took bets on last year's National Hill-Climb Championships, it was seen as somewhat of a novelty.

They started offering odds for this year's title as early as July, and it turns out they have cottoned onto a market that other bookmakers are now also tapping into.

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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.