I raced a Raleigh Chopper against elite climbers in the UK

I raced the iconic Raleigh Chopper Mk4 against some of the best climbers in the UK

Hill climber with raleigh chopper at top of hill
(Image credit: Future (Sam Gupta))

Hill climbing is one of the toughest niches in all of cycling. Particularly popular in the UK, the traditional hill climb season spans just two busy months in September and October. Riders tackle a simple time trial format - usually up the steepest local gradients organizers can realistically find, making for short explosive racing.

Like in any discipline, there are those who take it seriously, and those who don't - and after a two-year break from any sort of competitive hill climbing, I decided to spice up my ride at the 2023 Urban Hill Climb, with some retro tech.

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