Can’t picture what it’s like to go all out on a hill-climb? Well here’s one of the best insights you’ll get, as one of the riders from the 2016 National Hill-Climb in Derbyshire posted on-board footage of his attempt.
While the course on Bank Road is only an ascent of 834m, 14 per cent average gradient with a 20 per cent maximum means it’s going to hurt, as Courtney Blockley-Campton shows in his effort here.
His time of 2-37.5 was enough to earn 29th spot in Sunday’s race, just 20 seconds shy of winner Adam Kenway’s time.
There’s a good insight to the kind of power and heart rate you need to put out to compete in the hill-climb, with data on screen as Blockley-Campton makes his ascent. There’s also a glimpse into the aftermath in a follow up video posted on Twitter, with riders literally needing to be held and moved to pavement after leaving it all out on the road.
Lou Bates took the victory in the women’s competition, with Kenway the victor in the men’s taking his tenth hill-climb win this autumn.