Hill Climb Diaries: part 5 — Joe's incredible 5.2kg Trek Emonda

We also look at Joe's new training regime

It's week 5 of the season, see how the team are getting on

In the fifth episode of the Hill Climb Diaries our plucky hill-climbing trio race three of their favourite hill climbs over the weekend.

As we've promised over the weeks, we take a detailed look at Joe's Trek Émonda Project One bike. This is the lightest geared hill climb bike we've built at BikeRadar and it's dripping in some fancy lightweight kit. As you'll hear, it also sounds like an elephant.

The weekend's racing had some mixed results. Joe performed well across the board, Reuben got caught up in a bit of traffic, and Jack, well, Jack is Jack and he did his best as usual.

Finally, if that wasn't enough, we talk to hill climb coach Tom Bell to look briefly at what stresses and strains the boys are going to have to put themselves through in the run up to the nationals at the end of October.

Next week Reuben tackles one of the all-time UK classic hill climbs, and a stacked field of competitors is expected. As ever, though, let us know in the comments below or on our BikeRadar YouTube channel if there are topics you'd like us to cover.

Tom Marvin

Technical Editor, Tech Hub, UK
Tom's been riding for 15 years, and has always chopped and changed bikes as soon as his budget allowed. He's most at home in the big mountains, having spent nigh on 30 weeks riding the Alps, as well as having lived a stone's throw from the Scottish Highlands for four years. Tom also enjoys racing events like the Strathpuffer and the Trans Nepal.
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep and super tech or fast and flowy
  • Current Bikes: Canyon Spectral, Pivot Mach 429SL, Mondraker Vantage R +
  • Dream Bike: Transition Scout
  • Beer of Choice: Gin & tonic
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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