Hill Climb Diaries: part 7 — bad starts, brutal headwinds and Jack's new fixie

Jack, Reuben and Joe enjoy yet another weekend of wet and wild racing

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In this week’s edition of the Hill Climb Diaries, Jack, Reuben and Joe tackle a wet and wild weekend of racing on three classic events across the UK.

Saturday saw the first outing for Jack’s hill-climb-ified State Undefeated fixie at the University of Bristol Cycling Club hill climb up Belmont Hill, where he was also joined by Reuben.

Meanwhile, Joe headed north and tackled incredibly fierce headwinds at Huddersfield Star Wheelers’ classic event up Jackson Bridge, hitting some personal record power numbers in the process.

For Sunday, the three were back together for a stupendously damp morning at the Bath CC hill climb up Hinton Hill. While Reuben had a good ride, not everything went to plan for Joe and Jack.

With only a few weeks to go until the nationals, Joe and Reuben’s training is beginning to taper. Coach Tom Bell talks us through Joe’s progress and the plan for the weeks ahead.

Finally, we take a closer look at Jack’s aforementioned fixie.

Stay tuned for next week and don’t forget to watch the previous episodes!

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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