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  • Gallery: Drillium and sawn-off bars at the national hill-climb

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    Photographer Chris Auld zooms in on the modified and minimalist bikes raced by Britain’s best hill-climbers

     

    Photographs: Chris Auld
    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    When it comes to modifying race bikes to save grams, there’s no event quite like the British hill-climb championship.

     

    The 2017 edition took place on a one-mile course at Hedley on the Hill in Northumberland, with Dan Evans and Joscelin Lowden taking the titles.

     

    But it was the competitors’ bikes with their lightweight builds and makeshift weight savings that North East based photographer Chris Auld turned his lens too.

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    Holey money

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    Neat minimalism

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    Breathe and stop

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    Too much red tape

    2017 National Hill Climb Chris Auld

    The drill thing

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    Big disc, little ring

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    Keep it tight

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    Hooked up

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    Cropped

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    Hard nosed

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    No hoods

    Dual controls

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    Old school principles

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    Something to get to grips with

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    When four out of five suffices

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    Stripped bare

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    Small comfort

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    A little leverage

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    Take a brake

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    A real hole model

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    Winging it

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    Get rid of the tape

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    Black and white and red all over

    2017 National Hill Climb bikes by Chris Auld

    Just a couple of sticking points

     

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