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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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