From Uphill to Downhill!

What do British Hillclimb Champions do during the off-season? Over the years there have been many extra-curricular activities amongst the top runners in speed hillclimbing as the competitive edge of the drivers continues to rise to surface, despite the 6 month gap in their motorsport.

Scott Moran Martin Robbins MTB Downhill

Scott & Martin prepare to throw themselves off the top of a very big hill!


British Champions have taken part in all manner of activities including trialing, ski-bobbing, road cycling, golf, badminton, gliding and rallying over the years.

Mountain biking has become a hugely popular activity over the past couple of decades as the combination of big thrills and good exercise combine into an awesome hobby.

We heard word of a mini-downhill race taking place in the Forest of Dean on the Welsh Borders last weekend with a very interesting entry list. Interesting as it contained not one, but two British Hillclimb Champions.

Four-time BHC title winner Scott Moran is an experienced MTB competitor having participated in the sport for a good few years now, but former KTM riding NHCA motorcycle champ Martin Robbins was taking part in his first ever MTB event and he was doing it the tough way by using a hardtail bike rather than a full downhill machine.

Scott was entered in the ‘Senior Men’ class and finished a very healthy 22nd in class against some tough competition, despite a small wipeout on his final run.

An impressive 6th out of 8 was the result for Martin in the Hardtails, with a time which beat a good few of the softail runners in the previous class, an impressive result on a course which really didn’t suit the solid back-end of the bike.

Great stuff guys, sounds like it was a real blast. Wish we could have come to watch, next time maybe!!!

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