When we caught wind that the 2021 National Hill Climb Championships was being held at the iconic Winnats Pass in the Peak District National Park for the first time in over 40 years, we could sense the perfect storm beginning to brew and quickly got to work.
A year in the making, this project is a celebration of everything we pride ourselves in - a passion for cycling culture in all its quirky guises, collaborating with a dream team of talented creatives and yes producing head-turning, jaw-dropping steel bikes weighing in at 5.4kg, ready to fly.
“You know that you’re going to put yourself in the most possible pain that you can on a bike. It’s very strange and weird to find enjoyment from that. Yeah, most people, when you try and explain to them, think that you’re absolutely mad, basically.” - Matthew Cleave, Hill Climber
“We’d been thinking about how we could make the lightest steel bike possible for quite a while and thinking about how we could shave off every spare gram. When The Service Course approached us to build a bike for Matt it seemed like the perfect opportunity to build something that would not only be ridden and used, but raced in competition as well.” - Caren Hartley, ISEN Workshop
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Additional photography with thanks to Josh Heaton. Archive photography with thanks to Bernard Thompson, Chris Sidwells & Bill Smith.
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