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hillclimbing is a motorsport stripped to its essence. It's one rider,
one machine, one hill. Fastest to the top wins.
Hillclimb racing has
captivated devotees practically since motorcycle competition began.
High-strung engines and elongated frames have evolved over time, but the
elemental challenge of being quickest up the mountain endures.
In the 20's hillclimbers were
factory starts, riding exotic eight-valve, alcohol-burning monsters
from Indian, Harley-Davidson, and Excelsior. But the factories are long
since gone from the sport. Today the rewards are modest for rugged
eccentrics who carry on the tradition. No one gets fat and quits his
day job. Come race day, it's just the climbers, enthusiastic fans
parboiled in the summer sun...and that damned hill.
An ominous rumble builds.
Acrid nitromethane fumes hang heavy in the air as the rider scans the
hill. His eyes reveal it all: apprehension, anticipation,
All hell breaks loose as he
pegs the throttle and drops the clutch. His front wheel trips the
timing clocks. His wildly spinning rear wheel peppers half the county
with earth and stones.
In mere seconds, it's over. He's either at the top, basking in the cheers of the crowd, or beaten by the hill.