Gritted teeth and straining muscles

Photographer Tim Holsgrove captures the VC Walcot hill climb

While few would describe hill climbs as "fun", they're an important part of the UK cycle racing calendar and a true test of fitness, strength and sheer determination.

The second VC Walcot hill climb took place last weekend in Claverton, near Bath – a city well known for its climbs and climbers – and keen cyclist and photographer Tim Holsgrove was there to document it.

Local climbing star Rob Gough repeated his 2009 victory, completing the 800m course (which rises 81m) in 2:45.42 to win by 10 seconds from Richard Cartland (Corley Cycles), with Gough's Arctic Premier team-mate James Dobbin finishing third.

Enter the gallery now to see the pictures from the race.

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