Hill Climb Diaries: part 5 — Joe’s incredible 5.2kg Trek Emonda

We also look at Joe's new training regime

In the fifth episode of the Hill Climb Diaries our plucky hill-climbing trio race three of their favourite hill climbs over the weekend.


As we’ve promised over the weeks, we take a detailed look at Joe’s Trek Émonda Project One bike. This is the lightest geared hill climb bike we’ve built at BikeRadar and it’s dripping in some fancy lightweight kit. As you’ll hear, it also sounds like an elephant.

The weekend’s racing had some mixed results. Joe performed well across the board, Reuben got caught up in a bit of traffic, and Jack, well, Jack is Jack and he did his best as usual.

Finally, if that wasn’t enough, we talk to hill climb coach Tom Bell to look briefly at what stresses and strains the boys are going to have to put themselves through in the run up to the nationals at the end of October.


Next week Reuben tackles one of the all-time UK classic hill climbs, and a stacked field of competitors is expected. As ever, though, let us know in the comments below or on our BikeRadar YouTube channel if there are topics you’d like us to cover.