American hill climber Austin Teyler took the win and broke the all-time hill record at the 27th Annual La Montee Impossible hill climb in La Bresse, France. The challenging 600-foot hill consisted of a jump out of the bottom and several steep ledges before the top, which was a near-vertical 25-foot wall.
The race served as round three of the French championship, which is a five-race series drawing close to 70 racers from across Europe. With no practice beforehand, each rider gets two tries at the hill in the first two rounds. The top 40 fastest riders climb it twice more in the last two rounds. All these attempts on the hill make the conditions worsen throughout the day.
Every bike is more than 600cc and custom built by the riders themselves, and there’s everything from methanol-injected Ducatis, Rotax snowmobile powerplants, car tires with 3-inch-long bolts, homemade rear shocks, and sawed-off three-cylinder Suzuki Bandit engines. Teyler’s recordbreaking 13.61-second run was made on a borrowed KTM 1190, and he was one of only four to crest the top successfully. Close behind was 54-year-old Swiss rider Marcel Oechslin, with French rider Vincent Mougenot rounding off the podium in third.