HILL CLIMB

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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.

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