My first hillclimb

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The first time I saw a hill climb on TV it was the famous Widow Maker in the USA and I instantly wanted to have a go. I was in my teens and didn’t know any better. Many years later and after watching multiple times the craziest crashes, loops and failed attempts to get to the top of any hill climb, I still wanted to experience the madness. So, when I saw a hill climb machine at the Anaheim Supercross earlier in the year, I was begging the Team Peterson guys for a go. Aged 35, I should now know better.

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As it turned out there was an event coming up at Glen Helen, California and the lunch time entertainment was the ‘Crossover Challenge’ where guys from different motorcycling sports came together and had a go. Perfect. I signed up on the spot and never thought more about it.

That is until I arrived at Glen Helen, saw the hill and the specialized crazy machines and suddenly I didn’t feel so good. Several trips to the port-a-loo did little to settle my nerves and seeing one of my rivals was the God Father of Freestyle Motocross, Mike Metzger, plus other freestyle guys, little old me felt more than out of his depth.

Anyway, here is my video of the days proceedings and I’m just pleased to still be here and be able to write this. And yes, it is as crazy as it looks, but boy it was loads of fun!!

Full Disclosure: I helped Jamie’s pregnant girlfriend move into their new house today while Jamie is swanning about in Europe. Hate that guy. — Ed.

  • Chris

    That was awesome! Hill climbs have always fascinated me, looks like a great time.

  • Mr.Paynter

    Scary but it does look like a blast!

  • Wereweazle

    This reminds me that everyone who’s ever looked at a motorcycle needs to watch On Any Given Sunday.

    • Jefferson

      As David mentioned below, the correct title is On Any Sunday. And I emphatically agree that anyone reading this would enjoy it. Hulu will even give you a free showing:

  • mugget

    That looks like some crazy type of fun…

    Correct me if I’m wrong – but Jamie made it to the top on his first attempt??!

    • Wes Siler

      Yep, made it up on his first try.

  • Scott-jay

    Thanks, it’s a good one~!

  • Thom

    Molto Pazzo ! Molto Bene !

  • David

    “On Any Given Sunday” is a heartwarming, uplifting story of a successful football player who gives it all up to pursue his dream of powersliding vintage Husqvarnas on the beach.

    “On Any Sunday” is the Bruce Brown/Steve McQueen motorcycle movie that everyone should watch.

  • Mark D

    Hill climbs; because natural erosion is way too slow.

    Cool vid!

  • Plotts

    I’m sorry I don’t know who Jamie Robinson is, but it doesn’t really matter because that shit is crazy for anyone short of say, Mike Metzger.

    Cool stuff!

    • Wes Siler

      Ex TT, ex 250gp and ex supersport racer.