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Team Sky rider given the anime treatment in delightful film Hill Climb Girl

Here’s something delightful to brighten up your Friday afternoon – a charming anime video from Japan called Hill Climb Girl, and what’s more, it stars Team Sky’s very own Bradley Wiggins.

Not only is the 2012 winner back riding the Tour de France – that’s a 2014 jersey he’s wearing – but his exploits on one of cycling’s most iconic climbs also provide inspiration for a high school student who idolises him.

She’s Hinako, aged 17, and every morning she races a boy from her class up the hill to their school, and she’s never beaten him yet.

The detail is superb, including the Rapha backpacks both youngsters tote to school, accurate down to the strap buckles, to the Rich Mitchelson Wiggo keyring – he gets a suitable credit.

You can watch it here – click ‘EN’ on the top right of the screen to bring up the version with English subtitles. We think it’s great, and we’d love to see more of this kind of thing.

Be sure to scroll down the page for a wealth of behind-the-scenes material including character sketches, 3D modelling and set backgrounds.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.