Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb
Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb on Saturday, August 16th, 2014
Known as The Toughest Hillclimb in the World TM , this 7.6-mile uphill race to the summit of the highest peak in the northeastern United States is the biggest annual fundraiser for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center. For the privilege of pedaling up the unrelenting grade, with winds often exceeding 40 mph, 635 elite professional and amateur cyclists pay an entry fee of $350, from which all proceeds support Tin Mountain’s great work promoting an appreciation for the natural world while instilling the bedrock principles of sound stewardship and sustainable lifestyles. Entry fees help support Summer Camps, School Programs, and Community Programs for both adults and children.
FUNDRAISING Our on-line Fundraising page is ready for YOU! When you register for the MWARBH race you automatically have a personal fundraising page set up. All racers raising over $500 are included in a drawing for great prizes AND a grand prize awaits the racer raising the most money!
Please make sure you understand our Disclaimers and Policies before you register for this event. There will be NO exceptions.
Exchanges will not be processed after July 1st. 2014 and Riders that have registered for the Hillclimb may not trade, sell, or exchange their registration with anyone else without the expressed permission of TMCC.
THE EVENT Just how steep is the course? The Mt. Washington Hillclimb is known as the toughest hillclimb in the world! It is 7.6 miles in length with an average grade of 12%, extended sections of 18%, and the last 100 yards are an amazing 22% grade! Sprint that to the finish!
Only a handful of times a year are bicycles allowed on the private Mt. Washington Auto Road for the bicycle hillclimb, and this is the cream of the crop. There is no downhill riding; riders must arrange for auto transportation to the base. Weather at top can be downright nasty, even during mid-summer. In August of 2007 the hillclimb was cancelled due to steady winds of 72 mph, freezing temperatures, frozen precipitation, and rime ice. Mt. Washington is also home to the worst weather ever recorded on earth. The highest non-tornadic wind speed ever recorded on earth was at the summit of Mt. Washington at 231mph. Hurricane force winds are present 100 days a year on average. This is part of what makes Mt. Washington the toughest bicycle climb in the world.
The Mt. Washington Hillclimb is more than just the “cycle to the clouds” as it has been called. Most racers and their families arrive the night before to check-in at the facilities at the base of Mt. Washington, check out the Race Store and sport vendors, chat with other riders, and check out competition. On the morning of the race, over 100 Tin Mountain Conservation Center volunteers converge on the race course to help with base parking, site setup, check-in, sale of merchandise, summit parking and timing, serving food, medical assistance, ham radio communications, the awards ceremony, and cleanup. While the first riders pass the finish in about one hour, the last riders cross around the three hour mark. However, all are recognized for the feat of climbing the “Rockpile” and supporting Tin Mountain Conservation Center programs. Prior to the awards ceremony at the base, a now famous turkey dinner is served by Harts Turkey Farm.
Since its start in 1973, the popularity of the hillclimb has continued to grow, attracting both elite professional riders and amateur cyclists from all parts of North America. Since auto parking at the summit limits the number of participants to 600 racers, competition just to register for the hillclimb is intense. In recent years, after registration opens at 8:00 AM on February 1st, all 600 slots are completely filled in less than 10 minutes with a waiting list of over 200 after the first half hour. The allure of the Mt. Washington Hillclimb is manifold: the extreme nature of the ride, the chance for amateurs to ride along side pros, the beautiful natural surroundings, the fabulous organization of the event, and the environmental cause it supports.