Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb 

August 21th (rain date 22nd)

Tin Mountain announces that as of today, the 2021 Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb is ON! 

In fact the summer of 2021 features two opportunities to pedal to the top of Mt. Washington.  The PRACTICE RIDE, an unsupported, untimed ride will be held on Saturday, July 18. For racers and experience hillclimbers the traditional MWARBH is on for Saturday, August 21, 2021.  Conditions for the summer of 2021 remain unknown in terms of the pandemic so to be on the safe side, there are some changes and modifications to both rides. These changes will help us bridge the gap to a time in the future when the race can return to something closer to “normal”.

The PRACTICE RIDE on July 18 is open to 150 riders who will start up the mountain between 5 and 6 am.  Registration is $150 and registration opens on March 1st.  This ride is untimed.  Riders will still need to have a car and driver at the top for the trip down the mountain.  For more information please click here.

The 48th (do-over) annual Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb (MWARBH) on August 21 is open to 250 participants.  Registration opens on March 1 and the cost is $250.  This timed race begins at 8:30.  As in years past, riders need to have a car/ driver at the top for the trip down the mountain.  At this point we are not planning to serve lunch or hold an awards ceremony.

Given the pandemic and the uncertainty of the summer, this information is subject to change.  Please check the website frequently for updates and changes.

As in years past, we encourage riders to obtain either individual or business sponsors to raise funds for Tin Mountain. These events are hosted by and benefit the ongoing environmental education programs offered by Tin Mountain Conservation Center. In fact, the MWARBH is Tin Mountain’s largest fund-raising event, and its cancellation last year impacted the budget.  Although the pandemic prevented us from celebrating in style, Tin Mountain turned 40 in 2020.  For over 40 years, Tin Mountain has been sharing the wonders of the natural world with students, campers, families and individuals.  With your continued participation and support, Tin Mountain  will be well-positioned to continue its work for the future

 REGISTRATION–  Open reg begins March 1st at 6:00am 

 RACE PAGE– for rules, course map, results, and more

FACEBOOK PAGE– for updates


2015 Winner Eneas Freyre

VeloNews calls it  a “Ride of a Lifetime.” 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. 

THE EVENT Just how steep is the course?  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!



2015 Winner Veronique Fortin

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.


2017 Champion Phil Gaimon

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 (not in 2021).

For more information, please visit our  RACE PAGE.


All images by Joe Viger Photography.