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Test your endurance during the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb

The race takes place Aug. 20.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb in 2015. Tin Mountain Conservation Center

Do you have what it takes to ride a bicycle up Mt. Washington? You can find out during the 49th Annual Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.

Billed as “the world’s toughest bicycle hillclimb,” this individually timed 7.6-mile race to the summit of Mt. Washington attracts riders from around the world. Mt. Washington, notorious for its bad weather, is the highest peak in the Northeast at 6,288 feet.

“The Hillclimb features an average grade of 12%, with extended sections at 18% and culminates just before the end of the ride at a heart-pounding, leg-cramping 22%,” according to Tin Mountain Conservation Center, organizer of the event.


Due to the mountain’s grade and weather, riders must make the return trip in cars, according to the center. This is the center’s largest fundraiser of the year and money raised will fund conservation research, environmental education programs for students, and more. Spectators are welcome along the route and the race ends with an awards ceremony, lunch, and vendor fair in the field at the base station.

Registration opened March 1 and bicyclists can pay the $350 registration fee in its entirety or pay $150 and fundraise the remaining $200 by Aug. 7.

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