Mt. Penn Hillclimb
Reading, Pennsylvania | Sunday, August 4th
Mt. Penn Hill Climb is part of the Reading Radsport Festival in Reading, PA. The climb is used by the Sports Car Club of America for hill climb challenges, and has been featured in a number of cycling events since the 1800s.
2.45 miles of 5% average is a slow burn for many. Professionals clear the climb in a little over 7 minutes while some of our citizens exceed 47 minutes.
THE DETAILS / the route
Mt. Penn Hill Climb, Sunday August 4, 2019, 11am. Start in City Park and finish at the William Penn Fire Tower. Starting in City Park, you’ll leave our cyclocross and mountain bike course and immediately hit Clymer Street (they left the “B” out of it, because who pronounces that part anyways?). You’ll then turn right onto Duryea Drive and follow it for 2.2 miles to the summit. Along the way, you’ll pass through Pennsylvania Dutch Corner, or Turn 9. The infamous #turn9crew will cheer you one and possibly provide you with refreshments if you need them. From there, you pass the iconic Reading Pagoda. It’s only 1 mile to the finish from there, but once on Skyline, it’s the hardest part. It’s not steep, but it’s unrelenting gradient tests your VOMax efforts. You’ll finish at the William Penn Fire Tower, overlooking Reading. You ride back down the backside of the climb to Turn 9 or to City Park where we have beer gardens and food.
Everyone gets Unique Pretzels for their efforts. Citizens have a “Lantern Rouge” prize available, which was awarded to a local radio talk show host last year, earning quite a bit of notoriety.