Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb
Green’s Grant, New Hampshire | Saturday, August 17th
The 47th Annual Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb (MWARBH) is a 7.6-mile uphill race to the summit of the highest peak in the northeastern United States and the biggest annual fundraiser for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, an environmental education non-profit. As the road going up Mount Washington is closed to cyclists throughout the year, this is the only opportunity to Ride the Rockpile.
The race is 7.6 miles in length and on a closed course with an average grade of 12%, extended sections of 18%, and the last 100 yards are a 22% grade. A gear ratio that goes below a 1:1 ratio is recommended.
On August 17th, only 635 racers are allowed to compete in the MWARBH located in Green's Grant, New Hampshire. Riders who have completed the course in less than one hour twenty minutes leave first in the Top Notch wave alongside professional riders, as well as CAT 1 and 2.
Riders get two opportunities to Ride the Rock, as the Practice Ride is the morning of Sunday, July 14th. This is only open to Hillclimbers signed up for the MWARBH. Over 100 Tin Mountain Conservation Center volunteers converge on the race course on August 17th 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.