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Join us Sunday September 7, 2014, at 9am for the start of the 33nd Annual Mt. Ashland Hill Climb Bike Race. This event begins in downtown Ashland at the Plaza at the base of Lithia Park (el 1900') and climbs to the Mt. Ashland ski area parking lot (~6500'). With 4,600' of net elevation gain, the Mt Ashland Hill Climb rivals some of the toughest climbing events on the west coast. For reference, that's more than twice the elevation gain of Page Mill Rd in Palo Alto, more than Mt Diablo, Mt Tamalpais, Mt Hamilton, the Oregon Hill Climb Championship course on Mt Hood, and the Mt Baker Hill Climb in Washington. See how the Mt. Ashland Hill Climb stacks up against other hill climbs in the January 2012 edition of Bicycling Magazine. For the nitty gritty details on Mt. Ashland check out the course profiles.

 

But wait, there’s more: this race pits road cyclists vs mtb'ers and 'cross folks. Facing back to back, everyone starts at the same time. The roadies race ~24 miles on pavement, while the knobby-tired riders head up 18 miles of mostly forest service roads. Both roadies and mountain bikers join for the last two miles of climbing to the finish at the Mt. Ashland Ski Lodge.

 


Current Records
Road
MTB
Men Shepherd Davis 1:26:39 2009 Evan Plews 1:26:12 2008
Women Jenny Slawta 1:35:40 2009 Jade Wilcoxson 1:46:40 2012

Categories: (Women & Men)

Road: 

          Junior (Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult the entire time--same course as everyone else)

Cat 4/5                (Age Groups: 19-39, 40-59, 60+)
Cat 2/3                (Age Groups: 19-39, 40-59, 60+)
Cat 1/Pro (Age Groups: 19-39, 40-59, 60+)

MTB: 

          Junior (Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult the entire time--same course as everyone else)

Cat 3 (Age Groups: 19-39, 40-59, 60+)
Cat 2 (Age Groups: 19-39, 40-59, 60+)
Cat 1/Pro (Age Groups: 19-39, 40-59, 60+)

NOTE: Cyclocross bikes are allowed as are any tire sizes. Yes, really. If it's a legal OBRA bicycle, it's allowed.

Prizes / Awards: Start at 12 noon

First place man and woman, road and mountain, $100 each, plus free entry into next years event.

 

The Rest:

· Pre-registered riders must check in at the sign-up table near the start line.

· Numbers on the left (per OBRA rules)

· Finish elevation is over 6,500 feet and temperatures can be quite chilly at the top. We will have a vehicle to shuttle your warm clothing--in small bags-- to the top.

· No Support, No Aid Stations, No Sweep. You're on your own out there in the big bad world.

· Helmets are mandatory at all times on the bike, pre, during, and post event.

· All OBRA rules are in effect. 

· OBRA and the organizers of this race do not provide insurance coverage for injuries that occur at the race. The costs related to those injuries are the responsibility of the individual participant. 

· Day of Race registration closes at 8:30

· Tons of random-draw prizes available ONLY to those who register online.

· Refreshments, music & fun at the finish.

· Road riders will be escorted as a group by City of Ashland Police at a controlled speed through town to the City Limits. Anyone passing the police escort will be disqualified.

· For more info, email: trails@ashmtnadv.com or call 541-499-2298.


Warm Up Warning:

Please do your warm up ride along Winburn Way adjacent to Lithia Park. East Main Street is not closed to traffic before or during the race. East Main Street is one way and you are required to obey all traffic laws. Law enforcement personnel will be present at the start of the race & we would hate for you to get a ticket on your bicycle before the start. Here is a map for a safe warm up location.

City Parks Notice:

Bikes are not allowed on the trails in Lithia Park, or any City park for that matter. Please do not ride a bike on the trails in the park before, during or after the race. Bikes are allowed on Winburn Way & Pioneer Road. Oh yeah, dogs aren't allowed in the parks either, so please be courteous. That is all.

Proceeds benefit the Ashland Woodlands and Trails Association (AWTA), which is a non-profit 501-3C organization that plans, builds and maintains trails in and around the Ashland area. AWTA is in the process of the creation and implementation of a Trails Master Plan for the Ashland Watershed.

The Mt Ashland Hill Climb is an OBRA sanctioned event, under permit from the USDA Forest Service & the City of Ashland


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