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2015 North East Hill Climbs

Climbing Mount Washington, New Hampshire

Bike Up Mountains Hill Climb Series

BUMPS (Bike Up Mountain Points Series) is the only series of its kind in America.

A series that recognizes the talents of riders who do the hardest thing in cycling, climb steep hills!

The series comprises 10 races on 9 mountains in the north east of the States, on courses of varying lengths and pitches. Any rider who enters a BUMPS event will automatically be entered into the overall series points standings. There is no need to enter a separate BUMPS category. Riders will be scored according to their accumulated points in up to five races, and the totals of riders who enter more than five races will be determined by their best five scores.

As the season progresses, a leader’s jersey will be awarded to the overall series leader after each event. At season’s end, age group series winners, both men and women, will receive awards or prizes acknowledging their achievements as well.

Bike Up the Mountains Hill Climb Series

The new series will not change the way in which each event has been run in the past. Each event will continue to be run by an independent organizer, and event formats and prizes will continue to be determined independently. BUMPS simply wants to bring added acknowledgment to riders who enjoy the challenge of climbing, especially those who do it well.

Their 2015 series of events includes 10 hill climb challenges on 9 mountains. We have included all the details, difficulty and record holders.

The Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb being the toughest on the east coast, with Tom "TommyD" Danielson holding the record with a time of 49:24 - breaking the previous record held by Tyler Hamilton, in 2002.

Jeanie Longo holds the womens record with a time of 58:14.

Proceeds from each individual event in the series, typically benefits chosen non-profits too.

The BUMP series is sponsored by Destination Cycling.


The History

Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hill ClimbMary Power, is the BUMPS series coordinator. She has a lot of experience and is very well known in the cycling community. She was the event organiser for the Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hill climb from 1995 - 2011.

There has been a hillclimb on the Mount Washington Auto Road since the Mid 1970's.

Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hill Climb is recognised as the toughest hill climb in the north east, it's the tallest peak, has the steepest average gradient and the most varying grade of gradient too.

Back in 2006, such was the demand to participate in the Washington Hillclimb Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, that full capacity of 635 riders was reached and a waiting list of over 250 riders built up.

Space at the summit is limited and on reaching the summit and all riders have to wait until the last rider finishes.
Racers can not ride their bikes back down.  All racers are required to have a car ride down.  The Mt. Washington Auto Road reopens for down bound traffic when it is deemed safe. 

Due to this, a sister event, Newton's Revenge was created. 

Date Event Location Routes Diff  Type My Rides
May 09 Wachusett Mountain Hillclimb Princeton, Massachusetts, USA 3.7 miles, 5.5%,1,236 feet C HILLCLIMB
May 30 Mount Ascutney Hill Climb Windsor, Vermont, USA 3.7 miles, 11.7%, 2,300 feet E HILLCLIMB
Jun 06 Whiteface Mountain Hillclimb Wilmington, New York, USA 11 miles, 8%, 3,522 feet E HILLCLIMB
Jun 27 Okemo Bike Climb Ludlow, Vermont, USA 5.8 miles, 6.8%, 2,200 feet E HILLCLIMB
Jul 11 Newton’s Revenge - A Bike Race Up Mt. Washington Auto Road Gorham, New Hampshire, USA 7.6 miles, 12%, 4,720 feet F HILLCLIMB
Aug 01 Mount Equinox Uphill Bike Climb Manchester, Vermont, USA 5.4 miles, 12%, 3,300 feet F HILLCLIMB
Aug 15 Mt. Washington Auto Road Hillclimb Gorham, New Hampshire, USA 7.6 miles, 12%, 4,720 feet F HILLCLIMB
Aug 29 Mt. Kearsarge Hill Climb Warner, New Hampshire, USA 8.0 miles, 8.7%, 1,738 feet E HILLCLIMB
Sep 12 Mount Greylock NCC Hill Climb North Adama, Massachusetts, USA 9.1 miles, 5.7%, 2,860 feet E HILLCLIMB
Oct 04 Allen Clark Memorial Hill Climb Waitsfield, Vermont, USA 6.2 miles, 5%, 1,600 feet C HILLCLIMB

Other Great Climbs

There are some other great climbs in the North East, so check out these too. In all cases these climbs are timed so you can test yourself and gain great braggings rights!

Date Event Location Routes Diff  Type My Rides
Apr 25 High Point Hill Climb TT Montague, New Jersey, USA 5.5 miles, 4.3%, 1,511 feet C HILLCLIMB
May 14 Bolton Hill Climb Bolton, Vermont, USA 6.7 miles, 7.8%, 1,706 feet E HILLCLIMB
May 16 Kancamagus Bicycle Hillclimb Time Trial Conway, New Hampshire, USA 21 miles, 7%, 2,650 feet F HILLCLIMB
Aug 23 North Face Race To The Top Of Vermont Stowe, Vermont, USA 4.3 miles, 11%, 2,564 feet F HILLCLIMB

Taking Part

However you don't need a Pro to take part in a hill climb. Now that spring is on it's way (down South!) it's time to get out and start training.


Have We Missed Your Favourite Climb?

If so, let us know. Join up as a member and start planning your 2015 season

You can add your own events, which we the pickup, process and make available for everyone to enjoy.

Please note: details may not be 100% correct are subject to change directly from individual event organisers.



For full details of the Northeast Hill Climb Championship Series, please visit - www.hillclimbseries.com

Northeast Hill Climb Championship Series is also on facebook at - www.facebook.com/pages/Bike-Up-the-Mountain-Point-Series/365596130176401