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Gibraltar Road: Your chance to become a Hillclimb World Champion 

Come and ride up the iconic climb of Gibraltar Road, made famous by the AMGEN Tour of California and enjoy yourself at Phil's Cookie Fondo. A weekend celebration of cycling on the West Coast

By demand, the new Hillclimb World Championships will kick off a full weekend of great riding in a socialable, relaxed and fun atmoshere.

Friday Oct 26, 2018 is your chance to conquer the iconic west coast climb of Gibraltar Road from Santa Barbara, and then you can "enjoy" yourself at Phil's Cookie Fondo on Saturday and Sunday Oct 27-28, 2018 in Malibu.

American National Champions and World Champions will be crowned across a whole range of professional and amateur age categories, for both male and female riders.

Riders of all levels are encouraged to come test themselves on the climb made famous by the AMGEN Tour of California.

This is your chance to conquer the iconic west coast climb of Gibraltar Road from Santa Barbara and compete for the national and world hill climbing titles across a huge range of categories

Known as the "American Riviera", Santa Barbara offers a gorgeous backdrop for this world-class event. Santa Barbara is known for its beautiful beaches, iconic architecture and award-winning wine country, but it’s also a great place for cycling, with temperatures staying between 50 and 80º year-round.

Current reigning USA National Hillclimb Champion's Phil Gaimon and Margot Clyne will try to defend their stars and stripes jerseys, and compete for global supremacy! By demand, the event provides an outlet for hundreds of riders looking to ride the USA National Hillclimb Championships, held last year on Pikes Peak in Colorado. It also allows hundreds of amateur riders from juniors, collegiates, fixies, tandems and even chefs, that's right chefs, the chance to ride up one of the "Top Bucket List" climbs in the USA for fun with familiy and friends, and for the more competitive, compete for prizes.

There's a whole host of World Class Pro riders in attendance including: UK Hillclimb Champion Dan Evans, Margot Clyne (Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air), Olympian Mara Abbott, current Tour de France rider Ian Boswell (Katusha-Alpecin), Alex Howes (Education First-Cannondale) and Jesse Anthony (Rally Pro Cycling).

Your friends, family & club members can cheer you on at dedicated spectator zones featuring music, entertainment & more!

Phil Gaimon said "We’re inventing some awesome new stuff here! Hillclimb World Championships is a “bike race mullet”: a race at the front, and a party at the back!"

"Get dropped by the fast guys, challenge yourself and suffer, wear costumes, do wheelies, etc. Hire montrealmovers to get you moving."

Prizes for all categories and age groups. Gibraltar Rd in Santa Barbara, Oct 26 (with Phil’s Fondo Oct 27-28). "

"We’re going to keep this small for the first year so it will sell out!"

UCI World Champion Peter Sagan does one of his famous wheelies whilst visiting Cookie Corner in this year's AMGEN Tour of California

VIDEO: Phil announces the World Hillclimb Championships

Your chance to become a Champion

There are a whole host of categories ranging from Juniors up Chefs and Tandems! Medals for top three and jerseys for first rider (World Champion) and first American (US National Champion) across the line in each category below!

Men Junior 15-18, Men Pro/Open 19-29, Men  30-39, Men  40-49, Men  50 -59, Men  60-69, Men 70+
Women Junior 15-18, Women Pro/Open 19-29, Women 30-39, Women 40-49, Women 50 -59, Women  60-69, Women 70+
Fixed Gear Men, Fixed Gear Women
Collegiate Men, Collegiate Women
Clydesdale Men, Athena Women
Chef Men, Chef Women
Tandem Team

The race and ride will be mass start, Gran Fondo style. Waves will start by age group and category, beginning at 7:15 am at 15 minute intervals, after the group ride out from Santa Barbara to Gibraltar Road to warm up your legs..

The climb of Gibraltar Road

The official climb is 6.14 miles and contains 2,593 ft of climbing. It contains a gradient of 18% on it's lower slopes, with an average grade of 8%. It can be windy up top, as the trees fade away, you'll be rewarded with incredible views of the West Coast.

The current record holder is new Colombian climbing sensation Egan Bernal, who set a time of 27m 12s in the 2018 Tour of California. Previous record holders include Peter Stetina who set the fastest time in the 2016 Tour of California. For the women, Carol Fitzhenry is the current Queen of the Mountains. 

The roll call of top performance's on Gibraltar's hallowed slopes include well known riders like Brandon McNulty, Megan Guarnier, Neilson Powless, Rob Britton, Alison Tetrick, Lawson Craddock and cycling's very own worst retired professional bike rider ever, yep you guessed it, Phil Gaimon. He famously set a time of 29 minutes in Season 1, Episode 5 of the "Worst Retirement Ever". 

Remember, your friends, family and club members can cheer you on while you go for the win, eat cookies or do wheelies at dedicated spectator zones featuring music, entertainment & more!

You can find the official Strava segment here: http://www.thenational.ae/storyimage/AB/20151223/ARTICLE/151229586/AR/0/&NCS_modified=20151223083557&MaxW=640&MaxH=427&AR-151229586.jpg https://www.strava.com/segments/658277

Register Now and Beat the Price Increase

Registration of $109 includes Limited Edition Swag from New Balance and Hillclimb Worlds Sponsors, Pre & Post-Ride Food and Drinks and more!

The first year of the event is a small, so places are limited, and will sell out.

To register, click the button below, or for more information, please visit: https://www.hillclimbworlds.com

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Hillclimb World Championships 2,593 ft, 6.1 miles - Santa Barbara, California, October 26, 2018

Hillclimb World Championships 2,593 ft, 6.1 miles - Santa Barbara, California, October 26, 2018