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Wachusett Mountain Hill Climb

May 12 2018
Princeton, Massachusetts, USA

The Wachusett Mountain Hill Climb covers 3.7 miles and climbs 1162'. The race will start at the entrance to Wachusett Mountain Ski Area’s Parking Lot #3 on Mile Hill Road in Westminster MA, and finish at the summit of Wachusett Mountain inside the State Reservation. The course will follow the ‘UP’ summit road once inside the Reservation with the finish line falling in the lower summit parking area (not the Tower).

Rising above the surrounding forest to a height of 2006 feet, Wachusett stands as a unique landmark within the central New England landscape. From the summit, a clear day reveals views of Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire, the Berkshires to the west, and the Boston skyline to the east. 

Parking and post ride festivities will be at the Wachusett Mountain Base Lodge. For directions go to:

Spectators are welcome to hike the mountain to reach the summit, but the auto road will be closed to general traffic.


Registration limited to the first 500 participants
Adult Fee ages 20-69 (including Filly & Clydesdale): $70 if registered by March 17
$80 from March 18 – May 1 (T-shirt Deadline)
$80 from May 2 – May 10
$90 day of registration
Tandem Fee - $80.00 pre-reg or $90 2nd deadline & day of
Youth Fee (for ages 12- 19): $30 pre-registration and $40 2nd deadline & day of
Ages 70-79: $55 pre-registration and $65 2nd deadline & day of
Ages 80+: $30 pre-registration and $40 day of
Race day registration and number pick up opens at 7:00AM and closes at 9:00am
You must register by May 1st to receive a free race t-shirt. Day-of registrants are not guaranteed a shirt.
First Race Wave starts at 9:30AM. Additional waves will take off at 5 minute intervals. A final schedule of wave times and categories will be emailed out to participants one week prior to the race and posted at the event.
Racing age is what your age will be on December 31st, 2017

Cash prizes will be awarded for the top 3 overall male and female finishers.  Awards will be as follows: 1st Place $100, 2nd Place $75, 3rd Place $50. Prizes will also be awarded to the top finishers in each age category.  You must attend the award ceremony to receive your prize.

Please make sure you understand our Race Day Disclaimer, Cancellation Policy,  Refund and Exchange Policy before you register for this event. You must sign the online waiver to complete your registration and may be asked to sign additional waivers at registration. There will be NO exceptions. Please plan accordingly if you are under 18 years of age. Thank You.

RACE DAY DISCLAIMER/Cancellation Policy: We will delay the start time, postpone or cancel the race if the following conditions are reported on the road or summit on the morning of the event, HIGH WINDS or HARD DRIVING RAIN or anything that has the potential for an unsafe event. We will stop the race if conditions are deemed unsafe for the riders in the race. We will not cancel the race for "uncomfortable" conditions.

If the event is cancelled there are no refunds, no exchanges.
Lunch will not be cancelled; all racers are encouraged to stay for lunch. We will serve lunch between 11:30 am & 12:30 pm. Please plan your time accordingly.

Ride back down: You will be allowed to ride back down the course after all riders have finished and arrived at the top.  If you need extra clothes at the finish area, there will be a truck that can take your gear bag to top.

11:30 - Awards begins: You must be present at the reward ceremony podium to receive your cash and prizes.

11:30 -12:30 - BBQ - Each registered rider will receive a meal coupon.  Please hold on to this and have it ready for the cashier. If you have guests and family with you, food will be available from Wachusett Ski Area for a reasonable fee. BEER/WINE will be available for an extra fee.

A sag wagon will follow the race up the mountain after the last wave.  If you feel that you can go no further, please wait by the side of the road and a friendly van with a kind driver will escort you to the finish line area. Alternatively, if you and your bike are willing, you are allowed to ride down the mountain. If we cannot account for all participants by the end of the race we will need to search the mountain using all means available, including race officials, search and rescue, bloodhounds and the National Guard! To avoid this extensive and time-consuming operation, kindly hand your race # to the race officials at the ski area. 

Race course: The Staging and start of the race will be at the entrance to Wachusett’s Lot 3 Parking Lot. located on Mile Hill Road, about 1/2 mile away from the base lodge of the ski area.   Once the race begins, traffic should be held and will be closed to most vehicles. Once you turn right into the State Park, the road is ENTIRELY closed to vehicles. The race will follow the “UP” summit road. All riders will proceed back to the ski area via the “DOWN” summit road. This will follow general motor vehicle driving signage. Please be careful when descending back to the ski area post-race as the road is steep.

Spectator viewing: Since the Mountain is still closed until Memorial Day, NO cars will be allowed to drive to the finish area. But you are able to park at the base of the State Reservation and walk up to the summit to view the finishing racers via hiking trails or the summit road (please stay to the side of the road and be careful not to interfere with any cyclists who may be racing).

Gear Bags: We will ask that riders remain at the top of the mountain until all riders have finished.  If you feel you would like to have extra clothes with you on top, we will provide a truck that will bring up your gear bag.

Timing and Results:
Timing will be scored by Granite State Race Services and will be posted following the race inside the Wachusett Base Lodge/at the location of the Lunch and Awards Ceremony (expected to be inside the base lodge but may move outside if the weather if terrific). They will also be posted to the race website after the race.

Sponsors: Thanks to all of our sponsors who made the day that much more excited for all, and our host, Wachusett Mountain Ski Area.

Record Holders

14:37.9 Timothy Ahearn 5/11/13
16:31 Marti Shea 5/12/12


Routes: 3.7 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
Entry Limit: 500 participants
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Start Times / Itinerary

Race day registration and number pick up opens at 7:30AM, Race starts at 9:30AM


Adult Fee ages 20-69 (including Filly & Clydesdale): $70 if registered by March 17
$80 from March 18 – May 1 (T-shirt Deadline)
$80 from May 2 – May 10
$90 day of registration
Tandem Fee - $80.00 pre-reg or $90 2nd deadline & day of
Youth Fee (for ages 12- 19): $30 pre-registration and $40 2nd deadline & day of
Ages 70-79: $55 pre-registration and $65 2nd deadline & day of
Ages 80+: $30 pre-registration and $40 day of

What's Included?

Technical T-shirt, Post- Race Lunch, Mechanical Support

Packet Pickups

Race Day Morning Starting at 7:30am

Prize / Race Categories

Overall Men & Women

1st: $100, 2nd: $75, 3rd: $50

Top 3 in each Age Group

Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Registration/Entry On the Day
Electronic Start/Finish Hill Timing
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Number of Timed Hill Climbs
One Hill Climb
Event Size
Less Than 500 Riders
Start Address: 499 Mountain Road, Princeton, MA 01541
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