Motorcycle hillclimb has traditionally been the domain of professionals, but MAX BMW has been working to make the sport accessible to more riders. In hillclimb, riders make timed runs up a twisty mountain road, from bottom to top. A typical hillclimb event includes at least one day of practice and then one race day. Racers are allowed to take as many runs each day as the hill can take, which is generally anywhere from five to ten runs, depending on how many competitors there are at an event. Hillclimbs also welcome car drivers, so it is likely that you will get to spend some time admiring very fast sports cars, rally cars and other racing vehicles!
Bikes: Any brand and displacement.
Passengers: Passengers are not allowed.
When/Where it Happens: In New England, hillclimb events are typically held at Vermont ski areas that are closed in the summer but have a paved road to the top. These include Burke Mountain, VT, Okemo, VT and Ascutney, VT. The premier hillclimb event happens every summer in Colorado Springs at the Pike’s Peak Hillclimb.
Governing Body: Hillclimbing in New England is overseen by the New England Hillclimb Association (NEHA). Specific events are held by local sports car clubs and MAX BMW hosts one event. Most hillclimbs are not open events. If you are a novice hillclimber, you must present a racing resume for review and qualification.
Cost and Entry Fees: Entry fees vary by event and location, but are typically $150 - $200 for a two-day event. Camping at the base of the mountain is usually a small additional cost. Bike preparation, fuel and safety equipment are additional costs.
Preparation: You’ll need to start with a motorcycle that is in proper mechanical condition and has good tires. Proof of insurance and other technical specifications are required, so please check with the event organizer.
If you are curious about hillclimb racing, the best thing to do is to get in touch with Max or Joe at MAX BMW. We will be glad to help!
This event is organized by the New England Hillclimb Association. It is being published for the attention of MAX BMW Motorcycles customers. MAX BMW Motorcycles bears no responsibility for this event.