It’s the 37th Annual Mt. Ashland Hill Climb Bike Race! This event begins at 9am in downtown Ashland at the Plaza at the base of Lithia Park (el 1,900′) and climbs to the Mt. Ashland 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.
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.