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The 40th Annual

WESTERN MONTANA HILL CLIMB CHAMPIONSHIPS

SUNDAY, OCT. 2, 2016

MISSOULA, MONTANA

■ YOU ARE INVITED

Missoulians On Bicycles (MOBI) invites you to take part in what is Montana’s oldest annual competitive cycling event. The Hill Climb traditionally closes Montana’s road racing season, but it is designed for the casual as well as the competitive rider. Riders of all abilities have participated in the Hill Climb and have ranged in age from 7 to 75.

Hill Climb 1

The Hill Climb course hasn’t changed in thirty-nine years.

■ THE COURSE

The paved four-mile climb rises 840 feet up Pattee Canyon Drive in Missoula, starting from the corner of Takima and Pattee Canyon. Cyclists leave at one minute-intervals and ride against the clock.

■ A CATEGORY FOR YOU

Nine age categories each for men and women are as follows:New Rider, 12 years and under*; Intermediate, 13-14; Junior,15-17; Senior, 18-34; Veteran, 35-44; Master, 45-54; Grand Master, 55-64, Wheel Master, 65-74 and Supreme Rider, 75 and up. There are also tandem, recumbent, high wheel, tricycle, unicycle, and handcycle categories.

*Must be accompanied on the course by an adult rider.

Balis
Laura Ballis, 2015 winner.

■ HOW TO ENTER

Registration will begin Saturday evening, Oct. 1, at Missoula Bicycle Works at 708 South Higgins Ave. in Missoula, from 5-6:00 p.m. Riders (especially slower riders) are encouraged to register during this early registration period.

Registration on the morning of the climb will take place from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at Missoula Bicycle Works.

Each rider will be assigned a number and a starting time at registration (first rider off at 10am) and need not appear at the start until the appointed time. The event is limited to 1000 entrants. NonMOBI members must pay a $4.00 entry fee. MOBI members need only pay $1.00 fee.

All riders must wear a helmet. The climb will take place rain or shine. A complete results will be made available to all participants after the event.

Mazza
Dan Mazza, 2015 winner

■ BRING A PRIZE

A prize for every rider is a Hill Climb tradition, therefore, we ask each participant to bring a prize for another rider. Use your imagination - anything goes! Here are just a few examples from past years: homemade bread or cookies, dental floss, used golf balls, carpentry work, books, bicycle parts, frozen dog meat, fishing flies, and smorkles. The prizes are distributed randomly, so bring something nice - you might win it! Bring your prize donation to registration. Remember you need not be a hill climber to donate a prize.

■ THANK YOU

A special thanks to Missoula Bicycle Works for the use of their shop for our registration location.

Hill Climb 1

Club Ride Photos

Mission Mountains Ride

Hotsprings Ride

Georgetown Lake Loop

Trail of the Coeur d'Alene