This Saturday at 8:35 AM as many as 635 cyclists will embark on the most challenging 7.6 mile bike ride in the world up the Mt. Washington Auto Road, marking the 47th time this race has been held. There are several categories of racers, leading off with the individual event followed by tandem, triple, and even a unicycle event.
Riders come from all corners of the world to take part. In fact, I recently spoke to a person who is traveling from Salt Lake City, Utah to participate in the race and who will be staying at the Royalty Inn for several nights. He asked where he could find some steep terrain to train prior to the race. I suggested that he ride along Rt. 2 from Dolly Copp Road to Randolph Hill Road to the end. There, he would have both paved and dirt inclines to experience which is similar to the Mt. Washington Auto Road, albeit, not as steep.
Cash prizes are being awarded to the winners. The fastest man and woman will each receive a check for $1,500.Any racer setting a new hill climb record will be awarded $5,000! The first male and female to reach the one mile marker will receive $750 each. While this event usually sells out in February, occasionally there will be some last minute openings. For more information or to check on a last minute opening, email the event organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those seeking overnight accommodations, we have had a few cancellations at the Royalty Inn and at the time of posting this blog there are a few rooms available. I wish the best of luck to all bike racers and look forward to hosting many of you at the Royalty Inn this weekend. Welcome to the Royalty Inn!
Conrad Klefos, General Manager