Mt. Ashland Hill Climb

August 28, 2016 at 9:00 am

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  • Nearby Cities:
    Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass, Talent, Central Point
  • Region:
    Southern Oregon
  • Attributes:
    Road, Trail

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Take I5 South to exit #19 (the first Ashland exit).
Turn right on Valley View Rd. Go 0.5 miles.
Turn left at traffic light on Highway 99. This becomes North Main St. Go 2.3 miles.
Turn right on Winburn Way into the Ashland Plaza. This is where registration and the start of the race is.

Directions to the race from the South (California):

Take I5 North to exit #14 towards ASHLAND/KLAMATH FALLS, (the second Ashland exit).
Turn Left on ASHLAND ST – go 1.4 mi.
Bear Right on SISKIYOU BLVD – go 1.1 mi.
Continue on (the name changes to LITHIA WAY) – go 0.4 mi
Turn Left (U-turn) just before Water St onto Main St. go .1 mile
Turn Right on Winburn Way into the Ashland Plaza. This is where registration and the start of the race is

Join us on August 28th at 9am for the start of the 37th Annual Mt. Ashland Hill Climb Bike Race! This event begins in downtown Ashland at the Plaza at the base of Lithia Park (el. 1900′) and climbs to the Mt. Ashland ski area 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. See how the Mt. Ashland Hill Climb stacks up against other hill climbs in the January 2012 edition of Bicycling Magazine. For the nitty gritty details on Mt. Ashland check out the course profiles.

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.


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