Keep On Climbing
Hill climbers, unite! Welcome to the unusual 2020 edition of the Allen Clark Hill Climb, a nutso concept we’re trying in a nutso year. Here’s how it’s going to work:
Until noon on October 4 (the time when we are usually starting the post-race awards at Mad River Glen), you can ride the Allen Clark course up the east side of Appalachian Gap and time yourself using Strava. (If you are not a Strava member you can join, initially for free, at strava.com.) Many riders, understandably, won’t be able to ride the actual Allen Clark course. So, we are offering alternatives.
Five climbs, all Strava segments (links below), can be ridden as substitutes. They are all Category 2 climbs by Strava’s standards, as is Allen Clark. The lengths and pitches obviously vary, so it might seem like we’re mixing apples and oranges, but not so — we’re tossing together the whole dang fruit basket.
We’ll handicap each climb according to Strava’s top VAM rate, or climbing rate based on vertical meters per hour. Allen Clark’s top VAM will be the baseline. The climb correlations and handicapping may prove to be incredibly imprecise, but let’s have fun with it anyway and see what happens. The idea is to keep the climbing spirit of Allen Clark alive.
Here is the good news: No entry fee. However, the purpose of the Allen Clark Hill Climb, this year as in years past, is to raise money for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. Although not required, we’re suggesting that, in lieu of your entry fee, you make a $40 contribution to VASS. If you want to donate more, may the force be with you. See donation options on the registration page.
For starters, you’ll need to register here
Email results to . We’ll maintain a leader board, updated regularly, here on the web site. Just as in the actual Allen Clark event, there will be age group categories: 20+, 30+. 40+, etc. Ride any segment as many times as you like before the deadline, although only your best result will be posted on the leader board. After noon on October 4, we’ll compile final results, with awards and plenty of cool raffle prizes to be dished out then.
Time to hit the road! Here are links to the eligible climbing segments:
Allen Clark, Waitsfield, VT
(Note that the Strava segment is slightly shorter than the actual Allen Clark course if you are comparing your time to previous years.)
Whiteface Mountain, NY (partial, from Wilmington,NY to gate)