Sunday, October 1, 2023 (10am)

Allen Clark Hill Climb

The Allen Clark Memorial Hill Climb — the annual grunt-fest that has fast become a rite of cycling passage in the Mad River Valley — is a grueling time trial that rises 1,600 vertical feet in 6.2 miles, from the intersection of Routes 100 and 17 to the top of Appalachian Gap.

Cyclist at Appalachian Gap

Start — 10 AM, Stark Mountain Bike Works, Route 100 & Route 17, Waitsfield, VT

  • Length: 6.2 miles
  • Vertical climb: 1,600 feet
  • Race format: Time trial, 30-second intervals
  • 8 age categories, from 15 and under to 70 and over.
  • Registration fees: Adults – $50, Kids – $30, $10 surcharge per entry for race day registration.
Allen Clark Biking

The event is named in honor of long-time Mad River Valley resident, Allen Clark. An avid cyclist who took up biking late in life, he rode 2,500-3,000 annually in Vermont. Allen especially loved the challenge of the Appalachian Gap. This event is a tribute to Allen’s life and a fundraiser for Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports, an organization that meant a great deal to him.


Best Times — Medals awarded to the top three men and women in age categories. Post-race shwag raffle.

Combined Events — Trophies will be awarded to the man and woman with the best combined times for the bike race and Saturday’s Stark Mountain Hill Climb footrace.