Who Can Participate?

Cyclists and Unicyclists of all ages and abilities with any type of bicycle are invited to tackle the challenge of racing to the top of the Appalachian Gap. In keeping with the spirit of its namesake, the late Allen Clark, the Hill Climb is a celebration of cycling as a sport for people of all ages and physical abilities, with any type of bicycle. Clark was a Mad River Valley cycling enthusiast and a regular bike-shop customer who didn’t take up the sport until he was in his sixties. He went on to log between 2,000 and 3,500 miles a year, well into his 70s, riding in all weather and in every month of the year. His favorite bike was a Bianchi hybrid, fully rigged with racks and a huge storage trunk. The bike weighed more than 40 pounds — more than twice the weight of a typical racing bike.

The Ap Gap climb was one of Clark’s favorite rides, as it is for almost every cyclist in the Mad River Valley. The climb can be difficult and even downright painful, but getting to the top is always extraordinarily rewarding. Regardless of what level rider you might be, riding the Gap is the ultimate fitness reality check. That’s why local riders come back to the Gap again and again, in a kind of love/hate relationship.


Prizes will be awarded for both men and women, 15 years and over. Junior riders, under age 15, will finish at Mad River Glen.

  • Under 15
  • 15-19
  • 20+
  • 40+
  • 50+
  • 60+
  • 70+
  • Tandem
  • Unicyclists