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Best Cycling Hill Climbs in America

Best Cycling Hill Climbs in America

Climbers on steep ascent of Mt Washington Hill Climb

Road cycling hill climb events in America allow cyclists to test their endurance and climbing skills against some of the country’s most breathtaking and challenging ascents. The team at Strambecco rates the Best Cycling Hill Climbs America based on various factors, including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the event’s or race’s overall uniqueness. These events, set in scenic locations, not only provide a competitive platform but also showcase the natural beauty of the United States. Here are some of the most popular hill climb events:

Mt. Evans Hill Climb, Colorado: Known as the Blue Sky Hill Climb, this iconic event takes cyclists up North America’s highest paved road. It’s part of the Gran Fondo National Series and attracts many participants, from professional riders to enthusiasts. The event is celebrated for its community support and stunning high-altitude scenery​.  The event is also part of the prestigious Gran Fondo National Series and, for the most competitive athletes, the chance to qualify to compete in the USA Cycling Gran Fondo National Championship.

Mt. Baker Hill Climb, Washington: Starting in the picturesque town of Glacier, this race challenges riders with a 22-mile ascent to Artist Point, climbing 4,462 feet. The route is known for its scenic paved roads, dense forests, and panoramic mountain views, making it a must-do event for competitive and recreational cyclists alike.

Mt. Washington Hill Climb, New Hampshire: This demanding race takes cyclists to the summit of Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the Northeastern United States. With its one-way uphill course and unpredictable weather, it’s billed as one of the most challenging hill climbs in the world. Participants enjoy well-supported aid stations and the unique challenge of self-sufficiency on this climb​.

Cycle to the Summit, Colorado: This event offers cyclists the chance to ascend over 4,700 feet to the summit of Pikes Peak, one of Colorado’s most famous mountains. With a start at dawn, riders experience the quiet beauty of the mountain, challenging gradients, and changing vistas. The event emphasizes high-altitude acclimatization and preparation for its participants​.

Triple Bypass Gran Fondo, Colorado: Spanning from Evergreen to Vail, this event covers 118 miles and crosses three mountain passes, providing stunning alpine scenery and a demanding test of endurance. It’s known for its excellent organization, aid stations, and community involvement, with proceeds supporting local non-profits​.

These events exemplify the spirit of road cycling hill climbs in America, offering cyclists of all levels the opportunity to experience the thrill of the climb, the beauty of the country’s landscapes, and the camaraderie of the cycling community. Whether you’re an experienced climber seeking a new challenge or a cycling enthusiast looking to test your limits, these hill climbs offer unforgettable experiences.  Strambecco does not list every event.  We strive to identify and review events that are special and noteworthy.  If you have suggestions on other events we should consider or review, please contact us here or send us a note at

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