Wachusett Mountain Hill Climb

Saturday May 7th, 2016


A benefit for the MS Great 8 Foundation and Rocking the Purple for Oliver Tonon



2016 Results

Final Results |  Age-Group Results | Top Ten | Clydesdales, Fillies & Tandem



Prizes! Kids Race! BBQ Lunch!

The Wachusett Mountain Hillclimb covers 3.7 miles and climbs 1162′. The race will start on Mile Hill Road in Westminster MA near the intersection of Route 140, and finish at the summit of DCR Wachusett Mountain. Rising above the surrounding forest to a height of 2006 feet, Mount Wachusett stands as a unique landmark within the central New England landscape. From the summit, a clear day reveals views of Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire, the Berkshires to the west, and the Boston skyline to the east.

Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
499 Mountain Road, Princeton, MA

Parking and post ride festivities will be at the Wachusett Mountain Base Lodge. Click here for directions




Parking and post ride festivities will be at the Wachusett Mountain Base Lodge. For directions go to:  http://www.wachusett.com/TheMountain/DirectionsHours/tabid/56/Default.aspx


  • Registration limited to the first 300 participants
  • Adult Fee -$65 if registered by Feb 28
  • $70 from March 1- March 31st
  • $80 from April 1- May 2nd
  • $100 day of
  • Day of Registration ends at 8:00am!!
  • Tandem Fee – $80.00, $100 day of
  • Youth Fee (for ages 12- 19): $20 pre registration and race day registration
  • Race day registration and number pick up opens at 7:30AM
  • Register by April 1st to receive your free race t-shirt
  • Race starts at 9:30AM

The race will benefit two causes for 2016 event. the MS Great 8 Foundation and Rocking Purple for Oliver.  The goal of the MS Great 8 Foundation is to raise public awareness about Multiple Sclerosis, raise funds that go directly to various chapters of the National MS Society and inspire those diagnosed with MS to take charge of their lives and not let MS control them. Please visit http://msgreat8.org/donate-2/ to make a donation.

Rocking Purple for Oliver is a fight against Pancreatic Cancer!  My brother Oliver Tonon, was diagnised in late July, 2014 of Pancreatic cancer.  Most of you know him by name and some of you by his familar face you have seen at many of the races.  He has photographed all of you, taken your bags to the top of the mountains so you can stay warm, swept the courses the day before so you wouldn’t have to worry about debris on the roads and was there for all of us to do anything that needed doing.  Now, a year later, he is fighting stage 4 metastatic cancer.  He is battling cancer the way we all battle the mountain….Please show your support by making a donation, which will be given to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, more can learned at pan can.org.

Prizes: Cash prizes will be awarded for the overall top 3 men and women finishers.  1st Place $100, 2nd Place $50, 3rd Place $25. Prizes will also be awarded to the top finisher in each age category.  You must attend the award ceremony to receive your prize.  Please NO exceptions.

KIDS RACE – The kids race will begin at 11:15am, to allow all riders to get back to the ski area.  The race length is roughly 6/10ths of a mile and will include a small hill.  Age groups will be 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12 years of age.  Parent or Guardian must accompany the young racers to sign in and fill out the registration and release waivers.  Awards will be given to all riders.  Cost is will be $10 per child, this will cover their lunch.

Please make sure you understand our Race Day Disclaimer, Cancellation Policy,  Refund and Exchange Policy before you register for this event. You must sign the online waiver to complete your registration. There will be NO exceptions.  Thank You

DISCLAIMER:  Destination Cycling reserves the exclusive right to determine who will participate in the Hill Climb.

RACE DAY DISCLAIMER/Cancellation Policy: We will delay the start time, postpone or cancel the race if the following conditions are reported on the road or summit on the morning of the event, HIGH WINDS or HARD DRIVING RAIN or anything that has the potential for an un safe event. We will stop the race if conditions are deemed unsafe for the riders in the race. We will not cancel the race for “uncomfortable” conditions.

If the event is cancelled there are no refunds, no exchanges
Lunch will not be cancelled; all racers are encouraged to stay for lunch.  We will serve lunch between 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.   Plan your time accordingly.

Ride back down: You will be allowed to ride back down the course after all riders have finished and arrived at the top.  If you need extra clothes at the finish area, there will be a truck that can take your gear bag to top.

11:15am – KIDS RACE begins in the Ski area parking lot outside of registration – We ask all parents and kids assemble at outside of registration.   While all kids will race together as a mass start event, the individual age group winners will be recognized for awards.
11:30 – Awards begins: You must be present at the reward ceremony podium to receive your cash or prize.
11:15 -12:30 – BBQ – Each registered rider will receive a meal coupon.  Please hold on to this and have it ready for the cashier.  If you have guests and family with you, food will be available from Wachusett Ski Area for a reasonable fee.  BEER will be available for an extra fee.
A sag wagon will follow the race up the mountain after the last wave.  If you feel that you can go no further, please wait by the side of the road and a friendly van with a kind driver will escort you to the finish line area.  Alternatively if you and your bike are willing, you are allowed to ride down the mountain.  If we cannot account for all participants by the end of the race we will need to search the mountain using all means available race officials, search and rescue, bloodhounds and the National Guard!  To avoid this extensive and time-consuming operation, kindly hand your race # to the race officials at the ski area.
Race course: The Staging and start of the race will be at the lower “off site parking area #3” located on Mile road, which is roughly 1/2 mile away from the base lodge parking lot.   Once the race begins, traffic should be held and will be closed to most vehicles.  Once you turn right into the State Park, the road is ENTIRELY closed to vehicles.  Please be careful when descending back to the ski area post race.
Spectator viewing: Since the Mountain is still closed until Memorial Day, NO cars will be allowed to drive to the finish area, but you are allowed to park at the DCR State parking lot and walk to summit to view your favorite racer!

Transportation Down:
Participants will be permitted to ride their bicycles down the mountain following the race.

Gear Bags: We will ask that riders remain at the top of the mountain until all riders have finished.  If you feel you would like to have extra clothes with you on top, we will provide a truck that will bring up your gear bag.
Race Day Parking:
PLEASE park in at the main parking area for Wachusett Mountain Ski Area.

Kids Race: We are excited to have a BUMPS kids race at Wachusett.  The course will be 6/10th’s of a mile and will include a hill.  Age groups will be 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 years old.  Cost will be $10 per child, and it will include the chicken BBQ, a salad and entry into the raffles.  We will have awards for each age group winners for both girls and boys.

Award Ceremony, BBQ and Prizes:
An Award ceremony and BBQ will take place at the base of the mountain at approximately 11:30 AM.  We encourage all to attend.  Cash prizes for the top 3 male and female winners is $100, $50, and $25, in addition all age group winners will receive an award.
Timing and Results:
Granite State Race Services will provide scoring and results will be posted following the race at the Welcome Center ˆ Award Ceremony/BBQ area.  They will also be posted to the race website after the race.
Donations:  Remember we are hosting this event for the MS Great 8 Foundation and Rocking Purple for my brother Oliver Tonon who was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in July of 2014.
Sponsors: Thanks to all of our sponsors who made the day that much more excited for all,  and our host, Wachusett Ski Area.





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