MWARBH Early Bird Ride (Sunday, July 17, 2022)
The Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb Early Bird Ride (formerly the practice ride) is an unsupported and untimed ride up the Mount Washington Auto Road. This ride is for those who want to practice for the Hillclimb race on August 20 or anyone looking for a unique challenge – just you and the mountain. No crowds. No fanfare. No pinning a race number. Just your bike and the sunrise.
The MWARBH Early Bird Ride on July 17 is open to 150 riders who will start up the Auto Road between 5 am and 6 am. For safety reasons, absolutely no riders are allowed to start after 6 am. The ride is untimed and unsupported. You will need to be self-supported and have a support driver and vehicle to meet you at the summit and bring you down. Riding your bike down the Auto Road is strictly forbidden. Please note, we will not be organizing a ridesharing program for the Early Bird ride. TMCC staff will be at the Auto Road and the summit on the day of the event to get you going and congratulate you at the top.
- Registration is limited to 150 riders. When that is reached, riders may register for the waitlist.
- Registration is $150 per rider.
- Registration opens at 9 am on April 1 and closes on July 1, 2022 at 5 pm.
- Cancellations prior to July 1 will be refunded the amount paid at the time of registration minus a $25 administration fee.
- No-shows will not be refunded their registration fee.
- There is no-day of registration.
- If it is after July 1 and you know you will be a no-show, please contact the event coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Safety First – You MUST have lights on both the front and back of the bike for visibility and we recommend hi-vis clothing. Because this is self-supported, bring adequate hydration, food/fuel, first aid, tools and extra tubes.
Summit Vehicle Driver Information – Riders must have their own support and a ride down from the summit and is solely the responsibility of the registered participant and not that of Tin Mountain Conservation Center.
Support Driver – Only cars associated with the practice ride are allowed up to the summit. The Toll House opens at 5 am and cars must be on the road up by 6 am. Support Vehicles must go directly to the summit and may not wait for their rider to pass by (no-leap frogging with other riders and cars).
Driving to the summit is authorized by the Mt. Washington Auto Road and drivers need to be aware of the rules and regulations regarding use of the Auto Road. We encourage all riders and drivers to review the vehicle restrictions and other information posted on the Mount Washington Auto Road site: Click Here for Auto Road vehicle Restrictions as well as the information presented here.
2022 Auto Road Fees – Because this event is a practice ride for a reduced registration fee, the Auto Road pass for the support driver and vehicle are not included in the $150 registration fee. Your support driver and their vehicle are subject to the passage fees described below. Fees will be paid at the toll house.
Auto Road Passage Fees - Support Car + Driver are subject to the Auto Road 2022 peak rate: $45 car + driver and then any passenger in the car going up: + $20 additional adult fee, $14 additional child. Weight limit restrictions apply*. See Auto Road website.
*The interior weight in the support driver’s vehicle cannot exceed 900 lbs coming down (driver, passengers, bikes, gear). Please add up the weight of each passenger and any additional luggage to make sure it is under this 900 lbs limit. This is a CRITICAL safety issue on the Auto Road. Tested over and over again, we have found that if you put more than 900 lbs in an automobile, the weight is too much for the transmission to hold back the vehicle on the steep grades. It can cause you to use your brakes too much, which will lead to overheated brakes, or worse. Please keep the interior weight of the car in check.*
Fundraising: Although not mandatory, we hope that many of you will support this event and Tin Mountain Conservation Center by fundraising. You will automatically receive an email from PledgeReg after you register to setup your registration page. If you choose to fundraise, we will be offering fundraising incentives at different levels starting at $500 total raised ($150 reg fee + $350 raised through Pledge Reg). Visit our website for information (http://www.mwarbh.org/ incentives coming soon).
Why fundraise for Tin Mountain Conservation Center? Tin Mountain is over 40 years old and has been presenting/hosting this event since 1996. Once all the MWARBH bills are paid, the remaining sponsorships, entrance fees, and funds raised support Tin Mountain’s mission to deliver experiential environmental education programs to schools and communities in the greater Mount Washington valley and western Maine. Tin Mountain also manages land, maintains trails, offers 80+ year-round community nature programs and field trips, conducts conservation research, and serves about 5,000+ area school children, families and adults with environmental education programs, summer camps, and adult programs. The annual MWARBH is Tin Mountain’s largest fundraising event and your commitment to race and raise funds helps support our mission. Thank you.