Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Calendar Alert: AMA Hillclimb

September 21st sees the return of those hillclimb nutters to the AMA Class A National event at the White Rose Motorcycle Club's hill near Jefferson, PA. I've attended this event a few times and it's a great time. If you've never watched a real hillclimb, you should. It's one of the oldest forms of motorcycling competition, and also one of the toughest...and most basic: fastest to the top wins (or furthest, if the hill beats everyone). At the White Rose hill, riders hurl themselves against a 300-foot dirt hill; two jumps on the way up make it even more interesting. They may have also added a turn since I was last there. Anyone lucky and fast enough to cross the finish line with momentum to spare often takes a final giant leap over the crest, which can lead to moments like this one. Bikes range from converted MXers to purpose-built climbers powered by old British twins or late-model 4-cylinder screamers running either nitro or NO2. That the club can be reached via twisty backroads makes the event that much more fun!  More event info on White Roses's site.

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