2024 race

Disclaimers & Policies

Please read and understand all disclaimers and policies before you register. NO exceptions.

Registration policies:

1.) The entire registration process shall be at the sole discretion of the event organizers and their decisions and interpretations shall be final and binding.

2.) Event organizers shall not be responsible for incomplete entries or declined credit cards.

3.) Your age on December 31, 2024 determines your racing group for time and awards.

4.) Funds raised through Pledgit and/or PledgeReg are non-refundable.

5.) There is no "day-of" registration. If this policy changes, announcements will be made closer to race day, through email blasts and on social media.

6.) The race will be stopped if conditions are deemed unsafe for the riders in the race or cars heading down. We will not cancel the race for “uncomfortable” conditions. Every effort will be made to hold the race, and a decision on cancelling may not be made until the morning of the race. Deciding whether or not to travel (get on a plane, or drive to New Hampshire) is at the sole discretion of the participant. No refunds will be made if the race is cancelled due to weather.

7.) If the race is cancelled on both days due to weather, your entry fee will be graciously accepted as a tax-deductible donation to Tin Mountain. Sorry, NO REFUNDS. Your donation helps support environmental education, outdoor recreation, conservation research and sustainability efforts in the Mt. Washington Valley. Thank you!

8.) Cancellations - Riders may cancel for a refund of the amount paid at the time of registration, minus a $50 administration fee until July 1, 2024 at 5 pm EST. Cancellations must be emailed directly to the event director prior to July 1, 2024 at 5 pm EST for a refund minus the $50 administration fee.

9.) Early Registration - In 2024, early registration access is offered to those who have raced 10 or more times since 2005 or have confirmed with the race director their race history prior to registration opening. For 2024, early registration codes will be offered to all registered riders from the cancelled 2023 race.  Early registration does NOT guarantee a spot. Riders must still register and pay on a first come, first serve basis. Riders are encouraged to put their name on the wait list as everyone on the wait list has made it into the race in previous years.

10.) Registration Category Limits - There are a total of 635 registration spots for 2024! 560 spots are available to anyone and 75 spots reserved for a limited time for women and junior women and nonbinary athletes. In the 560 spots, we have a new teams category! We are accepting 10 teams of 3 into each team category.  We also have an alternative bike category.  This includes any type of human-powered bike – unicycle, tandems, fixies, single speed (electric and/or mechanical assist bikes are NOT permitted). Alt bikes race against each other for the podium spots

11.) Ebikes - Ebikes are NOT permitted in the August race.  This includes any type of pedal electric bike, low speed electric bicycle or bike that utilizes pedaling-electric power or electric or motorized power.  All riders must participate on a bike without mechanical or electrical assistance.

12.) Waitlisted Riders: Advice: Get on the waitlist! Do not hesitate. Your credit card is only charged if you are moved into the race. Waitlisted riders are placed in the race to fill spots in the order registered, no exceptions. There may be restricted spots available with registration restrictions are removed on April 30; riders may cancel their registration prior to the cutoff. If you don’t register for the waitlist, you will miss these opportunities. Note – Not all categories have a waitlist option. This includes the Teams categories and the opt-in fundraising categories.

13.) IMPORTANT:  Registration and Cut Off Dates:

February 18, 2024 9 am EST:
Registration is open for those with an early registration passcode.

March 1, 2024 9 am EST:  Registration opens to everyone. Once a category fills, the waitlist starts. *Note, some categories DO NOT have a waitlist and this is indicated in the category description. Advice, get on a waitlist!  Everyone on the waitlist in 2022 and 2023  got in. Openings are filled in the order of registration – no exceptions!

April 30, 2024: Women/nonbinary athlete only category closes. Any available spots will be filled with those on the waitlist in the order of registration – no exceptions.  What does this mean?  Get on the waitlist first!

May 3, 2024:  Category limitations (with the exception of the Teams categories) will be removed and registrations will be taken until the event limit of 635 is reached and the waitlists will start again.  

June 30, 2024 at 5 pm EST:
The FUNDRAISING categories close.  This is to ensure riders have enough time to fundraise the minimum balance required by August 6.

***LAST CHANCE TO CANCEL FOR A REFUND - July 1, 2024 at 5 pm EST*** – Cut-off date for cancelling registration and receiving a refund (minus the administration fee).  Cancellations prior to July 1, 2024 at 5 pm EST will be refunded the amount paid at the time of registration, minus a $50 administration fee.

After July 1, 2024, No refunds for cancelled registrations.  Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the race director and depending on whether there are waitlisted riders or not. Transfers are allowed with some exceptions.  See item #13.

July 28, 2024 at 5 pm EST: On-line registration closes. The ability to transfer your registration ends. The ability to edit your team name or entry ends.

August 1, 2024 at 5 pm EST: On-line purchase of extra food tickets ends.

August 1, 2024: If you opted to fundraise and are not able to raise the minimum $200 to meet the registration fee of $350, your credit card on file will be charged the remaining balance between August 1 and August 9. There will be two attempts to charge your card and then it will be considered a failed credit card authorization.  Failed credit card authorization after August 9 may jeopardize your spot and you will have to forfeit your registration with no refund. Check your email and spam mail if you have not raised the minimum $200 by August 1, 2024.

August 10, 2024 at 5 pm EST: Waitlist cutoff date. The final date waitlisted riders agree to have their credit cards charged.  After August 10, the race director may allow waitlisted riders a day-of registration on a first come first serve basis. This will be communicated closer to event time.

14.) Registration Fee and Fundraising: The registration fee per rider is $350.  We hope that many of you will support this event and Tin Mountain Conservation Center by fundraising. While you may opt out of fundraising, every dollar raised is appreciated.  If you do not wish to participate in fundraising, select the “OPT OUT FUNDRAISING” category option.  You will be charged the full fee of $350 at the time of registration. You will still receive an email inviting you to setup a fundraising page to have a chance at winning our fundraising incentive prizes.

If you choose to fundraise, select the “FUNDRAISING” category option.  You will be charged $150 at the time of registration to secure your spot. You'll receive an email to setup a Pledge Reg page.  The minimum amount to fundraise is $200 to fulfill the $350 registration fee.  Registering as a fundraiser, you agree to a delayed charge of the difference between the amount raised and $200.  If you are unable to raise the minimum by August 1, your credit card will be charged the balance due. If the minimum balance is not paid by August 9, you will forfeit your registration.

Please don’t stop at the minimum!  Fundraising incentives are offered at ever-increasing fund-raising levels starting at $500 total raised ($200 minimum + $300). Visit our fundraising page for information (incentives coming soon).

Why fundraise for Tin Mountain Conservation Center?  Tin Mountain Conservation Center, founded in 1980, has been presenting/hosting this event since 1991. Net proceeds from the Hillclimb help support Tin Mountain’s mission to deliver experiential environmental education programs to schools and communities in the greater Mt. Washington valley and western Maine.  Funds from the MWARBH help Tin Mountain foster future generations of environmental stewards, and responsible outdoor enthusiasts. Since 1991, TMCC and the Auto Road have worked together to give cyclists the opportunity to experience the full force and beauty of nature. The annual MWARBH is Tin Mountain’s largest fundraising event and your commitment to race and raise funds helps support our mission. Thank you.

15.) Transfers - Transfers are allowed for a $25 fee until registration closes on July 28 at 5 pm EST.  The rider receiving the transfer will be responsible to pay the $25 surcharge and any difference in category costs at the time of the transfer.  Transfers are not allowed into categories that are filled at the time of transfer.

Team Category Transfers - Transfers are not allowed in the Team categories and the Tandem bike category.  If your team member is changing, please reach out to the event director.

How does the invite process work for participants to transfer their registration to someone else?
If a participant wishes to transfer their registration to a different participant they can choose to do so if the event director has enabled this feature. They can click on ‘Edit’ under their entry and choose ‘Transfer Registration’. Here they will be prompted to enter in the email address of the person receiving the transfer and click the button again.

Once the email has been sent, the person receiving the transfer will need to go through the checkout process to receive the transferred registration. They will need to go through this process regardless of whether or not the transfer includes a surcharge. Once the transfer is successful the original participant will receive a confirmation email.

Participants in the fundraising category who want to transfer their registration, will keep their fundraising page and a new one will be created for the recipient of the transfer. Funds raised are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

16.) Summit Vehicle Driver Information: Riders must have their own ride down from the summit.  We will take steps to facilitate participants connecting with each other for rides.  Although we help participants connect with a driver, securing a ride down from the summit is solely the responsibility of the registered participant and not that of Tin Mountain Conservation Center or the Auto Road.

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.

Auto Passes for 2024:  
As a registered rider, you will receive one “Auto Pass” with your bib/race number pick up.  Give it to your driver BEFORE they drop you off on Saturday morning. Your support driver MUST have an Auto Pass to drive to the summit and is subject to the passage fees described below. Fees will be paid at the toll house. The toll house is open on race morning from 6 am to 8:00 am.  All support vehicles must be heading up by 7:50 am (subject to change). Note, all rates below are based on 2023 rates and are subject to change by the Auto Road.

A driver with:
0 Auto Passes –
This driver is not permitted to drive to the summit.  Drivers without an auto pass will not be permitted on the road.
1 Auto Pass –
This driver and any passengers will pay normal passage fees for the Auto Road at the current 2024 rate. Please visit the auto road website for current rates  Weight limit restrictions apply*.  See Auto Road website.
2 Auto Passes + Passengers –
This car + driver (only) receive FREE passage on the Auto Road); All passengers will need to pay the current 2024 passenger rate. Please visit the auto road website for current rates.  Weight limit restrictions apply*.  See Auto Road website.
3+ Auto Passes –
This car + driver will receive FREE passage on the Auto Road and is NOT permitted to have any passengers. Weight limit restrictions apply*. See Auto Road website.
Prices are subject to change. Please refer to the Mt. Washington Auto Road Website for current pricing: mt-washington.com

*The interior weight in the support driver’s vehicle car is limited as follows:
- Full size car or wagon: 1,000lbs (454 kg)
- All minivans: 1,000lbs (454 kg)
- 1/2 ton van, pickup or SUV: 1,200lbs (544 kg)
- 3/4 or one-ton van or pickup: 1,500lbs (680 kg)

Tests show that weights higher than the aforementioned weights per vehicle type, puts an excess strain on the transmission when in low gear, especially on  steep grades. This leads to excessive braking, resulting in overheated breaks or even break failure. Please refer to the Auto Road website for up to date information:

Direct any questions to the race director: mwarbh@tinmountain.org

17.) Rider Staging Top Notch – Top Notch riders stage first. These are Cat Pro-1-2 riders or those who completed the MWARBH race in 1:20 or less in 2018, 2019, 2021, or 2022. (2020 and 2023 were cancelled)

Age Groups, Alternative Bikes & Nonbinary Athletes – Age Group Participants, those in the alternative bike category, and the nonbinary athlete category will start in one of the existing waves. Medals will be given to age group winners. Race age is determined by your age on December 31, 2024. Some waves may be combined.

Teams To be determined based on registrations.

16.) Mechanical Support – We plan to provide mechanical support prior to the race for any last minute needs you may have.  More details to come.

This information is subject to change.  Please check the race website frequently for updates and changes and/or follow the event on Facebook.

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1.) Tin Mountain Conservation Center (TMCC) reserves the exclusive right to determine who will participate in the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.

2.) Riders who have registered for the Hillclimb may not trade, sell, or exchange their registration with anyone else without permission from TMCC and the race director.

3.) Riders in the Top Notch wave (the first wave of six) must qualify with the following: previous year MWARBH RACE time of 1:20 or less or be a CAT 1, 2, or PRO. There are NO EXCEPTIONS! The race is open to anyone fit enough for the challenge.

4.) Any athlete who has been determined to have ever violated anti-doping rules or policies, whether enforced by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), USA Cycling, or any other national sports federation is forever ineligible for entry into the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.

5.) The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb reserves the right to conduct post-competition urine analysis for any and all performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) listed on the current WADA Prohibited List. Any athlete who refuses to submit to anti-doping controls, if selected for testing, shall be disqualified and subject to a lifetime ban from the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.

6.) By registering for the 2024 race, riders agree to the 2024 waiver. Waivers must be signed electronically at the time of registration.

7.) Helmets are mandatory for all racers.

8.) Any violations of early registration (via passcode) may result in termination of registration. The day of open registration (9am EST), all passcodes will be lifted.

9.) Registered Hillclimbers who do NOT attend the race forfeit all merchandise and registration fee. Exceptions are at the discretion of the TMCC and the race director.

10.) Motorized/electric bikes are NOT permitted in the MWARBH.  

11.) E-bikes/pedal assist bikes require an exemption and do not place. For more details, contact the event director.

12.) The minimum age requirement for the race is 14 years old at the time of Jan. 1st. Contact the Race director, and the Auto Road for exemptions. Decisions are final.

Weather date? Conditions to postpone or cancel race:

1.) Please understand you are considering participating in a race where the venue is Mount Washington, which is noted for having very challenging weather conditions.

2.) What does “Weather Date” mean? We will move the race to the Weather Date if the following conditions are reported on the road and summit the morning of race day – ICE, SNOW, VERY HIGH WINDS and HARD DRIVING RAIN.

3.) The race will be stopped if conditions are deemed unsafe for the riders in the race or cars heading down. We will not cancel the race for “uncomfortable” conditions.

4.) If the race is cancelled on both days due to weather, your entry fee will be graciously accepted as a tax-deductible donation to Tin Mountain. Sorry, NO REFUNDS.

Age groups:

1.) MWARBH will be adopting the USAC standard of calculating results based on race age (your age on 12/31), vs. your age on race day. This has been suggested in the past, and will be done in an effort to improve your racing experience and align  with national standards. All historical results will remain in tact, for all categories including age groups, until a new corresponding record is set.

2.) We’ve also assumed the responsibility of modifying your age groups appropriately in the registration database, since this change has come after you registered and selected your age group during registration. There is nothing that you need to do or to worry about; we’ve taken care of it for you!

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