American Climbing Challenge

Virtually climb these iconic landmarks to raise money for the USA Cycling Foundation.

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Find a road that goes up and pedal down

This free-to-enter challenge is all about the pain of grinding up hills and the joy of flying back down. Compete against yourself and the rest of the USA Cycling community as you attempt to put in the most elevation gain you can from Nov. 2nd - Nov. 23rd, gaining stage accomplishments as you virtually climb iconic roads across the country.

While the challenge is meant to raise your heart rate, it is also meant to raise awareness (and money!) for the programs that the USA Cycling supports every year. As the challenge progresses, follow along with exclusive stage content presented by members of the USA Cycling community and consider a tax-deductible donation to the USA Cycling Foundation.

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Who: All riders, members and non-members alike!

What: A virtual challenge that tests riders to see how much they can climb from Nov 2nd - Nov 23rd. Featuring three iconic climbs from across the country, track your progress as you try to reach the ultimate summit on America's mountain, Pike's Peak after almost 18,000 feet of climbing.

Why: A late season challenge that is meant to raise funds for the USA Cycling Foundation.

When: Challenge runs from Nov 2nd to Nov 23rd

How to Participate: Just connect a device, sign up and start riding

Details: For the next 3 weeks, your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to climb three of the gnarliest roads in the country. Covering nearly 18,000 feet of vertical gain, the American Climbing Challenge will take you on a virtual tour from sea to shining sea, ending on top of America's Mountain, Pike's Peak. Find some roads that slope up and and hammer down


Stage 1: Mount Washington p/b CCAP

The Mount Washington Hillclimb is know as the toughest hillclimb in the world with an average grade of 12% (extended sections of 18%) and the last 50 yards is an amazing 22%!

Location: Gorham, NH

Ride Stats:

  • Mileage: 7 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,712 ft
  • Avg. Gradient: 12.1%
  • Featured Segment: The last 50 yards, averaging 22% climb.

About CCAP

The Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program's mission is to ensure that Connecticut's youth and their families have access and exposure to an organized state-wide youth cycling league. Additionally, youth and their parents should be able to see a clear avenue that allows them to develop as far as their ambition, skills and abilities can take them. The sport of cycling teaches a child or young adult a wealth of values, social skills and mindsets that help them become successful in every aspect of their life, and the CCAP is proud to provide kids across the state with the opportunity to participate in a safe and positive team-based environment.


Stage 2: Mount Tamalpais p/b Bear National Team

When it comes to riding in Marin County, the Alpine Dam Loop is second to none. After meandering through a handful of friendly towns, the road turns uphill — and that's when this loop really begins to set itself apart. This ride is all about pleasure and pain, combining fantastic views and scenery with challenging climbs and wicked descents.

Location: Marin County, CA

Ride Stats:

  • Mileage: 53.7 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5, 445 feet
  • Max Gradient: 11.9%
  • Featured Segment:

About Bear National Team

A shining example of a program that champions rider development, the 2020 Bear Development Team Roster has fourteen U23 Elite athletes and 27 Junior athletes ages 14 – 18, supporting student-athletes from 9 different states. To date, 39 individual Bear Development Team athletes have been invited to race at World Cup and World Championship events with Team USAC in North America and Europe." While Bear Dev Team’s racing results and development track record is impressive, this team believes that relationships make good things happen. We feel a strong sense of gratitude towards our teammates, sponsors, directors and supporters. Our team maintains a focus on fun, awareness of others, and personal growth driven by values and goals.


Stage 3: Pikes Peak presented by Team USA

The highest paved road in the United States, leading up to the summit of Pike's Peak, conveniently located just outside of Olympic City. This is the end of the challenge because if you can make it to the top of this route, you probably don't have anything left in the tank. Starting at well over a mile above sea level and topping out at 14,095 feet, you are breathing from a straw from the start.

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Ride Stats:

  • Mileage: 19
  • Elevation Gain: 7,746
  • Featured Segment: The summit

About Team USA:

Impossibly steep descents, gravity-defying tricks, battles with mud & weather, nail-biting breakaways, and working as a team to beat the impossible. These are just some of things the USA Cycling National Team does on a daily basis. Check out the national team riders competing across the different disciplines of cycling.


Who: All riders, members and non-members alike!

What: A virtual challenge that tests riders to see how much they can climb from Nov 2nd - Nov 23rd. Featuring three iconic climbs from across the country, track your progress as you try to reach the ultimate summit on America's mountain, Pike's Peak after almost 18,000 feet of climbing.

Why: A late season challenge that is meant to raise funds for the USA Cycling Foundation.

When: Challenge runs from Nov 2nd to Nov 23rd

How to Participate: Just connect a device, sign up and start riding

Details: For the next 3 weeks, your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to climb three of the gnarliest roads in the country. Covering nearly 18,000 feet of vertical gain, the American Climbing Challenge will take you on a virtual tour from sea to shining sea, ending on top of America's Mountain, Pike's Peak. Find some roads that slope up and and hammer down


Stage 1: Mount Washington p/b CCAP

The Mount Washington Hillclimb is know as the toughest hillclimb in the world with an average grade of 12% (extended sections of 18%) and the last 50 yards is an amazing 22%!

Location: Gorham, NH

Ride Stats:

  • Mileage: 7 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,712 ft
  • Avg. Gradient: 12.1%
  • Featured Segment: The last 50 yards, averaging 22% climb.

About CCAP

The Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program's mission is to ensure that Connecticut's youth and their families have access and exposure to an organized state-wide youth cycling league. Additionally, youth and their parents should be able to see a clear avenue that allows them to develop as far as their ambition, skills and abilities can take them. The sport of cycling teaches a child or young adult a wealth of values, social skills and mindsets that help them become successful in every aspect of their life, and the CCAP is proud to provide kids across the state with the opportunity to participate in a safe and positive team-based environment.


Stage 2: Mount Tamalpais p/b Bear National Team

When it comes to riding in Marin County, the Alpine Dam Loop is second to none. After meandering through a handful of friendly towns, the road turns uphill — and that's when this loop really begins to set itself apart. This ride is all about pleasure and pain, combining fantastic views and scenery with challenging climbs and wicked descents.

Location: Marin County, CA

Ride Stats:

  • Mileage: 53.7 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5, 445 feet
  • Max Gradient: 11.9%
  • Featured Segment:

About Bear National Team

A shining example of a program that champions rider development, the 2020 Bear Development Team Roster has fourteen U23 Elite athletes and 27 Junior athletes ages 14 – 18, supporting student-athletes from 9 different states. To date, 39 individual Bear Development Team athletes have been invited to race at World Cup and World Championship events with Team USAC in North America and Europe." While Bear Dev Team’s racing results and development track record is impressive, this team believes that relationships make good things happen. We feel a strong sense of gratitude towards our teammates, sponsors, directors and supporters. Our team maintains a focus on fun, awareness of others, and personal growth driven by values and goals.


Stage 3: Pikes Peak presented by Team USA

The highest paved road in the United States, leading up to the summit of Pike's Peak, conveniently located just outside of Olympic City. This is the end of the challenge because if you can make it to the top of this route, you probably don't have anything left in the tank. Starting at well over a mile above sea level and topping out at 14,095 feet, you are breathing from a straw from the start.

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Ride Stats:

  • Mileage: 19
  • Elevation Gain: 7,746
  • Featured Segment: The summit

About Team USA:

Impossibly steep descents, gravity-defying tricks, battles with mud & weather, nail-biting breakaways, and working as a team to beat the impossible. These are just some of things the USA Cycling National Team does on a daily basis. Check out the national team riders competing across the different disciplines of cycling.

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Challenge FAQs

  • How Do I Participate?

    Just click here, or reference the sign up resources here.

  • Does this challenge cost money to participate in?

    This challenge is free but there is a recommended $20 donation that goes directly to support USA Cycling Foundation programming to encourage participation, support rider development and celebrate athlete performance.

  • How does this challenge work?

    Using FitRankings, we sync and track your bike activities to keep track of your overall elevation gain over the challenge timeframe. The goal is to climb as much as you can and to keep you motivated, we have broke out the first 18,000 of climbing across three iconic climbs across the country.

  • What happens if my activities don't sync?

    Check on your FitRankings account to see if your device is properly synced. As with any platform that accommodates many different technologies, there are potential issues that can occur but please reach out to us at eventservices@usacycling.org if you cannot remedy your issue and we will try to help.