Jul 16, 2023

Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb Early Bird Ride

No crowds. No fanfare. Just you, your bike, and the mountain. Registration closes Saturday, July 1 @ 11:59 pm.

$17,625Raised of $10,000

"Stop! The area ahead has the worst weather in America." - White Mountain National Forest sign on Mt. Washington

This ride is for those who have either been dreaming of riding their bicycle up Mt. Washington but not interested in the race in August or for those who want to practice before the main event. These two types of riders plus all the ones in between are welcome at the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb EARLY BIRD RIDE on Sunday, July 16, 2023!

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Welcome to the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb Early Bird Ride

The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb Early Bird Ride (formerly the practice ride) is a minimally supported and untimed ride up Mt. Washington. No crowds. No fanfare. No pinning a race number. Just your bike, the mountain, and the sunrise.

The MWARBH Early Bird Ride on Sunday, July 16 is open to 150 riders who start up the Auto Road between 5 am and 6 am. For safety reasons, absolutely no riders are allowed to start after 6 am. 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.

Fundraising for Tin Mountain Conservation Center is not required but it is appreciated. For more information, see the fundraising information.

Fundraising Campaign Information

Be sure to review all of the event policies!

2023 Registration Policies

2023 General Event Policies

E-bike Policies

Welcome E-bikes to the Early Bird!

Attention E-bike Riders! For the first time ever, we will be allowing a limited number of e-bike riders to participate in the MWARBH Early Bird ride! Please see our policies regarding the use of an e-bike.

Read the E-bike Policy

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The Mt. Washington Auto Road

The Mt. Washington Auto Road was opened in August 1861, a little over 100 years before the first official Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb race starting cannon was fired. Built by hand, the road climbs over 4,000 feet of elevation in 7.6 miles from the base. Since 1973, cyclists have challenged themselves by riding up the road in a race against their peers or sometimes, just the clock. For cyclists, it’s iconic and bucket list worthy.