Mt. Penn Hill Climb


Start in City Park and climb Duryea Drive past the iconic Pagoda to the William Penn Fire Tower on the new Skyline Drive. Celebrate the opening of the multi-use Skyline Drive with Lower Alsace as they welcome the fastest Pros and Citizens to the top of the climb.

While the pros and citizens climb to the Fire Tower, there will be street sprints and wheelie competitions in City Park! When the sprints and wheelies conclude, a podium presentation will take place at the Bandshell in City Park


The 2.2-mile climb is the same course used by the SCCA car races. On a bike, it demands discipline of pacing. The early segments are steep but go by quickly. Where the cars hit 130mph, you’ll be pushing to gain time but not burn your legs for the final mile. Within that final mile, you will pass the iconic Pagoda and then have a leg burning push to the Fire Tower.

Official Strava Route

The 2017 edition of the Mt. Penn Hill Climb created a few segments on Strava that caused confusion for some. We went ahead and created an Official Route, which you can find here:

That route is 2.21 miles and measures from the SCCA car start line just off Clymer Street on Duryea Drive and finishes at the SCCA car finish line at William Penn Memorial Fire Tower. Within this Route, you will see the 2017 segment is a little shorter and has different start and finish points. For 2018, we will be using the SCCA lines again, so train according to this route!

Event location: City Park, Reading, PA 19611

Official Strava Route:


Everyone will have a timing chip. The beginning of your ride will not be timed. All riders will begin riding on Constitution Blvd, turn left onto Clymer Street and ride up PAST Duryea Drive 80 feet. A 180° turn on Clymer will pitch you back downhill towards Duryea Drive. Your time will start when you cross the line at the bottom of Duryea Drive and will finish when you cross the line at the Fire Tower (same course they use for Duryea car races). Riders will go off in heats of 20-25 riders a few minutes apart. This gives riders room to maneuver and does not put someone at the back of the group at a disadvantage. Once the climb starts the groups will break up and with a full road enclosure, riders will have clean lines to ride.

We are creating a hill climb that is fun for not only the riders but also for the spectators who get to watch multiple riders suffer up the hill at the same time as opposed to one at a time all day long!

Corporate Team Challenge

There is a Corporate Team Challenge within the “Amateur/Citizen Mt. Penn Hill Climb”! Teams can have an unlimited number of riders, but only the fastest 4 times will be tallied toward the team time. Winners of the Corporate Team Challenge will all win a USA Cycling Ride Membership!

There is also a free USA Cycling Rider Membership awarded to the top individual amateur!

Benefits of the USA Cycling Ride Membership include

  • 24/7 roadside assistance
  • Limited edition USA Cycling t-shirt, phone pouch, and decal
  • $25,000 supplemental medical insurance at fun rides, fondos, gravel rides
  • Relevant content with tips on training, nutrition, and equipment
  • Sponsor discounts with Volkswagen, Training Peaks, Bike Flights & more
  • Access to nationwide cycling club and event directory

Athlete Registration

Please register on the registration page.

Mt. Penn Hill Climb Prize List

Pro Men and Women1st$500 Cash, Winner's Jersey
2nd$350 Cash
3rd$225 Cash
4th$150 Cash
5th$125 Cash
6th$100 Cash
7th$90 Cash
8th$80 Cash
9th$70 Cash
10th$60 Cash
11th - 15th$50 Cash
Amateur 3/4 Men1stWinner's Jersey
Citizens1stWinner's Jersey, local goodies
Corporate Team Challenge1stLocal goodies

Remember that while you do not have to race the Hill Climb to race the crit, there is an additional $500 cash prize for both women and men to the top overall finisher of both races.

Mt. Penn Hill Climb Schedule

Races start in City Park and end at the William Penn Fire Tower*
11:00amPro/1/2 Men Heat 1
To followPro/1/2 Men Heat 2
To followPro/1/2 Men Heat 3 (optional)
To followOpen Women Heat 1
To followOpen Women Heat 2
To followOpen Women Heat 3 (optional)
To followAmateur 3/4 Heat 1
To followAmateur 3/4 Heat 2
To followAmateur 3/4 Heat 3
To followCitizens Heat 1
To followCitizens Heat 2
To followCitizens Heat 3
To followCitizens Heat 4
To followCitizens Heat 5
To followCitizens Heat 6
To followCitizens Heat 7
To followCitizens Heat 8 (optional)
3:45pmPodium at the Bandshell in City Park

*Please note that all times are subject to change.

Early Number Pick-Up

East Ridge Outfitters is offering Early Number Pickup for all Reading Radsport events. Located at 635 Penn Ave in West Reading, it is a convenient place to pick up your numbers ahead of time.

Thursday, August 2nd from 4:30pm – 8:00pm
Friday, August 3rd from 4:30pm – 8:00pm

Number Pick-Up

Day-of number pick up is on Constitution Blvd and Rose Garden Lane from 9am – 12:00pm.

Afternoon in City Park

Continue the evening in City Park with live music from Uptown Band & Friends, local food trucks, and drinks. Music begins at 1pm and concludes at 4pm. Food trucks will be parked along Constitution Blvd and drinks will be available. Proceeds will be donated to the Reading Recreation Commission.

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