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. You do not need a USAC license in order to race the Citizen’s Hill Climb.

While the pros and citizens climb to the Fire Tower, there will be racing in City Park on the Dirt Course! At the end of the day, a podium presentation will take place at the Bandshell in City Park

If you are here to spectate, we have a free shuttle you can ride to a few places along the route! Please click here to see the latest shuttle information.


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

We’ve created an Official Strava Route, which you can find here:

The 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. For 2018, we will be using the SCCA lines again, so train according to this route!

Please note, within this Route, you will see the 2017 segment that is a little shorter and has a different start and finish points. This will not be the segment on race day – the SCCA car stripes are the official start and finish points.

Event location: City Park, Reading, PA 19611

Official Strava Route:

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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!

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.

Sunday, August 5TH - Mt. Penn Hill Climb Schedule

Races start in City Park and end at the William Penn Fire Tower*
11:00amMen's Pro/1/2 Hill Climb
11:06amWomen's Open Hill Climb
11:12amAmateur Men's 3/4 Hill Climb
11:20amCitizen's Open Hill Climb
3:45pmPodium at the Bandshell in City Park

*Please note that all times are subject to change.

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.

Road Closures and Parking

Please park in designated areas. Athletes and Spectators will have plenty of parking at the parking deck at the north end of the park by the high school. Additional street parking is available in the area.

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