Hill climbing


Hillclimbing (also known as hill climbingspeed hillclimbing or speed hill climbing) is a branch of motorsport in which drivers compete against the clock to complete an uphill course.


It is one of the oldest forms of motorsport, since the first known hillclimb at La Turbie near Nice, France took place as long ago as 31 January 1897. The hillclimb held at Shelsley Walsh, in Worcestershire, England is the world’s oldest continuously staged motorsport event still staged on its original course, having been first run in 1905.

An alternative style of hillclimbing is done with offroad motorcycles going straight up extremely steep hills, with the victor being the motorcycle which can climb the highest, or make it to the top the fastest. The motorsport has a long tradition in the U.S. and has been popular in France and Austria since the 1980s. The Austrian event in Rachau focused on crowd entertainment, and inspired many similar events.


  1. All riders will use the last two digits of their AMA D14 membership card and the first letter of their last name for their riding number. Clubs or promoters may issue a temporary rider number to be used until the member receives his or her card. Numbers must be at least 5″ high with standard block letters and be on the front of the motorcycle as a minimum.
  1. Riders who finish in the top five places in every class will be awarded their finishing place as their riding number for the following year. This awarded number may be used only in the class in which it was earned and only used for the next year races.
  2. Tether length no longer than 36″ inches when taunt.
  3. Minimum age of participants is 4 years old.
  4. No riding, practice or any type of closed competition will be allowed on a hill 5 days prior to a District 14 event on that hill.
  5.   a. Youth riders are limited to 3 classes per event (age 15 and under).
  6. Adult riders are limited to 4 classes per event (age16 and older).
  7. Riders may use the same motorcycle in more than one class. Two riders may use the same motorcycle in the same day’s program, but they must compete in different classes.
  8. The motorcycle that is used on the 1st attempt must be used on the 2nd attempt. No changing out motorcycles between attempts.
  9. The rider must be physically capable and mature enough to control his/her machine at all times and to ride it safely. This includes stopping, starting, standing still, mounting, dismounting, and putting one or both feet on the ground.

The referee has the authority to disqualify a rider who can’t safely control his/her machine. Training wheels are not allowed.


  • Colorado Hill Climb Association.