UPDATE JUNE 12, 2021
As race director, planning is in full steam ahead, Graham County Board of Supervisors gave their approval for this event. I have applied for permits with ADOT, US Forest Service and the Federal Prison. So we are having the 42nd Mt. Graham Hill Climb in 2021.
I will be keeping myself updated on the Covid-19 situation.
Registration will be on Bikereg.com & I will use “wait-listed” method so that rider can save a place in the race however will not be charged until closer to race to the race date thus saving having to refund entry fee if the race can not be held due to Covid-19.
As of June 12, 2021, I am hopeful that we will be able to use “Plan A”. I highly encourage all cyclist and support members to get vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus!
Plan “A” is to have the event as a mass start event with the pre-race get together in the parking area, the mass start and them the awards with a free lunch held at the Graham County multi purpose room in Safford. Registration would be both on-line and in person as in the past years. Number(s) pick up would be at the hotel and at the start line!
Plan “B” would be to conduct the Mt. Graham Hill Climb as a time trial with 30-seconds intervals between racers. If this is the case, I would eliminate the pre-race get together and awards/lunch after the event. Awards would be mail to winners. Registration would only be on-line or by mail. Number(s) would/could be mail to riders in advance!
Plan “C” would be to small groups if riders race together around 10 in a group. Each group of riders would be selected based on the category. Small categories would/could be grouped together. Registration would be on-line only with extra careful number pickup before the event. Pre-race events would be kept to a minimum; awards would be done at the parking area using social distancing rules.
In summary, the event is being planned, updates will be posted every two week on the web page and Facebook and bikereg.com. It will be either a mass start event, small category group race or an individual time trial. Registration is now open with only one fee – no late fee in 2021!
Numbers are being mailed to riders!
You do not have to print the USA Cycling Release form. Bikereg.com and USA Cycling have teamed up and you can now sign your release form on-line!
NO AREO Bars allowed. Support vehicles are allowed on the course. Make sure you use ADOT and Forest Service pull out when getting off the road way. Juniors gears are required for all juniors no mater what distance!
WARMING UP ON SR 366!
Warming up on SR 366 will be allowed. PLEASE be super careful as the road is open to traffic at all times! Be careful especially when you make a U-turn. The only restriction on warming up will be after 7:45 AM!
Warming up after 7:45 AM will only be allowed between US Highway 191 and Mile Post 115 on SR 366. In other words there will be NO warming up on SR 366 past the start line after 7:45 AM.
BEST WESTERN DESERT INN!
for MT. Graham Hill Climb participants from $80.00
Best Western Desert Inn 1391 Thatcher Blvd. Safford, Az!
1-800-707-2336 or (928) 428-0521!
Ask for the Mt. Graham Hill Climb Special!
I would highly ask all cyclists to registration on-line or by mail.