Following a long British tradition of scheduling short hill climb competitions during the autumn, Vmps will host its own series late September and early October. All of the climbs are in general proximity of the Vmps Training Center. Each climb has its own unique challenges and profile, and all athletes are encourage to compete and have fun.
Tips: See "How to Ride a Hill Climb": http://cyclinginfo.co.uk/blog/tejvan/how-to-ride-a-hill-climb/
Course 1: Leland Road (off of Rt. 122a, near the Sutton/Grafton Town line)
Leland Road starts the series off with a short, but steep multi-pitch climb that ends in a relatively long and straight false flat at the top. Total distance: 0.65 miles
Course 2: Burbank Road (Millbury, approximately one mile from the Vmps Training Center)
The start of the Burbank Road climb is immediately adjacent to one of Millbury's old mill buildings, and it starts off with a very steep pitch. The climb winds its way upward and finishes near the top of the opening hill on the Vmps time trial course. Total distance: 1.75 miles
Course 3: Purgatory Road (Passes through Purgatory Chasm State Park)
This is perhaps one of the most attractive climbs in the series. Purgatory hill has two steady pitches, with a brief section that passes through the visitors' center that will enable you to catch your breath. Once you pass the vistors' center, it's a steady drag to the top. Total distance: 2.2 miles
Course 4: Mendon Road (Just outside of Whitensville)
The final climb of the series is its longest. Located just outside of Whitensville, Mendon Road climbs the back side of Purgatory Chasm State Park. This is an interesting hill that offers a variety of pitches, and it culminates with a relatively steep grade near the top. Total distance: 3.2 miles.