Kremmling’s Mulberry Hill Climb set for Sunday
September 25, 2008
Motorcyclists from all over the Western states are gearing up for the Third Annual Mulberry Hill Climb in Kremmling this Sunday.
“It’s considered to be a rider’s hill,” said Erik Woog, who is helping organize the race. “It takes a fair amount of technical skill to conquer it.”
Nobody has gotten hurt at the events, but an ambulance stays at the scene just in case.
“It always looks worse than it is,” Woog said. “It’s structured so that the average rider can be involved.”
Competitors are required to wear helmets, boots, chest protectors, gloves and eye protection. Required made by the American Motorcyclists Association. The event is very spectator-friendly.
Many “oohs” and “ahhs” are heard from the crowd during the race, he said.
“We’ve had as many as 500 spectators at one of our events,” he added. “The crowd gets into it.”
Mulberry Hill is 600 feet long. The race starts at the bottom of the hill with no lead up to gain momentum. Depending the type of bike and equipment, along with the class they compete in, times range from 12 to 25 seconds.
The race takes place 2.5 miles north of Kremmling on County Road 221. Competitors don’t need a hill-climb bike to participate. The community comes out to root for their local favorites. Spectators can watch from a beer garden and pick up lunch from the Kremmling Rotary Club booth or the Mountain Valley Christian Academy tent.
“It’s easy to see the event,” he said. “It can be pretty amusing.”
A trophy presentation and cash prizes are given out afterwards. The person who has the worse crash also gets recognized.
“We’ve had nothing but really positive feedback,” he said. “Everyone thinks it’s an absolute joy to watch.”
” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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