If you’re the type of cyclist that wants to get in as many New England races as you can every year, you’ll want to mark this race on your calendar.
It’s not one of the better-known hill climbs in New England, but due to its strict limits on the amount of registrations allowed per year, it always sells out. If you don’t register early you may have to sit on the waiting list. You won’t want to do that since this is a great bike ride with plenty of prizes amidst phenomenal scenery. Check out the scenery in the video below to get a feel for it.
The race begins close to Conway, New Hampshire and you’ll be following the Kancamagus Highway to get to Kancamagus Pass. You’ll find that it’s a gradual incline during the initial 16 miles but don’t let that fool you. Once you’ve reached this milestone you’ll still have 5 miles to go and that is when reality strikes. The last section has an average 7% grade with some short and rather steep sections. This steeper climb consists of a 1,300 feet rise over 4.6 miles.
During the initial 16 miles you’ll only be transitioning about 1,000 feet vertically so you know that you’ll be facing quite a feat closer to the end. You’ll want to pace yourself accordingly so that you’ll have the energy necessary when you reach the steeper climb after already having traveled a number of kilometers. This can be quite a trick and many cyclists falter at the end because they burned up too much steam at the beginning.
Once you’ve pushed your bike approximately 15 miles you’ll level out and at this point the view is breathtaking. You’ll be able to see Mt. Washington with its snowy peak reminding you that this mountain is still in charge over this area.
During the last 4 miles you’ll be keeping your eyes on the markers that signal the number of miles left to get to the finish line. At this point you may think that you cannot go any further and will have to unlock some of that hidden strength that you know is inside you. It’s just a matter of perseverance and determination at this point and if you have the physical endurance you’ll be able to make it through. Once you’ve made it to the top you’ll be able to look down and see the amazing countryside below you. This beauty and the towering Mt. Washington will remind you just how small we all are in the bigger scheme of life.
Once you have conquered this mountain you’ll be able to enjoy all the thrills of riding your bike down the 2,000 feet you’ve conquered to get to the top. You’ll be able to reach fast speeds with the wind blowing in your face and the wonders of nature surrounding you. At this point you won’t even feel the pain anymore and will understand with full certainty just how lucky you are to be a hillclimber and how worthwhile it all is.
How To Register
You’ll have to make sure that you register early for this event since the field limit is only 200 solo riders and a limit of 15 teams made up of 3people. It’s worth it to register early since the total prize money is $1,250. Registration must take place online (here) and there is no walk-in or mail-in registration allowed.
The Crank The Kanc climb in the White Mountains of New Hampshire allows you to hone your skills in regards to pushing your endurance at the beginning and then stepping it up to a higher level of performance at the end. It’s quite a unique challenge and probably the type of bike ride that you’ve never experienced before. As well, with all of the great money prizes up for grabs, it could very well turn out to be a profitable way to spend an early summer morning.