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Hill Climb to challenge bicycle riders at OT Days

Hill Climb to challenge bicycle riders at OT Days


Bicycle riders can once again test their mettle with the return of the Oregon Trail Day’s Hill Climb on Saturday, July 10.

Riders will show off their endurance as they race up the 1.6-mile long trail to the top of the Scotts Bluff National Monument.

Daryl Payne, the hill climb organizer, said he isn’t sure what to expect when it comes to the number of riders competing in the event.

“If we had 25 (riders), I would be happy,” Payne said. “It would be nice to have 50 (riders) sometime, but I just don’t know if it’s a big draw like the (Robidoux) Quick and Dirty. (The hill climb is) very traditional. I just hated to see it disappear.”

Payne urged anybody interested in competing in the hill climb to preregister. Riders can preregister in person at Sonny’s Bike Shop until Thursday, July 8 at 5 p.m.

Riders can also register on the day of the event. Registration starts at 6 a.m. on race day. Cutoff for registration is at 6:45 a.m., so the riders information can be input into the timing system. Participants will get a T-shirt with their registration. The entry fee is $15 if you pre-register and $20 if you register the day of the race. Riders are required to wear helmets.

The hill climb will see some changes this year, Payne said. In the past, they have had divisions for mountain bikes and road bikes.

“We’ve combined the two classes because there’s a whole lot of similarities that make it hard to categorize them,” he said.”Gravel bikes tend to have a little lighter tires, but they kind of have a road bike-type structure and geometry. (Mountain bikes and road bikes) have become really lightweight these days. It is just hard to say this is a road bike, or that’s a gravel bike.”

Awards will be given out to men's and women's winners in each age division.

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Jeff Van Patten is the sports editor of the Star-Herald. Jeff can be reached by calling 308-632-9048 or emailing

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