Events and Activities

10:00 a.m.
July 22, 2012
11th annual
George Street Bike Challenge for Major Taylor
Main and George streets
Worcester, Mass.

2012 PHOTOS by Pete Banach/
(1,784 photos available for purchase, download or sharing)
  Flickr set (94 photos)
More photos:
  by Gray Harrison (164 photos)
  by Mark A. (257 photos)
Videos:    Chuck P.    Mark & Diane on tandem
  A practice run - wrong gear

1-minute promo video

See how fast you can pedal up George Street, a two-block quad-buster that was a training ground for 1899 world champion Major Taylor. It's one rider at a time against the clock in this steep uphill time trial in downtown Worcester, presented by Barney's Bicycle and the Seven Hills Wheelmen, on the fourth Sunday in July. The distance is 500 feet, and the average grade is 18 percent. The contest is open to riders age 12 and up. Helmets are required. Entry fee is $20. Proceeds benefit the Major Taylor Association, Inc.


Bike raffle: One lucky entrant won a 2012 Raleigh Revenio 2.0 road bike from Barney's Bicycle, and other cool prizes were raffled off. Click here to see the prize list and the winners.

  Where is George Street? Click here for a map.
  How steep is George Street? Click here for a profile.
  Who's the fastest rider? Click here for the course records.

Special thanks to our 2012 sponsors.

In the news:
"People do it because it's there" (Telegram & Gazette) slideshow (2012) (Telegram & Gazette) video (2012) (Telegram & Gazette)
Cyclists tackle George Street (GoLocalWorcester)
Cyclists prepare for steep challenge (GoLocalWorcester)
Up for the challenge? (Worcester Magazine)
Ten Things to Do: George Street (Telegram & Gazette)
Right gear is key (Telegram & Gazette)
The George Street Hill Climb (Bicycle Times)

2011 George Street preview ( video)

Major Taylor cycling jerseys, posters and books

Mail-in registration form

Printer-friendly event flier

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