Test your­self in Max’s Big Climb

Gru­elling Sy­den­ham Hill as­cent an­other fundraiser to com­bat Duchenne mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - STEVE MIL­TON smil­ton@thes­pec.com|905-526-3268@mil­to­natthes­pec

You can be the queen or king of the gru­elling slice of the es­carp­ment that Canadian Olympic leg­end Clara Hughes made fa­mous.

On Saturday July 23 Max’s Big Climb for cy­clists will be held on Sy­den­ham Hill in Dun­das.

The event is an off­shoot of Max’s Big Ride, a fundrais­ing ride from Ot­tawa to Hamil­ton, by An­drew Sed­mihrad­sky and his five-yearold son Max, to com­bat Duchenne mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy. Max has Duchenne.

There are six sep­a­rate age cat­e­gories for men and women, start­ing with 16 to 19, and each en­trant will ride two time tri­als up the course, the fastest time to count. The top four male times and top four fe­male times, no mat­ter in which age group­ing they were recorded, qual­ify those rid­ers for the seeded head-to-head knock­out stage. The even­tual win­ners will be named King and Queen of the Moun­tain.

Sy­den­ham Hill, climbed for decades by lo­cal cy­clists, run­ners and walk­ers as a self-test­ing ground, was used by ul­tra-Olympian Hughes as an in­te­gral part of her Olympic cy­cling train­ing. She has cred­ited the hill for help­ing her win her first two Olympic medals, at At­lanta in 1996. It was rechris­tened ‘Clara’s Climb’ and marked by a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque in April 2013, a few months af­ter she re­tired from Olympic com­pe­ti­tion.

The fee for Max’s Big Climb is $40, but 25 for any­one reg­is­ter­ing by mid­night Sunday July 17. Rac­ing starts at 7 a.m. on July 23. To en­ter, go to http:// www.maxs­bi­gride.com/climb/

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