Test yourself in Max’s Big Climb
Gruelling Sydenham Hill ascent another fundraiser to combat Duchenne muscular dystrophy
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/