Mt. Tamalpais Hill Climb

Golden Gate Velo presents the
52nd Mt. Tamalpais Hill Climb

Saturday, September 12, 2015
12 miles, 2,000 feet of climbing


July 2015 update: the Mt. Tam Hill Climb returns this fall! We're working on permits now so watch this space for updates. Shooting to open online registration by mid-August.



Registration and Start Line at Stinson Beach Park, US Highway 1, Stinson Beach, CA. Race goes north up Highway 1, right on Bolinas-Fairfax Road, right on Ridgecrest, finishing at the Rock Spring parking lot on the West Peak of Mt. Tam. Results will be posted at Stinson.

Registration will open at 7:30, and close 20 minutes before each race.

Note: Registration will close if we reach our permit limit of 400 total racers, even if room remains in your category. Pre-registration highly recommended (online only).

Category Start Time Entry Fee Prizes Field Limit (see note)
Elite 1/2/Pro 9:00   6 50
Masters 45+ 1/2/3 9:05   3 50
Juniors 10-16 & 17-18 9:10   3 + 3 25 + 25
Elite 3 9:15   3 50
Masters 35+ 1/2/3 9:20   3 50
Masters 40+ Cat 4 9:25   3 50
Elite 5A 9:35   3 50
Women 1/2/3/Pro and Women 4 (picked separately) 9:40   3 + 3 30 + 30
Masters 55+ 1/2/3/4 9:45   3 50
Elite 5B 9:50   3 50
Elite 4 9:55   3 50
Public Men & Women 10:00   3 50



Marshals will direct you to the parking area - please obey them as well as the rangers on site. Our permit allows parking only in limited areas at Stinson.

We've been asked to keep Stinson Beach town as clear as possible and for that reason, marshals will direct you to warm up by heading north on Highway 1 until 10 minutes before the first race start - after that the starting area will be tied up with race staging and you won't be able to exit. You may want to bring a trainer or rollers to warm up in the parking lot.

After the finish, please descend to Stinson where we'll post all results by approximately noon. Officials will not post any results at the finish line. If you stay in the Rock Spring area, stay off the road and follow marshals' instructions - it's essential that we keep Ridgecrest and the intersection clear.


As a hill climb Tam can be a very safe race, because the pack quickly spreads out on the climb and it's more like a time trial. But here are a few course-specific tips to keep in mind in addition to the general principles of safe racing;

  1. Pavement is generally good and Highway 1 was resurfaced in the area that had a lot of potholes.
  2. Don't take risks on Highway 1, it just doesn't matter. Think of Hwy 1 as the warm-up before the climb and don't bother fighting for position - that's been the area of the handful of severe crashes in this event. Every group usually stays together and your positioning matters very little to your result - it's a hill climb after all. Officials, motos and follow vehicles will enforce a strict centerline rule both along Highway 1 and on Ridgecrest. That means if you go over the centerline, even accidentally, you will immediately be disqualified from the race.
  3. Foggy? Watch for greasy pavement in the trees near the BoFax/Ridgecrest junction, and possibly during that last fast stretch before the finish line. And if the fog is in heavy, consider bringing a shell or vest for the descent.
  4. The Cattle Grate is still there right after the turn off Highway 1 onto Bolinas-Fairfax Road. The main risk is that the rider in front of you slows down, not knowing the general rule on cattle grates (just ride straight over them).

Course map - same as always: