Events and Activities

July 22, 2018
10:00 a.m.
July 23, 2017
15th edition
George Street Bike Challenge for Major Taylor
Main and George streets
Worcester, Mass.

2017 PHOTOS (Telegram & Gazette)
2017 PHOTOS (Future Focus Media Co-op)
2017 PHOTOS (Paulo Lopes)
2017 PHOTOS (Dierdre Stearns Wingell)
2017 VIDEOS (YouTube playlist)
2017 VIDEO (Future Focus Media Co-op)

2016 VIDEO by Jason & Claudia Snell

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. Proceeds benefit the Major Taylor Association, Inc.

Online registration
$20 per rider

Mail-in registration form

Bike raffle! We raffled off a Fuji Sportif 2.3 road bike from Barney's Bicycle, and other cool prizes. Click here to see the complete list of prizes.

To donate raffle prizes or goods or services, e-mail Lynne or call Peter at Barney's, 508-799-BIKE.

George Street After-party! Visit the taproom at 3Cross Brewing Co., 26 Cambridge St., Worcester, from 2 to 6 p.m. July 23, and enjoy a Whirlwind beer, named in honor of "the Worcester Whirlwind," Major Taylor. Brewed in the traditional Belgian witbier style with grains of paradise and hints of citrus, Whirlwind is a summertime thirst-quencher.

  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.

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In the news:
Bicyclists climb Worcester's most challenging hill (Telegram & Gazette)

Photo Gallery: George Street Bike Challenge (Telegram & Gazette)

Major Taylor-era bike to make George Street climb (Telegram & Gazette)

Fifteen years of hill climbs (Worcester Magazine) video (2012) (Telegram & Gazette)
2011 George Street preview ( video)

Major Taylor cycling jerseys, posters and books

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