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6th Annual ALP Cycles Climbing Challenge

6th Annual ALP Cycles Climbing Challenge

We are moving our annual Climbing Challenge from October to May.

by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching

2020 has started in a very unique way. Because of that, we have decided to follow suit and do something unique as well. We are moving our annual Climbing Challenge from October to May. Usually, we promote the Climbing Challenge by saying, "As the race season winds down, many of us are stuck looking for something to do. We have great fitness and no event to use it in." Not anymore. May 22-24 will be year 6 of the ALP Cycles Climbing Challenge. 

For this year's Challenge, we will have 3 days and 7-8hrs max (depending on age) to climb as much as possible (the contest will be kept track on Strava). We will have prizes and a photo contest! 

The 3-day challenge is open to ALP, non-ALP, and wanna be ALP athletes/riders/racers (so invite your friends, family, and teammates). 

For the first time ever, we're going to include virtual climbing. You read that right: repeats on Alpe du Zwift are now allowed. Just make sure to synch your Zwift account to Strava in order to have it count towards the challenge. 

The Details: Starting Friday, May 22, and running through Sunday, May 24 we will conduct a social distancing appropriate Climbing Challenge.

  • If you are under the age of 35, you have 7 hours in 3 days to climb as much as you can.
  • 36-49 years old - 7.5 hours
  • 50+ 8 hours
  • You must have a Garmin or an on-bike computer that has GPS and can be uploaded to Strava. You must create a basic Strava account (it's free).
  • All riders must start and end in the same place
  • No e-bikes
  • No matter where you live, you can participate.

Prizes and Awards:

New for 2020, in addition to our overall prize, we will have daily awards including - most feet climbed in a day, the most amount of hill repeats done in one day, and a Flad Landers Prize (for those of you who live in the mid-west).

Awards include - A free month of coaching, a custom sewn mask by ALP Cycles Coach, Jen Sharp, and ALP schwag.

Bonus Climbing Feet - Use the hashtag #alpclimbingchallenge, to gain extra vertical to your total. For every separate Instagram or Facebook post that uses #alpclimbingchallenge, we'll add 50 feet to your total. We also have a prize for the best photo at the end of the Challenge. 

Please note: This year's Challenge does not have an ALC Climbing Ride up and over Arkansas Mountain (due to social distancing rules, USAC suggestions, etc.). It's really important that you listen to and follow your local governance for proper social distancing rules, riding accessibility, and etiquette. Please avoid riding in any groups. Do your part to flatten the curve. 

The Strava link to join the Challenge is 

If you would like more info please email

"See" you in May!



Alison Powers

Now retired from racing, Alison Powers is the only person, in history, to win all three road discipline National Championships in one year (Road, Criterium and Time Trial - 2014). These go along with two previous national championships (Time Trial 2008, Team Pursuit 2008), two National Racing Calendar titles, and a 2nd place at the Leadville 100 mountain bike race (2013, 7:26hrs). Today she is the owner of ALP Cycles Coaching where she teaches road, cyclocross, and mountain bike clinics, and high performance race preparation and tactics. Alison is also team director for ALP Cycles Racing, a professional women's road and cyclocross team based in Boulder, Colorado.

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