The Hill

One hundred years ago the route up Sydenham Hill was known as Horse Kill Road and was 'a climb that taxed the strength of oxen but was beyond the strength of horses '.

More recently Sydenham has been made famous by decorated Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes and been ridden over 23,000 times on Strava

Now is your chance to make your own mark on Sydenham Hill!

This year's race will have an individual time trial, the King and Queen of the Mountain contest and for the first time, be a stage in the inaugural Youth Cup Franklin Templeton Investments Youth Mini Tour event.

The Individual Time Trial - the 'Race of Truth'

Riders will race the hill individually against the clock. Each rider will be given two chances to race the hill against the clock. All riders will be professionally timed and ranked according to their gender and age groups. The fastest rider in each category will be recognized and awarded a race ribbon. Register here.

Age Categories

10 - 11
12 - 13
14 - 15
16 - 19
20 - 29
30 - 39
40 - 49
50 - 59

The King and Queen of the Mountain

The fastest eight men and women overall from the Individual Time Trial will be seeded for the head-to-head Knockout Stages. In the Knockout Stages, winners will advance and race twice more to determine a 'King' and 'Queen of the Mountain'. Register here.

Preliminary Event Day Schedule 

(More detailed timing will be available closer to race day)

  • July 21 06:00 AM - Check in at Grupetto opens and course opens for practice session

  • July 21 07:00 AM - Individual Time Trails to begin - followed by Youth Cup stage + King + Queen of the Mountain contest


All proceeds from registration will go to help find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy via the registered charity Jesse’s Journey. This year we are fundraising for Max's Big Fellowship - an amazing partnership with the Gunning Group Lab at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

In addition, we are encouraging all riders to gather pledges from their family and friends to help fund this all important research. Your efforts could help make Max's generation the first to survive this fatal disease.

When you register for the race you'll be invited to collect donationss from your family, friends and colleagues. As a way of saying thanks for your fundraising help, we have partnered with some amazing local businesses to offer prizes for our top fundraisers. 

Here are just some of the fine local businesses who'll be contributing prizes - we'll be adding more as the race approaches:

Quatrefoil Restaurant

Rousseau House Restaurant

Mountain Equipment Co-op

What is Duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a progressive and fatal genetic disorder that gradually weakens the body’s muscles.

Because the Duchenne muscular dystrophy gene is found on the X-chromosome, it primarily affects boys and it can occur in all races and cultures.

Most boys with DMD are using a wheelchair by the time they are 12 and many don’t survive their mid-20’s.

Although there is no cure available right now, scientists have made great progress on many fronts. Doctors are working on improving muscle and joint function, and slowing muscle deterioration.

Together with your help, Max’s Big Climb aims to help change the future for boys with DMD.