CLICK TO ENLARGE. Thanks to the Dundas Museum for the information about Sydenham Hill. The page is from 'Picturesque Dundas Revisited 'by Olive Newcombe. 

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 19,000 times on Strava. Max's Big Climb competitors set the fastest times ever recorded on the hill Canadian Cycling Magazine called 'nasty' during last year's race.

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

This year's race will have four elements; an individual time trial, the King and Queen of the Mountain contest, the hour-long Horse Kill Hill team relay and the untimed Hill Challenge ride.

The Individual Time Trial - the 'Race of Truth'

Riders will race the hill individually 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 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.

The Horse Kill Relay

Teams of four will have one hour to ride the hill as many times as they can in a relay format. The next rider in line can start once the rider ahead has crossed the finish line. Most total times up the hill wins. Easy! In the event of a tie between teams, the win will go to the team that has raised the most money in pledges to help defeat Duchenne. Each team must have at least one woman - more if you'd like :) Register here.

The Hill Challenge

Riders in this event can tackle the hill at their own pace without the pressure of the clock or a race. Ride your own bike, rent a Sobi or bring a unicycle. Whatever you ride, the goal is the same - to get to the top, maybe for the first time ever!

We'll reward you for your efforts with a finisher's ribbon and an ice cream - and you'll help us in our fight to defeat Duchenne.

You've got nothing to lose! Register here.



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Event Day Schedule

  • July 15 06:00 AM - Check in at Grupetto opens and course opens for practice session

  • July 15 07:00 AM - Check in at Grupetto ends and practice session ends

  • July 15 07:10 AM - Individual Time Trials begin

  • July 15 09:00 AM - Horse Kill Hill Team Relay begins

  • July 15 10:05 AM - Hill Challenge Ride begins

  • July 15 10:35 AM - King and Queen of the Mountain Competition begins

  • July 15 12:00 PM - Post Race Social + Awards at Grupetto


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.

Click here to learn about fundraising and our cool incentives.