Royal Mountain hosts annual hillclimb

Johnstown's Hayden Zelich sports a Kawasaki Green suit for his attempt in the 200cc division at the 35th annual Monster Energy Hillclimb Sunday at Royal Mountain Ski Center. Zelich completed the full run up the 600 foot slope in 12.942 seconds. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
A look at the hill during the Royal Mountain Hillclimb on Sunday at Royal Mountain Ski Area in Caroga Lake. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Fans line the course for the 35th annual Monster Energy motorcycle, ATV and snowmobile hillclimb featuring the New England Hillclimbers Association. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Jim George leaves the starting gate on his first run up the 600-foot course on the Royal Slope in the 65cc division at the 35th Annual Monter Energy Hillclimb Sunday at Royal Mountain Ski Area. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Kip Simonds III powers his Micro Mini to a full run and the winner's trophy completing the 600 foot climb in 19.150 seconds at the 35th annual Monster Energy Hillblimb Sunday at Royal Mountain Ski Area. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Devin Chartier fights for control as he attempted to climb the Royal Slope during the Micro Mini division at Sunday's 35th Annual Monster Energy Hillclimb at Royal Mountain Ski Center. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Joe Garcia rides a wheelie as he attempts to climb the Royal Slope in the 125cc division at the annual Monster Energy Hillclimb Sunday at Royal Mountain. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Colton Clift clears a jump and heads toward the 200 foot mark in the 250cc division at the 35th Annual Monster Energy Hillclimb Sunday at Royal Mountain. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

CAROGA LAKE — The 35th annual Monster motorcycle, ATV and snowmobile hillclimb took place Sunday at Royal Mountain Ski Area.

The event is the highlight of the racing season at Royal with more than 200 of the fastest hillclimbers in the country on hand. It was a points-paying event for the New England Hillclimbers Association.

The classes to be run range from 50cc to open, senior multi-cylinder.

All hillclimbers got two tries at the 700-foot hill with the fastest time counting.

Awards were given for the top four in each class and the fastest time of the day. Bike judging also was a part of the hillclimb at Royal.

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