The Fresno Cycling Club is proud to present the 45th Annual Climb To Kaiser and Tollhouse Century on Saturday, June 24, 2023. The Climb to Kaiser is one of the most epic rides you will ever want to do. It is for those who love a challenge and are willing to put forth the training and effort to make sure they finish. Sign up for the one that suits your riding skills and abilities.
The traditional Climb To Kaiser is rated as one of the 10 toughest rides in America by Bicycling Magazine. It is 155 grueling miles with over 15,000 feet of climbing. This ride will test your mental and physical toughness.
The Tollhouse Century is 99 miles with 8,200 feet of climbing. Perfect for the intermediate climber who aspires to complete the Climb to Kaiser but wants to feel it out first and get a taste of the Fresno foothills and heat.
155 Miles / 16,000'Wildcat to Tollhouse Market
99 Miles / 8,200'
Wildcat to Tollhouse Market
Upon leaving the Wildcat Rest Stop, Century riders will descend for 4 miles before turning left and continuing on Watts Valley Rd. and continuing up Burroughs Valley to the Sierra School rest stop. Terrain: Hilly, narrow descent on backside of Wildcat, gentle 2 mile climb up to Burroughs Valley
Caution: Wildcat descent in narrow and twisty. Sporadic curb and gravel through Burroughs Valley, sometimes a loose dog. Descent to Tollhouse road is steep and twisty, ride within your limits.
Tollhouse Market to Tollhouse Water Stop
The fun begins! Starting with a 7-mile climb up the OLD TOLLHOUSE GRADE, this climb starts off steep, gets a little easier, and then just grinds on forever. Pitches up to 13%. Between gasps for breath, try to spot rock climbers on the granite outcroppings above.
Traffic: very light
Caution: Narrow road with blind corners. STAY in your lane, SINGLE FILE
Tollhouse Water Stop to Shaver Lake Rest Stop
The last ½ mile from the water stop to HWY 168 is STEEP. Century riders will turn right onto the highway and continue climbing along Pine Ridge to the Shaver Lake rest stop. Enjoy the scenery and shaded sections along this portion. Shaver Lake is the turnaround point for the century riders.
Terrain: More climbing, 1000’ in 7 miles
Traffic: Light to moderate, watch for vehicles with trailers.
Caution: Some narrow and twisty sections, no shoulder. SINGLE FILE, STAY RIGHT
Shaver Lake Rest Stop to Pine Ridge Elementary School
Fill up the bottles at Shaver Lake Rest Stop, rest a little, and hop back on the bike to enjoy more downhill as you descend the route you climbed in the morning. Make the right at the top of the 4 lane highway onto Auberry Road. Stop at Pine Ridge Elementary School Rest Stop, top off the bottles before descending into the Valley heat.
Traffic: Moderate on Hwy. 168, light on Auberry Rd.
Caution: Watch speed on descents, sand and gravel in the corners. DO NOT Descend down the 4 lane highway.
Pine Ridge Elementary School to Millerton Store Rest Stop
After some “gentle” rollers along Auberry Rd. you will descend through scenic forests before making the long descent into Auberry. (WATCH THE CORNERS!) and the welcoming Valley heat. Look over your right shoulder along this stretch to catch glimpses of the high Sierra and the San Joaquin River water shed. Continue on Auberry Rd., through the quaint foothill town of Auberry, and you will rejoin the metric rider route to the Millerton Store before finishing in Clovis.
Terrain: Hilly, mostly descending with some rollers along the way.
Traffic: Moderate to heavy, especially the short stretch along Hwy. 168 before Prather
Caution: Watch the hairpin turns on the descent after lunch. Be sure exit Hwy. 168 in Prather by staying right, heading towards Millerton Lake
Millerton Store Rest Stop to Alta Sierra Middle School
Popsicles and cold towels await riders at the Millerton Store Rest Stop. More rollers await riders but the path to the finish is mostly downhill, sometimes with a tailwind, more often with a headwind. Riders must stay in the bike lane along Auberry Rd. Follow the signs and arrows for a fast trip back to Alta Sierra Middle School.
Terrain: Rollers, mostly a gentle downhill until Crybaby Hill and the Friant-Kern canal
Traffic: Moderate to heavy.
Caution: Follow the route sheet and course marking, ride single file, and stay right.
We suggest that each rider have a bicycle in excellent condition, carry 2 water bottles, and tools. Wear hot weather clothing and a helmet (mandatory) and carry extra money. Be prepared for cool weather on Kaiser Pass. In 2017 it hailed. Also, gearing of 36 X 32-36 or a triple is highly recommended.
(Climb To Kaiser Riders Only)
If you expect to finish after dark, you are required to have lights (front and back). Riders will be pulled from the course after 8:30 p.m. without lights. (NO EXCEPTION)
Lights may be dropped off at registration. Please have lights in a paper grocery bag with your name and ride number listed. All bags will be taken to the Shaver Lake rest stop. It is each rider’s responsibility to pick-up their lights, as unclaimed items may not be returned after the ride.
Also, if you would like energy drink powder brought up to Shaver Lake, place in brown paper bags with your name and number listed. (No cans, please). Any items not picked up will be thrown out after 7 p.m. There will be a separate drop-off area at registration for your drink mix.
After the Ride
We will have an after-ride lunch/dinner beginning at 2:00 p.m. for all participants. Additional meal tickets are available for purchase. ($10.00, Pre-ordered only)
There will be an adult water slide at the finish, for riders to cool off. Bring a towel.
Friday night the City of Clovis will feature a Farmer’s Market in Old Town Clovis from 6-8 p.m. If you would rather eat at a restaurant, these are a few within walking distance from several of the hotels.
Personalized BIB Number
If you register by the end of day May 31, you will receive a personalized bib number. It will include the event name "Climb to Kaiser", the event date, your first initial and last name, and the route you registered for.
T-shirts come with registration.
Commemorative Finisher's Jersey
All jerseys must be ordered by the end of the day on Saturday, July 1, 2023.
Climb To Kaiser Finisher's Jerseys can be ordered with your registration or on the day of the Climb to Kaiser for $85.00 each. The finisher's jersey is available to anyone who has ever completed the Climb to Kaiser. All jerseys will be mailed after the event. Production is not scheduled until the end of August; riders should expect jerseys by the beginning of October. See the Voler Size Chart for size options. Jerseys can be ordered in "Race Cut" or "Club Cut". Contact the C2K coordinator if you have questions.
Climb to Kaiser 2022 - Results for C2K and Tollhouse Century
Climb to Kaiser 1997 - 2022
The links below lead to a page and a file that each contain multiple worksheets
Full Results for Recent Years
Tollhouse Century and Millerton Metric - 2015 and 2016