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The Great American Championship Motorcycle Hill Climb is an institution in motorcycle history. Celebrating its 91st anniversary, the Great American offers some of the most premier, technical hill climb action anywhere. Nationally known racers like Jeremy McGrath, Pete Krunich and current champion Shannon Chamberlain have attempted to conquer the hill.
Some have succeeded and others have taken breath-taking tumbles down the 420-foot shale hill that is near vertical in several spots. For a piece of the $40,000 purse, the risks are worth it.
Every year the almost 10,000 people attending the three day extravaganza are treated to a fantastic extreme motorsport show on two separate hills, the pro-money hill and the equally technical trophy hill. Just as exciting is the show put on by the catchers, the men who tackle the bikes and riders when they take a tumble. Watching these guys hang from ropes while restraining a 300-pound motorcycle, sometimes in mid-air, is a show unto itself.
In addition to the great rides and falls, the great welcome that the city of Billings puts on for the fans makes this hill climb a fantastic event. Special shuttle service is offered to bring people from town out to the hill with curbside service. Spacious, air-conditioned tents and food and beverage services are provided for shuttle passengers. While 10,000 people are typically in attendance throughout the three-day event, parking and space is unlimited. Vendors are on site with great food and cold drinks to make you comfortable.
Visitors are invited to tailgate at their vehicles, mingle with locals on the “beach” or spread out in the spectator areas and generally have a great time. Onsite camping spots are available through the BMC website.
Please reserve early as there are only a limited number available. While coolers are allowed they will be inspected, as alcohol cannot be brought onto the premises. Beer will be available onsite for prices comparable to those in town.
Meet us at the hill this year for a Great American pastime!
Tickets are $10 in advance (kids age 10 and under are free with paid adult), $15 at the gate. They may be purchased through the BMC store on this website, at participating Albertsons in Billings or from BMC club members.
Daily Hill Climb competition begins at 8 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, go to www.billingsmotorcycleclub.us.