The 6th Annual Founders' Cup
The World Championships of Elliptical Cycling

October 17, 2015

Palomar Mountain & San Diego, California

Event Overview

When we set out to create the world’s first outdoor elliptical bike, our dream was not just to create a revolutionary new product but to launch a new competitive sport. In 2010, we took our first step towards realizing that dream by hosting the first ever ElliptiGO Founders’ Cup. Each year the depth of talent has increased and a new ascent record has been set. We're looking forward to hosting our sixth year of competition on October 17th, 2015.

The World Championships consists of a timed ride up Palomar Mountain that climbs 4,209 feet in just 11.69 miles. The average grade is almost 7%. Click here to see a route and elevation map of the course.

To read about the event in previous years and see results and photos, go to the appropriate page below:

2014 World Championships
2013 World Championships
2012 World Championships
2011 World Championships
2010 World Championships

Qualification Process

The qualification process is below. If you have any questions about the event that aren't answered here, please email Darren.

We expect to hit our maximum number of 50 participants in the 2015 competition. If the race is oversubscribed, non-elite participants will be chosen by lottery or another means at the sole discretion of ElliptiGO. In order to qualify as a non-elite participant, you must complete and submit to Darren the results of an official event before August 17th, 2015 that you completed within the time limits listed below:

Elevation Gain per Unit Distance of Ride

(50 miles or 80.5 kms)

Metric Century
(62.1 miles or 100 kms)

(100 Miles or 161 kms)

0-50 ft/mile
0-15.2 meters/1.6km

4 hours

5 hours

8 hours and 30 mins

Over 50 ft/mile
Over 15.2 m/1.6km

5 hours

6 hours

10 hours and 30 mins

These times are TOTAL RIDE TIME, including stops, from start to finish. So, for example, if you complete a century ride (100 miles) that has 6,500 feet of climbing over the whole route, you would need to complete that ride in under 10.5 hours to qualify to participate. Similarly, if you complete a half-century ride that has an elevation gain of 1,200 feet over the whole course in under 4 hours, then you will have qualified to be selected to participate.

To ensure that you have adequate time to prepare, train for, and make travel arrangements, selected participants will be notified by email on or before August 27, 2015.To increase your chances of earning a spot if the race is oversubscribed you can complete more events overall or complete events significantly faster than the cutoff times.

Applying to Participate

To apply for selection to participate, you must send an email to Darren at darren@elliptigo.comwith the following information:

A. Basic Information

  • Your full name
  • A link to the event's website

B. Evidence of Participation

  • A. photo of you and your ElliptiGO at the event

C. Evidence of Time-Performance

Please submit ONE of these options listed below:

  • A link to your Strava profile or another web-based training data provider that shows your ride and matches the event date and course route

  • A link to the official event results that lists your name, completion of ride, and time
  • An email or scanned note from the event director or other official event staff certifying that you did complete the distance in a specific time

Once Darren receives and reviews your email, he will send you an email to confirm that your lottery entry has been accepted.

For More Information

Please click here to read more about the 2014 World Championship experience. If you have a question about the event or the qualification process that was not answered above, please contact Darren via email at darren