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 also to launch a new competitive sport. In 2010, we took our first step toward realizing that dream by hosting the first ever Elliptical Cycling World Championships, with the female and male victors each claiming the ElliptiGO Founders’ Cup. Each year the depth of talent has increased and a new ascent record has been set. Read the recap and see photos from the exciting 2015 race.
The Elliptical Cycling 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.
This year’s event will take place Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. To read about the event in previous years and see results and photos, go to the appropriate page below:
Men’s Champion Time
2015 Rusty Snow 1:11:05
2014 Rusty Snow 1:09:55
2013 Rusty Snow 1:11:53
2012 Rusty Snow 1:10:49
2011 Paul Thomas 1:16:32
2010 Damian Barlow 1:25:14
Women’s Champion Time
2015 Sarah Brown 1:20:28
2014 Deb Maier 1:28:25
2013 Sara Slattery 1:32:40
2012 Robyn Benincasa 1:41:01
2011 Tammy Wildgoose 1:39:07
2010 Angela Shartel 1:41:32
The qualification process is below. If you have any questions about the event that aren’t answered here, please email Darren Brown.
We expect to hit our maximum number of 50 participants in the 2016 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 have completed and submitted the results of an official event before August 12, 2016, that you completed within the time limits listed below:
|Elevation Gain per Unit Distance of Ride|
(50 miles or
(62.1 miles or
(100 Miles or
|0-50 ft/mile or
|4 hours||5 hours||8 hours 30 mins|
|Over 50 ft/mile or
Over 15.2 m/1.6km
|5 hours||6 hours||10 hours 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 19, 2016. 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 Brown with the following information:
A. Basic Information
B. Evidence of Participation
C. Evidence of Time-Performance
Please submit ONE of these options listed below:
Once Darren receives and reviews your email, he will send you an email to confirm that your lottery entry has been accepted. If you have a question about the event or the qualification process that was not answered above, please contact Darren.