World Championships Overview

World Champs of Elliptical Cycling 2016
2016 Podium Finishers. (L-R) Brandon Birdsong, Rusty Snow, Sarah Brown, Addie Bracy, Erin Whiting

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. In 2019, we expanded the event to include a Stand Up Bike (SUB) category. Since that time SUB athletes continue to race the same course against the elliptical bikes.

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

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

World Champions

Men’s Champion Time for Elliptical Cycling

2023 Josh Sealand 1:33:59
2022 Mark Fairley 1:18:58
2021 Erik Wippler 1:14:04
2020 Erik Wippler 1:16:19
2019 Johnny Crain 1:11:33
2018 Rusty Snow 1:12:21
2017 Rusty Snow 1:11:47
2016 Rusty Snow 1:10:58
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 for Elliptical Cycling

2023 Teresa Fukumoto-Beebe 2:00:57
2022 Tera Moody 1:30:42
2021 Kim Nedeau 1:26:17
2020 Molly Seidel 1:33:29
2019 Katie James 1:32:20
2018 Whitney Krempin 1:38:41
2017 Madeleine Marecki 1:41:00
2016 Sarah Brown 1:16:00
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

Men’s Champion Time for Stand up Cycling (SUB category)

2023 Billy Grace 1:10:59
2022 Billy Grace 1:11:21
2021 Brian Kildow 1:11:56
2020 Brian Kildow 1:14:21
2019 Billy Grace 1:12:33

Women’s Champion Time for Stand up Cycling (SUB category)

2023 N/A
2022 Denise Mueller 1:45:12
2021 Denise Mueller 1:41:33
2020 Keri Cleeremans 1:47:08
2019 Amy Glen 1:36:09

Complete results and recaps

2023 World Championships
2022 World Championships
2021 World Championships
2020 World Championships

2019 World Championships
2018 World Championships
2017 World Championships
2016 World Championships
2015 World Championships
2014 World Championships
2013 World Championships
2012 World Championships
2011 World Championships
2010 World Championships

Qualifying for the Elliptical Cycling World Championships

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

In order to qualify as a non-elite participant, you must have completed and submitted the results of an official event 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 or
0-15.2 meters/1.6km
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.

If the ride does not end within a mile of the stated distance (for example, a half-century ride that is actually 53 miles long), then additional time will be allowed as follows:

  • Between 50 and 62 miles, 5 minutes per additional mile.
  • Between 63 and 99 miles with less than 50 feet of average elevation gain per mile for the entire ride, 5.5 minutes per additional mile.
  • Between 63 and 99 miles with more than 50 feet of average elevation gain per mile for the entire ride, 7 minutes per additional mile. 

An official event for purposes of qualification is any cycling event put on by a third-party corporation or non-profit that has a website, published route, and fee to participate or an ElliptiGO-only event that includes five or more ElliptiGO riders that start at the same time where the route finishes within 100 yards of the start line. For an ElliptiGO-only event to be sanctioned for World Championships qualification purposes, the route and a list of expected participants must be submitted to [email protected] at least one week in advance for approval.

If four or fewer ElliptiGO riders participate on the stated race day, then the event will not count as an official event for qualification purposes. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Applying to Participate

To apply for selection to participate, you must send an email to [email protected] with the following information:

Basic Information

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

Evidence of Participation

  • A photo of you and your ElliptiGO at the event

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 we have received and reviewed your submission, we 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 email [email protected].