The Billings Hillclimb - roadbike engines, dirtbike chassis, vertical rock.

Every year, riders come from all over the USA to test themselves against a near-vertical slab of rock outside Billings, Montana. It’s known as the “Bentonite Nightmare” - or simply, “the wall.” The Billings Hillclimb is the largest and richest event of its kind in America. The whole surrounding 900 acres of land is owned by the Billings Motorcycle Club, so there’s no issues with environmentalists over the great chunks of rock the specially-tyred hillclimb bikes tear out of the face as they ascend it.

The above video is one of the few out there that actually capture exactly how steep we’re talking about; by the top of the cliff you’re near as damn to vertical. I don’t know who’s braver, the madmen that blast their bikes up the wall, or the club member volunteers who hang around on safety ropes to lunge out and catch competitors and motorcycles that don’t make it, before they tumble down to the bottom of the hill.

See this article at to check out some of the outrageous machinery you’ll find at an event like this - typically, they’rehugely powerful roadbike engines (often running nitrous), packed into a dirtbike chassis, using long-travel suspension and extended swingarms. They also run large, thick rear tyres with chunky scoop-like tread to give the bikes the push they need to get over the final vertical ridge. Crazy stuff.

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4 Responses to “The Billings Hillclimb - roadbike engines, dirtbike chassis, vertical rock.”

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  3. Elle Says:

    My son just got a dirt bike and I’m wondering where in Billings we can go to let him ride it? Where are the good trails?

  4. Dylon Says:

    Awesome display of mans struggle with mother nature

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