DANSVILLE — The weather certainly challenged Mike Mistretta’s “rain or shine” comment, but the Poags Hole Motorcycle Hillclimb followed through with that promise and delivered with an exciting performance in its 20th year. The line of cars to get in was over a mile long, as people from all over came to experience the racing.
“It’s crazy that we’ve been doing this for 20 years,” Mistretta said. “This event continues to grow each year and that’s great for us.”
Fans from Dansville, Hornell, Rochester and out-of-state gathered to watch the X-Climb competition, the unlimited competition and the King of the Hill.
Racers on 10 foot long motorcycles took on the 700’ colossal and while some failed, others made it over the top successfully. The X-Climb is a 32 person tournament in which each race consists of a one on one matchup. In the single elimination tournament, the field dwindles down from 32 to 16 to eight and then to the final four.
After the final four, the top two racers went up against each other to see who was the champion. The final four consisted of Joe Shipman, Casey Curtin, Austin Teyler and Tyler Cardwell. Shipman defeated Curtin and Teyler defeated Cardwell.
Shipman fell to Teyler in the X-Climb finals.
“The X-Climb is a fan favorite,” Mistretta said. “It’s a lot of fun to watch each year.”
The racing went on all day with the first race starting at about 1:15 p.m. and the last event finishing up around 7 p.m. Another Poags Hole Motorcycle Hillclimb is in the books and for the 20th year in a row, it was a success.