The Great American Championship Motorcycle Hill Climb is an institution in motorcycle history. Celebrating its 90th anniversary, the Great American offers some of the most premier, technical hill climb action found anywhere. Nationally known racers like Jeremy McGrath, Pete Krunich, and current champion Shannon Chamberlain have attempted to conquer the hill. Some have succeeded and others have taken breath-taking tumbles down the 420-foot shale hill that is near vertical in several areas.
Every year the almost 10,000 people attending the three day extravaganza are treated to a fantastic extreme motorsport show on two separate hills, the pro-money hill and the equally challenging trophy hill. Just as exciting is the show put on by the catchers, the men who tackle the bikes and riders when they take a tumble. Watching these guys hang from ropes while restraining a 300 pound motorcycle, sometimes in mid-air, is a show unto itself.
In addition to the great rides and falls, the great welcome that the city of Billings puts on for the fans makes this hill climb a fantastic event. Special shuttle service is offered to bring people from town out to the hill with curbside service. Spacious tents and food/beverage services are provided for shuttle passengers. While 10,000 people are typically in attendance during the event, parking and space is unlimited. Vendors are on site with great food and cold drinks to make you comfortable. Visitors are invited to tailgate at their vehicles, mingle with locals on the “beach” or spread out in the spectator areas and generally have a great time. While coolers are allowed they will be inspected, as alcohol cannot be brought onto the premises. Beer will be available on site for prices comparable to those in town.
Meet us at the hill this year for a Great American pastime!