What started as just the simple spark of passion two young boys had for riding motorcycles is now known today as one of the most prestigious hill climb venues in the United States and the host of the Motoclimb Wiseco Shootout, Valley Springs Hill Climb. The boys' father, Larry Gerdes, helped get to work on an almost 500-foot hill in Bay City, Wisconsin back in the '70s, prepping it for the boys dream of having a hill climb.
Larry is still involved in the iconic hill climb venue and its events today, alongside Valley Springs Motorcycle Club and its dedicated members who contribute greatly to maintaining and organizing the challenging test of horsepower and skill the hill has proven to be.
Hill climb is a segment of racing born from true grassroots passion and still greatly reflects that today. Wiseco shares grassroots racing passion going all the way back to 1941, and although performance has evolved quite a bit since then, Wiseco still holds that passion close, and is grateful to be able to support opportunities in hill climb racing.
Racers and fans made their way out to the Valley Springs Hill Climb on July 10, 2021 for the Wiseco Shootout, part of the Motoclimb Super Series and hosted by Valley Springs Motorcycle Club. Riders lined up to face the hill on everything from 450 motocross bikes to nitro-powered Open Class bikes, some claiming victory over the hill, and others experiencing it the other way around.
Austin Teyler of Billings, MT set a fast time and earned the overall win aboard his nitromethane-powered Suzuki RM-Z750 with a time of 14.944 seconds, which ended up being 1.5 seconds quicker than second-place finisher, Nick Beer.
Logan Mead rounded out the overall podium, each rider earning a custom Wiseco Shootout Motoclimb trophy.
Austin Teyler aboard his nitro-powered RM-Z750
Although Logan Cipala bested Teyler in the final side-by-side round, Teyler still earned enough points to carry him to the overall. However, Cipala still holds a points lead in the championship and will be looking continue to defend his position at the Big Hill Jam.
Photography from Motoclimb Superseries and 1Hundred Photo