About 200 bicyclists are expected to test their endurance as they travel along the course route from sea level to the 10,000-foot summit of Maui’s dormant volcano.
The race begins at 6:30 a.m. in Pā‘ia. Riders will pedal up Baldwin Avenue to Makawao, then up Olinda Road to Hanamu Road. From there, the ride traverses the switchbacks of Haleakalā Highway and Crater Road, and travels through the volcanic rock “moonscape” of Haleakalā National Park, ending at the Sliding Sands trailhead.
“We are urging motorists to exercise caution when traveling along these roads on August 20,” said Donnie Arnoult, race organizer and the owner of Maui Cyclery. “Please pass cyclists only when there is not traffic in the oncoming lane and leave at least three feet or more between your vehicle and the cyclists.
Cyclists ride up Baldwin Avenue during the annual Cycle to the Sun bicycle race.
Photo: Mike Adrian
“The public is also invited to watch the race and cheer on the riders,” he added. “Those competitors will really appreciate your encouragement and your aloha.”
Riders in the Cycle to the Sun can choose from three races: the whole race, which travels the full 36 miles to the summit, the half-race which travels 19 miles with an elevation increase of 5,500 feet and the two-person relay, which travels the same distance as the whole race, but is divided between two riders.
Three aid stations will be set up on the course. Those riding the full race will receive transportation for themselves and their bikes from the summit back down to Pā‘ia Community Center. (Half-race riders must provide their own transportation back to Pā‘ia.)
Cash prizes will be awarded to the overall top three finishers in the men’s and women’s divisions. Merchandise prizes will be awarded to the top six finishers in all age group divisions.
Some openings are available for additional competitors. To learn more or enter the race, visit www.cycletothesun.com. Entries are only taken online; no mail or walk-in entries will be accepted. For additional information or to arrange for a bike rental, call Maui Cyclery at (808) 579-9009 or email donnie@GoCyclingMaui.com.
Race packets will be available at Maui Cyclery, 99 Hāna Highway, Unit A, in Pā‘ia from Wednesday, Aug. 17 until Friday, Aug. 19, at noon.
All riders must sign a waiver in order to receive their packets.
Sponsors include Maui Cyclery, Cycling Maui, Voler, Maui Brewing, Bill Darrah Builders, FlatBread, Dakine, Ono Gelato, Olukai, Primal Wear, Hammer Nutrition, Sol Sunguard, Wine Corner, Powerbar, Cabo Chips, RavX, Keanon, Fox Clothing, Side Show Collectibles and Capo.