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Valley Springs Hill challenging hillclimb bike riders near Bay City

A rider approaches the 200 foot mark on the Valley Springs Hill.3 / 14
Riders line-up, watch and wait their turn to go up the hill.4 / 14
Spectators gather at the foot of the hill to watch the riders go up.5 / 14
A riders digs out a groove for his bike.6 / 14
Riders go two at a time at the starting line.7 / 14
Todd Cipala of Ellsworth gets ready to make his run.8 / 14
A rider gets last minute advice.9 / 14
A close up shot of a rider.10 / 14
A youngster does his own hillclimb ride.11 / 14
A rider does a jump on the course nearing the next stage up.12 / 14
A rider nears the last hundred feet of the hill.13 / 14
Almost to the top.14 / 14

BAY CITY - It's a hill known as "500 feet of mean", a more than worthy challenge for modified motorcycle riders to power their way up to the top of at the 2014 AMA Hillclimb Grand National Championships.

The event got underway Saturday morning and runs through today at the Valley Springs Elk Farm located on CTH. EE just north of Bay City from Hwy. 35.

There are over 500 entries in 22 motorcycle and ATV classes in this year's national championships with riders from 15 states participating.

Sunday's feature is the King of the Hill in which the fastest motorcycle and ATV riders, not including youth classes, compete at the end of the program to see who is the fastest to the top. 

The event is being put on by the local Valley Springs Motorcycle Club (