BNEW ULM - A crowd of more than 600 people turned out Sunday to watch wave after wave of motorcycles charge uphill at the Flying Dutchmen's 45th Annual Motorcycle Hill Climb.
The event featured 225 motorcyclists taking turns racing up a 200-foot incline as part of an American Motorcycle Association sanctioned event, which is also a fund-raiser for the Flying Dutchmen.
Flying Dutchmen President Ron Marquardt said this year kept steady with 18 classes, the same as 2011. However, he said the recently introduced female classes gained a lot of popularity with fans and participants. There has been a similar increase in younger children getting into the event.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Jacob Prebe, of Fontenac, Wis., catches some air on his way up the hill during the 200cc class competition at the Flying Dutchmen Motorcycle Hill Climb on Sunday on the club grounds just outside of New Ulm.
However, attendance remains below the levels attained during better economic times. The event drew an average of 800 people before 2006. He said the event is seeing positive signs in attendance, and sponsors hope the number will return to previous levels soon.
Marquardt attributed the biggest factor in the success of this year's event to help from Flying Dutchmen members and the participants. Everybody pitching in was essential to getting the operations going and allows for a fun time, he said.
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