Newton's Playground

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Newton's Playground

Bathurst, Australia

Bathurst is the oldest inland settlement in Australia, and lies about three hours from Sydney, on the edge of the Outback. The town has a population of about 30K and a few stoplights (that aren't on the main highway.)

Maryhill Festival of Speed

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Maryhill Festival of Speed

Goldendale, Washington

The Columbia River cuts a gorge through the cascades and separates the state of Washington from Oregon. Goldendale is a small community a few minutes from the Columbia River. The town appears like it has more than 3760 inhabitants. It has a McDonalds and two grocery stores.

Maryhill Loops Road is about 10 minutes from Goldendale. The region was developed in the 19th century by Sam Hill, trying to create a Quaker community. The road was the first paved road in the state of Washington. The road is owned by the Maryhill Museum and was refurbished in 1998. Normally the road is gated and open to hikers and cyclists.

Top Challenge

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Top Challenge

Montreal, Canada

Montreal is the second largest Canadian city with over 3.5 million people in the area. The majority of the city is on an island in the St Lawrence River. The downtown area of the city is wedged between the river and Mont Royal. The tallest peak is 233 metres (those of us who've attended Talimena know that this barely qualifies as a hill.)

Paskapoo Downhill Rodeo

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Paskapoo Downhill Rodeo

Calgary, Canada

Calgary sits on the eastern edge of the Canadian Rockies. Home of the 88 Winter Olympics as well as the Calgary Stampede, the worlds largest rodeo. It is the largest city in the providence of Alberta with over a million inhabitants. Just outside of town is the Canada Olympic Park. The park has ski jumps, and ice luge course and a downhill mountain course.

Alpspeed

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Alpspeed

Thun, Switzerland

Thun is a small town on the edge of Thunersee. The town is dominated by an 800 year old castle. The course actually starts just below the village of Homburg, a few kilometers from Thun. Homburg has a small store, and dairy farm that makes cheese.

Almabtrieb

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World Championships

Almabtrieb

Jungholz, Austria

The World Championships returns as Almabtrieb in Jungholz

Green Mountain Madness

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Green Mountain Madness

Mt. Ascutney, Vermont

Mt. Ascutney is a small mountain on the border of Vermont and New Hamphshire. The mountain is a state park. There is a ski resort on the other side of the hill, and a small two traffic light town at the bottom. There is a small campground at the bottom of the road. And a $5 entrance fee to go up the road.

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