There was this link on the bike clubs web site - a great story of what is possible. I am sure a few of our more accomplished riders will relate. http://www.northeastcycling.com/NE_Climbs_main.html
Also - if you are into the big hill climb races, here is a description of the big ones in the NE
My first attempt at a race will be Whiteface (listed in this site) is late June. Never raced before - I just want to survive... I may take a crack at Graylock (also listed) as it is close - just to get ready, it will reopen with fresh pavement on the 22nd after being closed for the last year.
I can't tell you why I want to do this, I guess it is an S&M thing.