Mainers Win Newton’s Revenge Up Mt. Washington Auto Road

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. – Eric Follen did it on his third try. Stephanie Wetzel triumphed first time out of the gate.

The bicyclists out of Maine raced their way to dominating wins up the 7.6-mile steep, long and grueling Mt. Washington Auto Road on Saturday in the 10th Newton’s Revenge Bicycle Hillclimb.

It was the first Newton’s Revenge win for each and each rider grabbed the lead early in the race and steadily pulled away from the field.

Follen, 40, of Sanford, turned in a time of 54 minutes, 36 seconds up the all-uphill course to the 6,288-foot summit of the tallest peak in the Northeast. The temperature was about 50 and winds were between 20 and 35 miles an hour at the summit.

“I finally did it,” said Follen after breaking the tape at the top of the mountain. “It feels awesome.”

Follen was runner-up in his first two Newton’s in 2013 and 2014.

“I thought maybe when I first came to do it I could do it in under an hour,” Follen said. “I did that and came in second. Ever since then, I thought maybe I could win it.”

Follen said he didn’t know until he got to the race early on Saturday morning that defending champion Cameron Cogburn was not competing.

“I figured I’d be trying to hold his wheel,” Follen said. “I’m pretty glad he didn’t come. I’m hurting as it is.”

Defending women’s champion and seven-time winner Marti Shea, who grew up in Manchester, N.H., and lives in Marblehead, Mass., also missed the race. She announced earlier in the week that she was retiring from competitive racing because of knee problems.

Follen beat second-place finisher Brandon Holden, 21, of Boxborough, Mass., by more than two minutes.

Holden will be a junior in the fall at the University of Southern California where he is the captain of the cycling team. He competed in the race for the first time, finishing in 56:45.

James Piccoli, 23, of Montreal was third in 57:10. Chris Yura, 36, of Bryn Mawr, Penn., also cracked the one-hour mark in 59:43 for fourth place and Erik Vandendries, 50, of Chestnut Hill, Mass., was fifth in 1:03:15.

Wetzel, 28, of Fryeburg, Maine, just across the state line and not far from the mountain, also raced at Newton’s for the first time and won in 1:09:01.

A former cross country and track & field standout at the University of Maine, Wetzel teaches math at Fryeburg Academy, her alma mater, and races competitively. She did Newton’s Revenge in part as preparation for the U.S. Pro Challenge next month in Colorado.

“I’ve hiked up and driven up Mt. Washington,” Wetzel said. “But this race is one of those things like the Boston Marathon that you have to do some day.”

She wasn’t sure what to expect when she got to the starting line. Kristen Gohr, 44, of Reading, Mass., who was one of the riders near her, was the runner-up here in 2013.

“I wasn’t sure what I could do and I wasn’t sure what Kristen could do,” Wetzel said. “I figured worse case, I’d try to hang with her.”

Before long, no one was able to hang with Wetzel.

Gohr finished second in 1:14:24; Darcie Murphy, 35, of Logan, Utah, was third in 1:17:20; Jennifer Miller, 49, of Richmond, Vt., was fourth in 1:28:58; and Christine Jankins, 51, of Hampton, N.H., was fifth in 1:29:22.

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Newton’s Revenge was the first of two bike races up the Mt. Washington Auto Road this summer. Newton’s was added to the Auto Road schedule of events in 2006 to accommodate riders who were being shut out of the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.

The Hillclimb, a fundraiser for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center in nearby Albany, N.H., remains the larger of the two events and a capacity field of about 635 riders will compete in this year’s Hillclimb on Saturday, August 15.

Records for the course may be set in either Newton’s Revenge or the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb. The men’s record of 49:24 was set by Tom Danielson of East Lyme, Conn., in 2002 and Jeannie Longo holds the women’s mark of 58:14, set in 2000.

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The race was missing its two most prominent faces over the last several years in Marti Shea and Cameron Cogburn of Cambridge, Mass. They were the defending champions and both have perfect records in the race. Each had entered, but did not make it to the starting line.

Shea, 52, is undefeated in the seven Newton’s she has raced. She has been bothered by an arthritic right knee in recent months. She was at the top of the course cheering on the riders, several of whom she coaches, and handed out awards during ceremonies after the race.

Cogburn has won the two Newton’s he has raced in, but has been riding more for fun than for competition this summer and chose not to compete.

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Jonah Thompson of Albuquerque, N.M., wore No. 16 on Saturday for a reason. He’s 16 and is a Mt. Washington Auto Road veteran. He’s been racing here since he was nine.

His time of 1:11:36 earned him 13th place on Saturday.

“It wasn’t the time I wanted to get, but it was a good day,” Thompson said. “Hopefully I can get a faster time when I come back in August for the Hillclimb.”

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Joe Santilli, 57, of Poughquag, N.Y., completed his third Newton’s Revenge and for the second year in a row beat his previous best mark, this time with a 1:18:46.

A month after his first Newton’s in 2013, Santilli was hit by a car while biking. His back was fractured, his clavicle dislocated, he had a punctured lung and needed dozens of stitches to close a gash on his left side.

“I didn’t know if I’d be able to ride this again,” Santilli said.

Getting back to Newton’s Revenge and Mt. Washington helped motivate him during his rehab.

He made it back for last year’s race and finished in 1:19:08, 41 seconds faster than his debut ride.

“It draws you in,” he said. “It compels you to come back year after year. There’s nothing that compares to this.”

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A portion of the fee to race in Newton’s Revenge supports the activities of the Mt. Washington Valley Bicycling Club.

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COGBURN & SHEA OUT, TWO CHAMPIONSHIPS UP FOR GRABS

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. – Marti Shea kept thinking, kept hoping, that her balky right knee was going to come around in time to let her chase down yet another bicycle racing championship up the vaunted and grueling 7.6-mile Mt. Washington Auto Road.

It did not.

As a result, Shea, who grew up in Manchester, N.H., and lives in Marblehead, Mass., this week reluctantly withdrew from the Newton’s Revenge race at Mt. Washington this Saturday and at the same time announced that her competitive cycling days had come to an end.

A former All American runner at Boston University, Shea, 52, has dominated Newton’s Revenge and with her on the sidelines and mountainside – she will be cheering on all racers and especially a handful of riders that she coaches – first place for women is up for grabs.

The same holds on the men’s side. Defending champion and two-time winner Cameron Cogburn of Cambridge, Mass., has not been racing competitively this season and has decided not to enter the race.

This is the 10th edition of Newton’s Revenge and Shea has raced in seven of the previous nine and has won each time she entered. She also has won four Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimbs. The Hillclimb is an older, companion race to Newton’s and will be run for the 43rd time on Aug. 15.

Newton’s was added to the Auto Road’s schedule of events to give racers who were shut out of the popular Hillclimb a chance to compete.

There are still spots available for Saturday’s Newton’s Revenge, which begins at 8:40 a.m.  Online registration closed on Thursday at 5 p.m., but onsite registration is available on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Auto Road. More information is available at http://newtonsrevenge.com/

Shea, who won last year’s Newton’s race, has been dealing for years with arthritis and knee issues that finally knocked her out of the race.

“It’s been a long time coming,” she said. “Actually, I’ve beaten the odds for a lot of years. I injured my knee in my 30s windsurfing and snowboarding while taking a couple of bad crashes. I had one surgery years ago and the doctor said it was a matter of time and how I wanted to spend my time and how I wanted to spend my knee.”

She chose competitive cycling, which was more forgiving than running and some of her other passions.

“It was just road biking the last six years or so,” Shea said. “Now I can’t train at the level I need to train at to be real competitive and I don’t want to be a participant. I don’t want to be one of those athletes that doesn’t know when to quit. I have so much to be thankful for. Now I have to go to the doctors and take care of my knee and now is the right time to let the competition go.”

Episodes of severe pain in her knee several times over the last couple of months backed up the decision.

Shea won last year’s Newton’s Revenge in 1:05:53, more than six minutes ahead of her closest challenger, Silke Wunderwald of Hopkinton, R.I.

Shea won the Hillclimb three straight years from 2010 to 2012 and did not compete in the race in 2013. In her 2012 Hillclimb victory, she put up her best time – and the second best of any woman ever on the mountain, 1:03:14. Jeannie Longo of France holds the women’s record of 58:14, which she set in 2000.

Among the men looking to contend for the title Saturday are Chris Yura, 36, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., and Erik Vandendries, 50, of Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Cogburn won Newton’s last year in a time of 53:12. Yura was fourth in 58;25 and Vandendries was fifth in 1:02:31. Vandendries and Yura switched order in the Hillclimb in August. Vandendries was 11th in 1:01:54 and Yura was 12th in 1:02:08.

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If severe weather forces postponement of Saturday’s race, it will be held on Sunday.

The entry fee for Newton’s Revenge is $300, of which a portion supports the activities of the Mt. Washington Valley Bicycling Club.  Riders who are already registered for the Hillclimb may enter Newton’s Revenge for $150.

Bicycle racing began on Mt. Washington in 1973 with the Mount Washington Invitational Hillclimb sanctioned by the Amateur Bicycle League of America.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb and Newton’s Revenge are two of ten events in the Bike Up the Mountain Point Series, familiarly known as B.U.M.P.S. The series includes Mt. Greylock in Massachusetts and Whiteface Mountain in New York State, and other uphill races. For further information see www.hillclimbseries.com.

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Newton’s Revenge July 11, 2015

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. – Same storyline. Different year.

Massachusetts bicycle racing standouts Cameron Cogburn and Marti Shea are once again defending champions in Newton’s Revenge, an arduous 7.6-mile bicycle race up the Mt. Washington Auto Road to the 6,288-foot summit of the highest peak in the Northeast.

Cogburn, 29 of Cambridge, and Shea, 52 of Marblehead and a former All American runner out of Boston University, are both undefeated in their Newton’s Revenge trips up the Auto Road.

The challenge now is to keep those perfect records intact in the 10th Newton’s Revenge on Saturday, July 11. The race begins at 8:40 a.m.

Shea and Cogburn both rode to impressive wins in the race last July. For Shea, it was her seventh Newton’s Revenge win and for Cogburn his second.

Newton’s Revenge is the first of two bicycle races up the Mt. Washington Auto Road each summer. The 43rd Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, a fundraiser for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany, N.H., is set for Saturday, Aug. 15.

The newer race was added to the schedule to accommodate racers who were not able to gain entry to the Hillclimb, which traditionally fills up quickly. The field for both races is capped at about 635 riders. There are still spots available for Newton’s Revenge for this year. Registration and information are available at http://newtonsrevenge.com/

Cogburn and Shea are big fans of the races up the Auto Road and have entered both races again this year. Cogburn, though, says he is riding more for fun than competitively this year and will not make a final decision on whether to race in Newton’s until the days before the event.

Shea has four Hillclimb wins, including last year’s, to her credit. Cogburn won the first two Hillclimbs he entered and finished runnerup to John Kronborg Ebsen of Denmark last year.

“It’s in a league of its own,” Cogburn says of the rugged ride to the top of the mountain and its unpredictable and sometimes nasty weather. “Definitely, there’s nothing like it. It’s basically as pure an athletic race as it gets, I think. . . . I would say it’s the hardest hour, or however long it takes you to go up it, possible. From a racing perspective, it’s perhaps the quintessential climb. It’s so steep and long. If you go over your limit, you can crack.”

Cogburn overcame a tough start to turn in a time of 53 minutes, 12 seconds in his Newton’s Revenge win last year.

He had hoped to take a run at the bicycle race record for the mountain (it’s 49:24 and was set by Tom Danielson of Connecticut in 2002 and can be broken in either race) but those plans were dashed when the chain fell off his bike sprocket in the first mile. Several riders passed him while he fixed his chain and then he gave chase.

Cogburn caught them all and finished 56 seconds ahead of Eric Follen of Sanford, Maine. Cogburn’s best time on the mountain is a 50:48 he posted while winning the 2013 Hillclimb.

Shea, who previously raced out of Manchester, N.H., won last year’s Newton’s Revenge in 1:05:53, more than six minutes ahead of her closest challenger, Silke Wunderwald of Hopkinton, R.I.

Shea won the Hillclimb three straight years from 2010 to 2012 and did not compete in the race in 2013. In her 2012 Hillclimb victory, she put up her best time – and the second best of any woman ever on the mountain, 1:03:14. Jeannie Longo of France holds the women’s record of 58:14, which she set in 2000.

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If severe weather makes the course unmanageable on race day for either Newton’s Revenge or the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, the weather postponement date for each race is the next day: Sunday, July 12 for Newton’s Revenge and Sunday, Aug. 16 for the Hillclimb.

The entry fee for Newton’s Revenge is $300, of which a portion supports the activities of the Mt. Washington Valley Bicycling Club.  Riders who are already registered for the Hillclimb may enter Newton’s Revenge for $150.  On-line registration for Newton’s Revenge closes on Thursday, July 9 at 5 p.m. On-site registration is available for last-minute entrants on Friday, July 10, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

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Seasoned Mt. Washington veteran Jonah Thompson of Albuquerque, N.M., will be one of the younger entrants in both races this summer. Now 16, Thompson was nine years old the first time he competed in this race. Thompson finished last year’s Newton’s Revenge in 1:09:25, placing 17th overall.

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Bicycle racing began on Mt. Washington in 1973 with the Mount Washington Invitational Hillclimb sanctioned by the Amateur Bicycle League of America. In 2006, responding to the excess demand for entry to the Hillclimb, the Mt. Washington Auto Road company created Newton’s Revenge as an additional bike race on the same course.

In 2007, the Mt. Washington Auto Road management and race organizers were forced to cancel that year’s Newton’s Revenge because of horrible weather.  Fog, severe winds gusting to 72 mph. and temperatures hovering around freezing hammered the mountain on race day morning, and the following day’s weather was just as bad.  Nearly identical conditions the weekend of the Hillclimb that year canceled that race as well. Since then, both races have taken place as scheduled.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb and Newton’s Revenge are two of ten events in the Bike Up the Mountain Point Series, familiarly known as B.U.M.P.S. The series includes Mt. Greylock in Massachusetts and Whiteface Mountain in New York State, and other uphill races. For further information see www.hillclimbseries.com.

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COGBURN, SHEA REPEAT AS WINNERS, ONLY A LITTLE SLOWER

Pinkham Notch N.H – Cameron Cogburn of Cambridge, Mass., and Marti Shea of Marblehead, Mass., repeated past successes today by winning Newton’s Revenge, a 7.6-mile bike race up the supremely steep Mt. Washington Auto Road in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Cogburn, 28, a professional cyclist on leave from graduate studies in astrophysics at M.I.T., completed this ascent of the highest peak in the northeastern U.S. in 53 minutes 12 seconds – nearly three minutes faster than his time when he won the same race in 2012, but slower than he had hoped.

Shea, 51 years old and as competitive as when she was an all-American distance runner 30 years ago at Boston University, was the first female rider to cross the finish line. She reached the mountain’s 6288-foot summit in one hour five minutes 53 seconds, placing 6th overall in the field of 157 riders.

Cogburn has raced up the Auto Road four times now – twice in Newton’s Revenge, twice in the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb held in August on the same course – and won all four times, but he fell short of one goal today. He had hoped to break the course record of 49 minutes 24 seconds, set in 2002 by Tom Danielson of Connecticut. Last year in the Hillclimb, he recorded a personal best of 50:48, and this year he hoped to go faster.

That hope disappeared in the first mile, when the chain fell off his bike’s sprocket and he had to dismount and reattach the chain before continuing the climb. Meanwhile, Eric Follen, 39, of Sanford, Maine, Chris Yura, 35, of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and 19-year-old Chad Young of Newmarket, N.H., all pedaled past Cogburn.

Cogburn soon overtook Yura and Young, but Follen held the lead for six miles before Cogburn finally overtook him high above the mountain’s tree line. Follen was runnerup in 54:08, four minutes faster than his time in this race last year — when he was also runnerup.

Of the dropped chain Cogburn remarked afterward, “When something like that happens, you kind of lose motivation. But I’m glad I won.”

Young, who passed Yura to take third overall, was the first finisher from New Hampshire. Having first raced up the Auto Road at the age of 15, he said his goal today was to finish in under 56 minutes. He reached that goal with six seconds to spare, clocking 55:54.

Shea, like Cogburn, returned to this race after a year’s absence, and she resumed her string of undefeated appearances, winning this grueling event for the seventh time in as many attempts. She has also won the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb the last three times she has competed in it – 2010, 2011 and 2012.

In 2012 she rode faster, clocking a 1:03:14 in the Hillclimb, but of today’s race she said, “I’m very happy with my time. Riding this race is good for me. I use it to find out where I’m at” in terms of conditioning. Shea plans to compete on Mt. Washington again at this year’s Hillclimb, hoping to ride faster.

So does Cogburn. “I’m always better in August!” he quipped as he cooled down at the mountain’s top. A return appearance next month will depend on how well he can coordinate the Mt. Washington schedule with the U.S. Cycling Pro Challenge, held in August in Colorado.

Last year’s Hillclimb women’s winner Silke Wunderwald, 42, of Hopkinton, R.I., took second behind Shea, in 1:11:56.

“I was right behind Marti at the start,” said Wunderwald, “and I thought maybe I could stay on her wheel, but that lasted only about half a mile. Then she was gone.”

Shannon Kamieneski, 38, of Manchester, NH, was the first female finisher from the Granite State and tenth woman overall, in 1:38:33.

Shea and Cogburn each won $1500.

After the race, Shea chatted happily with Jonah Thompson, of Albuquerque, N.M. At the age of 15 Thompson is already a Mt. Washington veteran, having first raced here at the age of nine, when he was by far the smallest rider in the field then but by no means the slowest. This year he finished 17th overall in 1:09:52, more than three minutes faster than a year ago.

Shea was tickled to discover that, having grown since last year, Thompson is now her height and weight – 5’4” and 105 pounds. “And you look taller on the bike!” she told him.

The youngest rider in the field this year was ten-year-old Luke Anthony of East Lyme, Conn. With his father, John Anthony, riding behind him, he finished in 1:43:57, good for 114th place overall.

 

TOP MEN:

  1. Cameron Cogburn, 28, Cambridge, Mass., 53:12
  2. Eric Follen, 39, Sanford, Maine, 54:08
  3. Chad Young, 19, Newmarket, N.H., 55:54
  4. Chris Yura, 35, Bryn Mawr, Pa., 58:25
  5. Erik Vandendries, 49, Chestnut Hill, Mass., 1:02:31
  6. Alec Babala, 22, Nashua, N.H., 1:06:29
  7. Paul Cyr, 34, Edmundston, New Brunswick, 1:06:51
  8. Andrew Boxer, 45, Ludlow Vt., 1:07:05
  9. Gregory Bartick, 42, Gorham, Maine 1:07:13
  10. Kaven McNicoll, 34, Amqui, Quebec, 1:07:32

Record 49:24 by Thomas Danielson of East Lyme, CT in 2002

TOP WOMEN:

  1. Marti Shea, 51, Marblehead, Mass., 1:05:53
  2. Silke Wunderwald, 42, Hopkinton, R.I., 1:11:56
  3. Amy Reynders, 40, East Syracuse, N.Y., 1:18:43
  4. Ana Sirianni, 33, Salem, Mass., 1:18:52
  5. Alexa Gubinski, 25, Fairfield, Conn., 1:22:02
  6. Mary Hynes-Johanson, 59, Belmont, Mass., 1:23:36
  7. Barbara Tardiff, 58, Concord, Mass., 1:35:24
  8. Jacquelyn Kirby, 47, Jamestown, R.I., 1:36:12
  9. Jody King, 54, Buxton, Maine, 1:37:37
  10. Shannon Kamieneski, 38, Manchester, N.H., 1:38:33

Record: 58:14 by Jeannie Longo in 2000

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Shea & Cogburn unbeaten at Newton’s Revenge

July 4, 2014 – PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. Marti Shea of Marblehead, Mass., has competed six times in Newton’s Revenge, a 7.6-mile bicycle race up the Mt. Washington Auto Road in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and six times she has won. Cameron Cogburn of Arlington, Mass., has raced in Newton’s Revenge just once, in 2012, when he won the men’s division of this all-uphill race handily. Having each been absent from the race in 2013, Shea and Cogburn will return to try to keep their undefeated records intact when the 2014 Newton’s Revenge hits the Auto Road on Saturday, July 12. The first riders of the day take off at 8:40 a.m.

Newton’s Revenge is the sibling race to the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, which is contested each August. The 41st Hillclimb is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 16. In case severe weather should make the course unmanageable on race day, the weather postponement date for each race is the next day: Sunday, July 13 for Newton’s Revenge and Sunday, Aug. 17 for the Mt. Washington Auto Road Hillclimb.

The entry fee for Newton’s Revenge is $300, of which a portion supports the activities of the Mt. Washington Valley Bicycling Club.  Riders who are already registered for the Hillclimb may enter Newton’s Revenge for $150.  On-line registration for Newton’s Revenge closes at noon on July 10, but last-minute entrants can still register in person on Friday evening, July 11, at the Mt. Washington Auto Road.  Registration for the Hillclimb is closed. Since winning the 2012 Newton’s Revenge, Cogburn, now 28, went on to win the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb the following month. He missed Newton’s Revenge in 2013 but then successfully defended his Hillclimb title later last summer by riding up the Auto Road in the second-fastest time ever recorded on this course, 50 minutes 48 seconds.   An unabashed fan of these steep bicycle challenges up the Auto Road, he said recently of Mt. Washington, “It’s in a league of its own,” he said. “Definitely, there’s nothing like it. It’s basically as pure an athletic race as it gets, I think.”

Besides having won Newton’s Revenge six times, Shea, now 51, won the Hillclimb three straight years from 2010 to 2012. In her 2012 Hillclimb victory, she put up her best time ever – and the second best of any woman ever on the mountain, 1:03:14. Jeannie Longo of France holds the women’s record of 58:14, which she set in 2000.

Coaching and bicycle tour guiding duties in Europe kept Shea away from the Mt. Washington races in 2013. This year she is entered in both races.

Last year’s Newton Revenge winners, Lea Davison of Jericho, Vt., and Dereck Treadwell of Topsham, Maine, have not entered this year. However, Silke Wunderwald, 42, of Hopkinton, R.I., and Eric Follen, 39, of Sanford, Maine, will be among those looking to challenge Shea and Cogburn.

Wunderwald won the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb last year in a time of 1:09:56. Follen turned in a 58:18 in Newton’s Revenge to finish four seconds behind Treadwell.

Cogburn plans to take a shot at the Mt. Washington record  – which can be set in either Newton’s Revenge or the Hillclimb – held by Tour de France racer Tom Danielson of East Lyme, Conn. Danielson conquered the Hillclimb in 2002 in a time of 49 minutes, 24 seconds.

Cogburn has improved his times on the mountain by large chunks each time out. He won Newton’s Revenge in 55:29 in his 2012 debut, clocked 52:28 for the Hillclimb the next month, and made the ascent in 50:48 in the Hillclimb last year.

Cogburn was off his bike for the first two weeks of June because of tendinitis and is hoping that doesn’t affect his shot at a win or the record.

“The weather has to cooperate, too,” he said. Mt. Washington’s summit is famous for high winds, clouds and drastic temperature drops.

Record or no record, Cogburn, a professional racer with Team Smartstop who is taking a break from his PhD studies at MIT, loves the challenge of the races up the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

“I always look forward to it,” he said. “I would say it’s the hardest hour, or however long it takes you to go up it, possible. From a racing perspective, it’s perhaps the quintessential climb. It’s so steep and so long. If you go over your limit, you can crack.”

Going out too hard, too early, can be a problem.

“Basically, you go over your lactic threshold for too long, you’re done,” Cogburn said. “On the perfect ride up there, you’re right on the edge, one you know you can hold for 50 minutes or more. You’re kind of playing a game of chicken with yourself. You can have a perfect ride, but it’s very hard. You don’t want to go over that edge. You’ve really got to be focused.”

One of the most focused cyclists in the field will be 15-year-old Mt. Washington veteran Jonah Thompson of Albuquerque, N.M., who was nine years old the first time he competed in this race. Thompson finished last year’s Newton’s Revenge in 1:15:25, placing 23rd overall in the field of 170 finishers.

Bicycle racing began on Mt. Washington in 1973 with the Mount Washington Invitational Hillclimb sanctioned by the Amateur Bicycle League of America. In 2006, responding to the excess demand for entry to the Hillclimb, the Mt. Washington Auto Road company created Newton’s Revenge as an additional bike race on the same course.  While the newer race precedes the Hillclimb by several weeks, registration for Newton’s Revenge opens only after the Hillclimb has reached its capacity of 600 riders.

In 2007, the Mt. Washington Auto Road management and race organizers were forced to cancel that year’s Newton’s Revenge on account of horrible weather.  Fog, severe winds gusting to 72 mph. and temperatures hovering around freezing hammered the mountain on race day morning, and the following day’s weather was just as bad.  In an impressive display of bad luck, nearly identical conditions the weekend of the Hillclimb canceled that race as well. Since then, both races have taken place as scheduled.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb and Newton’s Revenge are two of ten events in the Bike Up the Mountain Point Series, familiarly known as B.U.M.P.S. The series includes Mt. Ascutney in Vermont, Mt. Greylock in Massachusetts, Whiteface Mountain in New York State, and other uphill races. For further information see www.hillclimbseries.com.

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Newton’s Revenge registration still open

May 21, 2014 – Pinkham Notch, N.H. Cyclists hoping for the opportunity this summer to pedal to the top of the highest peak in the northeastern United States can still register for the 9th annual Newton’s Revenge, a 7.6-mile all-uphill bicycle race from the base to the summit of New Hampshire’s 153-year-old Mt. Washington Auto Road. Newton’s Revenge will take place this year on July 12. Registration is available on line now at http://newtonsrevenge.com/race-details/registration.

Riders who sign up before June 15 can make this grueling climb twice – once in the race itself, once in the Practice Ride, held the morning of Sunday, June 15. The race starts at 8:40 a.m. (Note: In the event of severe weather on July 12, the race may be postponed to July 13, with the same start time.)  In the June practice ride, cyclists may start any time between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. Further information is available at http://newtonsrevenge.com.

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Newton’s Revenge is the first of two bike races held on the Mt. Washington Auto Roadeach summer. The other, the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, takes place this year on August 16.

First held in 1973, the Hillclimb has attracted Olympians, professional cyclists, and thousands of rugged amateur riders and all-round extreme sports enthusiasts for 42 years. By the beginning of this century, demand for the opportunity to climb to Mt. Washington’s 6288-foot summit on a bicycle eventually became so great that the Mt. Washington Auto Road and its facilities could not accommodate all would-be entrants to the Hillclimb. To open the mountain to more cyclists, in 2006 the Auto Road management created Newton’s Revenge as a second race on the same course.

Registration for Newton’s Revenge opens each year as soon as registration for the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb has closed. Registration for the 2014 Hillclimb opened on February 1 and closed on February 7, when the field reached its capacity of 650 entrants. Anyone else still hoping to compete in the Hillclimb can join the waiting list at https://www.bikereg.com/Net/22208.

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Welcoming both professional and amateur riders, Newton’s Revenge and the Hillclimb are recognized by cyclists as more difficult than the most arduous Alpine climbs in the Tour de France.  The Mt. Washington Auto Road’s average grade of 12 percent, along with Mt. Washington’s famously unpredictable weather and unusually high winds, makes finishing either race a mark of pride for any athlete.

Newton’s Revenge features many of the same professional cyclists and highly-ranked amateurs who have ridden in the Hillclimb. The favorites in Newton’s Revenge this year will be two past champions who missed the 2013 race but are likely to be in front again in 2014.

Marti Shea of Marblehead, Massachusetts, won the inaugural Newton’s Revenge in 2006, and she has won it each year since then with two exceptions. In 2007, the weather on Mt. Washington’s summit was so forbidding – ice on the road, fog, 70-mph. winds and a dangerous wind chill – that the race was canceled. In 2013, Shea’s coaching obligations and her work leading scenic rides in Europe caused her to miss the race.

A former All-American distance runner at Boston University, Shea expects to compete at Mt. Washington in 2014, and the fact that she is now 51 years old is unlikely to make anyone underrate her chances of winning again. Her winning time in 2012 was one hour 5 minutes 23 seconds; a month later she also won the Hillclimb, in a personal best of 1:03:14. The only other woman who has ridden Mt. Washington in a comparable time recently is U.S. National Mountain Bike Champion Lea Davison of Vermont, who won Newton’s Revenge last year in Shea’s absence, in 1:05:54. Davison is not entered in Newton’s Revenge this year.

On the men’s side, 28-year-old Cameron Cogburn of Cambridge, Mass., seems capable of handling any competition that comes to the mountain. Cogburn first raced in Newton’s Revenge in 2012 and won impressively in 55:59. Like Shea, he improved on that time in the 2012 Hillclimb, clocking 52:28 to win the August race. Last year he missed Newton’s Revenge but won the Hillclimb decisively, pedaling away from the field to a finishing time of 50 minutes 48 seconds. That time is within sight of the course record 49:24, set in 2002 by Tour de France racer Tom Danielson.

The Newton’s Revenge Practice Ride appeals to race entrants as an opportunity to gauge not only their own fitness but the effectiveness of the gearing on their bicycles. Cycling up the Auto Road requires a much lower gear ratio than most cyclists ever use anywhere else, and professional riders have been surprised by the difficulty of making the ascent in their usual lowest gear. The Practice Ride helps a racer learn what adjustments to make.  It also prepares the rider for the mental demands of concentrating non-stop on pedal cadence and balance on a course that goes constantly uphill without a moment’s respite.

The size of the field for both the Hillclimb and Newton’s Revenge is limited by the ability of the road crews and race officials to monitor the safety of all participants and by the number of vehicles that can be parked at the summit to bring cyclists back down the hill after the race.  The Hillclimb is filled to capacity every year; Newton’s Revenge typically draws between 250 and 350 riders.  The entry fee for Newton’s Revenge is $300, of which a portion supports the activities of the Mt. Washington Valley Bicycling Club.  Riders who are already registered for the Hillclimb may enter Newton’s Revenge for $150.    There is no additional fee for the practice ride, but the number of riders is limited to 300, and the ride is open only to riders who are already registered for the corresponding race.  Registered participants will receive Practice Ride registration instructions via email.

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The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb and Newton’s Revenge are two of ten events in the Bike Up the Mountain Point Series, familiarly known as BUMPS. The series includes Mt. Ascutney in Vermont, Mt. Greylock in Massachusetts, Whiteface Mountain in New York State, and other uphill races. For further information see www.hillclimbseries.com.

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Unicycle

***** Unicycle Results *****

Place S Time Rate Name Sex Age Race# City/state

1 M 2:40:12 2.8 Bruce Foster M 50 294 Lincoln RI

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Teams

FAMILY TEAM RESULTS – AGE & GENDER ADJUSTED BY AGE GRADE PERFORMANCE FACTOR*

 

1. 173.07 DAVISON (86.53)

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1 94.58 Lea Davison 41 Jericho VT

2 78.49 Sabra Davison 49 Waterbury VT

 

2. 153.71 BLALOCK / BAYLEY (76.86)

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1 87.39 John Bayley 4 Watertown MA

2 66.32 Pamela Blalock 243 Watertown MA

 

3. 145.89 BABALA (72.95)

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1 73.24 Alec Babala 44 Nashua NH

2 72.65 Raniel Babala 224 Nashua NH

 

4. 116.96 DEITCHMAN (58.48)

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1 58.77 Michael Deitchman 66 Sunnyvale CA

2 58.19 Joan Deitchman 56 Sunnyvale CA

*This factor is obtained by dividing a rider’s time into the time standard for the age and gender of the rider based on RUNNING a 20K race.

 

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Clydesdale/Philly

TOP AGE ADJUSTED CLYDESDALE RESULTS

Place O’All Rawtime Adjusted Name Sex Age Race# City/state

1 76 1:30:33 1:22:03.2 Mark Klimaszewski M 47 212 Leicester MA

2 80 1:31:52 1:22:33.1 Erik Otto M 48 222 Chelmsford MA

3 100 1:42:57 1:27:52.2 Robert Jones M 54 258 Bolton MA

4 116 1:45:18 1:30:39.9 Gary Light M 53 252 East Greenwich RI

5 123 1:39:07 1:33:32.0 Roderick Wilson Sr M 42 116 Tolland CT

6 136 1:43:03 1:36:27.7 Matthew Vella M 43 121 Torrington CT

7 145 1:50:41 1:41:07.4 David Stearns M 46 208 Bolton MA

8 147 1:59:49 1:42:15.9 Wyont Bean M 54 256 Sturbridge MA

9 170 2:53:16 2:34:24.3 Gary Jacques M 49 225 Sturbridge MA

 

TOP AGE ADJUSTED FILLY RESULTS

Place O’All Rawtime Adjusted Name Sex Age Race# City/state

1 152 1:47:33 1:47:04.5 Joan Deitchman F 33 56 Sunnyvale CA

2 160 2:06:52 1:59:16.2 Kristen Sleboda F 44 122 Cranston RI

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Age Groups

MALE AGE GROUP: 19 and Under

Place O’All Race# Age Time Rate Name Age Sex Race# City/state

1 8 24 18 1:06:55 6.8 James Hayes 18 M 24 Wakefield RI

2 10 16 19 1:08:35 6.6 Kai Wiggins 19 M 16 East Greenwich RI

3 23 22 14 1:15:25 6.0 Jonah Thompson 14 M 22 Albuquerque NM

4 31 298 19 1:17:32 5.9 Ford Murphy 19 M 298 Portsmouth NH

5 65 299 19 1:25:42 5.3 Jake Van Deursen 19 M 299 Bartlett NH

Record 57:29 by Gregory Sieniewicz in 1999

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 20 to 34

Place O’All Race# Age Time Rate Name Age Sex Race# City/state

1 7 41 30 1:05:54 6.9 Lea Davison 30 F 41 Jericho VT

2 35 48 27 1:18:21 5.8 Stefanie Sydlik 27 F 48 Cambridge MA

3 38 49 28 1:19:23 5.7 Sabra Davison 28 F 49 Waterbury VT

4 133 56 33 1:47:33 4.2 Joan Deitchman 33 F 56 Sunnyvale CA

5 160 52 30 2:14:23 3.4 Stephanie Ketchum 30 F 52 Medford MA

Record 1:03:50 by Kimberly Bruckner in 1999

MALE AGE GROUP: 20 to 34

Place O’All Race# Age Time Rate Name Age Sex Race# City/state

1 5 3 34 1:02:34 7.3 Chris Yura 34 M 3 Bryn Mawr PA

2 19 74 20 1:12:32 6.3 Ben Dalzell 20 M 74 Williamstwon MA

3 27 44 21 1:16:45 5.9 Alec Babala 21 M 44 Nashua NH

4 47 57 34 1:21:32 5.6 Brian Cole 34 M 57 Portland ME

5 72 59 34 1:27:03 5.2 Paul Navratil 34 M 59 Tolland CT

Record 49:24 by Thomas Danielson in 2002

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 35 to 39

Place O’All Race# Age Time Rate Name Age Sex Race# City/state

1 49 77 36 1:22:00 5.6 Guylaine Mailloux 36 F 77 Montreal QC

Record 1:08:23 by Kristen Gohr in 2010

MALE AGE GROUP: 35 to 39

Place O’All Race# Age Time Rate Name Age Sex Race# City/state

1 1 43 38 58:14 7.8 Dereck Treadwell 38 M 43 Topsham ME

2 2 28 38 58:18 7.8 Eric Follen 38 M 28 Sanford ME

3 3 6 38 59:06 7.7 Timothy Ahearn 38 M 6 Woodstock CT

4 4 2 38 1:01:56 7.4 Timothy Tapply 38 M 2 Sherborn MA

5 13 12 37 1:09:25 6.6 Jonathan Smela 37 M 12 Loveland CO

Record 53:47 by Leroy Popowski in 2012

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 40 to 44

Place O’All Race# Age Time Rate Name Age Sex Race# City/state

1 18 8 42 1:11:18 6.4 Kristen Gohr 42 F 8 Reading MA

2 74 107 42 1:27:44 5.2 Michelle Roy 42 F 107 Hampton NH

3 105 100 42 1:37:40 4.7 Stephanie Jacques 42 F 100 Eliot ME

4 156 122 44 2:06:53 3.6 Kristen Sleboda 44 F 122 Cranston RI

Record 58:14 by Jeannie Longo in 2000

MALE AGE GROUP: 40 to 44

Place O’All Race# Age Time Rate Name Age Sex Race# City/state

1 12 4 44 1:08:58 6.6 John Bayley 44 M 4 Watertown MA

2 14 109 42 1:09:29 6.6 Benjamin Koyle 42 M 109 Lynnfield MA

3 20 112 42 1:12:42 6.3 Christopher Proudlove 42 M 112 Mountain Lakes NJ

4 25 11 42 1:15:32 6.0 Jeffrey Kozlowski 42 M 11 East Lyme CT

5 28 110 42 1:16:48 5.9 Jeffrey Linder 42 M 110 Newton MA

Record 56:40 by Nico Toutenhoofd in 2008

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 45 to 49

Place O’All Race# Age Time Rate Name Age Sex Race# City/state

1 60 203 46 1:25:00 5.4 Kelley Fitzgerald 46 F 203 Woburn MA

2 71 40 47 1:26:53 5.2 Paula Brunetto 47 F 40 West Cornwall CT

3 78 15 47 1:29:59 5.1 Cristine Lamoureux 47 F 15 Montreal QC

4 106 204 46 1:37:40 4.7 Jacquelyn Kirby 46 F 204 Jamestown RI

5 146 217 48 1:55:27 3.9 Jackie Hodgdon 48 F 217 Woburn MA

Record 1:03:14 by Marti Shea in 2012

MALE AGE GROUP: 45 to 49

Place O’All Race# Age Time Rate Name Age Sex Race# City/state

1 6 5 48 1:05:53 6.9 Erik Vandendries 48 M 5 Chestnut Hill MA

2 24 19 49 1:15:29 6.0 William Dunkerley 49 M 19 Newton NH

3 26 30 49 1:15:47 6.0 Gary Bolduc 49 M 30 Farmington CT

4 50 210 47 1:22:06 5.6 Kevin Clark 47 M 210 Hubbardston MA

5 52 206 46 1:23:05 5.5 Philip Karp 46 M 206 Sudbury MA

Record 58:08 by David ‘Tinker’ Juarez in 2010

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 50 to 54

Place O’All Race# Age Time Rate Name Age Sex Race# City/state

1 122 248 53 1:43:34 4.4 Marianne Lucy 53 F 248 Intervale NH

2 135 243 52 1:49:07 4.2 Pamela Blalock 52 F 243 Watertown MA

3 149 236 51 1:58:03 3.9 Carol Bult 51 F 236 Seal Harbor ME

4 162 237 51 2:18:27 3.3 Joan Lili Pew 51 F 237 Ellsworth ME

5 163 229 50 2:18:28 3.3 Mary Ann Gallo 50 F 229 Sturbridge MA

Record 1:18:46 by Martha Robertson in 2008

MALE AGE GROUP: 50 to 54

Place O’All Race# Age Time Rate Name Age Sex Race# City/state

1 9 29 54 1:07:22 6.8 Mark Johnson 54 M 29 Louisville CO

2 11 259 54 1:08:46 6.6 David O’Keeffe 54 M 259 Orchard Park NY

3 17 7 51 1:10:56 6.4 Tom Fagan 51 M 7 Stow MA

4 29 232 50 1:17:06 5.9 Tony Ferranti 50 M 232 Saunderstown RI

5 58 21 52 1:17:51 5.9 Bradford Gerhart 52 M 21 Allentown PA

FEMALE AGE GROUP 55 to 59

Place O’All Race# Age Time Rate Name Age Sex Race# City/state

1 63 269 56 1:25:29 5.3 Patricia Karter 56 F 256 Milton MA

Record 1:17:35 by Mary Johnson in 2012

MALE AGE GROUP: 55 to 59

Place O’All Race# Age Time Rate Name Age Sex Race# City/state

1 16 20 56 1:10:51 6.4 Bob Meikle 56 M 20 Sayre PA

2 30 42 56 1:17:21 5.9 Larry Reed 56 M 42 Chester VT

3 40 265 55 1:19:49 5.7 Joe Santilli 55 M 265 Poughquag NY

4 44 26 58 1:20:45 5.6 Craig Gardner 58 M 26 Fairbanks AK

5 58 280 59 1:24:34 5.4 Bob Treadwell 59 M 280 Temple NH

Record 55:03 by Ned Overend in 2011

MALE AGE GROUP: 60 to 64

Place O’All Race# Age Time Rate Name Age Sex Race# City/state

1 22 75 64 1:14:01 6.2 Mark McCarthy 64 M 75 Fairpoint NY

2 34 285 64 1:18:18 5.8 Buddy Majernik 64 M 285 Greensboro-Bend VT

3 140 283 62 1:52:12 4.1 James Kangas 62 M 283 Pepperell MA

4 159 281 60 2:14:22 3.4 Manfred Renner 60 M 281 North Kingstown RI

5 165 284 62 2:24:54 3.1 David O

MALE AGE GROUP: 65 to 69

Place O’All Race# Age Time Rate Name Age Sex Race# City/state

1 54 286 65 1:23:24 5.5 Donald Graham 65 M 286 Vershire VT

2 100 289 68 1:37:12 4.7 Bob Green 68 M 289 Boston MA

3 150 288 67 1:58:10 3.9 Frank Holt 67 M 288 Hollis NH

4 153 287 65 2:02:30 3.7 Kenneth Rose 65 M 287 Taunton MA

Record 1:20:08 by Arthur LeBlanc in 2011

MALE AGE GROUP: 70 to 74

Place O’All Race# Age Time Rate Name Age Sex Race# City/state

1 75 291 72 1:28:45 5.1 Don Metz 72 M 291 Arlington MA

Record 1:26:17 by Kenneth Cestone in 2011

MALE AGE GROUP: 75 to 79

Place O’All Race# Age Time Rate Name Age Sex Race# City/state

1 77 292 75 1:29:47 5.1 Kenneth Cestone 75 M 292 Bennington VT

New record. Old record 2:05:46 by Bill Hawkes in 1997

2 158 293 76 2:14:22 3.4 Richard Devellian 76 M 293 Jackson NH

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