New 3 Hour Guided Tour

Pinkham Notch, NH – The Mt. Washington Auto Road has expanded guided tour options with a 3-hour version offering guests additional ways to explore Mount Washington. The Auto Road will now offer 2- and 3-hour versions of their guided tours allowing guests to spend more time exploring scenic areas along the Road as well the option to spend more time on the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast.

The newly-added, 3-hour guided tours are meant to provide guests the opportunity to explore the Auto Road anywhere from the base at Great Glen Trails to the summit of Mount Washington. Where current 2-hour tours are spent mostly on the summit, the 3-hour tour provides opportunities to stop and explore more of the opportunities along the Road itself – or to spend additional time on the summit.

“There’s so much to see and do along the way to the summit”, explains Dan Houde, Marketing Director at the Auto Road and Great Glen Trails. “Everyone knows that the summit is exciting no matter what the weather may be, but there are countless opportunities for adventure along the way. Guests who choose to drive their own vehicles can spend the entire day exploring the pull-offs, short hikes, alpine flowers and vistas, but with one of our knowledgeable guides leading the way, you can learn so much more and discover some of the hidden gems along the Auto Road.”

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The 3-hour extended guided tours are available most days (weather permitting) throughout the regular season at 9 a.m and 1 p.m with at least 24 hours of advance reservation. Two adults or children are $60 per person, while groups of 3 to 4 persons are $55 per person and 5 or more are just $50 per person. The best way to book an extended 3-hour tour is to call the Auto Road staff at (603) 466-3988.

Regular 2-hour tours are available without reservation from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day (weather permitting) and run on a first-come, first-served basis. Departures are usually within 30 minutes of purchasing your tickets. Pricing is $35 for adults, $30 for seniors (62+) and children ages 5-12 are just $15. Children ages 4 and under are free. Regular 2-hour tours can also be reserved online 24 hours in advance for the 9:00 a.m. tour for $5 off per person.

Guided tours of the paddling variety are also available at Great Glen Trails located at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Guests can enjoy a guided kayak trip along scenic lakes and rivers of northern NH away from the crowds with brilliant mountain views and opportunities for wildlife viewing.

First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is America’s original and oldest man-made attraction. At nearly 8 miles long, it stretches to the summit of Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet, the highest peak in the Northeast.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road is now open daily from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., weather permitting. For the latest updates on Road conditions and the operating schedule, visit www.MtWashingtonAutoRoad.com or call (603) 446-3988.

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Mt. Washington hosts Lamborghini Giro

Automobili Lamborghini America includes the Mt. Washington Auto Road on tour of most scenic routes across America.

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH – The Automobii Lamborghini America made a visit to the Mt. Washington Auto Road on the Lamborghini Giro, an annual tour taken on some of the most scenic roads in America. Owners of twenty-four Lamborghini’s, a mix of mostly 610HP V10 Huracán’s and the 700HP V12 Aventador’s, enjoyed lunch at the base of the Mt. Washington Road and Great Glen Trails after enjoying a thrilling ride to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast.
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The Giro (meaning tour in Italian) offers top clients from Lamborghini a curated luxury experience with spirited driving along some of the most scenic routes across America coupled with the finest dining and relaxation. They are joined by like-minded Lamborghini enthusiasts and members from the Lamborghini executive team. Lamborghini owners come from all over North America and ship their personal cars to join the tour. This year’s excursion included a tour of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, with a stop at America’s first and oldest man-made attraction, the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

David Hill from Arlington, MA, owner of a black-on-black, 2010 Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder joined the Giro tour for the third year with previous visits to Italy, France for the Grande Giro and Sonoma Valley. “I appreciate meeting and talking with owners from around the world, and visiting some absolutely stunning places.” mentioned Hill as he prepared to leave the Auto Road. “Participating in this tour of New England has been amazing and driving the Auto Road and actually being above the clouds was just awesome.”

The group, mostly from North America, had their cars shipped to Cape Elizabeth, Maine where the tour began. From the coast of Maine the Giro proceeded through back roads into New Hampshire via North Conway. After their mid-day stop at the Mt. Washington Auto Road, the group continued onto Stowe, Vermont and will wrap up their tour in Boston with a farewell party.

Scott Lieberman shipped his red Lamborghini Aventador to Boston and flew in from Tyler, Texas for the trip. “I have many ties to New England and I wasn’t about to miss this one.” Said Lieberman. “Watching the brightly-colored cars moving up the Auto Road from a distance actually reminded me of skittles moving along. It’s a day we’ll remember for a very long time.”

The Mt. Washington Auto Road has a long history of hosting car clubs over the years, from electric Teslas to Adventure Truck clubs and even outings such as “MINI’s On Top”, an annual gathering of as many as 250 MINI Coopers which meet at the base of the Auto Road for a BBQ and then head up to the summit for sunset gatherings.

First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is America’s original and oldest man-made attraction. At nearly 8 miles long, it stretches to the summit of Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet, the highest peak in the Northeast.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road is open daily from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., weather permitting. For the latest updates on Road conditions and the operating schedule, visit www.MtWashingtonAutoRoad.com or call (603) 446-3988.

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40th Anniversary of Alt Energy Summit!

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH – The Mt. Washington Auto Road will be celebrating the 40th year of the ALT Energy Summit, on Saturday, July 25th, 2015. Free to the public, the ALT Energy Summit is one of the largest gatherings of renewable energy transportation in New England, featuring major manufacturers, electric vehicle enthusiasts, industry suppliers and individual “makers” and inventors as the Auto Road continues as a proving ground and playground for new and evolving technologies.

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The list of builders, manufacturers and organizations attending this year’s event may be the most impressive to date with vehicles such as the first-ever, bacon-fueled bio-diesel motorcycle. The Hormel “Driven By Bacon” motorcycle, built to tour the US and promote the launch of it’s new “Black Line” bacon in the Driven by Bacon US tour, is sure to attract a crowd. The bacon bio-diesel bike is reportedly nearly carbon-neutral, meaning it contributes almost zero emissions to the environment. Bike and driver are reportedly planning to summit Mount Washington during their New England tour.

Entropy Racing, a veteran of the Mt Washington Climb to the Clouds race with Tim O’Neill at the wheel, will return for a fascinating account of their experience at Pikes Peak – including their crash and loss of one of three cars in practice. Entropy builds and races the revolutionary Electric Vehicle Sports Racer (EVSR), which has set new standards for affordable, safe and environmentally-friendly racing.

To help celebrate the Summit’s 40 year history, the team has offered a special treat: Entropy will allow people to drive a fully race-prepped electric race car to the summit of Mount Washington (for a fee, and speed-limited to comply with Auto Road regulations) or around the grounds at the base of the Auto Road.  See the Entropy Racing team at day of the event for further details.

Jeff Disinger, Electrafunk Racing’s Electracutioner – Land Speed Record holder and veteran of the electric drag racing scene, will also be present with the bike that set the record, and make a bid for the summit.  Don’t miss this chance to see a world-class electric performance machine in person.

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Visitors can watch the parade of vehicles in the Auto Road’s main field, follow them to the summit as they make their bid, or stroll the field and chat with owners and builders once they return. Presentations at 1:00PM and 2:30PM are free and open to all.

“We’re delighted to celebrate forty years of innovation and experimentation in renewable transportation”, remarked Howie Wemyss, GM of the Mt Washington Auto Road. “The event started in the years of the Energy Crisis of the mid ’70s, and what was then considered “alternative” and slightly off-beat, is now mainstream, as can be seen by the Plug-In Electric, Hybrid, and Biodiesel vehicles that come to our event every year. The Mt. Washington Auto Road has seen the evolution of transportation play out on its eight-mile path to the summit. Today, that evolution leads to a future that is 100% renewable.”

Saturday’s schedule begins at 8:00AM with breakfast at the Great Glen base lodge leading up to the Regatta parade preparation, exhibitor and participant setup at 9:00AM. At 10:00AM the pedal-powered vehicles will begin the parade to the summit followed all other vehicles by 11:00AM. By 1:00PM all participants will return back down to the base area from the summit attempt for exhibition, demonstrations and reports from their summit trip.

Saturday at 1:00PM, the “Three Amigos of Electric Motorcycles”, Terry Hershner, Ben Rich and Stéphane Melançon, world record holders and legends in the electric motorcycle community, will give a talk on their tech innovations, work with streamlining, charging and legendary feats of endurance and distance. Also, Troy Rank, Guinness World Record holding e-bike distance rider will be showing off his latest creation, the Maxwell Motorbikes EV0, and regaling the crowd with stories of his world record-setting exploits.

Saturday afternoon at 2:30PM, EVSR’s Charlie Greenhaus and the Entropy Racing team return to the scene of their first world-class hillclimb victory to talk about their recent conquest of Pikes Peak – crashes, hail, sleet and cheers as they placed 3rd and 4th in their class.

Presenting Sponsor, NH Electric Co-op, represented by Gary LeMay, will be on hand to answer NH renewable and sustainable energy questions and show off their plug-in electric Line Truck.

For more information, or to register your own vehicle or exhibit for the “Mt. Washington Auto Road ALT Energy Summit” event at the Mt. Washington Auto Road, visit www.altenergysummit.org, email Event Director Ted Dillard at ted@altenergysummit.com, or call at (978) 621-5178.

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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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Runners, Bikers To Take Mt. Washington Auto Road Tests

Pinkham Notch, N.H. – The historic Mt. Washington Auto Road is ready and open for business, cleared of the massive amounts of snow that buried it during the winter.

The question now: Are the runners and the bicycle riders who attack it each summer – the folks with an “elevation addiction” as one race official likes to call it – ready for their next challenge?

Three athletic contests up the Mt. Washington Auto Road each summer stand as perhaps the Northeast’s most pure and supreme tests of fitness, determination and stamina.

The Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race, Newton’s Revenge bicycle race and Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb offer a one-a-month smorgasbord of challenges for ever-eager outdoors enthusiasts.

  • The 55th Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race is set for Saturday, June 20 at 9 a.m.
  • The 10th Newton’s Revenge is Saturday, July 11 at 8:40 a.m.
  • The 43rd Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb is scheduled for Aug. 15 at 8:40 a.m.

The races each travel the all-uphill and grueling 7.6 miles of the Mt. Washington Auto Road – which celebrates its 154th birthday this year and is America’s oldest manmade attraction – from the base of the Auto Road north of Pinkham Notch on Route 16 to the 6,288-foot summit of the mountain. The road rises at an average grade of 12 percent and has a net gain of 4,650 feet.

Each race also challenges the famously unpredictable weather at Mt. Washington. The bike races have a weather postponement date on the day following the scheduled event. Only once in its history, in 2002, has the foot race been shortened because of unsafe weather on the summit.

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The bulk of the field for the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race is filled rapidly by a lottery each March and is capped at just over 1,300 runners for safety and logistical reasons. The race features some of the best mountain runners in the country and world as well as invited and elite runners who participate in endurance and other types of events.

Jonathan Wyatt of Wellington, New Zealand, and Ethiopian Shewarge Amare own the open records for the Road Race. Wyatt set the men’s record of 56 minutes and 41 seconds in 2004. Amare established the women’s standard of 1:08:20.4 in 2010.

The men’s and women’s winner each earn $1,500 and there are various other cash awards in the race. Setting the male or female record for the race pays $5,000.

More information on the race is available at http://mountwashingtonroadrace.com/.

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The runners and bikers who challenge the mountain are proud owners of an “elevation addiction,” says Jotham Oliver, spokesperson for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center. Many of them come back year after year in an attempt to cure, or more accurately satisfy, their ailment.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb is the major fundraiser for Tin Mountain, located in Albany, N.H, and an educational non-profit organization that offers classes, workshops, excursions and other lessons in the working of the natural world. Most of the $350 entry fee for the Hillclimb goes to support environmental programs through Tin Mountain. The cost of registration is tax deductible and some costs may be offset by fundraising.

Newton’s Revenge was added to the list of athletic events on the Auto Road in 2006 to accommodate the bicyclists who were not able to get into the Bicycle Hillclimb. The fee for Newton’s Revenge is $300. Riders who are entered in the Hillclimb may register for Newton’s Revenge for the discounted rate of $150.

There are still spots remaining in the field for each of this summer’s bike races.

The course records for both males and females are more than a decade old. The record may be set in either the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb or Newton’s Revenge. Tom Danielson set the men’s record of 49:24 in 2002 and French cyclist Jeannie Longo owns the women’s mark of 58:14, established in 2000.

The female and male winners of the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb and Newton’s Revenge also are awarded $1,500. The bike races, too, pay $5,000 to a male or female who breaks the course record.

New this year for the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb is the Cadence Wealth Management $750 Prime. Cadence Wealth Management will award $750 to the first male and female rider who reaches the one-mile mark of the race as long as the rider finishes the race in less than an hour and 30 minutes.

Registrations and more information on the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb is available at http://www.mwarbh.org/ and on Newton’s Revenge at http://newtonsrevenge.com/.

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Mt. Washington Auto Road Opens to Summit for 154th Season

Pinkham Notch, NH  The Mt. Washington Auto Road has officially opened to the summit as of May 14 for its 154th season. The 7.6-mile, privately-owned Auto Road will be open for guided tours, as well as for guests to drive themselves by car, light truck or motorcycle (weather permitting).

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Despite near record snowfall and colder than average temperatures this winter and spring, the Auto Road Road crew has moved swiftly from the base of the Road to the summit removing ice and snow drifts of over 20 feet in places. As recently as fifty years ago, it was considered a success if the Mt. Washington Auto Road was open to the summit by Independence Day. Updates as well as photos and video showing the intricate process of clearing the Auto Road are available at www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com.

The May 14 base-to-summit opening takes place more than a week earlier than the Memorial Day weekend opening of 2015. “We never really know what Mt. Washington will throw at us in the way of weather as we try to reach the summit every spring,” said Howie Wemyss, General Manager. “In spite of the heavy snow this winter and a cold lingering spring on the mountain, our very experienced crew has done an admirable job getting us open for the season. We’re excited to be offering this incredible experience to the public this early.”

Regular pricing for the Auto Road is set at $28 for car and driver and each additional passenger is $8. Kids ages 5-12 are just $6 while children under 5 are free. Season passes for the 2015 season are available for $150 per person providing unlimited access to the Auto Road for the passholder, vehicle and all occupants. The season pass also includes admission to the new-in-2014 Mt. Washington Observatory Museum “Extreme Mount Washington” at the summit as well to all three sunrise drives on June 21, July 26 and August30.

Guided tours are also available on the Auto Road. Guided tours offer a unique opportunity to learn the true nature and history of Mt. Washington and the Auto Road. Two-hour guided tours are available without reservation from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM (8:30 AM until 4:00 PM after Sept 27), weather permitting. Two-hour Guided Tours offer a full hour on the summit. Reservations can be made online for early morning trips leaving at 9:00 AM and 9:45 AM. Pricing for two-hour guided tours are $35 for adults while children ages 5-12 are $15 and under 5 are free. Seniors (62+) and military are $30.

New in 2015, three-hour extended guided tours have been added and are available by advance reservation to explore additional areas of the Auto Road as well as the summit. Pricing for extended guided tours are $60 per adult or child with discounts available for more than 3 in a group.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road also offers a hiker shuttle service from the top of Mt. Washington back to the AMC Pinkham Notch Camp, the Great Gulf Trailhead and the base of the Auto Road as well as one-way up trips for those hiking down. One-way up or down hiker shuttle rates are available at $30 per person.

Memorial Day weekend will mark the opening of the The Douglas A. Philbrook Red Barn Museum, adjacent to the main lodge at the base of the Auto Road. In addition to objects and memorabilia from the Auto Road’s history, you can see some of the vehicles that once made the 8-mile journey to the summit including an original 1870’s Abbot-Downing Concord Coach, a 12 passenger Mountain Wagon, a 1918 Pierce-Arrow from the fleet of the 20’s, a 1938 Ford Woodie Station Wagon and a 1963 International Travelall. Admission to the museum is free of charge.

First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is America’s first oldest man-made attraction. At nearly 8 miles long, it stretches to the summit of Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet, the highest peak in the Northeast.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road will be open daily, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for private vehicles and 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., weather permitting for guided tours. Extended hours will become available beginning on May 23 (Memorial Day weekend). For the latest updates on Road conditions and the operating schedule, visit www.MtWashingtonAutoRoad.com or call 603.446.3988.

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Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb – August 15, 2015

Pinkham Notch, N.H. – Up for a mighty mountain challenge? Ready to tackle the bicycling Beast of the East?

The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb is looking for a few good bicyclists willing to take on the grueling 7.6-mile journey to the 6,288-foot summit of the highest peak in the Northeast. Weather conditions to be determined.

Actually the weather may have already played a bit of a role in this year’s race. The field for the Hillclimb did not fill as quickly as usual, likely at least in part to a snowy and extended winter that wreaked havoc with the training regimen of many bicyclists. The good news is an opportunity has been created for people to jump into the popular race now.

A limited number of openings remain for the 43rd edition of the Mt. Washington Auto Road Hillclimb, which is set for Saturday, Aug. 15. The field is capped at just over 600 riders. Limits on the number of riders are necessary to allow road crews and race officials to monitor the safety of all participants and also by the number of vehicles that can be parked at the summit to bring bicyclists back down from the peak after the race.

An exciting new addition to the Hillclimb this year is a race within the race: The Cadence Wealth Management $750 prime will present that amount to the first male and female rider reaching the one-mile mark of the race, as long as the rider finishes the race in less than an hour and 30 minutes. The top male and female finisher in the race each earns a $1,500 prize and a $5,000 is awarded to a racer setting a new course record.

The Hillclimb is the oldest of two bicycle races up the Mt. Washington Auto Road each summer.

Newton’s Revenge, scheduled for July 11 this year, was created in 2006 to meet the demand of racers who were unable to get into the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.

Both races attract a topnotch field of amateur and professional riders, cover the same 7.6-mile route, have an associated practice ride (the cost of which is included in the respective registration) and are the exclusive opportunities to climb the historic Mt. Washington Auto Road via bicycle.  The Newton’s Revenge practice ride is scheduled for June 14, and the Hillclimb practice ride is scheduled for July 19.

John Kronborg Ebsen of Denmark beat two-time defending champion Cameron Cogburn of Cambridge, Mass., to win his first Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb in his initial look at the course last year. Ebsen finished in a time of 52 minutes and 53 seconds, almost a minute in front of Cogburn’s 53:50. The first nine racers finished in under an hour.

Marti Shea of Marblehead, Mass., turned in a time of 1:06:01 to win a record fourth women’s title in 2014. Silke Wunderwald of Hopkinton, R.I., was second in 1:13:55 and Stefanie Sydlik of Cambridge, Mass., was third in 1:16:39.

The men’s and women’s records for the 7.6-mile trek up the hill – which can be set in either the Hillclimb or Newton’s Revenge – belongs to Tom Danielson and Jeannie Longo. Danielson, the top American in the Tour de France in 2011, set the overall mark at 49 minutes 24 seconds in 2002. Longo, the legendary French racer, established the women’s record of 58:14 in 2000.

Riders may register for this year’s Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb at https://www.bikereg.com/mwarhc. Registration is open for Newton’s Revenge at http://newtonsrevenge.com/race-details/registration/. More information on the Hillclimb, Newton’s Revenge or any of the other myriad events scheduled for the upcoming season at the Mt. Washington Auto Road is available at http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com/events/.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb is the primary annual fundraising event for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, an educational non-profit organization in Albany, N.H. Tin Mountain offers classes, workshops, excursions and other lessons in the working of the natural world. Most of the $350 entry fee for the race goes to support environmental programs through Tin Mountain. The rest covers the cost of substantial logistical support, commemorative shirt and other expenses associated with staging the event. Most of the cost of registration is tax deductible and some costs may be offset by fundraising. More information is available at www.tinmtn.org.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road begins at the base of the mountain on Route 16 north of Pinkham Notch and climbs to the 6288-foot summit at an average grade of 12 percent and a net altitude gain of 4650 feet.  The riders battle not only each other but the sheer force of gravity and Mt. Washington’s famously severe winds and unpredictable weather conditions

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Mt. Washington Auto Road Opens to Treeline for 154th Season!

Pinkham Notch, N– The Mt. Washington Auto Road will open for its 154th season on Saturday, May 2nd at 9:00am for guests to drive their own vehicles to treeline at 4,200 feet. The 4.5 mile drive to treeline provides stunning vistas of the surrounding peaks and offers a true taste of the Mt. Washington experience. Reminder vehicles CANNOT be left unattended in this parking lot, hiking from here to ski is not permitted.

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Despite near record snowfall and colder than average temperatures this winter and spring, the Road crew has moved swiftly from the base of the Road to the 6-mile point removing ice and snow drifts of over 20 feet in places. Because of these snow levels, operations to the summit are not yet possible. Updates as well as photos and video showing the intricate process of clearing the Auto Road are available at  www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com.

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The May 2nd opening is the earliest the Auto Road has opened, even to treeline, in 10 years. “Lead by 40-year veteran Road Foreman, John Gardner, along with the rest of a very experienced road crew, we’ve been moving quickly in spite of the snow depths and cold spring weather,” said Howie Wemyss, General Manager. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer this Mt Washington experience so early in the season.”

As recently as fifty years ago, it was considered a success if the Mt. Washington Auto Road was open to the summit by Independence Day, but weather permitting, the Mt. Washington Auto Road hopes to open to the summit before Memorial Day weekend. Guided tours will also be offered at that time.

Early season pricing, in effect until Auto Road opens to the summit, is set at $28 for car and driver while passengers are free. Season passes are available for $150 per person and valid through the 2015 season during regular operating hours and allows access for the vehicle and all occupants.

First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is the first and oldest man-made attraction in America. At nearly 8 miles long, it stretches to the summit of Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet, the highest peak in the Northeast.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road will be open daily during this early season from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., weather permitting. For the latest updates on Road conditions and the operating schedule, visit www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com or call 603.446.3988.

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6th Annual Mount Washington Road Race Hall of Fame Inauguration

March 25, 2015 Pinkham Notch, NH Formed in 2010 to recognize outstanding performers in and contributors to this footrace to the summit of the highest peak in the northeastern United States, the Hall of Fame this year will pay tribute to the achievements in a ceremony at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road on Saturday, June 20.  The ceremony will take place after the 2015 Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race which starts at 9 a.m.  The race attracts 1300 runners who will make their way up the 154-year-old Auto Road.

The 2015 Mount Washington Hall of Fame inductees: 

Eric Blake is a 3-time winner of the race, taking the top spot in 2006, 2008, and 2013.  He owns the state record for CT (59:57) and NY (61:07) and is one of only eight people to have ever run under sixty minutes.  No one has run more times under 1:02 than Eric who has done so eight times.  Eric currently works as the head men’s and women’s Track & Field/Cross-Country coach at Central Connecticut State University.  He resides in West Hartford CT.  Eric notes that his most memorable moment at Mt Washington was his win and sub-60 minute effort in 2013.  “I had my wife and a lot of friends and family there watching so it was a pretty special day”.  Eric is still at the top of his game and “feel(s) I can run faster and still want a few more wins!”  Tops among Eric’s many accomplishments beyond the Mt Washington road race are his world record for a marathon on a treadmill (2:21) and being a scoring member of the 2010 USA Mountain running team which took home a silver medal at the World championships.

Eleonora Mendonca had three consecutive wins from 1976-1978.  She set the course record in 1977 and again in 1978.  She and Hall of Famer Chris Maisto are the only women to have set course records multiple times.  She recalls “I could not pass the opportunity to do a different type of race – only one hill.  I could not forget the incredible view as I approached the summit…The beauty carried me on”.  She was inducted into the Cambridge Sports Union Hall of Fame in 2000.  The CSU website notes “Ellie joined Cambridge Sports Union in 1974 and had an immediate impact on the women’s running scene in greater Boston by being a top finisher in road, track and cross-country races”.  Her biggest accomplishment was to qualify (for Brazil) at the Los Angles Olympic Games where she ran in the first women’s marathon.  Eleonora is retired and currently living on Cape Cod. 

Eric Morse is possibly the most prolific runner to not have an overall win at Mt Washington He has the Vermont state record for this race with his 1:01:09 from 1999.   He is tied for the third most top 10 finishes with fourteen and is also tied for fourth with ten top five finishes.  He ranks 14th in all-time earnings at Mt Washington taking home $4,200.  He scored on course record setting teams (Central Mass Striders) an amazing nine times, setting course records five times on the open squad and four times on the masters.  He has finished the race sixteen times, including three times as runner-up.  Eric was inducted into athletic Hall of Fame at Harwood High School (Moretown, VT) in 2010 as “one of the most successful athletes in Harwood cross-country and track-and-field history. As a junior, he won four Vermont state championships…as a senior, Eric won two state championships… (and) was a member of the first hockey team at Harwood”.  His most memorable moment at Mt Washington was the “halfway race” of 2002 where he finished in second place, 10 seconds out of the win.  His many accomplishments outside of Mt Washington include being a 7-time member of the USA Mountain running team.  He has quite a range of ability from a sub-4 minute mile to a 1:03 half-marathon.  Eric is a graphic designer residing in Berlin, VT.  In recent years he has excelled at racing with his West Highland Terrier “Murdoch”.  They have won nearly every race they’ve entered and can boast personal bests of 4:59 for the mile and 16:44 for 5km. 

Peter Watson – Peter, who passed away in 2012, ran the race 23 times from 1988-2011. He was the supreme organizer of Team Gloucester (TG), which annually accounts for an impressive number of runners in the field.  He created the Mt. Washington Practice Run in Rockport, where he lived, and he organized it year after year. He publicized the race every way possible, from the newspapers he published to the word-of-mouth network that extended from him to thousands of people in many directions, but especially around Cape Ann, Mass.  He dedicated large amounts of time and energy to promoting the race to all.  He inspired, encouraged and led Team Gloucester to form as an official club.  Each year he would email every runner he knew when the lottery would open.  To get more runners past the lottery he offered to provide volunteers.  Peter always organized and planned who would volunteer and supervised to make sure it was done well.  He kept detailed records of each TG member’s races up the Mountain and compared times to previous year.  He cajoled runners into competing on behalf of TG and generally orchestrated everything they did relative to the Mountain race.  He is the reason for the strong TG women’s presence at the mountain to this day.

The Mt. Washington Road Race Hall of Fame recognizes athletic performance at the MWRR or efforts to assist the Race or promote it.  Consideration is given to athletes, advocates, race staff members or volunteers.   Inductees are chosen by a vote of the Hall of Fame committee from a longer list of nominees compiled by December 31 of the preceding year.

The Saturday afternoon Hall of Fame induction will precede the race’s award ceremony.  The induction ceremony will start at 1 p.m. in the large tent at the base of the Auto Road, on Route 16 just north of Pinkham Notch.

The public is invited.

Regularly updated information about the Mt. Washington Road Race Hall of Fame is available any time on the new website at: http://mwrrhalloffame.com/

Other HOF sites include:  Facebook (facebook.com/mwrrhof), Twitter  (twitter.com/mwrrrecords) and the Records/Hall of Fame blog (mtwashingtonrecords.blogspot.com ).  For other information about the race, visit www.mountwashingtonroadrace.com.

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Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race lottery open through March 17

Pinkham Notch, N.H. – March 16, 2015 Time is running short for runners planning to sign up for the lottery for this summer’s 55th Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race. Registration for the lottery is open until midnight on March 17. The on-line lottery selects the bulk of the field for the grueling and historic all-uphill footrace.  Runners may enter the lottery by visiting the race web site, www.mountwashingtonroadrace.com.

The Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race stands as the premier mountain-running event in the eastern U.S. and attracts top American and international mountain runners along with a variety of world-class athletes from seasoned marathoners to track and cross-country runners, Nordic skiers, snowshoe racers, triathletes and others.

Joseph Gray and Shannon Payne, both of Colorado Springs, Colo., were first-time winners of the race in 2014. Gray had challenged for the top spot several times before and won his first in a time of 59 minutes, nine seconds. Payne won in 1:10:12 in her first attempt at the race.

Since the number of serious athletes wanting to run this race is much greater than the 153-year-old Mt. Washington Auto Road can accommodate, the “Run to the Clouds” is filled each year partly by invitations issued to elite mountain runners but primarily by a computer-generated random selection process open to all comers.

Registration for the lottery closes on Tuesday, March 17, at11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

The race will take place on Saturday, June 20, with a starting time of 9 a.m.

Through the race web site, a runner may register individually or as part of a team. In the latter case the team’s captain registers the team as a unit, and the lottery then either accepts or rejects the entire team. The entry fee is $80 per person, plus a $5 fee to register for the lottery itself.   Registrants enter their credit card numbers on line; the $80 fee is charged to the cards of all accepted applicants. Those not accepted are charged only the $5 lottery fee.

Runners whose recent performances indicate that they may be contenders for top places, or whose past participation in the race has contributed particularly to the event’s charisma, can bypass the lottery and enter the race as invited runners. Entry is also guaranteed for runners who have completed the six other races in the New England “Mountain Goat” race series. All previous winners of the race overall may enter automatically, and the previous year’s age-group winners (individual and teams) are entitled to bypass the lottery.

The Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race begins at the Auto Road base on Route 16 north of Pinkham Notch and climbs to the 6288-foot summit at an average grade of 12 percent and a net altitude gain of 4650 feet.  The runners battle not only each other but the sheer force of gravity and Mt. Washington’s famously severe winds.

Former six-time World Mountain Champion Jonathan Wyatt of New Zealand holds the men’s course record at Mt. Washington: 56 minutes 41 seconds, set in 2004.  The women’s record was set in 2010 by the young Ethiopian runner Shewarge Amare, who made the ascent in one hour eight minutes 21seconds.

Based in Concord, NH, Northeast Delta Dental has sponsored the race up the historic Mt. Washington Auto Road since 2001. The health company’s CEO, Tom Raffio, has run the race in a personal best of one hour 50 minutes and 51 seconds. In 2012, Northeast Delta Dental increased its already strong support for the event, making it officially the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race.

Fifty percent of all proceeds from the race will be donated to the Coos County Family Health Services. Based in nearby Berlin, NH, this community-based organization provides innovative, personalized, comprehensive health care and social services to everyone, regardless of economic status.

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