44th Annual Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb

Pinkham Notch – NH Registration for the 44th annual Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb will open on Tuesday, February 1, at 8 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Any cyclist wishing to ride in this grueling all-uphill race, which will take place this year on August 20, may register at www.bikereg.com/mwarhc.

Sponsored by Polartec, with additional support from international corporations as well as local businesses in the Mt. Washington Valley, the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb is the primary annual fundraiser for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany, N.H. To pedal 7.6 miles up the Auto Road while battling Mt. Washington’s famously high winds, elite and amateur cyclists pay an entry fee of $350, from which all proceeds serve the environmental and educational mission of the conservation center.

Cyclists who register for the Hillclimb may also apply for the annual Practice Ride, which will take place on July 17. 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 have registered for the Hillclimb. Registered participants will receive Practice Ride registration instructions via email. Further information about the race and practice ride is available at http://www.mwarbh.org/.

Also this year, riders entered in the Hillclimb are entitled to a half-price entry into the Mount Washington Century+, a spectacular non-competitive 109-mile ride around the Presidential Range in the White Mountains. An additional fund-raiser for Tin Mountain – and a popular complement to the Hillclimb, both for serious racers and for more recreational cyclists — the Century Ride is open to anyone. Cyclists wishing a shorter distance while enjoying most of the same scenery can complete a 44-mile or 88-mile version of the event. The regular entry fee for the Century+ is $100; cyclists who enter the Hillclimb will receive a coupon for 50 per cent off that fee.  Information: http://www.tinmountain.org/mt-washington-century-ride-2/

The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb attracts Olympians, hardcore bicycle road racers, mountain bikers, triathletes, all-around adventure athletes, tandem teams, and even the occasional unicyclist. They come for the opportunity to pedal up the Mount Washington Auto Road’s severe 12 percent grade to the 6288-foot summit of the highest mountain in the northeastern United States – an ascent described by professional cyclists as more arduous than the steepest climbs in the Tour de France. The first male and female finisher each win a prize of $1500. In addition, Cadence Wealth Management offers a premium of $750 to the first male and first female rider to reach the one-mile mark in the race (provided these same riders finish the race in under one hour 45 minutes).

Veterans of the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb know how important the  registration date is. Registration is first come, first served, and in recent years the field has usually filled to capacity – 600 riders – the same day that registration opens. This year many of those same riders, plus hopeful first-timers, will be poised at their computers early on February 1 in order to complete the on-line application immediately when registration opens.

Tin Mountain provides school programs that reach nearly 5,000 students, nature camps for over 300 children, a large series of community nature programs, classes, workshops, excursions and other lessons in the workings of the natural world. Entry fees for the Hillclimb provide crucial support for all these activities and may qualify as a tax deduction for most entrants. The balance of the entry fee covers the cost of substantial logistical support, food, commemorative shirt and other expenses involved in staging the race.

Junior riders – anyone under 20 years of age on race day – are eligible for free entry if they raise funds through donations to Tin Mountain in connection with their registration; four such riders are chosen each year.

Besides posing one of the greatest cycling challenges in North America, the Hillclimb is  popular also because it is an open event, which means that amateur riders can compete along with professionals. Top professional riders in the Hillclimb in previous years have included world mountain bicycling champion Ned Overend, Olympic gold medalist Tinker Juarez, legendary French cycling star Jeannie Longo, former All-American runner-turned-cyclist Marti Shea, and the men’s course record-holder Tom Danielson (49:24), who in 2011 was the first American finisher in the Tour de France.

On race day, the elite riders in the field begin at 8:35 a.m. All other entrants will start in a series of waves at five-minute intervals. For the Practice Ride on July 17, all riders must begin the ascent by 6 a.m.

The size of the field for the Hillclimb 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. In some years the winds have blown riders off their bikes on the upper slopes above the tree line; in others, rain, fog and general chill have made the experience all the more unforgettable.

Pre-registration for the Hillclimb has already begun for those riders who have competed in this race five or more times. So far, four dozen veterans of the Hillclimb have taken advantage of this opportunity.

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Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race Raises More than $18,000

PINKHAM NOTCH – This year’s Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race was record-setting on more than one count.  Not only did 95-year-old George Etzweiler become the oldest person to complete the 7.6-mile course, the event generated a record-setting donation of more than $18,000 to support the dental needs of area residents.

The event, which took place June 20, 2015 on the Mt. Washington Auto Road, features a challenging run up the Northeast’s highest peak, and draws more than 1,000 runners each year from across the world.

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Mt. Washington Auto Road and Northeast Delta Dental present recording setting donation check to Coos County Family Health Services, to support dental health initiatives in the North Country, through funds raised from the Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race. Pictured from left to right: Ken Gordon, CEO of Coos County Family Health Service; Robert Pelchat, Board President of Coos County Family Health Services; Crystal Carroll, Community Relations Manager of Northeast Delta Dental; Howie Wemyss, General Manager of Mt. Washington Auto; Kimberly Hoyt, Event Director of Mt. Washington Auto Road. Photo Credit: “Dan Houde/Mt. Washington Auto Road”

Since 2012, the Mt. Washington Auto Road and Northeast Delta Dental have donated more than $60,000 in proceeds from the event to support the oral health program at Coos County Family Health Services (CCFHS).

“I love being in a position to make a substantial donation like this to a local organization that will put it to such good use as you folks do,” said Howie Wemyss, General Manager of the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

“Words can’t express our gratitude for this donation,” said Ken Gordon, Chief Operating Officer at CCFHS.  “We’ll put the funds to good use providing dental care for North Country residents who would otherwise go without.”

“We plan to use the proceeds from the event to support our “Dental Public Service Day” clinics, which we offer 4 – 5 times per year in collaboration the North Country Health Consortium,” said Loretta Morrissette, CCFHS Dental Hygienist.  “Patients can avoid the emergency room…and gain a new smile and confidence.”

“We are proud to partner with the Mt. Washington Auto Road to present this challenge to athletes and raise important funds for oral health care services in the North Country.  Having access to quality oral health care through Coos County Family Health Services and the North Country Health Consortium will allow residents in these rural communities achieve optimal oral and overall health, said Director of Marketing & Communications at Northeast Delta Dental, Kathleen Walker.

Coos County Family Health Services provides personalized, comprehensive health care and social services to everyone, regardless of economic status.  To learn more, contact them at 752-2040 or on the web at www.coosfamilyhealth.org.

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38th Annual Autumn Muster In The Mountains Returns to the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road

Public invited (free of charge) to experience reenactment of one of New Hampshire’s most dramatic and colorful time periods (1750-1850

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH – The Autumn “Muster in the Mountains” which takes place annually at the Mt. Washington Auto Road portrays one of New Hampshire’s most dramatic and colorful time periods (1750-1850). The sights, sounds and smell of time travel, including open cook fires and musket and cannon fire, will come to life on September 11-13, as more than 100 historical reenactors set up their camps at the base area of the Mt. Washington Auto Road on Route 16 in Pinkham Notch.

This colonial encampment will recreate the historic gatherings where early settlers traded goods and services, often traveling great distances for the annual rendezvous. Groups representing Northeastern Indians, frontiersmen, militiamen, British soldiers, French Marines and mountain men will set up period tentage, tipis and wigwams.

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Artisans will offer handcrafted items ranging from leather goods and clothing to period beadwork, knives, guns and rare books. Planned activities include musket and cannon firing; tomahawk and knife throwing competitions; weaving; woodcarving; gunsmithing; coppersmithing; blacksmithing; period music; candle dipping; basketmaking; quillwork; period cooking; woodcraft; archery; 18th century games and more.

Saturday will be competition day, with cannon fire, a shooting range and woods walk. The encampment area will be open to the public (free of charge) Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Great Glen Trails and the Mt. Washington Auto Road will be open for normal operations.

For more information on the upcoming Muster in the Mountains call the Mt. Washington Auto Road at 603-466-3988 or visit online at: www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com

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 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 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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Freyre, Fortin collect first Mt. Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb titles

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H – Eneas Freyre, his race day complete, stood near the finish line and looked down the hill and watched rider after rider contend with the final grueling yards of the 43rd Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.

“Wow,” Freyre said. “Look how steep that is. It’s amazing. You don’t realize that when you’re going up it. It’s such a privilege to ride this road.”

Freyre, 39 of Norwalk, Conn., who runs Total Training & Fitness – a training and retail business – took full advantage of the chance to ride up the Mt. Washington Auto Road and turned the opportunity into his first triumph on the mountain on Saturday in outstanding and atypical weather conditions on Saturday.

Freyre broke away from Eric Follen, 40, of Sanford, Maine, before the three-mile mark of the 7.6-mile, all-uphill race and cruised to the win in a time of 53 minutes. Follen, who won the Newton’s Revenge race here over the same course last month, was second, exactly a minute behind Freyre.

Veronique Fortin, 35, of Gatineau, Quebec, the Canadian national champion in 2011, won the women’s title in one hour, five minutes and 58 seconds in her first look at the mountain.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” Fortin said. “I didn’t look at the profile before the race. I knew it was long and hard. I knew I was pretty out in front and I was trying to stay constant, but I lost a little power at the end. At the steepest part at the end (with a nasty 22 percent grade) the crowds and the atmosphere made it easy to finish.”

The temperature was 71 degrees under sunny skies at the start of the race at 8:35 a.m. and it was in the mid-50s with just a little wind and a touch of fog at the summit. There were 516 finishers in the race.

Freyre was third in his first Hillclimb last year.

Follen and Freyre were at a pace of about six minutes a mile over the first couple of miles.

“That’s not sustainable,” Follen said. “I backed off a bit and thought he might blow up. But he’s a really strong rider and he’s been on top in all the New England races this summer.”

James Piccoli, 23, of Montreal, finished third in 55:17; Timothy Ahearn of Woodstock, Conn., was fourth in 56:59; and Brandon Holden, 21, of Boxborough, Mass., was fifth in 58:51.

Victoria Di Savino of Buffalo, N.Y., was the second female finisher in 1:09:45; Cecelia Davis-Hayes, 26, of New York, N.Y., was third in 1:10:46; Elizabeth McClintock, 52, of Wellesley, Mass., was fourth in 1:14:28 and Andrea Myers of Danbury, Conn., fifth in 1:17:45.

Davis-Hayes, a 2011 graduate of Williams College and a medical student at Columbia University, said she’s been waiting nearly a decade to ride the race, since an Appalachian Mountain Club Wilderness leadership course she participated in during high school passed near the summit and she saw signs of the race.

“It’s been way too long,” she said. “It was spectacular. I almost didn’t do it this year because I was training for triathlon nationals last week in Milwaukee (she finished third). But then I figured, ‘Just do it all.’”

Freyre brought about a dozen riders from Total Training & Endurance to the race.

While they and his wife, Nancy, and son Caden, 8, celebrated on the mountain, there was more celebrating in Massachusetts.

“Rhys is doing flips,” Nancy told her husband.

Rhys is their 5-year-old son who was back in Marblehead, Mass., with his grandmother.

“He heard what Daddy did and says he’s doing flips,” Nancy Freyre reported.

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Dick Devellian, 78, of Jackson, N.H. was the oldest finisher in the race in a time of 2:30:53. Devellian, who started competing in the Hillclimb in the early 1980s, had both of his knees replaced four years ago. He raced in 2013 and was traveling and missed last year’s races.

“It was a tough day but it’s nice to be here at the top,” Devellian said. “I didn’t feel too good going up. That’s what you always do: On the way up you swear up and down that you’re never going to do this again and then you get to the top and it all goes away.”

So will he be back next year?

“I’ll tell you next year,” he said. “I can’t think of that right now.”

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The Cadence Wealth Management $750 Prime was new this year and awarded $750 to the first male and female to the one-mile mark. Freyre colleted the $750 to go with his $1,500 check for wining. Di Savino was four seconds faster than Fortin to the mile mark and collected $750. Fortin got $1,500 for the win.

The Hillclimb is the primary fundraiser for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany, N.H. Tin Mountain offers classes, workshops, excursions and other lessons in the workings of the natural world. Information about educational programs, camps and other activities at Tin Mountain is available at www.tinmountain.org.

The Hillclimb is the second and largest of two bicycle races up the Mt. Washington Auto Road each summer. Newton’s Revenge, held in July 11, was created in 2006 to meet the demand of racers who were unable to get into the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.

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43rd Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H – Having a double knee replacement four years ago did not deter Dick Devellian, a long-time biking man of the mountains, from continuing to tackle the gnarly and grueling challenge of the 7-.6-mile, all-uphill Mt. Washington Auto Road.

Neither did a nasty spill that sent him over the edge of the road near the summit and into the rocks below.

A couple more years were certainly not going to keep him away.

Devellian, who lives in nearby Jackson, N.H., and will celebrate his 79th birthday in early November, returns to compete in the 43rd Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb on Saturday.

“All these people do these things, I think, to press themselves and push themselves a little bit,” he said. “It’s a challenge in front of you. Part of it for me is I’ve done it so many times, it’s almost a reason to do it again, I guess.”

He almost has to do the race, Devellian said, and then laughed.

“I’m afraid not to,” he said. “If I don’t, that kind of means it’s all over. But who knows how long I’ll do it. I take it one year at a time.”’

Devellian will join a full-house field of more than 600 riders in an attack on the Auto Road. He has been riding to the 6,288-foot summit of the tallest peak in the northeast longer than most, maybe all, of them.

He’s not sure of the year he competed in the race for the first time but knows he was about 45, so that would have put it around the early 1980s.

“It wasn’t a very popular bike race then,” he said. “I think they had maybe 60 people going up and they’d have a little get together after with sandwiches in the Wildcat Mountain cafeteria. It wasn’t anything special. It was pretty much a bike club thing.”

Devellian, who figures he’s ridden up the mountain about two dozen times, helped turn it into something special.

In the early 1990s, the Mt. Washington Auto Road offered the hillclimb to the Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany as a fundraiser for their programs. Devellian had recently joined the Tin Mountain board and after making suggestions and comments on how to grow the race, he was made the race director. He held that post for about five years and began promoting the race as the hardest hillclimb in the world and started a process that helped boost the event toward the prestigious spot in mountain racing that it holds today.  Additionally, it has become the primary fundraiser for Tin Mountain.

One of Devellian’s latest races up the mountain was perhaps the most memorable for him.

Riding in the 2013 Newton’s Revenge – the July sibling to the Hillclimb – Devellian was blown not only off his bike, but off the Auto Road and into the rocks below it.

“I was near the top of the mountain and the wind was gusting and it was foggy and wet,” Devellian recalled. “I was near the edge of the road and a gust came through and I was off balance and I went over. It was like it was slow motion and I went over the edge and into the boulders. My helmet got dented and I cut my arm, but I was OK. The road was over my head, but I was fine. I was pretty lucky. It could have been serious. When it’s foggy and rainy like that no one knows you’re missing and no one is looking for you for a long, long time.”

Devellian climbed back up to the road and got back on his bike and finished the race.

The next month, he competed in the Mt. Washington Auto Road Hillclimb.

Last summer, Devellian was in Europe and missed both races.

Now he’s returning for the 2015 Hillclimb.

The Tin Mountain Conservation Center offers classes, workshops, excursions and other lessons in the workings of the natural world. Information about educational programs, camps and other activities at Tin Mountain is available at www.tinmountain.org.

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Neither of last year’s race winners is competing in this year’s Hillclimb. Marti Shea of Marblehead, Mass., who won last year to give her a women’s record four Hillclimb victories, announced earlier this summer that she is retiring from competitive cycling because of knee problems.

John Kronborg Ebsen of Denmark, who held off two-time defending champion Cameron Cogburn to win in his first look at the mountain last year, did not enter this year. Cogburn has not been competing regularly this summer and does not intend to race either.

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Tour de France rider Tom Danielson of East Lyme, Conn., set the course record of 49 minutes, 24 seconds in 2002. He also won in 2003, then won the 2010 Newton’s Revenge in a time just eight seconds slower than his own record. His record is currently under investigation due to alleged performance enhancing drug use during the time it was set.

Jeannie Longo of France holds the women’s record for the Mt. Washington Auto Road, of 58:14, which she established in 2000. The course record may be set in either Newton’s Revenge or the Hillclimb.

The race starts Saturday in five waves, beginning at 8:35 a.m. with the Top Notch (elite) group and continuing at five-minute intervals with four more successive waves of riders sorted by age.

More than 600 riders are registered for the race.

The Mt. Washington summit is known for its sometimes brutal and unforgiving weather conditions. If conditions do not allow the race to be held on Saturday, it will take place on Sunday with the same 8:35 starting time.

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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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