Man from Denmark wins Mt. Washington bicycle race
PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — A man from Denmark and a woman from Massachusetts won the grueling Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb on Saturday in cool, windy conditions.
John Kronborg Ebson, 25, a professional racer from Denmark who has been living in Taiwan, won the 7.6-mile race in a time of 52 minutes, 53 seconds. Marti Shea, of Marblehead, Massachusetts, cycled to victory in 66 minutes, 1 second, becoming the first woman to win the race four times.
A total of 635 cyclists competed. They started the course at the foot of Auto Road and finished at the 6,288-foot summit of the highest peak in the Northeastern United States. Some cyclists have called the race more difficult than the steepest climbs in the Tour de France.
Ebson stayed just behind previous winner Cameron Cogburn, 28, of Arlington, Massachusetts, for most of the first 5 miles, then pulled away before the sixth mile to beat Cogburn by 57 seconds, organizers said.
Shea beat her closest challenger by nearly 8 minutes. Silke Wunderwald, 42, of Hopkinton, Rhode Island, came in second in 73 minutes, 55 seconds.
It was Shea's 11th overall win on the Mt. Washington Auto Road after winning Newton's Revenge in July seven times.Associated Press