The Latest: Mass. man wins Mount Washington bike race
PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on the bicycle race up New Hampshire’s Mount Washington (all times local):
A 30-year-old Massachusetts man is the winner of this year’s bicycle race up Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern United States.
Barry Miller, of Beverly, Massachusetts, was the top finisher in Saturday’s Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hill Climb up the 7.6-mile ascent to the summit of the 6,288-foot peak in 53 minutes and 34 seconds. Miller was followed by 20-year-old Drake Deuel and Erik Levinsohn.
In the women’s race, 40-year-old Aimee Vassee, of Longmont, Colorado, finished the course in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 5 seconds. She was followed Stefanie Sydlik and Kristin Roberts.
The start of Saturday’s race was delayed two hours due to rain, fog and heavy clouds.
One thing is for certain about this year’s bicycle race up the highest peak in the northeastern United States — the top men’s finisher will be new.
Last year’s finisher in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, Phil Gaimon, hasn’t entered, nor have any of last year’s other top seven finishers. Another former champion who was hoping to return to Saturday’s race has been hindered by injuries.
In the women’s race, Aimee Vasse is preparing to defend her title as reigning champion in the hillclimb. The 40-year-old Vasse, of Longmount, Colorado, won the race from 2004 to 2006. After a long absence, she returned last year and won in her fastest time yet.
The hillclimb is a 7.6-mile ascent to the summit, which is at 6,288 feet.
This story has been corrected to show the first name of one racer is Erik, not Eric.