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Cyclist Wins Mt. Washington Auto Road Hillclimb By 7-Minute Margin

Meghan Skidmore, 2015

  There was excellent weather for the 550 or so cyclists who raced up the Mount Washington Auto road on Saturday.

Victoria De Savino beat out her competition by 7 minutes, summiting the Mount Washington auto road 1 hour and 7 minutes.  She is 37 and from Buffalo, NY. Eneas Freyre, 40 and of  Norwalk, CT finished in 52 minutes, more than two minutes faster than the mens’ second-place finisher.  

General Manager Howie Weyms says neither DiSavino nor Freyre broke a record for the Auto Road Hillclimb, but, he says, “both the male and female record are a little bit controversial. There’s a pretty big segment of the bicycling competition world that thinks they may have been set during times when there were a lot of performance enhancing drugs being used.”

The Mount Washington Auto road Hillclimb is known as one of the toughest in the world, at 7.6 miles long, with a 22 percent grade sprint to the finish.

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