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Aug 15, 2015 11:43 AM

More than 600 cyclists set to race up highest Northeast peak

The Associated Press

PINKHAM NOTCH — More than 600 bicyclists are set to pedal their way up the highest peak in the Northeast for bragging rights in the 43rd annual Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.

The grueling 7.6 mile race will begin with the first wave of cyclists — the elite group — taking off at 8:35 a.m. Saturday. In the event of snow, ice, driving rain or other hellacious weather conditions Mount Washington is famous for, the race will be postponed until Sunday.

Among the racers is 78-year-old Dick Devellian of Jackson, New Hampshire, who was literally blown off his bicycle and the auto road by a gust of wind in 2013 during the Newton's Revenge ride up Mount Washington. Devellian climbed out of the boulders and back onto the auto road and his bicycle and finished the race.


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