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August 15. 2013 10:15PM

Mount Washington Hillclimb is Saturday

Cameron Cogburn, of Cambridge, MA, pedals high above timberline, on his way to winning last year's 40th Annual Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb. 2012. (Dennis Coughlin photo)

More than 600 riders are expected to compete in the 41st annual Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb on Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Pinkham Notch.

The 7.6-mile Mount Washington Auto Road, which climbs 4,618-feet to a finish line 6,288-feet above sea level, is a grueling challenge to all competitors.

The race will serve as the primary fund-raising event for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany.

Cameron Cogburn of Cambridge, Mass., was the overall winner last year in 52:28, finishing ahead of runner-up Cogburn is entered in Saturday’s race, as well.

Leroy Popowski of Colorado Springs, Colo., in 53:47. Placing third was Peter Hurst of Norwalk, Conn., in 54:03.

The top New Hampshire finisher last summer was Chad Young of Newmarket. He pedaled into eighth place in a time of 1:00:02.

Former Manchester Memorial and Boston University standout Marti Shea, now residing in Marblehead, Mass., was the top female winner last summer in 1:03:14. The 50-year-old Shea will not compete Saturday, as she is coaching and leading vacation tours in Europe.

Placing ninth and 10th respectively last year were Jeannie Allyson (1:23:24) of Durham and Cynthia Coffin (1:24:13) of Center Harbor.

A cash prize of $1,500 will be awarded to the first male and female cyclists.

The youngest rider entered Saturday is 11-year-old Maria Goodwin of Madison.

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