Massachusetts man and a Pennsylvania woman win Mount Washington climb

  • This photo provided by Joe Viger Photography, Erik Levinsohn breaks the tape and claims the overall win at Mt. Washington Bicycle Hillclimb in a time of 53:42 on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Levinsohn, of Boston beat the competition in the men's divisions of the 7.6-mile (12-kilometer) Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb to the summit at 6,288 feet (1,915 meters). (Joe Viger Photography via AP) Joe Viger

  • This photo provided by Joe Viger Photography, Stephanie Sydlik crosses the finish line at the Mt. Washington Bicycle Hillclimb on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Sydlik, 34, of Pittsburgh, beat the competition in the women's division of the 7.6-mile (12-kilometer) Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb to the summit at 6,288 feet (1,915 meters). (Joe Viger Photography via AP) Joe Viger

Published: 8/18/2019 6:57:30 PM

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — A Massachusetts man and a Pennsylvania woman won the grueling bicycle race up Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern United States.

Erik Levinsohn, of Boston, and Stefanie Sydlik, 34, of Pittsburgh, beat the competition in the men’s and women’s divisions of the 7.6-mile Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb to the summit at 6,288 feet Saturday.

Riders deal with a steep grade that averages 12% and rises to 22% at the finish, as well as Mt. Washington’s unpredictable weather.

Levinsohn, 29, had finished second and third in his two previous races in 2013 and 2018. He crossed the finish line in 53 minutes and 42 seconds Saturday, after breaking away from the lead pack in the second mile.

Sydlik, who had competed three other times in the race, made it to the top in 1 hour, 10 minutes and 34 seconds, leading the women’s field from the beginning of the climb.

Levinsohn and Sydlik each won $1,500.

For the men, Drake Deuel, 21, of Arlington, Massachusetts, finished second in 54 minutes and 28 seconds while David Talbot, 30, of New Canaan, Connecticut, placed third at 57 minutes and 4 seconds.

Holyoke’s Tim Mahoney took fourth in the men’s 40-44 division in 1:11:45 and was 34th overall, while Carson Poe of Northampton placed seventh in the 40-44 (1:12:41).

Jim Lyons of Northampton took 31st in the men’s 50-54 division at 1:37:57.

In the women’s division, Sydlik was followed by Lane Marder, 33, of Somerville, Massachusetts, who came in second at 1 hour, 16 minutes and 31 seconds; and Gabrielle Vandendries, 20, of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, who finished third at 1 hour, 22 minutes and 29 seconds.

Northampton’s Jo Glading-Dilorenzo won the women’s 50-54 division at 1:42:46.

The race raises money for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany, New Hampshire, which provides environmental and recreational education.


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