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Maine cyclist wins race up Mount Washington for second time

Maine cyclist Dereck Treadwell won the grueling race up Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, for a second time yesterday.

Treadwell, 38, finished the 7.6-mile course up the auto road in 58 minutes and 14 seconds, riding through fog and 55 mph wind gusts, race officials said.

U.S. mountain bike champion Lisa Davison of Jericho, Vt., won the women’s race in 1 hour and 54 seconds, finishing seventh overall.

To reach the summit, competitors gained 4,560 feet of altitude while battling gravity and unpredictable winds in the race called Newton’s Revenge.

Treadwell beat newcomer Eric Follen of Sanford, Maine, by four seconds, after the two battled for victory through much of the race, officials said. Tim Ahearn of Woodstock, Conn., was third at 59:06.

Treadwell returned to the race after previously winning the climb in 2011.

The men’s record of 49:24 was set in 2002 by Tom Danielson of Connecticut; French cyclist Jeannie Longo set the women’s record at 58:14 in 2000. But the current standard for women is often considered to be the fastest time set by six-time winner Marti Shea of Marblehead, Mass., who finished in 1:03:14 in 2000, race officials said. Shea, who is touring and coaching in Europe, did not make this year’s race, officials said.

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