Driving up the winding road to the top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire can be a bit of a challenge by car. Imagine what it’s like on a bicycle.
Victoria Di Savino of Buffalo will face that challenge on Saturday when she competes in the Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hill Climb. The road goes for 7.6 miles, and the average grade is a tiring 12 percent. The hill is considered one of the toughest in all of cycling; riders say it is tougher than the Alpe d’Huez, the steepest extended climb in the Tour de France.
Di Savino finished second in the race last year, so she ranks as one of the favorite. The native of Argentina used to be a marathon runner, but switched specialties because of injuries.