Victoria Di Savino of Buffalo won the 44th annual Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb Saturday in New Hampshire. DiSavino, 37, clocked a time of one hour 7 minutes 32 seconds, or more than two minutes faster than her second-place finish in 2015, to claim the overall victory in the women’s race. Elizabeth McClintock, 53, of Wellesley, Mass., took second in 1:14:31.
Di Savino also $750 for leading at the one-mile mark. She was the only woman among the first three dozen cyclists as the field of 600-plus riders headed up the ultra-steep Auto Road – its average grade is 12 percent – and on past the tree line, into bright sun on the upper slopes of the mountain.
“I knew I was on a good pace,” she said after. “I actually thought I was even faster than this. The race was easier for me this year. The only hard part was on the gravel” -- the Auto Road is unpaved between the fifth and sixth miles – “and it was hotter than last year.”
Defending champion Eneas Freyre of Norwalk, Conn., was the men’s winner in 52 minutes, 10 seconds.