David Mai of Portland, Maine, and Cathy Rowell of Bedford, New Hampshire, won this weekend’s Porky Gulch Classic Stage Race, an unusual, unsanctioned, season-ending event held near the base of Mount Washington in New Hampshire.
The event (which is actually more like an omnium than a stage race) comprises three stages over two days: A time trial up the first two miles of the Mount Washington Auto Road, followed by a criterium through the Story Land theme park. The final day features the Rockpile Rampage cyclocross race at Great Glen Trails, at the base of the Auto Road.
Former Porky Gulch Classic champion Peter Ostroski won the hillclimb TT in 13:15. Steve Piotrow was second and Mai was third. Rowell posted the fastest time for the women — 19:35.
At the Story Land Criterium, Ostroski had a mechanical and finished fifth while Mai took the win and Scott Brooks of Westford, Massachusetts was third. Meghan Skidmore of Randolph, New Hampshire, was the first woman.
Mai, Piotrow and Ostroski were separated by only 7 points starting the final stage. Ostroski immediately took control of the race and won going away. Mai was second to retain his overall lead and Piotrow ended up fifth, allowing Ostroski to leapfrog him in the overall standings to take second. Rowel posted the top women’s performance to take the overall win.