Road

Colby, Shea repeat at Newton’s Revenge hillclimb

Repeating the top of the leader sheet from the previous year, 30-year-old Anthony Colby and 46-year-old Marti Shea won Newton’s Revenge, a 7.6-mile bike race to the summit of Mt. Washington, the highest mountain in the northeastern United States.

Repeating the top of the leader sheet from the previous year, 30-year-old Anthony Colby and 46-year-old Marti Shea won Newton’s Revenge, a 7.6-mile bike race to the summit of Mt. Washington, the highest mountain in the northeastern United States.

Colby, a native of Dedham, Massachusetts, who lives and trains in Durango, Colorado, bested his winning time from last year by nearly two minutes, finishing in 53 minutes and 50 seconds. He rode through the finish almost four minutes ahead of the second-place finisher, 20-year-old Christopher Hong, from Lutherville, Maryland. Three-time women’s winner, Marti Shea, from Marblehead, Massachusetts, also bested her time from last year, coming in at 1:08:42, ahead of second-place finisher and former Ironman Triathlon World Champion, Karen Smyers, who finished at 1:15:43.

The conditions, which can be a daunting challenge on Mt. Washington, proved to be nearly perfect for the 142 cyclists, with sunny skies and a light breeze at the start. Even as riders scaled the 6,288 Mt. Washington, into the teeth of potentially savage conditions, the weather remained favorable, with only a slight headwind giving riders a minor, but undeniable, nudge.

Whereas in the 2008 Newton’s Revenge, Colby had a challenge from rider Philip Gaimon, who went on to win the 2008 Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, this year Colby rode the race on his own, out of sight from the rest of the riders. Splitting from the pack at the opening cannon blast, Colby mounted a lead that was 47 seconds within the first 1 ½ miles of the race, and only got larger as he climbed. Even though he was competing largely against himself, Colby was determined to not run out of gas: “I just wanted to keep my own pace, but kept saying, ‘oh baby, this is so steep.’ Last year with Phil I think we went too hard at the bottom, and this year I was able to keep it consistent.”

Hong, in his first appearance at Mt. Washington, had a similar race, pushing forward alone, well behind Colby, yet far ahead of the rest of the pack. Keeping his face calm and his posture steady, Hong kept a consistent pace and rode his own race to the finish, where he was greeted by his mother and a great perspective on the challenge of the race. “This is the most tired I’ve ever been,” Hong said, “I was planning on trying to stand up (at the last push) but I felt like I was going backwards, so I just tired to get my weight down and push on.”

At the 2008 Newton’s Revenge, women’s winner Marti Shea was forced to cross the finish line on foot due to a broken chain suffered yards from the finish, but this year she decided that it worked so well last time she’d run the last, brutal 22% grade again. “I just felt like running at the end,” Shea said. “I figured that I could just get off the bike and felt that I could run even faster.”
Shea battled pneumonia before the 2008 Newton’s Revenge, and after a full training schedule this year, was able to knock nearly six minutes off of her winning time from last year. In fact, Shea is the only women’s winner in the history of Newton’s Revenge.

Second place finisher Karen Smyers of Lincoln, Massachusetts, watched Shea sprint out at the start, and according to Smyers, “She was gone.”

“I’ve never trained for something like this,” the 48-year-old Smyers went on to say of her inaugural trip to Newton’s Revenge, “I think I was using too easy gears, and could use some more practice.” When asked if she will be competing in the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb in August, which is held on the same course, Smyers laughed and said she was signed up, but “Don’t make me think about it now!”

Newton’s Revenge is also part of the Bike Up the Mountain Point Series (BUMPS), and current BUMPS leader Douglas Jansen of Pelham, New Hampshire, made a strong showing, finishing fifth overall in a time of 1:06:23 and increasing his lead in the series. BUMPS, which includes Newton’s Revenge, the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb and five other mountain races throughout the Northeast, began at Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks and concludes in October. For further information, see www.hillclimbseries.com.

This year there was an unofficial competitor in the Newton’s Revenge field, as a large moose wandered onto the course at the three-mile mark, but retreated to the woods before Colby rode through. Luckily for the competitors, the moose did not make a return to the course.

Newton’s Revenge, first held in 2006, and canceled in 2007 due to bad weather, is held on the same course as the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, an event that dates back to 1973, and attracts a field of 600 riders. This year’s race scheduled for August 15 is already filled to capacity.

Results

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  • 1 1/13 M2034 53:50 8.5 Anthony Colby M 30 1 Durango CO COLAVITA-SUTTER HOME PRESENTED
  • 2 2/13 M2034 57:24 7.9 Christopher Hong M 21 10 Lutherville MD BOB’S-BICYCLES.COM
  • 3 3/13 M2034 1:03:57 7.1 Sylvain Jean M 31 6 Morin-Heights QC ESPRESSO SPORT
  • 4 1/26 M4549 1:06:23 6.9 Douglas Jansen M 47 13 Pelham NH INTERNATIONAL BICYCLE/GLOBAL
  • 5 1/4 F4549 1:08:42 6.6 Marti Shea F 46 2 Marblehead MA DESTINATION CYCLING
  • 6 4/13 M2034 1:09:14 6.6 Peter Ostroski M 20 15 Intervale NH RED JERSEY CYCLERY/MICHELIN/RO
  • 7 1/20 M5054 1:09:48 6.5 Pierre Reid M 52 3 Westbury
  • 8 1/16 M3539 1:09:53 6.5 Lars Sauvola M 35 8 Rindge NH
  • 9 2/20 M5054 1:10:13 6.5 Bob Meikle M 52 249 Waterford CT MYSTIC VELO CLUB
  • 10 1/17 M4044 1:10:33 6.5 David Liebow M 43 19 Townshend VT
  • 11 3/20 M5054 1:11:20 6.4 Chris Welch M 54 253 Noblesville IN SCHELLER’S INDIANA MASTERS
  • 12 2/16 M3539 1:11:37 6.4 Jeff Johnson M 37 14 Bennington VT BATTENKILL-UNITED/ANTHEMCYCLES
  • 13 5/13 M2034 1:12:10 6.3 Joshua Krook M 28 59 New Ipswich NH
  • 14 2/4 F4549 1:15:43 6.0 Karen Smyers F 48 16 Lincoln MA TEAM PSYCHO
  • 15 2/17 M4044 1:18:27 5.8 Daniel Tullai M 43 115 San Antonio TX NEW JERSEY ROAD CLUB (NJRC)
  • 16 2/26 M4549 1:18:40 5.8 Dennis Oconnor M 48 17 Orford NH CTS (CARMICHAEL TRAINING SYSTE
  • 17 6/13 M2034 1:18:42 5.8 Liam Strick M 29 56 Acton MA
  • 18 3/16 M3539 1:18:48 5.8 Marc Laurent Pearce M 38 77 Montreal QC MARINONI CYCLES
  • 19 7/13 M2034 1:18:55 5.8 Sylvain Beauparlant M 32 58 St-Paul QC MARINONI/CADENCE
  • 20 4/20 M5054 1:19:08 5.8 Michael Zimicki M 50 246 Bondville VT SLIDERULE MOTORSPORT INC
  • 21 5/20 M5054 1:19:31 5.7 Jim Dannis M 52 240 Dalton NH
  • 22 1/5 M0119 1:19:47 5.7 Crosby Nordblom M 19 267 Holderness NH NHCC
  • 23 2/5 M0119 1:19:58 5.7 Ryan Harned M 17 271 North Hampton NH
  • 24 6/20 M5054 1:20:07 5.7 Alden Cadwell M 51 9 Burlington VT
  • 25 3/26 M4549 1:20:17 5.7 Philip Vanderwilden M 46 11 Concord MA MONSTERS IN THE BASEMENT CYCLI
  • 26 4/26 M4549 1:20:40 5.7 Steve McGrath M 47 224 Portsmouth NH NOREAST CYCLING
  • 27 5/26 M4549 1:21:01 5.6 David Gladstone M 48 18 Middletown CT
  • 28 4/16 M3539 1:21:28 5.6 Derek Miodownik M 39 62 Richmond VT
  • 29 3/17 M4044 Tan 1:21:59 5.6 John Bayley M 40 5 Watertown MA BLAYLEYS
  • 30 6/26 M4549 1:23:25 5.5 Dan Holin M 48 4 Concord MA MONSTERS (IN THE BASEMENT)
  • 31 1/4 F5054 1:23:42 5.4 Dominique Codere F 51 250 Montreal QC
  • 32 4/17 M4044 1:23:46 5.4 Tom Scontras M 42 118 York ME EVERACTIVE/WORKERSCOMPSOLUTION
  • 33 1/4 M6064 1:24:02 5.4 Mark McCarthy M 60 275 Pittsford NY
  • 34 7/20 M5054 1:24:27 5.4 Paul Spencer M 53 237 North Andover MA
  • 35 1/6 M5559 1:24:44 5.4 Ry Perry M 59 255 Concord NH TEAM JR
  • 36 7/26 M4549 1:24:53 5.4 Dan Gaffney M 48 223 Bolton MA OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE
  • 37 1/3 F4044 Tan 1:25:59 5.3 Kimberly Melloni F 42 272 Wareham MA DICK MELLONI YOUTH FOUNDATION
  • 38 8/20 M5054 1:26:04 5.3 Ed McNamara M 51 231 Chelmsford MA
  • 39 5/16 M3539 1:26:07 5.3 Todd Bausch M 39 69 Mystic CT
  • 40 3/5 M0119 1:26:13 5.3 Garrick Dixon M 19 268 Manlius NY NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
  • 41 8/26 M4549 1:26:15 5.3 Paul Debitetto M 45 216 Stow MA MINUTEMAN ROAD CLUB
  • 42 5/17 M4044 1:26:16 5.3 Mark Burns M 43 104 Cape Elizabeth ME NANTUCKET VELO
  • 43 6/16 M3539 1:26:29 5.3 Kamen Petrov M 35 76 Markham ON
  • 44 9/20 M5054 1:27:06 5.2 Robert Jones M 50 241 Bolton MA
  • 45 6/17 M4044 1:27:16 5.2 Craig Stauffer M 44 102 Mt Pleasant Mills PA
  • 46 8/13 M2034 1:27:25 5.2 Robert Tucker M 31 53 West Hartford CT TEAM MADY ROSE
  • 47 2/6 M5559 1:28:17 5.2 Paul Neuton M 55 274 Portsmouth NH
  • 48 10/20 M5054 1:28:31 5.2 Tad Baum M 50 206 Acton MA FITCHBURG CYCLING CLUB
  • 49 1/2 F2034 1:29:08 5.1 Lydia Mathger F 34 7 East Falmouth MA COLAVITA RACING, INC.
  • 50 9/13 M2034 1:29:19 5.1 Karl Hensler M 22 52 Warrensburg NY
  • 51 2/4 M6064 1:30:09 5.1 Buddy Majernik M 61 260 Greensboro Bend VT
  • 52 2/3 F4044 1:30:33 5.0 Cristine Lamoureux F 43 119 Montreal QC
  • 53 9/26 M4549 1:30:43 5.0 David Kaemmer M 46 208 Concord MA
  • 54 3/4 M6064 1:31:21 5.0 Donald Graham M 62 263 Vershire VT
  • 55 10/26 M4549 1:31:25 5.0 Joel Bard M 47 226 Newton MA QUAD CYCLES
  • 56 11/26 M4549 1:31:55 5.0 William Skirkey M 48 219 Pepperell MA
  • 57 1/1 F3539 1:32:18 4.9 Melissa Corliss F 38 61 Dayton OH
  • 58 10/13 M2034 1:32:44 4.9 Mark Light M 34 57 Quincy MA NONE/UNATTACHED
  • 59 11/20 M5054 1:32:52 4.9 Gordon Hall M 53 247 Nahant MA
  • 60 11/13 M2034 C 1:33:07 4.9 Robert Rembish M 32 54 Brooklyn NY
  • 61 12/26 M4549 1:33:16 4.9 Bill Kenney M 47 211 Ivoryton CT
  • 62 12/20 M5054 1:33:21 4.9 Christopher Sustak M 51 239 Princeton NJ PRINCETON FREE WHEELERS
  • 63 13/26 M4549 1:33:39 4.9 Tom O’Brien M 46 202 Brighton MA
  • 64 14/26 M4549 1:33:39 4.9 Jere Gnagi M 49 214 Erie PA
  • 65 7/17 M4044 1:33:40 4.9 Brian Sandy M 42 109 Littleton, Co CO OAKBRIDGE INSURANCE
  • 66 15/26 M4549 1:35:13 4.8 Michael Parent M 49 200 North Attleboro MA
  • 67 8/17 M4044 C 1:35:27 4.8 Robert Marques M 44 100 Methuen MA
  • 68 16/26 M4549 1:35:58 4.8 William Clayton M 48 221 Torrington CT
  • 69 7/16 M3539 1:36:15 4.7 Gregory Desmarais M 38 64 Chester NH
  • 70 13/20 M5054 1:36:52 4.7 Daniel Harrington M 50 251 West Newbury MA
  • 71 2/2 F2034 1:38:03 4.7 Nancy Henderson F 33 50 Columbus OH CENTRAL OHIO BIKE CLUB
  • 72 14/20 M5054 1:38:04 4.6 Peter Nordblom M 52 232 Holderness NH
  • 73 17/26 M4549 1:38:37 4.6 Robert Hildebrandt M 49 229 Marstons Mills MA CAPE COD CYCLIST
  • 74 18/26 M4549 C 1:38:42 4.6 Timothy McKeown M 45 120 Boston MA
  • 75 12/13 M2034 1:38:51 4.6 Nathaniel Strick M 31 55 Bloomfield CT
  • 76 9/17 M4044 1:39:44 4.6 Raymond Cloutier M 44 113 Methuen MA LABOMBARD MACHINE
  • 77 10/17 M4044 1:39:58 4.6 Jeff Dinsmore M 44 114 Marblehead MA
  • 78 19/26 M4549 1:40:23 4.5 Jb Braun M 48 215 Marblehead MA
  • 79 8/16 M3539 1:40:53 4.5 Paul Breault M 37 60 Gardner MA
  • 80 11/17 M4044 1:41:25 4.5 Mark Ohagan M 44 111 Harvard MA MCO & ASSOCIATES, INC.
  • 81 15/20 M5054 1:42:22 4.5 Mike Przygocki M 53 252 Guilford CT
  • 82 16/20 M5054 1:42:25 4.5 Gordon Colby M 52 235 Westfield MA
  • 83 4/5 M0119 1:43:22 4.4 Michael Johnson M 18 269 Westford MA
  • 84 9/16 M3539 1:43:29 4.4 Patrick Bruyere M 35 63 Gatineau QC
  • 85 20/26 M4549 1:43:40 4.4 Robert Schwartz M 49 230 East Dorset VT
  • 86 17/20 M5054 1:44:18 4.4 Ralph Lewis M 51 273 Franconia NH
  • 87 10/16 M3539 1:46:33 4.3 Jean-Philippe Monfet M 37 74 Saint-Basile-Le-Gran QC
  • 88 2/4 F5054 1:46:44 4.3 Elaine Carroll F 50 228 Leominster MA OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE TEAM/GEAR
  • 89 12/17 M4044 1:46:56 4.3 Joe Zimmerman M 44 106 Atglen PA
  • 90 11/16 M3539 1:47:04 4.3 Glenn Melski M 38 68 Charlestown MA
  • 91 1/1 F6064 1:47:34 4.2 Judy Caron F 62 262 Concord NH TEAM JR
  • 92 13/17 M4044 1:47:44 4.2 Paul Johnson M 43 112 Jaffrey NH
  • 93 18/20 M5054 C 1:49:34 4.2 Steven Nelson M 52 243 Doylestown PA TEAM NIETZSCHE
  • 94 19/20 M5054 1:49:56 4.1 Bryant Fong M 52 245 Bangor ME MWVVELO
  • 95 21/26 M4549 1:50:22 4.1 Allan Stam M 48 205 Grafton MA VT BEEF
  • 96 3/4 F4549 1:50:25 4.1 Joan Pew F 48 213 Ellsworth ME HOME DEPOT/DOWNEAST BICYCLE CL
  • 97 13/13 M2034 1:50:52 4.1 Scott Dolmat-Connell M 23 12 Princeton MA METLIFE CYCLING
  • 98 22/26 M4549 1:51:17 4.1 Kenneth Westfall M 49 203 Port Crane NY
  • 99 3/6 M5559 1:52:52 4.0 Billy Starr M 58 256 Wellesley MA
  • 100 14/17 M4044 1:53:43 4.0 Yves Bouchard M 44 110 Guelph ON FOREST CITY VELODROME
  • 101 15/17 M4044 1:54:34 4.0 Robert Krivicich M 44 108 Charlestown MA QUAD CYCLES
  • 102 12/16 M3539 1:55:33 3.9 Nyi Wai M 39 65 Jenkintown PA FREE BURMA/BICYCLEBABY.COM
  • 103 20/20 M5054 1:56:18 3.9 Lee Gavris M 53 242 Newton MA CHARLES RIVER WHEELMAN
  • 104 23/26 M4549 1:57:26 3.9 Myles Glisson M 48 204 Merrimack NH TEAM NITRO
  • 105 13/16 M3539 1:57:29 3.9 Brian Webb M 37 66 Philadelphia PA
  • 106 24/26 M4549 1:57:49 3.9 Chris Prieto M 49 209 Slingerlands NY
  • 107 5/5 M0119 C 1:58:11 3.9 Griffin Duffy M 19 270 Lynn MA
  • 108 3/4 F5054 1:58:15 3.9 Nancy Tibbetts F 51 248 Bedford NH
  • 109 4/6 M5559 2:03:00 3.7 Nick Marzano M 56 258 Williamsville VT
  • 110 14/16 M3539 C 2:03:02 3.7 Sven Cole M 36 70 Bridgton ME TEAM BIKEMAN.COM
  • 111 5/6 M5559 2:03:16 3.7 Gary Grant M 59 257 Greenland NH
  • 112 16/17 M4044 C 2:05:33 3.6 George Metzler M 41 117 Atglen PA
  • 113 25/26 M4549 C 2:09:18 3.5 Mark Spencer M 49 227 Lafayette Hill PA
  • 114 3/3 F4044 2:10:57 3.5 Jessica Godwin F 42 105 Croton-On-Hudson NY
  • 115 26/26 M4549 2:12:59 3.4 John Agnew Jr M 46 222 Middletown DE FLYBOYZ
  • 116 4/4 F4549 2:15:22 3.4 Carol Bult F 47 212 Bar Harbor ME HOME DEPOT/DOWNEAST CYCLING
  • 117 15/16 M3539 C 2:24:03 3.2 Christopher Pass M 36 73 Canton CT OAKBRIDGE INSURANCE SERVICES
  • 118 4/4 M6064 2:25:54 3.1 John Miller M 61 261 Jamaica Plain MA
  • 119 6/6 M5559 C 2:31:01 3.0 John J Fitzgibbons Jr M 56 254 No. Attleboro MA
  • 120 1/1 M7579 2:31:06 3.0 Raymond Gengenbach M 75 266 Amherst MA
  • 121 16/16 M3539 C 2:32:52 3.0 Andy Carver M 36 71 North Attleboro MA ACO INDUSTRIAL PAINTING
  • 122 4/4 F5054 2:45:10 2.8 Natalie Teply F 50 238 Willington CT
  • 123 17/17 M4044 C 2:51:26 2.7 Matthew Cash M 42 121 Downers Grove IL