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Marblehead's Shea wins Mt. Washington climb

Posted by Marcia Dick  August 22, 2011 10:05 AM

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AP Photo/39th Annual Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, Dennis Coughlin

Marti Shea crosses the finish line to win the women's division of the Mount Washington Bicycle Hillclimb.

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. -- Marti Shea of Marblehead  was the top female finisher at the annual Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb Saturday in Pinkham Notch, N.H.

Shea, 48, won Newton's Revenge, Mount Washington's other bike race, earlier this summer. She finished in exactly the same time Saturday at 1 hour, 4 minutes and 12 seconds, tying her personal best.

Shea has two Hillclimb titles and has won five straight Newton's Revenge races to the 6,288-foot summit of the highest peak in the Northeast.

Cycling veteran Ned Overend, of Durango, Colo., celebrated his 56th birthday by winning the men's division in 55 minutes, 3 seconds.

Overend won the first World Mountain Biking Championship in 1990. He's won the US national off-road biking championship six times.

Sponsored by Polartec, with additional support from others, the race is the primary annual fund-raiser for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany, N.H.


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