Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Old Man & The Mountain

From WMUR Channel 9 in New Hampshire

Pinkham Notch, NH— Defending champion Phillip Gaimon regained his hillclimb crown today following a close and exciting duel with mountain bike legend Ned Overend, a man more than twice his age, in the 37th annual Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.

Gaimon, 23, of Tucker, Ga., beat Overend, 53, of Durango, Co. by 16 seconds on the steep and winding 7.6-mile course up the Northeast's highest peak with a personal best time of 54:37. The pair rode with Kevin Nicol, 42, of Lafayette, Co. until he fell off the pace near the 5-mile mark.

"I just tried to go my pace and hoped he (Overend) would crack," said Gaimon. "I didn't count on it taking so long, but he finally did."

The three were near record pace on the bottom half of the mostly paved road until the trio got into a race-slowing tactical game with riders wheel-to-wheel near timberline.

This was the second time Overend (54:53) has finished second in the Hillclimb, a race he first entered in 2005. He finished fourth that year and came back in 2006, placing second.

"I was hanging back a little bit," said Overend, the former World Mountain Bike champion. "I wanted this to be a fast time." Read more HERE...

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