Newton's Revenge will draw a crowd
The race will start in Gorham in four waves, beginning at 8:40 a.m. with the elite cyclists. After they depart from the starting line, five-minute intervals with three successive age groups will follow suit up to the 6,288-foot summit.
"The Hillclimb can accommodate a maximum of 600 cyclists," said Stifler. "Once that event is filled, we begin registration for Newton's Revenge for many more of those cyclists who weren't able to register for the Hillclimb. We also encourage cyclists to register for both races. Because the distance is the same for both races, any record set at either race is the official record."
There will be a new men's champion Saturday. Last year's winner, Cameron Cogburn of Cambridge, Mass. (55:59), will not be back to defend his title.
The men's course record belongs to Connecticut native Tom Danielson, who set the mark (49:24) in 2002 in the Hillclimb. In 2010 Danielson won Newton's Revenge and nearly broke his own record, finishing in 49:32.
Paula Brunetto of West Cornwall, Conn., the only female back who placed in the top 50 last year (44th overall, 1:19.00), surfaces as a leading contender to the title.
Stifler said 13-year-old Jonah Thompson of Albuquerque, N.M. will make his sixth straight appearance in the race Saturday.
Temperatures at the starting line Saturday will range around 70 degrees and drop off to 40 at the finish line.
"Hot weather is not as bad for cyclists as it is for runners," said Stifler. "With everything being equal, cooler temperatures are better than warmer. Outside of what the competitors can control, the top priority for the cyclists on Saturday will be the wind. It's always a factor."
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