Justin England won two duels yesterday to capture the Volkswagen Mount Washington Bicycle Hillclimb.
England, a resident of San Anselmo, Calif., had to withstand a tense battle with Hillclimb veteran Phillip Wong, all while battling driving wind, rain and fog. England surged past Wong in the final 500 meters and was first across the line in 58 minutes, 50 seconds.
Wong, from Gloucester, Mass., was clocked in 58:55. Andrew Knight crossed the finish line third in 1:01:05.
Aimee Vasse, 26, works her way around the corner near the top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire's White Mountains on Saturday. Vasse won the women's race to the peak in 1:10:44. (AP)
Englands and Wongs times were well off the race record, 49:22 set in 2002 by Thomas Danielson in perfect weather conditions.
Aimee Vasse won the womens race. An accomplished climber, Vasse finished in 1:10:44 to outdistance Franklins Kerry Litka (1:15:41). Vasse finished 19th overall. Litka placed 45th.