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Newton’s Revenge - A Bike Race Up Mt. Washington Auto Road

July 11 2015
Gorham, New Hampshire, USA

Completed in 1861 as the Mt. Washington Carriage Road, the winding all-uphill Mt. Washington Auto Road holds a perennial appeal for athletes with a taste for challenges. Each summer since 1973, cyclists have converged at the base of the Auto Road to contend with what professional riders have called the toughest hillclimb in the world.

By 2006 the original Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb had become so popular that the Mt. Washington Auto Road company created a second race on the same course – Newton’s Revenge – to accommodate the excess demand for this opportunity to test one’s pedaling strength against the Auto Road’s 12 percent grade.

The race is contested on the same exact course as the original Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, located in Pinkham Notch NH, making Newton’s Revenge the other Toughest Hillclimb in the World.   Please click on Race Details for more information about Newton’s Revenge.  Also click on Mountain Facts – great stats about Mount Washington that you will find very interesting.

The Auto Road will open to race traffic at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014.  Line up for racers is at 8:20 a.m. with the first wave going off at 8:40 a.m. Weather date is Sunday, July 13th.  The Auto Road opens to the general public at 1:00 p.m. or when deemed safe.

Record Holders
49:24 Tom Danielson 8/24/02
58:14 Jeanie Longo 8/19/00



Routes: 7.6 miles, 12%, 4,720 feet
Difficulty of Greatest Route: F - Ultra Distance and Climbing for events well over 100 miles
Entry Limit: 635
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Start Times / Itinerary

Friday - July 10th, 2015

3:00-6:00pm, Registration/Bib Pick-Up,
(base of the Auto Road, under the event tent)

Racers present photo ID, pick up their registration packets (race number, etc.) and pre-purchased merchandise, and sign any necessary waivers.  Racers needing rides and drivers with available rides will have a chance to connect in in advance of race day.

Saturday - July 11th, 2015

(Mt. Washington Auto Road, base of the mountain)

6:00am-8:00am, Racer Check-in/Packet Pick-up

Racers present photo ID, pick up their registration packets (race number, etc.) and pre-purchased merchandise, and sign any necessary waivers.  Racers needing rides and drivers with available rides will have a chance to connect in in advance of race day.
Racer Check-in

6:30am, Breakfast
(available for purchase at Glen View Café located in the  Lodge – across the street from the event tent)

6:30am-8:00am, Support Drivers Begin Upbound Journey
The Mt. Washington Auto Road opens for support vehicles to begin their ascent.
*VERY important: Drivers must leave EARLY – The road is closed to upbound traffic at 8:00am, after which time NO one is permitted to pass the Toll House.

7:00am, Guided Tours

At 7:00am, sales for guided tours to the summit go on sale. Tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis and are available in limited quantity Spectator stages will depart for the summit at 8:00am.  Spectator stage tickets will not be available after 8:00am, and will not be offered in advance. Cost is $35.00/adult, $15.00/child (age 5-12). For more info please visit the Mt. Washington Auto Road web site.

8:00am, Auto Road closes to automobile traffic
8:25am, Racers self-seed (within appropriate wave)
8:30am, Pre-Race Announcements
8:40am, Top Notch wave Starts
8:45am, 2nd Wave (ages 20-34, 35-39) Starts
8:50am, 3rd Wave (ages 40-44) Starts
8:55am, Tandem/Juniors/45+ Starts
11:15am, Auto Road opens for down bound traffic (or will remain closed until Auto Road staff releases summit traffic)
12:00am, Awards Ceremony & Lunch (lunch catered by Hart's Turkey Farm
                  (additional lunch tickets are available in limited quantity; $15.00/adult, $12.00/child (age 5-12)) 
1:00pm, Auto Road opens to all traffic or will remain closed until Auto Road gives the ok.


Individual  (7.6 miles, 8:40 AM start)  $300
Unicycle    (7.6 miles, 8:40 AM start)  $300
Tandem     (7.6 miles, 8:40 AM start)  $450

What's Included?

Registration includes:

- registration fees for the 2014 Newton's Revenge
- access to the practice ride on June 15th

- unique number and timing chip
- pre and post event parking
- commemorative long-sleeved event shirt

- (1) Auto Pass (to be provided to support driver)
- fluids at base and summit hydration stations
- finisher medal
- commemorative embroidered fleece blanket
- (1) lunch catered by Hart's Turkey Farm
- (1) ice cream at the base
- eligibility for finisher awards & prizes
- other valuable offerings from event sponsors (to be determined)

Packet Pickups

Friday - July 10th, 3:00-6:00pm
Saturday - July 11th, 6:00-8:00am

Prize / Race Categories

Top Notch Wave Qualifications

This category is reserved for any rider who has previously completed the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb and/or Newton's Revenge in 1:20 or less OR is a Cat.1 or 2 or a professional racer. No other riders will be allowed in this field. Riders in this field will be racing against riders in their own age category and not necessarily against other riders in this starting field. There are no medals for this category, all riders are competing for medals within their age group.


$5,000 to Male/Female who break the standing overall course records.
*This includes finish times for Newton's Revenge and the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.

$1,500 to Male/Female overall winners if the record is not broken. Medals awarded 3 deep in each age category.
*Please visit the website for additional details.

Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Pre-Packet Pickups
Support for Participants
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Electronic Start/Finish Hill Timing
Category / Race Prizes
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
Free Training Rides
Post Ride Shower
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Number of Timed Hill Climbs
One Hill Climb
Event Size
Less Than 500 Riders
Start Address: 1 Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham, NH 03581
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