Pro cyclist Tim Johnson recently became the first person to bike up New Hampshire’s Mount Washington in winter.
In early February, Johnson rode a fat bike up the 7.6-mile Mount Washington Auto Road, climbing 4,685 feet on an icy 14-percent grade slope in 1 hour and 45 minutes. During the climb, Johnson braved 49-mile-per-hour wind gusts and wind chills as low as -19 degrees Fahrenheit, according to RedBull.com.
“By the time I got up to the Hair Pin turn (6.5 miles, 5,700 feet), it was really windy, I had no traction and it was really tough to find anyway to keep moving forward,” said Johnson. “I couldn’t even stay upright.”
A native New Englander, Johnson is a six-time cyclocross national champion who is known for raising awareness for bicycle advocacy through his work with PeopleForBikes.
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