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28th Crank the Kanc. is Saturday

CONWAY — The 28th Crank the Kanc time trial hill climb will be held this Saturday and once again this perennial cycling favorite's registration filled up in quick fashion.

"We were full within 18 minutes," Phil Ostroski, event organizer, said.

All proceeds from the event go to support the Kennett High School mountain bike team and the MWV Bicycling Club Youth Development Cycling Fund. The Youth Development Cycling Fund supports local mountain bike racers, from the college level to World Cup, the Annual Kids' Bike Safety Day held at Storyland, youth mountain bike teams in the 24 Hours of Great Glen and the Mt. Washington Hillclimb and Newton's Revenge; and the Kiwanis Angel and Elves program.

The MWV Bicycling Club, Fire 21 Pizza in Conway, along with Jetboil, manufacturer of hi-tech portable outdoor stoves, continue to be main sponsors of the event.

The Crank the Kanc has been held in all weather conditions — rain, snow, and even a sunny day, now and then. The course starts just west of the Saco Ranger Station, and climbs 2,300 vertical feel in 21 miles, finishing at the top of the Kancamagus Pass, elevation 2860 feet.

New records were set in 2010. In the men's Master Division, ages 45-54, Dave Burnett of Wenham, Mass., riding for Burnett MG, rode the course in 1:01:11. Marti Shea, also in the Master's Division, riding for Destination Cycling, set a new woman's record of 1:12:55.

Crystal Anthony set the new women's course record last year, finishing in 1:07:27.

This year, waves of three will start at 8:30 a.m. and solo riders leave at 9 a.m. The public is invited to come out to cheer and support the racers.
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