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Brian Hall struggles to walk, but he’s cycling up Mt. Washington’s Auto Road

Brian Hall struggles to walk, but he's cycling up Mt. Washington's Auto Road

Living with Parkinson’s disease at 60 years old, cycling is one of the few physical sports Brian Hall can take part in. And he thrives…

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Living with Parkinson’s disease at 60 years old, cycling is one of the few physical sports Brian Hall can take part in. And he thrives on a bike. EXETER, N.H. — Brian Hall was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when he was a teenager. At 60 years old, the New Hampshire native is continuing to push through his diagnosis and is planning to cycle in the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb on Saturday.

It’s a monster of a challenge from base to summit, with inclines so steep that riders don’t have many options to stop and rest.

This will be Hall’s third ascent up the mountain.

"I’m feeling ready and prepared, as much as I’ve ever been, but the mountain decides what weather you’ll have that day and what you’ll be facing," Hall said. "It doesn’t matter really how much I prepare. The mountain’s gonna decide."

Hall will be one of the hundreds taking on the intense challenge but likely the only cyclist with Parkinson’s disease. His goal is to finish the climb in under two hours, but he admits it won’t be easy.

"I had that goal in 2019, and I really made an error in judgment," Hall said. "I tried to summit without taking a break, but Parkinson’s said no way to that. I had fatigue. I crashed my bike. I hurt my hip, screwed up my elbow, [and] cracked a rib. It took me three hours to summit, but I summited."

While Hall cycles for himself, he also hopes to inspire others. […]

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