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Downhill Skateboarders Seek ‘Mellow’ 70 MPH In Western Massachusetts Competition

Racers ride a truck to the top of Whitcomb Hill Road in Florida, Massachusetts. Tim Delrosario-Rojas, second from right, won the championship race at the event. Photo by Ben James for NEPR

Racers ride a truck to the top of Whitcomb Hill Road in Florida, Massachusetts. Tim Delrosario-Rojas, second from right, won the championship race at the event. Photo by Ben James for NEPR

More than 60 downhill skateboarders convened in a quiet western Massachusetts town in June — coming from as far away as Spain, Australia, and Mexico — to compete in the first-ever Whitcomb Summit Downhill.

There’s a sign near the highest point on Route 2 in Florida, Massachusetts, that downhill skateboarder Jeff Molongoski, 54, has been contemplating for years. The sign says the road grade is 9 ½ percent for the next 2 ½ miles.

When workers carved the outrageously-steep Whitcomb Hill Road out of the mountain, none of them could have pictured the event that Molongoski and his son would host at the spot in 2019.

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