Hunterdon native with two new knees finishes grueling Mount
Washington bicycle race
Hunterdon County Democrat By Hunterdon County Democrat
on August 28, 2014 at 10:57 AM, updated August 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Hunterdon County native Greg Bullock, 54, is believed to be the first bicyclist to ride up Mount Washington in New
Hampshire after having both knees replaced.
He was a finisher in a grueling race up “the Rock Pile” on Aug. 16, coming back from the knee surgery that had been
done just over two years previously.
Bullock has lived variously in Flemington, Milford and High Bridge. He currently resides in New Egypt. He and his
wife own Global Producers Services, an event production company.
Prior to the surgery Bullock was unable to climb the stairs in his home. Simply walking through the grocery store
became extremely difficult. His knees had deteriorated to where walking became a painful, miserable experience.
Osteoarthritis had taken this cyclist of more than 30 years and left him unable to ride and just barely able to walk.
As an avid cyclist and road-racing fan, Bullock had heard about the ascent of Mount Washington. “I have never been
one to take the valley roads around the ridges and peaks, but would be the rider who would make that left turn and
climb straight up and over. I love to climb,” he said.
The Mount Washington Bicycle Hillclimb, an annual race, has been on Bullock’s bucket list for years. “I remember
hearing about the climb often among cycling enthusiasts. Setting his sights on the hill climb, in 2005 Bullock and his
wife visited the mountain to look at the course. “After seeing the climb in person, I knew it would be very difficult,
but if others could do it, so could I,” he said. He trained in the hills for three years, doing consecutive Livestrong
Philly 100 miles rides in 2007, 2008 and 2009 to test his climbing legs before signing up for a bicycle hill climb.
He says, “I thought that if I could comfortably climb 10,000 feet in a 100-mile ride, my climbing legs and endurance
should be adequate for a hill climb.” Finally in 2010 Bullock completed the Mount Ascutney Hill Climb in Vermont as a
final test climb for Mount Washington. But that would be his last season of riding for awhile.
“In late 2010 I just couldn’t ride any more. It felt like a Dixie Cup of sand and gravel was inside my knees. It hurt
every time I took a step,” Bullock remembers. After more than 18 months of discomfort, double knee replacements
were installed. “There was an immediate difference in my knees. The pain was different. Now, what I was feeling
was related to the surgery and not my failed knee joints. I knew I would recover and knew I had to get back on the
bike as soon as possible.”