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Time Trial Results

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Results 2019-07-08

Howdy Time Trialists,

Here are your results.  Have a great week.

Carolyn Chapman

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Results 2019-07-01

The results will have to speak for themselves today! :-)

Summer is here, and things are getting busy!

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Results 2019-06-24

It was quite a rainy afternoon which probably discouraged many racers from coming to the Time Trials. There were 7 competitors today. We saw John Crankshaw warming up in the rain; there may have been others but we didn’t see them. The rain pretty much stopped by the time we started our riders. The clouds blew east away from us, and some sun came out.

Thanks to the volunteers for coming out in this weather.

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Results 2019-06-17

This Monday, two new records were established:

Merckx - Scott Gustafson 35:48   (Previously held by Chris Ostberg at 36:54 set in May this year)

Male Single Speed - Reid Morris 34:45  (Previously held by Dave Durkee at 44:46 in 2015) Finally, an unworthy time usurped by a worthy one. Long live the King!

I have a house full of guests this week and still working full time, but I'll update the points contest when I have time. The Men's contest will be interesting as I see Ed Gilde is taking the 2 placements ahead of Brad Leedy he needs to catch Brad and possibly take first place. To quote Star Wars "Everything is proceeding as I had forseen".     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAf0QnLFS7Q

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Results 2019-06-10

Zowie! My golf buddy used to tell me I was in a situation called the "Mongolian Reversal", all too often. Usually I was on the bad end of the deal, but it was in reference to a good fortune turned sour, all within one hole. I hit a good drive, my golf buddy is in the woods. I hit a crappy approach shot into the drink, he makes a miraculous curvy iron shot, through the woods, to 6 feet from the pin. Mongolian Reversal!!

 

That's about what we had last night in Ada. The 2 Junior Men beat up on everyone else, both with sub 36 minute times. Kudos to Judah Gustafson and Hayden Fox for being the REAL DEAL last night, putting all other riders to utter shame. 

 

The Men were led by Septuagenarian Elite Dave Ryskamp. Good job showing all the whipper-snappers a thing or two - or three - or seventy+.

 

In the Merckx category, we would have had a new record set last night, if not for a few minor details. Like checking with registration to make sure the bike qualifies for that classification, announcing ahead of time (2 days preferably) about the record attempt, and the club supplying a turn around verification person to make sure the record is legit. I hope our medalist of the evening attempts it again. It was certainly a worthy ride.

 

For the Women, I was glad to see Tarra DaPrato out and in good early season form. 

 

The Points contest for the Women has Summer Gilbert with a good lead, much like she did last year. The Men's contest has leader Brad Leedy that will be hard to catch if Brad keeps showing up every week, as he has been already. Ed Gilde has a good chance of catching him if Ed keeps coming out, as Ed is faster than Brad generally and will almost always gain points on Brad every time the two are out together. Jason Carpenter still holds the top spot in the Merckx class, even while being absent this week. We'll see how long the lead will last if he continues to be AWOL.

 

See everyone next week!  

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Events and Group Rides

Group Ride Paces:

Easy: 9-11mph, Casual: 11-13mph, Moderate: 13-15mph, Good: 15-17mph, Fast: 17-19mph, Fast+: 19+mph

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