We're getting some good end of season action, and some weather, out in Ada as we begin to wrap up out time trial season. Ahh- seems just like yesterday Spring was in the air. But here we are almost over. The amazing fact is that we have not had ONE time trial this year canceled by bad weather. (Hope I didn't jinx anything - yikes!)
The usual suspects came to compete. One event of note was the Haw family reunion. With both Marcus and his wife Helle doing a 2 person ride, they came especially out because both sons were in town, and Marcus told me it had to be a family affair that they did not want to miss. Recent memory will serve that younger son Jason held the course Junior Men's record for some time until Nick McKey stole it from him recently. Good to have him back, as he took top honor in the Merckx class. His older brother, Sebastian, has been riding a fair amount in Italy, of all places, and took medalist honors in the Men's class. The parents and boys especially enjoyed having the offspring pass the oldsters out on the course. Now that's what I call a family reunion.
The points contest is heating up in the Women's class, just like I predicted it might. Tarra DaPrato did well enough to bite into Jill Martinek's lead, but is still 2 points shy of a tie. If they both came out next week, it would be a close contest to the wire. Alas though, it will not be as Tarra said she'll be not able to make it next week, which gives Jill a likely commanding lead for 1st place and the $300 cash first prize. However, Heather Wiersma has an outside chance then in taking 2nd place, but she'll need 5 points to take 2nd place outright. A tall order, but possible, depending upon how many other women riders show the final week for the points contest next week.
The Men's point contest is as predictable as I thought, with the order of Ed Gilde holding 1st, Shane Wiersma holding 2nd, and Brad Leedy in 3rd. All with about 6 point leads on each other. Since its also the usual finishing order for those three, not much is likely to change if they all show up. Someone would have to have a mishap of some sorts. (Hope I didn't jinx anything - yikes! - Again!) In the case of the aforementioned mishap, actually Jeff Petersen has an outside chance of taking a top 3 spot. That's action worth watching!
And I have VERY exciting news about the Merckx class. Yours truly actually obtained enough points to take 3rd place! But I have the same problem that Tarra DaPrato has in that I cannot ride next week because of my time trial duties. So I'm at the mercy of the riders just behind me showing up or not. Jack Wright, Mr. Consistent, is doing what he needs to stay in 1st, and I think Brent Gaines will still keep 2nd, even with an absence.
Remember that next week, August 19th, is the last night for the points contest. On our last night, August 26th, riders may still make record attempts if they like.
The other news is that we WILL be having a post season "party" on August 26th right after the time trials are over. Any time trial rider or volunteer is welcome to attend, and the cost for food and beverages is nothing. Yes - FREE! You will not want to miss the final hoo-ha celebration as we award various prizes and kick another season into the sunset. I'll have more details as soon as I make the final arrangements.
Time Trials Coordinator
Here are the results from Monday's Time Trials. Let us know if there are any discrepancies. The points contest will be updated later.
Although we had ominous clouds and a few showers prior to the start of TT tonight, we had 22 riders show up to enjoy what turned out to be splendid racing conditions.
Thanks to all who came out to race tonight. As always, Dave will update the points competition when he returns (hopefully, next week?)
See you all then.
Here are Monday's results for the Time Trial - sorry for the delay. It's summer...vacation time :-)
In case you missed the spectacular weather conditions last night, below are the results of the time trials. No juniors this week! They must be out wave boarding at the beach, as near as I can figure. Only two women, but Kim Westdorp took the honors, even after arriving at the line at the last minute. What timing! In the spirit of "arrive just barely in time" decorum, Cal Hekman made his return to competitive cycling, and actually beat his predicted time by 3 minutes! That's what a near-rolling start can do for you. However, we recommend that you arrive about 3 minutes before your time, so you don't set the crew into a panic looking for you at the last minute via Amber Alerts, texts, state-wide-APBs, National Emergency Defense Network radio tones, etc.
One person who always has the knowledge, habits, and ability is Tom Burke. Arrives early, works on his bike, stretches, warms up, notes wind direction and temperature, rides a relatively high cadence of 100 rpm, aerodynamically tucked, motions only from the hip down, watches his power meter, sets goals, meters his effort, finishes strong, then a cool down ride. Even if you adopted just some of these habits, you'll be a better rider. A couple of weeks ago John Crankshaw asked me why I believed warmer weather produced faster times. I replied what almost all private pilots know well, that warmer air is less dense and easier to traverse. But as I was discussing with Tom last night, there's a limit to higher temperatures on the body, where it can become too hot to perform well physiologically. The sweet spot? Tom states about 80 degrees (he's studied it). Tom also added that altitude is the same principle. Higher altitudes have thinner air, easier to go faster, but again there's a limit. Too high an altitude and you'll suffer oxygen deprivation, decreasing performance. The sweet spot? About 5,000 - 6,000 feet. So 80 degrees at 5,000 feet. What a combo. Think about Eddy Merckx's 1972 Hour Record in Mexico City at 7,500 feet. Think Francesco Moser in 1984 at the same venue. Think about the Olympic Velodrome in Colorado Springs at 6,000 feet. Go to either of those places for your PR attempts.
Speaking of Tom Burke, he bested his next closest competitor by about 7 minutes. He went off last, and just as we predicted, he came in first. Quite an accomplishment when you can lap the whole field.
The points contest is getting very interesting. We're seeing steadier, usually slower, riders rising to the top, as the real speedsters continue their beach vacations. Only 6 more week to go, and it will be all over. Who will win the $$$$$$$$$?
I would be remiss if I did not mention that next week, July 22, is ADOPT A ROAD CLEANUP. Please plan an staying and help us beautify Grand River Avenue. Treats afterwards!
Time Trials Coordinator
Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club
Howdy Time Trialists,
Here are your results. Have a great week.
The results will have to speak for themselves today! :-)
Summer is here, and things are getting busy!
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.
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
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!