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!
I have a new name for Tom Burke. Henceforth, he shall be known in all these lands as "The Magician". What Tom did last night was nothing short of astounding. Riding at an average speed of 29+ MPH, Sir Tom the Magician came within 13 seconds of matching the Men's Amateur record of 30:27 set in 1996 by Jason Swiatlowski. There are several reason why I think Tom's performance was actually better than Jason's:
A. The temps were cooler than desired for record runs. Tom himself even told me he prefers temps to be more like 75-80 degrees. In more rarefied air - you're just faster.
B. The road condition is far from ideal. With the amount of broken pavement, rough spots, and weaving needed to stay on halfway decent pavement, precious time is wasted.
C. It's early in the season. Peak form may not be yet achieved.
For those reasons alone, I believe the Men's Amateur Record is within reach. I hope we see an actual attempt later this year. Did you hear that, Sir Tom the Magician?
The rest of the Men's group was not too shabby either on a night with dry, fair temps and a dying Westerly wind. Three other riders achieved sub 34 minute times with Travis Dittmer, William Morris (one half of the current Male/Female Tandem record), and perennial Master athlete Dave Hietikko. They are all in great form, and certainly ready for the Grand Rapids Tri this next Sunday.
Not to be outdone by her husband, Stefanie Dittmer bested all the Women with a very nice 37:05 time, just a hair faster than current Junior Women record holder Summer Gilbert at 38:12. While Stefanie had all the right gear, Summer continues to use the Time Trials for training by riding a simpler setup. Maybe later we'll see the whole TT kit and she'll unleash all that power she has in reserve. It was nice to see Jill Martinek out, busy mother and all between all the kid's sport activities. Her time was excellent for such a schedule!
In the Junior category, I'm keeping my eye on a rising star in Hayden Fox. For someone that just got his driver's license, sub 35 minute times are just incredible. I know he works hard and races at Grattan. Real dedication is paying off.
I also thought Dave Tomasik's Fat Bike ride was very good. That's a nice ride he has. He teases me and says he'll try to break the single speed record that I hold. I say, "Please do it!" My time is embarrassingly slow and not worthy. Someone needs to break it.
Speaking of breaking records, newcomer Stephen C. Ibanez rode the Merckx class in a very respectable 37:33, and immediately was asking about the record setting process. Earlier this year, Chris Ostberg set the record at 36:54. So Stephen is not that far off. So between travel plans, I think Stephen will be back with an "eye on the prize".
I have also included the Points contest updated results below. Brad Leedy sure knows what he's doing to get the top spot and top cash prize. Keep showing up and riding well.
With the cold 50 degree weather today, there were only 16 participants in the Time Trials today.
Newcomer Ralph Buckingham scored first for the Men's category and asked what the course record is. Maybe we'll see an attempt on it later this summer.
Summer Gilbert graduated to the Women's Category from Junior now that she is 18. She still took first place.
Charly Beyidi pulled a muscle in his leg and had a DNF for his first ever time trial.
There are NO Time Trials on Memorial Day. See you again on June 3rd.