Friday, March 21, 2014

Perspective change and real change

Welcome back to another year of racing!  With the L O N G  W I N T E R  we have had, I am sure we all are ready for some temperate temperatures.  I first of all wanted to let all of you know we are cutting our series short one race this year.  This is due to many factors, one being weather the other, logistics.  Time has tricked me and I simply do not feel prepared to put on the April race, therefore, May will mark the start of our series.  It will still be the SECOND TUESDAY of the month, beginning in May and ending in August.

Also, I am thinking of slightly tweaking the course.  I propose we begin at what was the first turn (660th street and Utah Ave. S.E.) and head out from there five miles which puts our turnaround about .8 miles out from where it has been.  We talked about this due to safety issues with the new stop sign on 660th street.  Traffic on Utah Ave which is the intersecting road at the first left hand turn, does not have a stop sign.  We do however have a stop sign that we disregard making that first left.  This could potentially cause some legal issues if someone where to get hit.  No strong armed corner Marshall could stop a redneck in a truck.  :(    Below is a link to the map of the existing course.  With the new course, we would turn around at Sioux Ave. and approximately 620th street.  I have yet to actually measure the 5 mile point as of this posting.


https://www.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=41.463827,-91.424446&spn=0.102654,0.16531&z=13&msid=106754396498780390048.000484be74590d85fa628&dg=feature

Please give me feedback!

Another change is our pricing.  Due to the rising costs of putting on a race through USAC, I must raise my entry fee to $15.  Still a good bargain though.  USAC has also raised the price of one day licenses.  It is now $15 to purchase a one day.  I would strongly suggest if you do my TT & Black Diamond TT and especially if you do The Elkhart TT Series, it is financially much more feasible to purchase a USA Cycling Licence.  http://www.usacycling.org/  your link to get one and preregister for any races you might want to race.

I welcome any volunteer help and encourage that we all participate in one way or another to keep our small local races strong in this area.

Please stay tuned for more info and news here on my blog,

As always, thanks for your support!

Monika

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Results for the final time trial in the 2012-13 season

The last race always has some type of snafu, for lack of a better word.  One year we shortened the course last minute.  Another year the Sheriff paid us a visit and an angry motorist ran down a few race signs.  This time,  while preparing to set up registration in Dougherty Park, I was told that I needed to move my vehicle because it would surely get blocked in due to football practice in the park.  As a steady stream of cars were coming into the lot, we decided to set up shop at the school parking lot just down the street.  Let's just say, I have made wiser choices in the past.  I apologise for my crankiness at registration, due to the fact that I had no helpers as they were at the old post directing riders back to the high school lot.  Thanks Matt Hartman for helping me corral the remainder.
Lesson:  It's football practice, not a football game and my car is staying where its at.

Other than that, you couldn't of asked for a more beautiful evening; 70 degrees, a slight wind from NNE maybe about 6 mph.  I think quite a few racers had a personal records because of these ideal conditions. The fastest time belonged to "The German" Henning Gerke, 22:14.25.  Now, this is what I LOVE about time trials.  Dan Shaffer's time was 22:15.66.   That's incentive for Dan to come back next season!

enough commentary, here's the dope:

Men 1/2/3
Dan Shaffer  ICCC  22:15.66
Rob McKillip  Goosetown Racing/New Pi  23:58.85

Men Masters
Henning Gerke  ICCC  22:14.25
John Stonebarger  Goosetown Racing/New Pi  23:12.62
Matt Hartman  Goosetown Racinig/New Pi  23:19.52
Wayne Fett  Goosetown Racing/New Pi  23:32.22
Tobin Jacks  23:57.80
Mike Giudici  DICE  26:40.94

Men 4/5
John Martinek  ICCC  25:13.11
Chris O'Hara  25:46.43
Tarryl Bockelman  26:13.07
Todd Brown  HBA  27:52.35

Men Breakaway
Steve Hanson  Goosetown Racing/New Pi  25:52.20
Andrew Lidral  26:24.21
Paul Windschitl  27:16.55
John Burge  HBA  27:44.84
Vladimir Badovinac  27:55.66

Women Masters
Tara Coady  Goosetown Racing/New Pi  27:35

Women 4
Sarah Barber  HBA  26:05.86
Shauna Dudley  26:59.18

Women Breakaway
Amaris McCann  28:59.40
Kirschen Seah  34:31.96

Tandem
The Martin's  ICCC  23:36.17

Our Special thanks goes to Rick Hopson for turnaround support and for his support of racing in Iowa in general;  my officials for the season, Larry Howe and Brian Abbott; My husband, Chris Martin  and my son, Oskar Martin, for putting up with me and unyielding assistance.  To Jason "Poncho" Teggatz for his commitment as an assistant and for Gary Henry for getting me out of the weeds. Finally, to ALL OF YOU who came wind, cold, hot or shine, to keep it going.  I do this for you!

To my sponsors:  Geoffs Bike and Ski, thanks for years of top support!  New Pioneer Coop, a big thanks for your support of bike racing and bikes in general!  Tommy Connolly & Jon Wilson of Bluebird Diner/cafe my gratitude for your thoughtfulness and friendship!  and last but not least, Steve and Linda and staff of Cafe del Sol Roasting for providing us with fresh roasted coffee as prizes!
Please let our sponsors know with you patronage how much you appreciate what they do to help you have fun!  That's the bottom line folks!

Until next April...support local grass-roots racing in Iowa and local everything in Iowa!






Sunday, August 11, 2013

Final Time Trial of the 2012-2013 season!

While at the state championship road race this weekend, a few people inquired about the course conditions.  As many of you know, it is chip seal season in Iowa.  That's when mostly "paved " roads get a fresh dump of tar then small gravel dumped on the surface.  Then car traffic beats it down into the tar.  lo and behold, it eventually becomes pavement.
Chip seal was placed in a few sections of the course. All areas are on a straightaway.  It is not fresh chip seal and has had some traffic on it.  Chris and i did drive the course yesterday and found it acceptable for racing.

So what the hell does that mean, you might be thinking.  "Do they find it "acceptable" to race a tt bike on gravel?" Not exactly.

1.  the chip seal is not in any corners.  Remember a couple years back when we shortened the course because it was?
2.  we will sweep the corners as we always do, as best we can.
3.  you can change tire size if this makes you nervous.  No one is asking you to race 700x23c's
4.  you can change categories and race breakaway and bring a cross bike...I don't care.

I do care that everyone knows its out there. Chris & I will race our tandem with regular race tires.  Seriously, if it is on a straightaway and you are in control, just keep pedaling.  :)

I am still looking for a few helpers as well...

I hope to get a great showing of racers since this is the final tt.  I will NOT forget my shoes this time!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Results from time trial #4

So I admit, I was worried.  Worried that my attendance would be low due to the approaching thunder storm. Worried that the rain would stop, then start back up at 6:30 as predicted.  Worried that I would have to cancel and reschedule, which any race director will tell you involves much more than picking a new date.
None of that happened. 
This is what did:
Attendance was about average.  The sunny sun came out so humidity went way up.  The wind stopped and the heat index was just what we expect for July.  So the show went on.  Chris and I were excited to find a last minute volunteer for the turnaround (Thanks Gary Henry!!!) so that we could race.  But then, as I was kitting up, I noticed that bike shoes were missing. 

Here are the times for those who got the opportunity to sweat.

Men 1/2/3/
Rob McKillip  New Pioneer/Goosetown  24:51.92

Masters Men
Henning Gerke  ICCC 22:14.42
Dan Shaffer  ICCC 22:34.56
Matt Hartman  New Pioneer/Goosetown  23:52.20
Wayne Fett  New Pioneer/Goosetown  24:03.10
Barry Carter ICCC  24:17.38
Mark Constintine  New Pioneer/Goosetown  24:50.31
Tobin Jacks  24:51.74
Mike Merulla  ICCC  25:08.81

Men 4/5
Lucas Llado  Iowa Heat  23:59.60
Paul Windschitl  27:27.67
Yigit Aytic  27:48.27

Men Breakaway
Mark Beatty  Twisted Spokes  25:04.85
Steve Hanson  New Pioneer/Goosetown  26:13.31
John Burge HBA  28:17.87

Women 1/2/3
Karen Stierler  ICCC 26:32.25

Masters Women
Tara Coady  New Pioneer/Goosetown  26:57.17

Women 4
Shauna Dudley  27:39.77

Women Breakaway
Sarah Barber  HBA  27:29.35
Kirschen Seah  34:55.92

Juniors
Alijah Beatty  ICCC  31:48.92

Thanks to all who came to play.  Welcome back Karen Stierler!
Please help me spread the word about my Time Trial Series.  Triathletes are encouraged and welcome.  Juniors are our future, so please encourage them as well! There are more Time Trials left on the schedule so go on...suffar  :)

Here are the remaining Time Trials on the local USAC list:
Elkhart Time Trial Series;  This Thursday  July 11th
Blues & BBQ Race weekend, Clear Lake;  Saturday July 13
Iowa Games Time Trial;  Friday July 19
Black Diamond Time Trial Series;  Sunday July 28
Iowa State Time Trial Championships;  Sunday August 4
Elkhart Time Trial Series; Thursday August 8
Monika's Summer Time Trial Series;  Tuesday August 13
Iowa State Team Time Trial;  Sunday August 18




 

 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Weather...weather!

For now, the race is still on since its Iowa and as the saying goes; if you don't like the weather wait 5 minutes.
It is 7 hours from race time.  I hope the front will move on by then.  I will keep a watchful eye out.  As of now, the weather report looks like 40% chance of t-storms at 7:00pm
Rain can be ok, especially when it's hot out.  The corners will be slick however.  Thunder and lightning Worry me.  If I can work out a rain date for this race I will.  I realize my flyer says rain or shine, it does not qualify what type of rain.  That is why radar is color coded.  ;)  
So stay posted and I will make up my mind 100% by 3:00 pm.
Thanks everyone for patience and understanding.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Results for time trial #3

As I batted at the gnats, I welcomed the 23 riders (25 counting Chris & I ) who came to dance.  The weather was as predicted; upper 80's very humid with a slight breeze and some cloud cover.  Good night for racing.
Two Juniors came to race.  Thanks to Richard Gilmore who kept Alijah going!  Wille looked awesome out there! :)
Tara and Sarah had close to a tied time.   Rob McKillip rode his fat tire with aero comfort.  Nice Job Rob!
Lots of new faces and many regulars...thanks to Poncho and John for helping us out and Larry Howe for officiating!

and now for the final results:

Men 1/2/3
Rob McKillip (New Pi-Goosetown)  26:36.03

Men 40+
Henning Gerke (ICCC)  22:23.59
Mark Sorenson (ICCC)  22:58.66
Wayne Fett (New Pi-Goosetown)  23:41.38
Barry Carter (ICCC)  24:12.31
Tobin Jacks  24:26.53
Mark Beatty (Twisted Spokes)  24:37.70
Mike Merulla (ICCC)  25:22.84
Richard Gimore (Twisted Spokes)  29:26.06

Men 4/5
John Martinek (ICCC)  25:23.06
Todd Brown (HBA)  28:38.23
Bill Knoedel  29:04.20
James Mulherin  30:00.48
Eric Tomek  31:17.95

Men Breakaway
Steve Hanson (New Pi-Goosetown)   26:20.16
John Burge (HBA)  28:45.70
Vladimir Badovinac  29:44.88

Women 4
Shauna Dudley 27:05.66

Women 40+
Tara Coady (New Pi-Goosetown)  26:58.70

Women Breakaway
Sarah Barber (HBA) 26:58.59
Kirschen Seah  35:15.20

Juniors
Alijah Beatty (ICCC)  28:18.28
Wiilie Oxley (New Pi-Goosetown)  30:13.16

Tandem
The Martin's  (ICCC)  23:40.73

Overall
1. Henning Gerke 22:23.59
2. Mark Sorenson 22:58.66
3. Martin's 23:40.73
4. Wayne Fett 23:41.38
5. Barry Carter 24:12.31
6. Tobin Jacks 24:26.53
7. Mark Beatty 24:37.70
8. Mike Merulla 25:22.84
9. John Martinek 25:23.06
10. Steve Hanson 26:20.16

11. Rob McKillip 26:36.03
12. Sarah Barber 26:58.59
13. Tara Coady 26:58.70
14. Shauna Dudley 27:05.66
15. Alijah Beatty 28:18.28
16. Todd Brown  28:38.23
17. John Burge 28:45.70
18. Bill Knoedel 29:04.20
19. Richard Gilmore 29:26.06
20. Vladimir Badovinac 29:44.88
21. James Mulherin 30:00.48
22. Willie Oxley 30:13.16
23. Eric Tomek 31:17.95
24. Kirschen Seah 35:15.20


A BIG THANK YOU to all our sponsors and volunteers.  You help us continue our grass-roots races!
And...to all our racers who participated; "GREAT JOB"  hope more of you can make it over to the next Time Trial which is July 9th.  I would like to reach a goal of 30 + racers!
until then.. keep posted
cheers..Monika




Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Today is the day for a nice ten mile race!

Just thought I would post a little something to let last minute readers of the blog know I am still alive and preparing for tonight's time trial in Lone Tree.  I have just checked weather conditions and it looks like the temps will be higher than they have been with a light wind and a 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms.  Right now the sun is shining brightly and I always keep good faith with the weather.  If thunder and lightning begins at race time we will halt the race and start up when conditions look favorable once again.

I will be picking up prizes from my sponsors,  Cafe del Sol Roasting in Coralville & New Pioneer Coop pastry department.  There will also be some good beverages from John's Grocery that are purchased with donations from Geoff's Bike and Ski.  I am happy for these sponsorships as the prizes make my Time Trial unique.  I will speak for others and say Yum and Fun!

Hope to see you tonight at Dougherty Park in Lone Tree at 5:30!https://www.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=41.463827,-91.424446&spn=0.102654,0.16531&z=13&msid=106754396498780390048.000484be74590d85fa628