Thursday, August 25, 2011

Results are here for the final time trial in the series

Balmy and breezy typical Iowa weather in August brought 21 racers to hammer out the ten mile time trial course in the lonely town of Lone Tree. This is also the time of year for putting down chip seal. We had some of that on our straightaways, which may have affected some riders finish times. Chris and I did spend a good deal of time carefully sweeping the corners on Monday evening, and we were glad that all kept rubber side down. We did however run into a problem with a motorist hauling a trailer who decided he did not want us on "his road" and buzzed as many of the riders as possible. Thanks to Mark Sorenson who telephoned the county sheriff and Larry Howe who obtained this guys licence plate number. Interestingly, last years final TT had someone run down a number of our signs, as well as calling the sheriff to report that there were bikes taking up the whole road.

On another note: Congrats to Shawna Dudley who won the drawing for the Specialized time trial helmet! You will go fast with it ...go girl!

our results for Time Trial #5 are:

By Category:

Men 1/2/3 Overall:
1. Dan Schaffer, ICCC 22:56.11 2

Men 40+
1. Greg Deuthman, ICCC 22:11.18 1
2. Mark Sorenson, ICCC 23:03.10 3
3. John Stonebarger, unatt. 23:07.50 4
4. Wayne Fett, New Pi. 23:24.34 6
5. Bob Hayes, Harpers 27:54.91 15

Men 4
1. Rob McKillip, New Pi. 23:19.74 5
2. John Burkle, Atlas 24:21.10 8

Men 5
1. Tobin Jacks, unatt. 25:49.53 10
2. Shawn Meaney, unatt. 26:33.66 11
3. Todd Brown, HBA 27:13.80 12
4. Mark Reynolds, unatt. 27:26.88 13
5. Paul Windschtil, unatt. 28:08.06 16
6. Tim Smith, unatt. 28:17.38 17
7. Nic Sabatke, unatt. 30:25.34 19

Women 1/2/3
1. Karen Stierler, ICCC 24:44.43 9

Women 4
1. Shawna Dudley, unatt. 27:32.37 14

Women 40+
1. Susan Sorenson, unatt. 33:01.87 21

Women Breakaway
1. Angi Staley, unatt. 29:54.71 18
2. Tara Coady, unatt. 31:25.20 20

1. Chris & Monika Martin, ICCC 23:35.65 7

Thanks to each and everyone of you who came out to race this season!
Special thanks goes to our wonderful sponsors who came though even in the tough economy! New Pioneer Co-op, Geoffs Bike & Ski, Cafe del Sol Roasting, Bluebird Diner.

I hope to do it again next year, but i would like to hear from you your thoughts etc.


your race director, Monika. :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Last time trial for this race season & other info.

A few notes:

I will be bringing along series results that have been compiled thus far. I few things i needed to change since our attendance for the series did not allow me to use more that two race times to compile overall standings. Most riders have only come to two or three races at the most, and some may not attend tonight's race. Given the situation, I will average the race times for the leaders of each category and that will determine the winners. Those names will then be put into a hat and the winner will be drawn for the prize from Geoff's Bike & Ski which is a time trial helmet from Specialized. The winner can then go to Geoff's and order the correct size and choice of color. We just did not get enough sponsors to get a prize for each category. We did not get enough riders to use race funds for a cash prize either.

I would love to hear from you as to whether you think we should continue the series next season. If there is a consensus that we need another Time trial series, then i will consider doing this again. It takes a lot of personal time and sweat equity to put on races. Frankly, I was hoping more racers would give it a try. If you don't, grass roots racing will go away. The excuse i heard the most was "I don't do time trials" well I hate road races and I do them anyway. It is good practice.

So i am done with my speech and hope those of you that hate time trials and or "they won't help my training" will try it on for size.

Thanks and see you tonight.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Results for Time Trial #4

A big round of sweaty applause to all who ventured over to time trial number four yesterday evening. Hot and steamy best describes the race. You've no doubt heard the adage, " If you don't like the weather in Iowa, wait 5 minutes." Well as Chris and I pulled the last few signs off the road after the race, it started raining. It also dropped 10 degrees. Many thank-yous go to Mark Guthart, our official, Chris Jeffery, our turnaround official and Jason "poncho" Teggatz for awesome bike holding and otherwise cheering on our racers!

Here are results for all of you:


1. Paul Denninger 22:15.40
2. Greg Duethman 22:20.02
3. Chad Bishop 22:42.28
4. Joe Nichols 23:18.59
5. Wayne Fett 23:57.40
6. Chris & Monika Martin 24:00.33

7. Karen Stierler 25:08.97
8. Barry Carter 25:11.22
9. Mike Merulla 25:18.02
10. Conn Day 25:20.15
11. John Burkle 25:42.09
12. Tobin Jacks 25.54.96

13. Tim Kennel 26.06.09
14. Ed La Grange 26:18.57
15. Shawn Meany 27:16.59
16. Shawna Dudley 27:48.01
17. John Burke 29:08.03


Men 123
Paul Denninger - American Equity 22:15.40
Chad Bishop - American Equity 22:42.28

Men 40+
Greg Duethman - ICCC 22:20.02
Wayne Fett - New Pioneer 23:57.40
Barry Carter - ICCC 25:11.22
Mike Merulla - ICCC 25:18.02
Conn Day - unatt. 25:20.15
Ed LaGrange - unatt. 26:18.57

Men 5
Joe Nichols - unatt. 23:18.59
Tobin Jacks - 25:54.96
Shawn Meaney - 27:16.59
John Burke - WOB 29:08.03

Men 4
John Burkle - Atlas 25:42.09
Tim Kennel - New Pi 26:06.09

Chris & Monika Martin - ICCC 24:00.33

Women 123
Karen Stierler - ICCC 25:08.97

Women 4
Shauna Dudley - unatt. 27:48.01

Please support our sponsors with your business and thanks! New Pioneer Co-op, BlueBird Diner, Cafe del Sol roasting and Geoff's Bike & Ski!

Next and final :( time trial in the series is August 23rd. Mark your calendars and help me reach my goal of 35 riders!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Results for Monika's Summer Time Trial #3

Finally we were blessed with perfect weather. 80 degrees, sun and mild winds made for some very fast times. My only wish is for more riders to come out and join in! We did have some new faces and even a racer from Oklahoma showed up to race on this very fair evening. Sometimes not having "epic" weather is a good thing. :)

Results from Tuesday June the 28th are:

Overall results:

1. Chad Bishop 22:31.95

2. Mark Sorenson 23:13.38
3. Rob McKillip 23:21.20
4. Joe Nichols 23:30.45
5. Chris & Monika Martin 23:35.88

6. Kim West/Sue Cook 24:01.62
7. Brian Lentz 24:06.88
8. Mark Beatty 24:34.08
9. Barry Carter 24:47.34
10. Karen Stierler 24:53.59

11. Tim Kennel 25:24.97

12. Tobin Jacks 26:06.37
13. Anthony Branch 26:32.77
14. Beau Lee 26:39.08
15. Scott Wilkins 27:02.13
16. Shawn Meaney 27:18.56

17. Richard Gilmore 28:03.15
18. Shauna Dudley 28:21.57
19. John Burge 28:53.13
20. Todd Brown 28:54.70

21. Thomas Javorski 29:43.78
22. Sara Swanson 29:55.72

23. John Kilpatrick 30:59.82
24. Susan Sorenson 33:24.40


Men 1/2/3
Chad Bishop - American Equity 22:31.95

Men 40+
Mark Sorenson - ICCC 23:13.38
Barry Carter - ICCC 24:47.34
John Burge - WOB 28:53.13

Men 4
Rob McKillip - New Pi. 23:21.20
Tim Kennel - New Pi. 25:24.97

Men 5
Joe Nichols - unatt. 23:30.45
Brian Lentz- unatt. 24.06.88
Anthony Branch - unatt. 26:32.77
Beau Lee - Schegel Bikes 26:39.08
Scott Wilkins - unatt. 27:02.13
Shawn Meaney - unatt. 27:18.56
Todd Brown - unatt. 28:54.70
Thomas Javoroski - unatt. 29:43.78

Mens Breakaway
Mark Beatty - Twisted Spokes 24:34.08
Richard Gilmore - Twisted Spokes 28:03.15
John Kilpatrick - unatt. 30:59.82

Womens 1/2/3
Karen Stierler - ICCC 24:53.59

Womens 4
Shauna Dudley - 28:21.57

Womens 40+
Sara Swanson - ICCC 29:55.72
Susan Sorenson - 33:24.40

Chris & Monika Martin - ICCC 23:35.88
Kim West/Sue Cook - Zealous Racing 24:01.62

Thanks to all who came and great job everyone!
Hope to see you in July!

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Please note the word SUMMER in the name of the series. Honestly, I have had enough of the rainy, cloudy, otherwise unseasonable weather. Lets put our positive thoughts together and make next Tuesday, the 28th, have the finest weather so that I can be happy with a nice showing at number three in the time trial series.

Some notes for all who came to my blog to visit. :) Thanks, and..leave me a note, OK?

Whas sup??
June and July 's dates are the last Tuesday of the month. #5 in August falls on the 4th Tuesday of the month, not the last. Confused?

So far we have had two races. One postponed due to extreme conditions, and another threatening to be extreme. I will do my best to give you stats from the overall series leaders, however please note that most participants, thus far, have only done one of the two races. I will make a note in parentheses, as to whether this was an average for two races or just a time for one.
If you have raced in more than one category; ie. Men's cat 5, then next month Men's 40+, that's fine , but know that when I compile results for the series winners, I will place you in the higher category. This also applies to those who have upgraded to a higher category midstream.

After TT #1 & #2:
men 123, Paul Denninger (1) takes the fastest time thus far 21:54
men 40+ Mark Sorenson (2) 22:79, and Wayne Fett (2) falls into second with 24:03
men cat.4 Rob McKillip (2) 23:07
men cat.5 Wes Hepker (1) has the time of 25:03 to beat
men breakaway Mark Beatty (1) is in first with 25:03, Tim Kennel (1) stands second 27:12

wmns 123, Karen Stierler(1) 26:22, Cassandra Kessler(1) 29.11
wmns 40+, Susan Sorenson (1) 35:39
wmns cat.4, JenniferParker (1) 28.50, Shauna Dudley (2) 29:82 lands second.
wmns breakaway, Darien Nagel-Gamm(1) 29:35

team of Geoff Perrill/Darcy Sanford(1) 24:52
Chris & Monika Martin (2) 25:32
Kim West/Sue Cook (2) 26:41 thanks for treking up for both!

an interesting fact: Most riders who did both races improved their time by over a minute!

I hope to post a standing
for every racer who participated, chart style, after Tuesday's race. I did not forget about the rest of you! :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Result's for time trial # 2

As Chris and I set up the course at 3:45pm the sun peeked out of the clouds and a slight but noticeable wind was beginning to pick up. By 4:45 when we rode the course, there were some very looming dark clouds to the north west, but it was still a distance away, not really a worry. By the time we finished our ride, which was 5:15, there were sheets of gray vertically coming out of those same clouds in the distant horizon.

We only had 14 racers participate in my second time trial. As they came to the registration table I heard stories of massive downpours, tree limbs in the road and people driving with their warning flashers on on the expressway. It never rained in Lone Tree.

Results for those with the good faith to show up. Thanks.

Overall results

22:40.27 Mark Sorenson, ICCC, Masters 40+
23:07.68 Rob McKillip, New Pioneer, Mens 4
23:49.50 Wayne Fett, New Pioneer, Masters 40+
24:40.05 Chris & Monika Martin, ICCC, Tandem
25:10.33 Barry Carter, ICCC, Masters 40+
25:46.05 Mark Considine, New Pioneer, Masters 40+
25:58.30 Kim West/Sue Cook, Zealous Racing, Tandem
27:41.24 Tobin Jacks, unatt., Masters 40+
29:38.76 Todd Brown, HBA, Masters 40+
29:43.26 Andrew Marsh, unatt., Mens 5
29:58.84 Shauna Dudley, unatt., Womens 4
32:20.42 Mike Beglinger, unatt., breakaway (mnt. bike!)

Thanks to Chris Jeffery, my dear friend and awesome turnaround official who also picked up all the signs and cones, and Mark Guthart for officiating even though life got in the way, as it does sometimes. Love ya both. ;)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The second in the Time Trial series is today

The weather is looking favorable for the second race in the series. I will take 74 degrees over 50 and with lower winds and only a 30% chance of showers, it is vastly improved over last months. So maybe you can surprise me with a better turnout!

Here are some reminders for maybe some of you visiting my blog for the first time.

Dougherty Park in beautiful Lone Tree Iowa is the registration site. Begginning at 5:30 and closing very promptly at 6:15, since Chris and I need a little warm up. :)

Admission is $10 dollars, checks can be made out to Monika's Time Trial Series, and please include an additional ten if you are not a holder of a current USAC cycling licence. We do accept cash as well. :)

The course is 2 miles down the road from the registration point and is 10 miles (16.09 k) in length. It is an out and back course with some turns and a slight upgrade near the turnaround point. The course will be marked in one mile increments. We will have a turnaround official, so hopefully no one will shoot right past the 5 mile mark. ;) or get flats. (that's for you Rob!)

You are encouraged to stick around afterward for a while while we compile results and enjoy refreshment.

Hope to see you spend 10. on 10 this evening!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Results from Time Trial #1

RUGGED. that's the best way to describe last nights conditions. Everyone who participated was a winner in my book. Those who showed up to brave the strong mix of chill and wind not only persevered, but I am guessing felt acomplished afterward.

Thanks to all who made me smile by showing up!

Here are your results:

21:54.00 - Paul Deninger, American Equity (Men 1/2/3)
23:18.88 - Mark Sorenson, Iowa City Cycling Club (Men 40+)
24:52.21 - Geoff Perrill/Darcy Sanford, Iowa City Cycling Club (Tandem)
24:58.02 - Wayne Fett, New Pioneer (Men 40+)
25:03.22 - Mark Beatty, Twisted Spokes ( Men Breakaway)
25:03.34 - Wes Hepker, Unattatched (Men 5)
26:22.87 - Karen Stierler, Iowa City Cycling Club (Women 4)
26:25.48 - Chris Martin/Monika Martin, Iowa City Cycling Club (Tandem)
26:26.37 - Barry Carter, Iowa City Cycling Club (Men 40+)
27:09.02 - Todd Papke, Unattatched (Men 40+)
27:12.75 - Tim Kennel, New Pioneer (Men Breakaway)
27:21.56 - Mark Considine, New Pioneer (Men 40+)
27:25.52 - Kim West/Sue Cook, Zealous Racing (Tandem)
27:30.97 - Henning Gerke, Iowa City Cycling Club (Men Breakaway)
27:54.59 - Tobin Jacks, Unattatched (Men 5)
28:25.81 - Ed LaGrange, Unattatched, (Men 40+)
28:50.38 - Jennifer Parker, Iowa City Cycling Club (Women 4)
29:11.28 - Cassandra Kessler, Iowa City Cycling Club ( Women 1/2/3)
29:35.03 - Darien Nagle-Gamm, Iowa City Cycling Club (Women Breakaway)
30:07.03 - Shauna Dudley, Unattatched (Women 4)
31:58.19 - Todd Brown, HBA Racing (Men 5)
35:39.26 - Susan Sorenson, Unattatched, (Women 40+)
DNF - Rob McKillip, New Pioneer (Men 4)

Next race is May 24th. Please Check this blog periodically for updates.

Good Job Everyone!!!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Today's race is on!

Looks like the weather forecast has improved. Only a 10% chance of showers at 5:30pm with temps in the 50's. While windy now, winds are forecasted to diminish after 5:00pm. Lets hope the wind drys the roads!

see you this evening!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Time trial #UNO TOMORROW, April 26th!

We will go with whatever comes our way for tomorrow's time trial. The first of five, It should be fun, no matter. I am confident that the conditions will be FAR improved over last Tuesday.

Here are some reminders:

Registration is ON-SITE, and begins at 5:30, and closes promptly at 6:15!! If you think you might be running late, pre fill out a event release form,
and write a check payable to Monika's Time Trial Series for $10.00 (if you have a USAC licence) otherwise you will need to fill out a ONE DAY form, which costs an additional $10.00

Registration is at Dougherty Park on the South end of Lone Tree. From there you will ride about 2 miles south on Wapsi Ave. Then right on 660th. about 40 yards from that corner is the start. First rider will be off at 6:30.

We will have refreshments post ride while we wait for our official results.

I know that 50 degrees and showers are not ideal, but chances for rain drop at 6:00pm to 30%, so hopefully all we will have to contend with is wet roads. Don't ya just love spring racing! :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


We will will have time trial # 1, rescheduled for next Tuesday, April 26th. Please help me spread the word, and hopefully even if it does rain, it will not be accompanied by thunder, wind and 37 degree temps!

All other info remains the same, same time same channel.

Hope to race with you then.

Todays Time Trial Cancelled due to horrible conditions

I waited until this morning to cancel being optimistic that maybe weather conditions would be better than we all expected. It happened twice for us last year. Instead, the forecast is worse with a colder temperature, (37degrees) thunder and now a 80% chance of rain. I don't think too many folks want to go out in it, let alone race in it.

I will post again if we can arrange a postponed race date asap. My apologies to anyone who might of been bad ass enough to show up and race. But personally, I did not want to stand there at registration or have my volunteers and official endure the nastiness that unseasonal weather like this is bestowing upon us!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Details for Tomorrows Time Trial

Here are the details for all of you before tomorrows race. Course: 10 miles out and back, mostly flat with a very slight grade near the turn around. Rules: All USAC rules apply and a helmet is required at all times. The course is open to traffic and the centerline rule is always in effect, including warm up. Race is on RAIN or shine. :) Directions: From I-80 exit 239, south on 218 to highway 22 exit to Riverside Casino. East on Hwy 22 to Lone Tree, south on Wapsi Ave. into Lone Tree. Registration is at Dougherty Park on the south edge of Lone Tree. Registration: Registration opens at 5:30 and will close promptly at 6:15! On-site registration only. $10. all categories, no late fees. All non usac licensed racers will need to pay an additional $10. one day licence fee. Checks are accepted and encouraged! Categories: Mens's 123, Men's 4, Men's 5, Men's 40+, Women's 40+, Women's 4, Womens123, Women's & Men's breakaway, Junior's and Tandem. Dates for races: April 19, May 24, June 28, July 26, August 23. NEW this year: overall prizes for total time of four fastest rides after last race on the 23rd of August.

Rain or shine, cold or balmy, Race is on!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

2011 Monika's Summer Time Trial Series

Welcome to a new year of racing!

Race Dates: 4/19, 5/24, 6/28, 7/26, 8/23. Five total.

Just wanted to touch base with all of you on whats new and what's old for my series this 2011 season.

Some of the sponsors from last year will be bestowing goodies again this year; namely Geoff's Bike and Ski, IC. and Bluebird Diner on Market Street in Iowa City. Thanks to both businesses for asking me if they could help before I could ask them!

I am still working on sprucing my flyer and getting the routine info out to all of you, so please have patience with me, as I do have Mom duties that always call. :)

The course will remain the same, registration originating at the park at the far side of town in Lone Tree, beginning at 5:30. I encourage you to pre-fill out your forms prior to coming if you can . These forms can be found on the USAC website. Makes life much easier for Chris & I. Remember... we race this event too!

Cost is $10.00 per race (on site only) and a one day licence is an additional ten bucks. Checks accepted and encouraged.

Course is 10 miles total, out and back. Route is PAINSTAKINGLY marked. :)

Categories are: Men's & Women's Cat. 1/2/3, Men's & Women's Cat. 4, Men's & Women's Breakaway, Men's Cat. 5, Men's & Women's Masters 40+, Tandem and Juniors.

Lots of categories. New for this year is: An overall winner for the series for EACH category. You must race at least two races to qualify. I will take all of your finish times and throw out the slowest, then the average will be your final time for the series. We will try that out .

Also I will offer a Women's 40+ category. For all the times I have complained that it's just not fair to race against my "daughters", I feel I need to "put the money where my mouth is".

I am still working on finalizing prizes, but I know one of the big ones will be a TT helmet from Geoff's. Thanks Mr. Perrill! No Hed wheels here guys, sorry. :(

I will ensure that you all get a nice prize of beer, baked goods and maybe some schwag.

The first race is less than a month away; APRIL 19Th. Please help me s p r e a d the word! Time Trials seem to be plentiful this season, there is The Black Diamond TT thru ICCC, and Mr. Barry Carter and the ever popular Elkart series, now comes the DesMoines TT held the 4Th Thursday of the month, and my friend Conn Day is BACK with a TT every Thursday.

Race em all! what the heck.

Any questions and suggestions, please contact myself, Monika Martin, your race director, at or here on this blog, or through the ICCC website.