Friday, August 29, 2014

Results and thoughts on the final time trial of the 2014 season

It went too fast.  I am not speaking of the 23 racers who I had the chance to greet at the turnaround, I am talking about the season.  Our winter reached into our spring; spring into summer and now leaves are beginning to fall.  A lot of us are focusing on the cross racing season ahead.  And, as predicted, the  Lone Tree junior football kids and their parents came to the park while I was registering riders.  They were NOT happy with us being there.  Had I not postponed the race from two weeks ago,  we would of had the shelter to ourselves with no hassle.  I just thought I would shake things up a bit and crossover into community!  All of this because of chip seal.  Riding and life is a give and take.  If you want the awesome tt course you need to figure because their is little traffic, it will get chip sealed in August

Here are the results for the last race of the season:

Men 1/2/3

Paul Deninger  Velo Sport  22:57.80 **
Rob McKillip   New Pi/Goosetown  24.49.13

Men Masters  aka. the old guys

Matt Hartman  New Pi/Goosetown  24:06.31 *
Mike Merulla   ICCC  24:41.45 *
Wayne Fett   New Pi/Goosetown  24:31.38
Mark Considine  New Pi/Goosetown  24:56.45
Gary Henry   New PI/Goosetown  25:26.45 *
Larry Hallstrom  25:43.13
Robert Hayes  Melon City  29:29.13

Men's Breakaway  aka. no time trial stuff/ equipment

John Stonebarger  New Pi/Goosetown  24:13.45
Mark Sorenson  ICCC  25:47.13
Andrew Lidral   26:10.95 *
Brad Roark  ICCC  26:11.84 *
John Burge  28:24.53 *
Scott Greener  29:50.73

Men 4/5

John Martinek  ICCC  24:33.03 *
Shawn Meaney  NewPi/Goosetown  27:28.59
Tyler Cowman  27:29.03
Todd Brown  28:21.16  *

Women 4

Tara Coady  New Pi/Goosetown  27:57.78 *
Sue Tackabury  28:35.88

Womens Breakaway

Alijah Beatty  ICCC  28:08.88


Zoe Meaney  New Pi/Goosetown  36:31.13

** denotes fastest time
*   denotes seasons best time

Thanks to all my sponsors, Geoffs Bike & Ski,  Bluebird Diner & Café,  New Pioneer Coop, Café del Sol Roasting.  Please frequent our sponsors and let them know how awesome they are for helping us out!

Apologies to Alijah who was not mentioned as a winner at the final TT.  You were listed under Womens 4 instead of Womens Breakaway.  I owe you a ice cream!

Best of Luck to all of you who will be participating in the State Time Trial Competition in Nichols Iowa on Sunday the 31st!

See You Next Season!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Time trial Cancelled for tomorrow, RESCHEDULED for August 26th

After talking to a few people and working this out in my head, I have decided to cancel the race for tomorrow.   I have rescheduled the race for August the 26th. 

I have thought about it and the gravel stretches are too long for a 10 mile time trial. In total out and back we are looking at 10 stretches.  It could potentially be too dangerous for those who are not accustomed to riding fast on a loose surface.  I have had to reschedule in the past due to inclement weather. As this is always a difficult decision to make, it must be made for the safety of those participating.  I hope many of you can make it over on that evening.  Please know that because this date falls in the school year, we may experience some issues with parking at the park.  If so we may direct you to the High School lot down the street.  For now I have my fingers crossed!

Please let others know who may not follow this blogger or my FB page about the change in date.

Thanks very much for your understanding and my apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Course conditions for my Time Trial tomorrow

This morning I went to check my course after receiving an e-mail about fresh chip seal on several straightaways.  I like to check these things as close to the race date as possible since one year I went over on the weekend to inspect and all was fine. The very next day, which was the Monday before the race,  they had laid down chip seal in several corners.  In that case I had to cut the race short by several miles.

What I found Today was exactly this:  Five stretches of seal coat on anywhere from 100 feet to 200 feet of road.  Three were on the first straightaway after the sweeping corner at the start.  Those were approximately 100-150 ft. in length.  After mile 3, there are two fairly long stretches, one on a small hill.  I am guessing they laid this stuff either Friday or Saturday.  It has not seen a lot of vehicle traffic over it, which is why it is still fairly loose.  There is NONE in any of the corners.

This is where I am at with this right now.  I think it would be fine if you didn't mind maybe selecting a different bike for the race, if you feel uncomfortable riding on peat gravel.  I agree with a few that a time trial bike may not be optimal for these conditions.  Quite frankly I am still on the fence as to whether it should be rescheduled or not. 

I will see if I can so please stay tuned.  either way I will announce on Bike Iowa, here and the ICCC website.