Hill Climb Report (and a freebie)

Do not fear, I have not forgotten our hard work on Thursday night last week. With the SM Tri on Sunday, I spent most of Friday and the weekend strategizing how to crush Older Seifert on Sunday. More on that later. As for the hill, even I could recognize the strong headwind on the way up. However, that did not stop you fast guys from passing me at a standstill! Thank you for coming out and thank you to Steve for timing us.

1. John Tietz 16:25
2. Mike Kauffman 17:36
3. Robert Ray 18:01
4. Josh Quarles 18:24
5. Randall Green 19:33
6. Raz Rasmussen 20:04
7. Byron DeFord 22:25
1. Hannah Seifert 21:00
2. Ann Seifert 23:41

Overall Hill-Climb Standings:
1. Robert Ray 27
2. Randall Green 22
3. John Tietz 20
1. Hannah Seifert 30
2. Ann Seifert 28
3. Jen Griggs 16

We ARE planning on having the time trial in the valley this Thursday even though it is the day after the birth of our nation.

Bonus Triathlon-related Segment (optional):
Mike Jacobson and Sean Slanger put on a great race on Sunday. I know both my mom and I were happy we were only in charge of awards. THANK YOU for all your hard work! Everyone looked like they had a great day. As for my personal experience, I came out of the water about 30 seconds behind Big Seifert. I lost some time at the mount line, as this was my first race riding in clips. Thanks to another strong headwind, it was a long battle to the turnaround, but a fast run-out-of-gears cruise back. My inexperience running in cleats sent me sliding into my transition spot trying not to drop Ruby. No surprise—run was hot. Just like the good old training days, mom held her traditional hundred yards ahead of me and in sight throughout the bike and run. On the last stretch to the finish, I tried to kick past her, but finished 10 seconds behind. I heard we were a fun duo to watch…and all the words of encouragement (and competition!) in transition and on the course made it extra fun for us.

Hannah S.


Valley Time Trial 7-23-2009

The temperature started at 92 and cooled to 87.  Barely a breath of wind to offer relief to the 10 riders who showed up to challenge themselves on a hot Thursday night.  Two newcomers, Kevin and Rebecca walked away with the Montana stickers.  Tough competition on the men’s side, with Karl securing first place in a scorching time of 13:29.  The next group across the line included Greg W. at 14:10, Greg E. at 14:35, Robert at 14:41.  Bill was next at 16:20, followed by Ken at 17:01, Kevin 17:06, and Tom at 17:11.  Jane was first of the women in 16:18 followed by a great first time ride by Rebecca at 18:21.
Thanks to Jenn Griggs for showing up to help.  Have a great weekend all – remember that next week is off, then we’ll resume the series back out on the valley course in two weeks.

June Hill Climb TT

Results from last week:

Eleven riders showed up for last week’s first hill climb time trial. It was a fine evening, 66 degrees at the summit, with no wind—a clam before the storm. Sarah Slanger appears the early front runner for the queen’s crown, edging Meghan Trainor by a mere 3 seconds (19:52 to 19:55) to claim first—again. Sarah took the first Valley time trial just one week ago. Who will stop the Darling from Darby? Stay tuned! In third was Jane O’Driscoll, 20:54, followed by Rhonda at 26:16.

On the men’s side, one of those crazy Velo birds calling himself “The Flying Dutchman” (Karl V.), flew up the slopes to Unionville, jeering the rest of the field along the way, in 14:24, well ahead of course record holder Scotty Herzig, who took second in 14:57. Sure, the Flying Dutchman breathes hard and coughs and sputters like the rest of us, but oh, he makes it look so easy. But who could forget that August evening 8 years ago (has it really been 8 years??) when a much younger Scotty said no to the small chain ring and scorched the field with a 13:56!! TGD’s Robert Ray donned his silver bean shield as if preparing for time travel and claimed third, with a time of 16:44. The rest: Mick Karls 17:52; Shane Mundt, 17:57; Dave Hamer, 19:26, and Phil, 19:37. Nice work everyone!


Valley Time Trial – May

ANNOUNCEMENT: Hill Climb Time Trial this Thursday – 6:30 start time. Meet on Park Ave., across from library. Finish line is near the end of the pavement in Unionville, approximately 4 miles. Prizes for everyone!

Time Trial Results:

For May, the conditions were superb this past Thursday for the first time trial of the year. The temperature was up, hovering around 80 degrees at 6:30, with a steady wind. Oh, and we have experienced far worse, haven’t we? The wicked wind from the west was devilish, perhaps, but far from depraved. The times reflected the tolerable conditions.

A mere nine seconds separated the top four male finishers at the first Valley Course time trial. Rick Finley and Dave Hamer tied at 14:36; followed by Greg Wirth at 14:40 and Robert Ray at 14:45 Bill Ramsay took 4th at 15:50 followed by Paul Sebens at 16:58, and Byron at 17:01.

On the women’s side, Sarah Slanger took top honors with a 16:18 followed by Jane O’Driscoll nipping at her heels with a 16:26. Peggy Stringer road a strong 17:09 and Patty (Mastin or is it Ramsay now?) flew home with an 18:49. Not bad, Patty, for a first timer, but not so fast! Patty is actually a Valley Course record holder! Ah, the Time Trial Director has a memory like an African Bush Elephant! On July 13, 2006, Patty and Bill set the Valley Course tandem team record at 16:49, which has withstood the test of time for almost three years! Sorry, Patty, no Montana sticker for you!!

Oh, but I digress. Nice work everyone! And I must say, there’s no better way to light up the face of a time trial finisher than to hand him or her a box of refreshing YooHoo as a prize for a job well done! This week: the sardines return!!

From the flashback department: When Rick rolled up, sporting his crisp, new caramel and cream Montana Velo kit, I couldn’t help but flashback to days of yore, when me and my buddies were hanging out in my parent’s basement listening to Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti and in walks (let’s call him Rick), wearing white pants, a floral polyester shirt buttoned down past his sternum, and (gulp!) a gold chain! Dude! You’ve gone disco! (I’m not sure if we said “dude” way back then, but it sure sounds right). And then as the jeers subsided we started a serious argument with Rick about why the Bee Gees are NOT a rock band until he told us his older brother would buy us beer that night, so we said okay. And we decided without saying a word that he was still one of us and, together, we all listened to Cheech and Chong’s Big Bambu. There’s a moral to this story somewhere, I think.

See ya Thursday, everyone!!

Scott Fisk