Sunday, August 29, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
By John Stifler • Updated: Aug 22nd 2010 6:33 PM EDT • Race Results
Youth and confidence were no match for age and experience at this year's Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.
Nico Toutenhoofd (Hotel San Jose/Mellow Johnny's), 42, and veteran mountain biker Tinker Juarez (Cannondale Factory Racing), 49, blew away everyone else, including two 22-year-olds from Garmin-Transitions, the same team that includes the Auto Road's course record-holder, Tom Danielson.
In the women's race Marti Shea (Destination Cycling), 47, won by almost three minutes in another vet-stacked field: there was no rider under 30 in the top ten.
Toutenhoofd ignores early surge
In this 7.6-mile grind up the highest peak in the Northeast, Toutenhoofd rode the first two miles hidden behind 30 other cyclists, including Garmin's Peter Salon and Walker Savidge, who seemed poised to prove their climbing ability here as Danielson had done before.
Using standard road gearing, however, and not having seen the course beforehand, Salon and Savidge realized by the second mile that this was going to hurt. The road's average grade is 12 percent; its steepest extended section is 18 percent, and the finish is 70 meters of a kick-in-the-face 22 percent. "Anything over a 13 percent grade, I felt like I was going backward," Savidge said later.
Meanwhile, Toutenhoofd, who had placed second in the hillclimb in 2008 and fourth last year, was watching his power meter. Cranking at a steady 350 watts, he moved into the lead in the third mile and maintained more than a 30-second gap over Juarez and Timothy Ahearn, 35, of Woodstock, Conn. Toutenhoofd's time to the 6,288-foot summit, 57:26, was well off Danielson's record 49:24, but that wasn't the point.
"I really wanted to win," said Toutenhoofd. "Of course it depends on who else shows up, but my goal was to get from the bottom to the top as fast as possible and ignore everyone else."
With decades of mountain experience, Juarez was the only rider to start out with the lead pack and then not blow up, despite being new to this course. Sun-tanned, wind-wrinkled, and sporting a mass of curls and dreads under his helmet, the former national mountain biking champion pedaled side by side with Ahearn, then pulled away after the five-mile point to take second in 58:08, with Ahearn third in 58:22.
Shea wins women's race
The strongest woman was another veteran, Marti Shea, 47, of Marblehead, Mass. A four-time winner of Newton's Revenge race, the other bike race held on the same course each summer, Shea benefited from perfect weather to ride her best time ever on the Auto Road, 1:05:42.
"I was hurting at the finish," said Shea, a former all-American runner, "but I felt strong the whole way. My training peaked at just the right time this year."
Second woman was Kristen Gohr, 39, of Reading, Mass. "I wanted to stay with Marti a little longer," said Gohr, "but she's a machine." Gohr finished in 1:08:23, followed at a respectful distance by Selene Yeager, 41, of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, in 1:17:36.
Salon finished tenth in 1:01:16, while Savidge was 13th in 1:02:11.
Fourth-place finisher Jake Hollenbach of Winooski, Vermont, offered a parting perspective on the way the young pros lost to the geezers. "Those kids were riding it like Mt. Evans," said Hollenbach. The Colorado hillclimb is higher and longer; Mt. Washington is just steeper than some people still want to believe.
- 1. Nico Toutenhoofd, 42, Boulder CO, Hotel San Jose/Mellow Johnny's, 57:26,
- 2. Tinker Juarez, 49, Whittier CA, Cannondale Factory Racing, 58:08
- 3. Timothy Ahearn, 35, Woodstock CT, 58:22
- 4. Jake Hollenbach, 29, Winooski VT, AXA Equitable, 59:31
- 5. Timothy Tapply, 35, Sherborn MA, QT2 Systems, 59:57
- 6. John Bayley, 41, Watertown MA, 1:00:07
- 7. Paul Runyon, 20, Philadelphia PA, Tri-State Velo, 1:00:41
- 8. Randall Jacobs, 27, Waltham MA, Wheelworks, 1:00:50
- 9. Chris Yura, 31, Philadelphia PA, 1:01:15
- 10. Peter Salon, 22, Boulder CO, Garmin-Transitions/Felt-Holowesko, 1:01:16
- 1. Marti Shea, 47, Marblehead MA, Destination Cycling, 1:05:42
- 2. Kristen Gohr, 39, Reading MA, Stage 5 Cycling, 1:08:23
- 3. Selene Yeager, 41, Emmaus PA, Team CF, 1:17:36
- 4. Carol Meader, 44, Raymond ME, Portland Velo Club, 1:18:32
- 5. Dominique Coderre, 51, Montreal QC, 1:18:49
- 6. Nicole Marcoe, 35, White River Junction VT, Strava, 1:20:04
- 7. Martha Robertson, 52, Peru VT, 1:20:36
- 8. Kelley Wulfkuhle, 33, Essex Junction VT, Green Mountain Bicycle Club, 1:21:00
- 9. Elizabeth West, 44, Westport CT, Home, 1:22:32
- 10. Margaret Thompson, 56, Clinton NY, Team Hammer Nutrition/Terry Precision Bicycles, 1:23:27
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I absolutely HAD to send this story out about the Butte 100 race. First of all, I want to thank the race promoter Bob Waggoner for the invite to one of hardest 100 mile races I've ever done (including Leadville 100 - I'll elaborate on that later...but this is for sure the hardest 100 mile races, in terms of toughness I've ever done.). It was mostly single and double track with less than 10 miles of paved road. The trails were very narrow and tight singletrack with more climbing than descending during the race. It was over 16,000 feet accumulated elevation - and I think it might have been up to 22,000 feet of climbing according to another racer. It was really brutal. Bob worked with Levi's Leiphimer's older brother, Rob, who owns the Outdoorsman bike shop in Butte and got a room for me at their hotel. I got to work on my bike at their shop and meet the whole family. They were super nice and I even got to ride with some of the locals. It was a great time! Thank you Alex, Bob, Rob, and everyone else for all your hospitality!!!
Also, the day before the race, I got to go visit Missoula Bicycle Works, a new local Cannondale dealer shop in Missoula, MT. It was a great meet and greet at the shop on Thursday night and we had a nice dinner together. Getting to meet everyone and hanging out is one of my favorite parts of my job! It was a cool experience.
Unfortunately, I didn't get any photos from the race but I will remember this always. It was green and beautiful and a perfect day for a race. The course was one big loop and I felt really good through the whole thing. But my luck is bad when it comes to picking from a "Y" in the trail and on one unmarked spot, I screwed up. The entire race course was perfectly marked except this one little spot... And of course I went the wrong way picking the uphill direction and climbed and climbed and climbed. So, I went from the leader with over 30 minutes lead at about 65 miles into the race. Then I guess I went about 10 miles finding my way back. After I found the course I hammered to make up time. I asked the course Marshall who told me about 8 guys went by and I had about 30 miles left. I worked my way all the way up to 3rd place but it took a while to get my focus back. It's hard to regroup your head once you get turned around, but I managed and did a good job with a great finish for a brutal day in the saddle.
Just want to thank all the race volunteers and organizers and Rob and his family, and Alex and the Missoula Bicycle Works family for everything. I hope I can go back again soon!
Monday, August 16, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Life Time Fitness Press Release: Leadville Trail 100 Brings Biggest Names in Mountain Biking to Colorado
Leadville Trail 100 Brings Biggest Names in Mountain Biking to Colorado
LEADVILLE, Colo.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Life Time Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: LTM), today announced that the greatest names in U.S. mountain biking—including 10 current and past National Champions, six U.S. Olympians, and four Mountain Bike Hall of Famers—will compete in the Life Time Fitness Leadville Trail 100 Race Across the Sky August 14. The renowned event is the original ultra-distance mountain bike event, beginning and ending in the heart of Leadville, Colorado, located 100 miles west of Denver.
Led by major stars of the sport, this year’s field is poised to break the Leadville Trail 100 course record of 6:28:50, set in 2009 by seven-time Tour de France Champion, Lance Armstrong. Challenging Armstrong’s bid to repeat as Champion will be six-time Leadville Champion Dave Wiens, who bested Armstrong in 2008. Together, the two remain the only riders to ever finish the course in less than seven hours.
Joining Wiens will be top Tour de France performer and Team RadioShack rider, Levi Leipheimer and Matt Shriver, last year’s third-place finisher. Making their first appearance at Leadville will be a trio of the nation’s top mountain biking professionals, including: Jeremy Horgen-Kobelski, Todd Wells, and Jeremiah Bishop. These highly-decorated cyclists have won multiple national championships and are looking to set a pace unlike anything previously seen during the Leadville Trail 100.
On the women’s side of the race, defending Champion and three-time 24-hour Solo World Champion Rebecca Rusch is back to defend her title and will aim to beat the women’s course record of 7:58:52, which was set by Laurie Brandt in 1997. A strong field of contenders will challenge Rusch, most notably last year’s runner-up Amanda Riley Carey.
Top athletes scheduled to appear include:
Since 1994, the Leadville Trail 100 has been attracting thousands of racers to the Colorado community. This year, 1,500 participants from 48 states and 21 countries will race on single- and double-track dirt roads on the 104-mile out-and-back course, featuring 11,600 feet of climbing and peak elevation of 12,600 feet at Columbine Mine. Based on past course results, approximately 65% of riders are expected to finish within the event’s 12-hour time limit and receive the coveted Leadville Trail 100 silver and gold belt buckle.
About the Life Time Fitness Leadville Trail 100 Race Across the Sky
Since being founded in 1983 by Ken Chlouber, the Leadville Trail 100 has been known as the best ultra-distance event in mountain biking. Starting and finishing in the historic downtown area of Leadville, Colorado, a boom and bust mining town in the heart of the Rockies, the race takes place over an approximate 50 mile out-and-back course within high altitude mountains and valleys. Each year, thousands of participants compete in a series of “Race Across the Sky” events presented under the Leadville Trail 100 Series banner. For more information, visit leadvilletrail100.com.
About Life Time Fitness, Inc.
Life Time Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: LTM) is a healthy way of life company based in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The Company is dedicated to providing programs and services that help its members connect and engage with their areas of interest, and achieve success with their health and fitness goals. Life Time Fitness designs and operates distinctive, multi-use sports, professional fitness, family recreation and spa/resort centers that help members lead healthy and active lives. As of August 9, 2010, the Company operated 89 centers in 19 states and 24 markets. Additional information about Life Time Fitness centers, programs and services is available at lifetimefitness.com.