Hard storms ALL DAY subsided just in time for a few brave soles to compete in the final Pittsburgh Master Velo Club Friday Night Time Trial of the season. Henry Dimmick raced the 5 mile taking 2nd Place Overall Ray Sielski also raced the 5 mile, setting a PERSONAL RECORD and taking 4th Place Overall. That's 7 Personal Records in Time Trialing for Ray this year alone :) In a separate attempt, Steve Marlette took on the 20K track record, but fell a bit short. All in all, another great season of Time Trialing from PMVC and Oscar & Stephanie Swan... bringing together a perfect mix of fierce competition in a casual and social atmosphere. A great way to end the work week and begin a weekend :)
Tonight was the last 25 mile Individual Time Trial of the 2009 season at the Washington Blvd Track.
18th Place - Ray Sielski set a PERSONAL RECORD by 2 minutes, 42 seconds
14th Place - T.Lyle Ferederber set a PERSONAL RECORD by 1 minute, 42 seconds
5th Place - Steve Marlette fell short of his PR by ONE SECOND
17th Place - Dave Hickey fell short of his PR by 17 seconds
13th Place - Henry Dimmick fell short of his PR by 1 minute, 36 seconds
...and FoxVelo Club rider Donnie Panizales took 20th Place - setting a PERSONAL RECORD by 3 seconds!
...and as ALWAYS...we were the last to leave the grounds, hanging around for over an hour talking and "carbo-reloading"!!!
THANKS to Shelly O'Keefe for the pictures :)
This past weekend, Mercer County... and the Amish(!)... got a taste of something they had never seen before:
The brainchild of Ken DeFurio...
...La Tour de LaTonka is a 21 Stage, held in a Single Day Race, beginning and ending at Lake LaTonka...
...pitting Team Ag3r against...The World Team :)
So, we headed out with riders and a caravan of support vehicles in tow...
...piloted by Team Hot Chicks: Alli and Ally in the End of Caravan vehicle...
...and by Team Boy-Studs: Rich, Roger and Hunter in the Lead Vehicle...
...Team Time Trials... ...and mass start Road Races...
...with the intent to award...The PINK POLKA DOT, King of the Mountins Ribbon(!)...
...the GREEN WEENIE Sprinter's Squeeker(!) ...
...and the coveted Overall Leader's Yellow Jersey Barbie!
So after miles and miles of Mercer County flatlands...
...and bottles and bottles of consumed drinks...
...the Eiffel Tower, and...
...the end of the race were in site!Back at (camp), the overall Team Classification "LaTonka Cup" was awarded to the winning Team...
Putting a definitive "FINAL STAMP" on his Senior-Summer racing season, Sam Morrison WON the Allegheny Cycling Association Cat 3/4 "B" Criterium at the Washington Blvd Oval.
I am sure some of Sam's "followers" will be glad to see him head off to school... but not us :(
File Photo - by Fred Jordan
Mike Maher showed up to compete in a Triathlon this weekend... but Mother Nature changed the rules!
Storms canceled the swim and turned the event into a Duathlon: Run-Bike.
The bike leg had brutal 20-30 MPH headwinds for the first 6 miles. Ouch !!!Mike's efforts rewarded him with 8th Place Overall, and 2nd Place in the Men's 40-44 Age Group.
Nice Work Mike!
Sam Morrison competed in the Smith Dairy "Milk Race" in Orrville, Ohio today ...the day after racing the 50 mile Big Bear Lake Ultra on his mtn bike!!! Sick :) He finished in the pack of the Cat 2/3 race. You can just see him in about 6 riders back in this PHOTO.
Steve Marlette, T.Lyle Ferderber and Ray Sielski competed in this evening's 10 mile Individual Time Trial. ...and a special night it was, with All Three Riders setting Personal Records :) Steve set a new PERSONAL RECORD, Winning the Event, and besting his previous mark by 4 seconds, posting a time of 22:04 @ 27.19 mph. T.Lyle also set a PERSONAL RECORD, besting his previous mark by 6 seconds, posting a time of 23:50 @ 25.17 mph Ray also set a PERSONAL RECORD, besting his previous mark by 18 seconds, posting a time of 25:52 @ 23.2 mph A perfect night at the Track!
Sam Morrison WON the field sprint for 2nd Place in this week's Allegheny Cycling Association Summer Cat 3/4 Criterium. Sam's txt said: "...(this) race was the scariest race I've ever done. Solo breakaway went, I somehow elbowed out 40 other guys for 2nd (Place)." ELBOWS UP, Sam :)
Here are TT Photo links of Brian Hopkins and Steve Brewer... Hopkins http://mlkimages.smugmug.com/gallery/9106376_4j8GS#609112405_pCjsA-M-LB http://mlkimages.smugmug.com/gallery/9106376_4j8GS#609111842_5c3hj-M-LB Brewer http://mlkimages.smugmug.com/gallery/9106376_4j8GS#608977480_MmtLZ-M-LB http://mlkimages.smugmug.com/gallery/9106376_4j8GS#608978805_XjKy2-M-LB ...and the link to Brian's Blog so you can read & see MORE :)
Brian Hopkins and Steven Brewer traveled... ...well Steve traveled... 'cause Brian already lives over there...(!)... ...to the Tour of Lancaster County this past Saturday & Sunday. Featuring 3 different race formats, a Road Race, an Individual Time Trail and a Criterium, points are individually awarded in each race of the two day event in order to determine an All-Around race winner. Brian Hopkins - 11th Place Overall (Men's 3/4)... ...WINNING the Individual Time Trial...! 34th - Road Race 1st Place - Time Trial 26th - Criterium Steven Brewer - 5th Place Overall (Men's 5)... ...WINNING his Individual Time Trial too :) 16 - Road Race 1st Place - Time Trial 13th - Criterium Awesome efforts by both of them!!! For the Complete result, GO HERE ... scroll down as necessary. Watch for links to the Time Trial photos, coming soon...
Few of us are crazy enough to take on the Wilderness 101 mountain bike race. But 325 riders, including Sam Morrison, did just that this past Saturday! Sam used up all his water bottles, all his strength and all his HEED products(!) to finish 28nd Overall (22nd Place Open Men), finishing in in 8 hours and 30 minutes of riding! Some riders were finishing at 12 hours and with lights....YIKES...! Read all about it on his Blog @ Sam's Butt Hurts!
Sam Morrison was back at the oval again tonight... as a Back-to-Back Double-Dipped-Critter... except THIS TIME, leaves with a WIN...!!! (3/4) B-Crit 1st Place Overall 2nd Place - Most Aggressive Rider (MAR) One Prime (1/2/3) A-Crit 13th Place One Prime Round and Round Sam Goes :)