Monday, June 30, 2008

Madden TT Results

Kudos to those that braved the weather threats of a cloudless sky, calm air, and rather pleasant day at the Madden TT yesterday. Now, the weather did resemble the inside of an Easy Bake (tm) oven with slightly more pickup trucks and the course was certainly a challenge being for the most part uphill both ways, it was an impressive sight to see the hammering that did go on. All of the riders chose to do it as an ITT and because the race volunteers are at times inherently lazy, we just started from the hall, to the Madden Hall and back for a 44.7 km distance. Life isn't meant to be easy. The course was brought to it's knees by Frank Woolstencroft though, who frothed his way to a 64:15 (41.7km/h) before donating one of his extra lungs to ants at the side of the road. Bob Richkum snuck out of his house in Golden, delicately avoiding yard work, and showed up to pound out a 77:41 (34.5 km/h) spanking the rest of the locals in the process. Brian Beaulieu, one of the hard men from the Wednesday Night Series stomped it to a 83:24 (32.2 km/h) but wouldn't have exactly known it because I'm not sure he wears a watch. Terry Kozlyk was served pretty much well done with a garnish of lung butter in 86:02 (31.2 km/h). And 'Just In Time" Charles Irwin hallucinated his way to 89:26 (30 km/h) after a warm up which consisted of putting his bike together. He did look chilly though, with the goosebumps and all.
Rockin' props to the volunteer crew of el Presidente Randy Szasz, Grant 'the registrar' Gilbert, and Francois Dion, driver of the Bat Mobile and turnaround marshal. Good job all and thanks to everybody for coming out.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Madden TT This Weekend

2up or ITT, if you're at all interested in TTs or this fall's TTT, give this race a try. For the experienced TT crowd, I have always found that the more TTs I ride, the smoother and faster I am. This Sunday, 11am, details on the Crankmaster's main site.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Banff Bike Fest Results

Congrats to those that braved the amazing scenery and hospitible conditions for the Banff Bike Fest TT and Crit. Patrick Brick and Chris Stutz raced in their cat 4 and 3 respective crits. Mark Perry finished a great fifth in the cat 5 TT and bagged some coin in the process. Jacek Kasprzyk finished 9th in the cat 5 TT and did the Crankmasters proud.
Next up is the Cloverlawn TT next Sunday and for some of us the Great White North Triathlon on July the 6th. As my TT bike looks to be terminally injured at Devon, I think I'm done with TTs for the season but am looking forward to mountain biking and other racing pursuits. We will have a WNS TT this week at the usual Priddis Meeting Spot (22 and 22x) which will be a hillier and harder TT but great for the legs.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Banff Bike Fest TT

Is anyone else doing the Banff race this weekend? I am going to attempt the TT since last weekend in Devon didn't go very well for me (see previous post).

Send me an email, if you are going to be out there, at mark.perry at shaw dot ca

Monday, June 16, 2008

Devon Grand Prix

Not many Crankmasters in effect but those that came gave it their best. However we were almost all beset by little annoying mechanical gremlins. Cat 5 saw Jacek Kasprzyk ride home in 8th place in the TT in 53:05. Mark Perry saw the finish line quickly in the TT but it was because he only rode about 4km before flatting and riding back with a borrowed wheel. Carolyn Soules had wheel related mechanical issues but rode to a 7th place in A/B in 54:01. I lost to the big baguette and another guy in the Cat 4 TT and was yet again bitten by a mechanical gremlin as my fork seems to have been coming apart. Honorary C4 Racer Lev Krivitsky rode to a 19th place finish in 51:53 despite a broken front brake the rubbed the entire time. That man has the power.
I started the crit along with Paqtrick Brick and despite our best efforts we were both eventually shelled off the back and out of the race.
I won't mention the street spints but lets just say that I sprint about as well as a rock flies.
Carolyn missed the split in the road race due to bad luck but rode home in a decent 11th and I think claimed the Womens B title. I bridged up to my break but didn't last long, never recovered, but did hook up with four other guys and rode a decent paceline back in to finish a couple of minutes down.
Overall, it was a great race, well organizede, and I'll be back next year. My kiddos had a firetruck ride, a parade of kids on bikes and lots of fun.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Devon Grand Prix

I'm headed up for the Devon Grand Prix this year and I think I will contest all four components for a change. Drop a line or a comment if you're planning on attending as well.

Pigeon Lake

Not an extensive race report as I wasn't there but I did comb through the results and found the following for the Pigeon Lake Road Race...

Cat 5
Gary Taylor 18th
Mark Perry 37th

Cat 3
Chris Stutz 33rd

Womens B
Carolyn Soules 7th in sub-cat

Didn't see anyone else in my scan.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Volunteers needed for Wednesday June 4

To have a successful race, we require one or two additional volunteers this Wednesday. If you can volunteer, email me at mark.perry at shaw dot ca

The race will still go even if it is raining. If you want to ride we'll be there to run it.

The race will probably be canceled if weather conditions make it too dangerous to ride (very heavy rain, lightning, hail, tornado, hurricane, etc.). Check this blog for updates.