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Portola Valley Hills

Week 4 of the 2013 Low-Key Hillclimb Series

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Team Brown Zone gets down to work (Rich Brown)
Thanks to coordinator Franz Kelsch, with help from Anne Kelsch for making today's climb possible!

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The Low-Key Hillclimbs went short this week as we did our first multi-climb day, enabled by GPS timing. And while the day may have lacked the attraction of a mass start and friendly volunteers, this was partially compensated by the novel route and a surplus of data.

Ed Miller, 1995 Low-Key alum, rode the course on Tuesday and self-timed: his times on the hills were 7:21,4:55,3:01,4:27,7:31,9:18, for a total time of 36:33. He reminded your humble coordinator that I'd led a similar Western Wheelers ride in 1995.

Sam Beal rode the course in "time trial mode" and timed himself at 1:26:13.

For the course itself, the story has been ironining out the kinks. In particular, Garmin Edge 500 data from Joaquin proved to be too unreliable for automatic timing, so Joaquin, arguably the hardest climb of the day, had to be neutralized. Total times were just taken from the other time segments added together. Sincere apologies to those who drilled Joaquin, but the GPS fates were not on Low-Keys side there.

Then there was the time budget from the top of Cerventes to the pre-start of Golden Oak West. That was set to 10 minutes, which is enough for riding solo, but following a regroup by one group at the top of Cerventes, the first riders to the top of Cerventes exceeded the time. I increased the time budget to 15 minutes for this part, since the intent of the time budgets is not to stop people from riding together. All of the other time budgets were fine.

So the experiment that was Portola Valley Hills was a mixed success. On the positive side, all riders reported having a great time, riding on roads which Low-Key had not before ridden, enjoying the very different experience which short hills provide. And unlike previous Low-Key events, this was a series of efforts, one after another, with recovery a key aspect. It's something we've wanted to do for a long time, and we're glad we did.

On the down side, it was a bit ahead of its time. The GPS units sold today are up to the task, but the Garmin Edge 500 simply wasn't universally up to the task. In a few years, as newer GPS units displace the old, this model will only become more feasible.

Until then, the key is to pick the climbs carefully. The start and finish lines should have clear views of the sky, maximizing the chances for satellite reception. And twisty climbs like Joaquin are best avoided.

So while net times don't have the sort of precision Low-Key has provided in the past, it was a good competition. Lessons learned, we'll see this sort of thing again.

Thanks to the 70 riders who came out today, far exceeding expectations, and all navigated the complicated route without issue! Special thanks to Franz and Anne Kelsch for their fantastic road chalking, and special congratulations to Low-Key super-volunteer Lane Parker for riding his 52nd century of 2013 on his birthday ride the same day.

Results

KOM special mention qualifiers indicated with orange background. Discarded scores are crossed out. Volunteer weeks are indicated with V. Ride credit weeks are indicated with RC. V and RC weeks are equivalent for scoring.

Women
pl # name team cat time mph fph score
1 126 Lisa Penzel The Brown Zone 45+ 21:03.63 8.40 4595 120.66
2 35 Sugar Brown The Brown Zone Fat Camp 24:04.22 7.35 4021 108.80
3 27 Kate Bergeron Diablo 40+ 24:26.97 7.24 3958 107.50
4 147 Marty Scott LGBRC 55+ 24:40.63 7.17 3922 106.73
5 209 Janet Gardner Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy 45+ 24:49.32 7.13 3899 106.24
6 301 Amy Bruski Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy 35+ 25:36.11 6.91 3780 103.73
7 223 Eva Silverstein Western Wheelers 40+ 25:43.93 6.88 3761 103.32
8 318 Trish Pacheco Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy 45+ 25:48.45 6.86 3750 103.09
9 404 Heidi Fraser Cushman & Wakefield Racing 50+ 32:19.42 5.48 2994 86.60

reference time for division Women = 26:50.49


Men
pl # name team cat time mph fph score
1 49 David Collet Pen Velo/Pomodoro 40+ 17:07.60 10.33 5651 122.47
2 132 Stefano Profumo Bike Trip/Symantec 35+ 17:37.99 10.04 5489 119.74
3 53 Tracy Colwell Team Colwell 45+ 17:38.01 10.04 5488 119.74
4 403 Scott Frake Alto Velo 50+ 17:45.75 9.96 5449 119.06
5 73 Chris Furgiuele Studio Velo Racing 40+ 17:58.71 9.85 5383 117.95
6 152 Daryl Spano San Jose Bike Club 45+ 18:16.00 9.69 5298 116.51
7 207 Robert Easley Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy 45+ 18:19.09 9.66 5283 116.26
8 409 Bill Laddish Team CVC 40+ 18:21.92 9.64 5270 116.03
9 14 Rich McLovin Brown The Brown Zone 35+ 18:24.76 9.61 5256 115.79
10 402 Chris Evans Pen Velo/Pomodoro 30+ 18:33.44 9.54 5215 115.10
11 31 Blue Brown The Brown Zone 35+ 18:51.85 9.38 5130 113.64
12 114 Shahram Moatazedi LGBRC 40+ 19:11.86 9.22 5041 112.11
13 83 Rich Hill LGBRC 45+ 19:21.95 9.14 4997 111.36
14 32 HabaƱero Brown The Brown Zone Wheel Horse 19:30.97 9.07 4959 110.69
15 316 Bogdan Marian   30+ 19:47.88 8.94 4888 109.47
16 412 Kieran Sherlock Western Wheelers 45+ 20:02.40 8.83 4829 108.44
17 327 Brandon Smith Team CVC 25+ 20:10.05 8.78 4799 107.91
18 98 Michael Kowalchuk Google 25+ 20:10.22 8.78 4798 107.90
19 411 Lucas Pereira Google 40+ 20:11.88 8.76 4792 107.79
20 156 Todd Studenicka San Jose Bike Club 45+ 20:24.06 8.68 4744 106.95
21 204 Bryn Dole Low-Key 40+ 20:34.88 8.60 4702 106.23
22 58 Andy Crews Diablo 40+ 20:37.75 8.58 4691 106.04
23 166 William Yee Team CVC 35+ 20:44.89 8.53 4665 105.57
24 95 Mark King Equipe Flamme Rouge 45+ 21:09.58 8.36 4574 103.97
25 410 Paul McKenzie Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy 55+ 21:12.75 8.34 4562 103.77
26 79 Bill Harkola Pen Velo/Pomodoro 55+ 21:26.07 8.26 4515 102.94
27 212 Peter Ingram Steely Man 55+ 21:38.32 8.18 4473 102.19
28 408 Tom K. Palo Verde Velo 22:19.93 7.93 4334 99.72
29 171 Phil Lovaglio Lyme Zone 55+ 22:20.22 7.92 4333 99.70
30 122 Bart Niechwiej Google 35+ 22:34.61 7.84 4287 98.88
31 135 Mihai R. Google 30+ 22:40.74 7.80 4267 98.54
32 300 Billy Bob Brown The Brown Zone 50+ 22:42.18 7.80 4263 98.46
33 12 Will von Kaenel LGBRC 55+ 22:56.72 7.71 4218 97.65
34 62 Mike Davis LGBRC 45+ 22:58.83 7.70 4211 97.53
35 37 Scott Byer Google 45+ 23:14.91 7.61 4163 96.66
36 23 Daniel Aminzade Google 30+ 23:19.09 7.59 4150 96.44
37 326 Jeff Shute Google 35+ 23:24.50 7.56 4134 96.15
38 65 Giles Douglas Google 40 TODAY 23:53.57 7.41 4051 94.64
39 406 Martin Hyland Diablo 55+ 23:54.82 7.40 4047 94.57
40 401 Gino Cetani REI 40+ 24:24.35 7.25 3965 93.09
41 105 Doug MacPherson Pen Velo/Pomodoro 40+ 24:32.17 7.21 3944 92.71
42 414 Tim Sullivan Google 50+ 24:41.15 7.17 3920 92.28
43 407 Brandon Iles Google 30+ 25:52.83 6.84 3739 88.96
44 328 Ray Smith Team CVC 55+ 26:02.79 6.80 3716 88.52
45 400 Michael Andalora Bike Trip/Symantec 60+ 26:20.92 6.72 3673 87.73
46 161 Greg Watson Palo Verde Velo 50+ 26:49.75 6.60 3607 86.51
47 203 Kevin Colagiovanni Team Dud 30+ 27:15.51 6.49 3550 85.46
48 71 Stephen Fong CyclePath Racing 0 27:21.72 6.47 3537 85.21
49 230 Kris McQueen Diablo 35+ 27:38.43 6.40 3501 84.54
50 125 Frank Paysen autonomous masochist 50+ 27:46.19 6.37 3485 84.24
51 304 Paul Cothenet   25+ 27:51.25 6.35 3475 84.04
52 405 Bruce Gardner Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy 40+ 28:26.69 6.22 3402 82.68
53 150 Gregory P Smith Zombie Raccoon 35+ 29:32.65 5.99 3276 80.29
54 160 Luis Valente Palo Verde Velo 50+ 30:34.86 5.79 3165 78.17
55 130 Mark Powers Pen Velo/Pomodoro 55+ 30:37.34 5.78 3160 78.09
56 48 John Clarke Google 40+ 32:57.92 5.37 2936 73.76
57 413 Liam Sherlock Western Wheelers Junior 33:44.68 5.25 2868 72.44
58 133 Alec Proudfoot DaSH 50+ 33:55.47 5.22 2853 72.14
59 415 Jeff Weitzman Palo Verde Velo 34:45.90 5.09 2784 70.78
60 151 Kevin M. Smith LGBRC 50+ 45:18.34 3.91 2136 57.66

reference time for division Men = 22:15.10


Teams
pl team score riders
1 The Brown Zone 350.10 Billy Bob Brown, Blue Brown, HabaƱero Brown, Lisa Penzel, Rich McLovin Brown, Sugar Brown
2 Pen Velo/Pomodoro 340.51 Bill Harkola, Chris Evans, David Collet, Doug MacPherson, Mark Powers
3 LGBRC 330.19 Marty Scott, Kevin M. Smith, Mike Davis, Rich Hill, Shahram Moatazedi, Will von Kaenel
4 Team CVC 329.51 Bill Laddish, Brandon Smith, Ray Smith, William Yee
5 Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy 326.27 Amy Bruski, Bruce Gardner, Janet Gardner, Paul McKenzie, Robert Easley, Trish Pacheco
6 Google 314.57 Bart Niechwiej, Brandon Iles, Daniel Aminzade, Giles Douglas, Jeff Shute, John Clarke, Lucas Pereira, Michael Kowalchuk, Mihai R., Scott Byer, Tim Sullivan
7 Diablo 308.11 Andy Crews, Kris McQueen, Martin Hyland, Kate Bergeron
8 Western Wheelers 284.20 Eva Silverstein, Kieran Sherlock, Liam Sherlock
9 Palo Verde Velo 264.41 Greg Watson, Jeff Weitzman, Luis Valente, Tom K.
10 San Jose Bike Club 223.47 Daryl Spano, Todd Studenicka
11 Bike Trip/Symantec 207.47 Michael Andalora, Stefano Profumo
12 Team Colwell 119.74 Tracy Colwell
13 Alto Velo 119.06 Scott Frake
14 Studio Velo Racing 117.95 Chris Furgiuele
15 Low-Key 106.23 Bryn Dole
16 Equipe Flamme Rouge 103.97 Mark King
17 Steely Man 102.19 Peter Ingram
18 Lyme Zone 99.70 Phil Lovaglio
19 REI 93.09 Gino Cetani
20 Cushman & Wakefield Racing 86.60 Heidi Fraser
21 Team Dud 85.46 Kevin Colagiovanni
22 CyclePath Racing 85.21 Stephen Fong
23 autonomous masochist 84.24 Frank Paysen
24 Zombie Raccoon 80.29 Gregory P Smith
25 DaSH 72.14 Alec Proudfoot