Bill Katz (Andy Crews Photo )
Special thanks to Edward Miller for proofreading and cross-checking times! And thanks to everyone who contributed photos to the collaborative photo album!
What a week! 22 individuals made the journey out to Vacaville to tackle California's "steepest paved mile" and the race course did not disappoint!
Congratulations to Hanns Detlefsen and Kate Bergeron for the top spots on the podium and to Bill Laddish, Yassine Kabouzi, and newcomer Rebekah Cesmat for rounding off the podiums.
The theme of the week after reading all the Strava Discussions and comments was gear and equipment selection; from racers booting up old Sheldon Brown gear tables to determine the weight vs gearing trade off, to riders wishing they had brought more gear with them.. everyone was battling the same reality: Mix Canyon is incredibly steep and relentless. While the road started friendly enough, the segment became steeper and steeper offering many false flats that riders were disappointed to find only led to even steeper pavement once reached. The option on mix was often simple, stand and suffer or risk falling over!This week also marked another pivot point with four races counting and therefore a shake-up in the overall. Congratulations to Kate Bergeron and Margaret B for charging into the top two spots in the Women's competition due to their strong and consistent performances! Another congrats to Shai Traister for breaking into the overall podium! Finally, kudos to WEDU NorCal for stepping up their recruiting efforts and taking the top five spots in this week's competition and maintaining their overall top position with eBay hot on their heels. Next week we head to Metcalf which is a short (1.8 mile) sprint which we think will be a very important week in the competition. The relatively local location should bring high participation and allow individuals and teams to mount an attack, especially if they fell off the 4 ride minimum after this week. Good luck to everyone, we look forward to seeing everyone's max heart rates as they sprint up Metcalf!
100 point reference time for division Women = 0:48:30
|1||101||Hanns Detlefsen||WEDU NorCal||0:30:32||11/14||9.24||4247||131.71|
|2||14||Bill Laddish||WEDU NorCal||50+||0:33:02||11/14||8.54||3925||121.75|
|3||13||Yassine Kabouzi||WEDU NorCal||45+||0:33:30||11/14||8.42||3870||120.05|
|4||4||Brandon Smith||WEDU NorCal||30+||0:33:31||11/14||8.41||3869||119.99|
|5||91||Kevin Vander Ende||WEDU NorCal||0:33:43||11/14||8.36||3846||119.28|
|6||26||Shai Traister||Squadra Terun||0:34:24||11/14||8.2||3769||116.91|
|7||102||Graham Hymus||WEDU NorCal||0:35:13||11/14||8.01||3682||114.20|
|8||8||Dan Pannell||unshaven legs||0:37:31||11/13||7.52||3456||107.20|
|10||83||Dino Larson||The Brown Zone||0:39:42||11/13||7.1||3266||101.30|
|12||12||Ramon Periquet||WEDU NorCal||55+||0:40:58||11/14||6.88||3165||98.17|
|14||90||Calvin Ryan||SparkEEs||Dude with legs||0:41:55||11/13||6.73||3093||95.94|
100 point reference time for division Men = 0:40:13
|1||WEDU NorCal||373.51||Graham Hymus, Bill Laddish, Ramon Periquet, Kevin Vander Ende, Brandon Smith, Yassine Kabouzi, Hanns Detlefsen|
|2||SparkEEs||302.73||Bill Katz, Steven Norwood, Kate Bergeron, Calvin Ryan|
|3||eBay||266.73||Kevin Cearns, Jon Degenhardt, Simon Gog|
|4||Squadra Terun||116.91||Shai Traister|
|5||The Brown Zone||101.30||Dino Larson|