Sunday, June 28, 2009

Table Mountain Road Race Results................

I would like to thank everyone who came out for the 50-Mile Table Mountain Road Race on Saturday morning!! It was HOT out there, so I really appreciate y'all coming out to give this event a shot!! Below are the Results from yesterday's Road Race, followed by the Current Overall Standings in the 2009 Chico Road R.A.C.E. Series. For some photos and videos of this weekend's events (including the slowest race competiton between Kevin and Ethan!) - the Friday Night Airport Criterium, the Table Mountain Road Race on Saturday morning and the 25-Mile Time Trial from Sunday morning, please visit:

Category "A" Men Results from June 27th Table Mountain Road Race:
1. Rich Thurman 2:08:35 (30 points + 4 = 34 points)
2. Aren Timmel 2:08:35 (25 points + 4 = 29 points)
3. Greg Golet 2:09:38 (20 points + 4 = 24 points)
4. Alex Blease 2:14:05 (18 points + 4 = 22 points)
5. Brad Foster 2:22:38 (16 points + 4 = 20 points)
6. Jim Roberts 2:22:38 (14 points + 4 = 18 points)
7. Mike Castaldo 2:24:22 (12 points + 4 = 16 points)
8. Josh Bullock 2:24:40 (10 points + 4 = 14 points)
9. Nelson Frink 2:29:39 (8 points + 4 = 12 points)
10. Ethan Black 2:32:35 (6 points + 4 = 10 points)
11. Kevin Speacht 2:32:35 (4 points + 4 = 8 points)
12. Kris Blee 3:00:49 (2 points + 4 = 6 points)

Women's Category Results from the June 27th Table Mountain Road Race:
1. Joanne Gilchrist 2:44:21 (30 points + 4 = 34 points)
2. Forough Molina 2:46:31 (25 points + 4 = 29 points)
3. Christine Bergmann (20 points + 4 = 24 points)
4. Darlene Henderson (18 points + 4 = 22 points)
5. Mary Reyes (16 points + 4 = 20 points)

Category "B" Men Results from the June 27th Table Mountain Road Race:
1. Scott Heather 2:36:37 (30 points + 4 = 34 points)
2. Mike Crumm 2:36:40 (25 points + 4 = 29 points)
3. Denny McKenney 2:36:59 (20 points + 4 = 24 points)
4. Gary Manwill 2:40:59 (18 points + 4 = 22 points)
5. Brian Ray 2:55:41 (16 points + 4 = 20 points)
6. Bill Bergmann (14 points + 4 = 18 points)


Current Overall Standings for Category "A" Men:
1. Rich Thurman 95 points
2. Brad Foster 94 points
3. Greg Golet 92 points
4. Kevin Speacht 59 points
5. Mike Smith 52 points
6. Alex Blease 50 points
7. Aren Timmel 49 points
8. Sean Molina 48 points
9. Jim Roberts 42 points
10. Josh Bullock 35 points
11. Mike Castaldo 32 points
12. Paul McIntyre 32 points
13. James Plummer 29 points
14. Mike Painter 24 points
15. Randy Moon 20 points
16. Tyler Honeyman 18 points
16. Jeff Galland 18 points
18. Mike Thorpe 14 points
19. Nelson Frink 12 points
19. Charlie Dawson 12 points
21. Ethan Black 10 points
21. Rob Bishop 10 points
23. Kris Blee 6 points
23. Joe Shelburne 6 points
25. Scott Heather 5 points
26. Kyle Hughes 5 points

Women's Category:
1. Forough Molina 92 points
2. Elizabeth Brent 68 points
3. Darlene Henderson 60 points
4. Grace Twedt 48 points
5. Mary Reyes 38 points
6. Joanne Gilchrist 34 points
7. Kristen Schonauer 32 points
8. Jamie Batha 29 points
8. Kim Agur 29 points
10. Christine Bergmann 24 points
11. Kim Lange 22 points
12. Emily Fisher 20 points
13. Caryn Jones 5 points

Category "B" Men:
1. Michael Crumm 97 points
2. Charlie Pelton 83 points
3. Denny McKenney 73 points
4. Tom Embree 48 points
5. Mark Bloom 39 points
6. Scott Heather 34 points
6. Chris Roots 34 points
6. Jim Mensching 34 points
6. Preben Nielsen 34 points
6. Ken Petruzzelli 34 points
11. Matt Carlson 30 points
12. Steve Kodad 28 points
13. Greg Watkins 24 points
14. Skip Lees 23 points
15. Gary Manwill 22 points
15. Bill Brent 22 points
17. Brian Ray 20 points
18. Bill Bergmann 18 points
18. Geno Gruber 18 points
20. Mike Candela 16 points
20. Dan Spencer 16 points
22. Alex Albrecht 12 points
23. Samuel Bransky 5 points
24. Rob Evans 4 points
24. Norm Rosene 4 points
26. Bill Travers 3 points
27. Ray Bransky 2 points


After the great turn-out at last year's various Chico Road Races, we're going to be doing them again for 2009......but this time, they will ALSO be in a "Series" format. For those curious, the approximate definition of "Bicycle Road Races" can be found here:

This Series will go from Saturday, May 30th through mid-September 2009......just before the Henleyville Road Race on September 19th, 2009! Most of these races will be starting at either 8:00AM or 9:00AM on the weekends - but some could be as early as 7:00AM.......and others starting as late as 10:00AM(highly unlikely).

Why have this event???

Looking at cycle racing from an international view, "road racing" is one of the most prestigious aspects of bicycle racing. The greatest racing champions in the hisotry of our great sport - Eddy Merckx, Lance Armstrong, Bernard Hinault, Fausto Coppi, Greg LeMond, Miguel Indurain, Gino Bartali - the list goes on and on and on. These riders were great "road racing" champions. The road race itself requires great stamina, strength, speed, skill and sense to win - or to place. To win a road race - or place highly in a road race consistently - is the epitome of a great cycle racing champion. This contest will track the most consistent riders in the area for road racing. The winner of this event will have a great opportunity for bragging rights - plus, they'll win the Series Championship Trophy!!

How does it work???

Okay, here are a few notes for 2009 Chico Road R.A.C.E. Series:

1. We will be using a variety of courses for this Series - including some flat courses, very hilly courses, somewhat hilly courses, circuit race courses(no Crits) and so forth. The idea is to get a variety of course profiles going for the Series to test the riders a bit. Next year - 2010 - this Series will also be starting much earlier in the year in order to get a feel for different weather conditions as well.

2. ALL riders must sign in this year at the start of EACH event - There will be a small table at the Start/Finish location - just sign in at the table and you are good to go! Sign-ins normally start 30 minutes before the event takes place and closes about 1-2 minutes before the event starts. Rain or wet weather will normally not cancel the events. However, last year we had some tremendous smoke from the Humboldt Fire in this area......which, in turn, may cancel some of the Road Races due to hazardous air quality.

3. There will normally be 2 Categories racing at the Road Races - the Category "A" Event and the Category "B" Event. However, EACH Series Category will be picked separately(Women's, Women's Masters, Men's Masters, Juniors, etc.). Category "A" races will normally start first, with the Category "B" races starting a couple of minutes later. If there are enough racers to have a separate category start after the "B" event, we will make that happen as well.

4. Helmets are MANDATORY! So, please....please.....wear your helmet! Please!!

5. All are welcome - you don't have to do the Series - just come on out and give this Road Race training/riding a shot! They're a GREAT workout!!!

6. Points are used to calculate the Overall Standings in the Series. The point breakdown is as follows: 25-20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2-1-1-1, with an additional 4 points being given to each participant at each event. So, 25 points goes to the winner, 20 points goes to 2nd place, 18 points goes to 3rd place and so addition to 4 more points just for doing the event. The rider with the MOST points at the end of the Series wins the Overall Title - and the 2009 Chico Road R.A.C.E. Series Championship Trophy, plus whatever goodies we can give you. If one race proves particularly harsh.........ex. - the Jonesville Road Race on June 7th..............the point breakdown MAY be increased(35 to the winner, 30 to 2nd and so forth). IN ADDITION - It is quite possible that some of the Mini-Road-Races held during the week MAY be counted towards the Overall Title, but with fewer points (think.......5 to the winner, 4 to 2nd, 3 to 3rd and so on.....with NO point bonuses for competing).

7. Although the races are advertised as having 2 Categories out on the course - Category A and Category B - the Series itself has more Trophy Categories, including:

Category "A" Men
Women's Category
Category "B" Men
And any others if there are enough riders!

These are the Categories which all qualify for a Series Championship Trophy - as of NOW. We will ADD Categories if enough riders show up out there - so tell your friends!! If nobody - or very few folks are in one category - we may eliminate it and add an additional category where the numbers allow it. As usual, sandbaggers are strongly discouraged ( A Sandbagger would be a Category "A" rider entering a Category "B" event - this would have to be completely obvious to the Race Director).

In addition, trophies will normally be given out at EACH event for the winners in various categories............depending upon the budget of the Race Director.

8. Although donations to put on these events are always very appreciated and accepted, this Series is FREE - so come on out and take advantage of some, or all, of these Road R.A.C.E.s in 2009!

9. The Race Director reserves the right to DQ any rider for unsafe riding or unsportsmanlike conduct at ANY time. Also, PLEASE - try not to use colorful language out there - especially with the little kids around watching the race at the finish line and so forth. ANY rider breaking these rules can be subject to Disqualification from - not only the race - but from the entire Series. So, please - just do what ya always do and just be cool!!!!

10. Finally, remember - these Road Race events are essentially for practice and exercise - we have fun out there and get a great little workout in, and we get to work on some quality cycling skills. But, overall, they're no big World Championship/Olympic medals or million dollar contracts on the line. So, with that in mind, just treat 'em as such - a good training event to try some new things, gain some good fitness.....and maybe even get into a "real" sanctioned Road Race at some point in time. Or not. Just have fun with it!! We'll have trophies and hopefully some prizes for the Series winners - and definitely loads of fun....and pain and suffering. ;) But remember - it's all in good fun!

Hope to see you out there!!

Team Chico & R.A.C.E. - Rodney's Amateur Cycling Events
Chico, CA