Friday, December 10, 2010

2 R.A.C.E. Events this weekend!!!!

Saturday, December 11th - Pentz Road Long-Course Uphill Time Trial - 9:00AM - The next event in the 2010 Chico Hill Climb Time Trial Series is Saturday morning - Event #13 - The Pentz Road LONG-Course Uphill Time Trial (Starts at Spring Valley School on Pentz Road)........rain or shine! Registration will open at 8:30am, with the 1st rider taking off at 9:01AM - and, we will go in 1-minute intervals. The Start/Registration area is at Spring Valley School - look for me and the at the Starting area. The Pentz Road LONG-Course Uphill Time Trial course is approximately 10.7 miles in length and has about 1,800 feet of total climbing - and is considered a Category 1 climb in the Series. The Time Trial starts across the street from Spring Valley School and goes all the way up Pentz Road - all the way to The Skyway for the finish. For a map of the Pentz Road LONG-Course Uphill Time Trial, please visit:

I still need 1 volunteer to help me start the riders off Saturday morning - If you can help out, just send me an e-mail - you get a 3-point bonus in the Series, you still get to race it(just be the last rider to start), and you will have my undying gratitude!! See Current Overall Standings in the 2010 Chico Hill Climb Time Trial Series below.

Sunday, December 12th - The Lunt Road Race - 9:00AM - Case of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale to the winners!! - This FREE point-to-point Road Race will be taking place THIS Sunday at 9:00am, as a practice event for the upcoming road season. Registration will open at 8:30AM at Durham Community Park(plenty of parking and bathrooms) in Durham, California(on Durham-Dayton Hwy) - just look for me and the in the parking area. There will be one group starting, but different Categories scored for the race - Category "A" Men, Category "B" Men, Masters 50+ Category, Women's Category and Juniors. The event will start at 9:00AM. The race course starts at Durham Community Park - takes Durham-Dayton Hwy to Durham-Pentz Road.....and on to Pentz Road(turn right).........then Pentz Road to Hwy. 70.......left on Hwy. 70 and up and up until the turn to Lunt Road(take right on Lunt Road) - the finish is at the top of the climb of Lunt Road. The race will be timed, scored and the final results will be posted online by that evening. Route Arrows will mark the turns on the course. The point-to-point course is about 18 miles in length and includes about 1,800 feet of climbing........with the final climb of Lunt Road being the sting in the tail! ;) I will have one water container at the Start and Finish lines - and will be providing "some" SAG support during the race. If you ride in from Chico, Paradise or Oroville, it'd make for a great warm-up to ride to the Community Park - then race, then another good ride back to your home......some good riding time, with a little Road Race thrown in the middle for good measure! OR, just start and finish at the Community Park and you will still have some good riding time! Just come out and have some fun with it - it's just for training! For a map of the Road Race course, please click on this link:

ALSO - An anonymous donor has donated cases of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale to the winners of this Sunday's Lunt Road Race!! The winner of the As, Bs, Masters and Women's categories will each receive a case of Chico's finest!!(Yes, IDs will be checked if ya win! ;). Don't worry Juniors - I'll have something for you guys too! A HUGE thank you to the donor for offering up this GREAT prize to the winners of this little event!!!
HELMETS ARE MANDATORY! Rain does not cancel(Current weather report is calling for sunny skies and 67 degrees)! Must sign-in at start. Free event.


Category "A" Overall Standings:
1. Gary Towne 159 points
2. Jim Roberts 144 points
3. Scott Jennings 117 points
4. Kris Blee 104 points
5. Josh Rowe 71 points
6. Greg Golet 70 points
7. Brad Foster 54 points
7. David Albrecht 54 points
9. Aren Timmel 33 points
10. Kyle Hughes 26 points
11. Tyler Honeyman 25 points
12. Jesse Rushing 23 points
13. Steven Clipperton 21 points
14. Brian Rouse 17 points
14. Andrew McCutcheon 17 points
16. Mike Painter 15 points
17. Adam Thatcher 13 points
18. Lowell Moural Jr. 11 points
18. James Plummer 11 points
20. Scott Heather 7 points

Category "B" Men Overall Standings:
1. Nathan Younie 307 points
2. JJ Coughlin 204 points
3. Steve Chollet 197 points
4. Ryan Hiner 142 points
5. Tom Embree 119 points
6. Ben Wentland 104 points
7. John Touchette 96 points
8. David Dura 84 points
9. Chris Marking 82 points
10. Steven Bradley 49 points
10. Shane Waegner 49 points
12. Rudi Lange 47 points
13. Jeff Dailey 46 points
14. Jeff Ochs 45 points
15. Michael Santos 37 points
16. Luke Wentland 34 points
17. Gabriel Medina 29 points
17. Ross Nayduch 29 points
19. Greg Watkins 23 points
19. Bryan Slinkard 23 points
21. Tim Mallen 21 points
21. Daniel Law 21 points
23. Gary Manwill 17 points
23. Matthew Carlson 17 points
23. Chris Iufer 17 points
26. Mat Amaro 15 points
26. Brian Ray 15 points
28. Lau Ackerman 14 points
29. Geno Gruber 13 points
29. Dax Downey 13 points
31. Mike Trotti 11 points
31. David Thorley 11 points
33. Joe West 10 points
34. Ron Penne 9 points
35. Jay Pothier 9 points
36. Dave Hernandez 9 points
37. Tim Passavant 7 points
38. Curtis Azevedo 7 points
39. Brooks Biertumpfel 7 points
40. Dan Corfman 5 points
41. Roy Holley 4 points

Women's Category Overall Standings:
1. Diann Harger 201 points
2. Janine Rood 113 points
3. Mindy McPherson 95 points
4. Ariana Altier 60 points
5. Margaret Jones 56 points
5. Teresa Kludt 56 points
7. Elizabeth Brent 52 points
8. Sarah Johnston 46 points
9. Marley Anderson 38 points
10. Lisa Berry 36 points
11. Joanne Gilchrist 33 points
11. Lindsay Myers 33 points
13. Gabrielle Walters 25 points
14. Forough Molina 23 points
15. Jeanne O'regan 21 points
16. Megan Murphy 19 points
17. Mandi McKay 15 points
17. Kim Lange 15 points
17. Kara Spooner 15 points
20. Deanna Wentland 14 points
21. Tammy Watkins 13 points
21. Christine Bergmann 13 points
23. Jan Passavant 11 points
24. Cat Ketterer 11 points
25. Betsey Downey 9 points
26. Michelle Rossman 7 points
27. Chris Lewis 5 points
28. Danielle Penne 4 points
29. Mary Reyes 4 points

Mens 50+ Category Overall Standings:
1. Hal Tacker 340 points
2. Lloyd Leighton 275 points
3. Mike Ruffner 260 points
4. Lee Altier 191 points
5. Jim Mensching 122 points
6. Byron Fountain 114 points
7. Michael Jamison 83 points
7. Mike Watson 83 points
9. Mike Trowbridge 57 points
10. Doug Weseman 55 points
11. Tom Tucker 52 points
12. Mark Wolford 43 points
13. Lex Parker 42 points
14. Leif Peterson 40 points
15. Bill Brent 30 points
16. Mark Bloom 29 points
17. Walt Schafer 28 points
18. Michael Wood 26 points
19. Skip Lees 25 points
19. Gary Fowler 25 points
21. Steve Kodad 22 points
21. Tony Mainz 22 points
23. Jay Rawlins 17 points
23. Matt Maderos 17 points
25. Andy Martinez 14 points
26. Ray Bransky 13 points
27. Denny McKenney 9 points
27. Larry Sousa 9 points
29. Paul Coots 4 points
30. Pete Hollingsworth 4 points
31. Mike Jessen 4 points
32. Greg Kallio 4 points
33. Paul Wellin 4 points
34. Joe Russo 4 points
35. Russ Mills 4 points
36. Dan Dominguez 4 points
37. Mark Hooper 4 points
38. Bill Morris 4 points
39. Bill Bergmann 4 points
40. Mark Stapleton 4 points
41. David Miller 4 points

Juniors Category Overall Standings:
1. Aliya Traficante 231 points
2. Davis Foster 23 points
3. Ben Golet 19 points
3. David Watkins 19 points

Hi Everyone! So, we are starting up the 2010 Chico Hill Climb Time Trial Series on September 5th! The Series will visit various climbs around Chico - and Butte County(see events and tentative dates below). There was a similar Series done years ago here in Chico - 1981 or 1982 - by Tom Devol and Jeff Smith, who owned Cyclesport bike shop at the time. And, of course, now there is the almost-famous Low Key Hillclimb Series in the Bay Area every fall. In any case, we decided to have our own and revive the old Hill Climb Series.......with a few route changes. Below is a list of the tentative events with dates. It should be mentioned that these dates could change depending upon other events going on. And, of course......the weather! Rain will NOT cancel - but snow and ice will.

16 events - 28,000+ feet of total climbing - held over a 4-month period from September through December 2010!! Bound to be a very challenging and memorable Series. Sure - there will be pain and suffering - but it's the good kind!!

Note: The Butte Hill Climb Time Trial Series will be back in January 2011 - starting with The Humboldt Hill Climb Time Trial on January 1st, 2011! And get ready - THAT Series is 20 races long!!! :)

How does it work??? Below are each of the 16 Events in the Chico Hill Climb Time Trial Series. Each climb has been given a rank based upon feedback from some well-known riders in the area (and climbers in particular - yes, I know - everyone is different, but this is just a low-key have-fun series, so no big whoop). Hors Category and Category 1 climbs are the hardest, with Category 3 being.......let's not say easiest.......let's say........not quite as hard as Category 1! Points will be awarded to the top finishers in each Hill Climb TT - the folks with the most points at the end of the Series, wins the overall title in their respective categories........along with the coveted Chico Hill Climb Champion Trophy. Never done a Time Trial before?? No problem - it's just you against the clock.....go your own pace and just do what you can out there!!! There are ALL levels of riders out there - from Pros, to guys like me who take 2 days to climb Humboldt, and everyone in, just come on out and test yourself, and go your own pace!!

RESULTS: I will try my best to have results & photos out from each Time Trial within a 24-hour period, as well as the Updated Overall Standings after each event. Sometimes life gets in the way, but I don't foresee that happening this next Fall/Winter(unlike the Butte Hill Series!). The results will be posted to all of the e-mail groups & database, on Facebook, on Twitter and on my blog.
EVERY competitor who starts and finishes an event receives an additonal 3 points PER event. It should also be noted - there MIGHT be an additional point(s) awarded for "adverse conditons". One year, we had an absolute freezing cold downpour of rain at the Centerville Time Trial and I awarded everyone 2 extra points for "adverse conditions"........but, again, this is a BIG "might" and the conditions would have to be atrocious. ANY person who helps me start the riders off at the events receives an additional 3 points for volunteering - I usually only need 1 or 2 people, and can always use the help.....and you can still race the event - just be the last one out of the starting gate and you'll be good-to-go!!

The Point Breakdown for placings is as follows:

Hors Category Climb = 40-36-34-32-30-28-26-22-20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2-1-1-1 (In other words, 1st place in an Hors Category Time Trial gets 40 points, 2nd place gets 36 and on down the line - every person who competes in the event gets at least 1 point).

Cat. 1 Climb = 30-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2-1-1-1 (1st place in a Cat. 1 TT gets 30 points, 2nd place gets 26 and on down the line - every person who competes in the event gets at least 1 point).

Cat. 2 Climb = 24-20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2-1-1-1(The winner of a Cat. 2 climb gets 24 points, 2nd place gets 20 points and on and on.)
Cat. 3 Climb = 20-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2-1-1-1

And here are the Time Trial courses, the very tentative dates, and their listed difficulty category. Starting times for the events are normally consistent - 8:30am registration opens, 1st rider off at 9:01am. **PLEASE NOTE - These dates are extremely tentative. Reasons for a change in dates include snow and ice on the climbs, other events going on that same day, a change in the R.A.C.E. calendar or Rodney being ill or out-of-town, etc. So, take the dates with a grain of salt....for now:

Sunday, Sept. 5th - Cohasset-to-the-Store TT - Cat. 2 - approximately 5.1 miles & 1,600 feet of climbing - COMPLETED!

Saturday, Sept. 11th - Honey Run TT - Cat. 1 - approximately 5.3 miles & 1,900 feet of climbing - COMPLETED!

Sunday, Sept. 26th - Forest Ranch TT (A Chico Velo event!) - Cat. 1 - approximately 11.2 miles & 2,400 feet of climbing - COMPLETED!

Saturday, Oct. 9th - Neal Road TT - Cat. 3 - approximately 8.3 miles & 1,400 feet of climbing - COMPLETED!

Sunday, Oct. 17th - Pentz Road TT - Cat. 2 - approximately 5.8 miles & 1,200 feet of climbing - COMPLETED!

Sunday, Oct. 24th - Table Mountain TT(Wildflower Century side) - Cat. 1 - approximately 5.3 miles & 1,600 feet of climbing - COMPLETED!

Sunday, Oct. 31st - Centerville TT(From Covered Bridge to the gravel) - Cat. 3 - approximately 6.6 miles; 1,300 feet of climbing - COMPLETED!

Saturday, Nov. 6th - Clark Road TT - Cat. 2 - approximately 7.7 miles & 1,700 feet of climbing - COMPLETED!

Saturday, Nov. 13th - Coutelenc TT(just stay on Coutelenc) - Cat. 2 - approximately 6.8 miles & 1,600 feet of climbing - COMPLETED!

Saturday, Nov. 20th - Cherokee TT(From Coal Canyon Road) - Cat. 3 - approximately 4.8 miles; 1,100 feet of climbing - COMPLETED!

Saturday, Nov. 27th - Vilas Road TT - Cat. 1 - approximately 7 miles & 2,400 feet of climbing - COMPLETED!

Saturday, Dec. 4th - Garland TT - Hors Category - approximately 16.5 miles & 3,500 feet of climbing - COMPLETED!

Saturday, Dec. 11th - Pentz Road LONG Course TT - Cat. 1 - approximately 10.8 miles & 1,800 feet of climbing

Saturday, Dec. 18th - Cohasset to Gravel TT - Hors Category - approximately 9.4 miles & 2,900 feet of climbing

Sunday, Dec. 26th - Canyon Oaks TT - Cat. 3 - approximately 6.7 miles & 1,200 feet of climbing

Friday, Dec. 31st - Humboldt TT - Cat. 3 - approximately 3.4 miles & 700 feet of climbing - AWARDS CEREMONY AFTER THIS EVENT!!

16 Climbs, approximately 28,000+ feet of total climbing, held over a 4-month period from September 2010 through December 2010. Consistency will be key to winning the Overall Series. Above distances and climbing are approximates only.

PARTICIPANT CATEGORIES: The following categories will be offered for the Series(see below). The winner in each category will receive the Chico Hill Climb Champion Trophy, along with Bragging well as any stuff we can get to give away as prizes:

Category "A" Men
Category "B" Men
Women's Category
Mens 50+ Category
Juniors (Looking at 10 to 16 years of age for this particular Category, but may be changed depending upon who shows up!).

As usual, sandbaggers are strongly discouraged (A Sandbagger would be a Category "A" rider entering a Category "B" event). Also, if there are a lot of folks in one particular category, we may split those up into sub-categories, if needed. In turn, if nobody - or very few folks are in one category, we may eliminate it and add an additional category where the numbers allow it(these COULD include tandem categories, Trail-A-Bike category, mountain bike category, or any other age Categories). At the end of the Series, we will have an Awards Ceremony at a local establishment or at another R.A.C.E. event. Hope to have some Chico Hill Climb Time Trial Series T-shirts to give out as well, but will be dependent upon my extremely limited budget.
One note - Any rider caught giving grief to the Promoter, the Timers or the Starters of these events will be automatically disqualified from - not only the event - but the entire Series. So, do what ya always do, and just have fun with the Series - it's no big whoop, we're just out there having fun and getting some good fitness!!! (No no - we've never ever had a problem with getting grief - just wanted to state it so it will continue to just be a fun event for everyone involved!!). AND - Helmets are MANDATORY!

This Series is FREE - so come on out and take advantage of some, or all, of these Time Trials this Fall/Winter 2010! Although donations are always appreciated, they are NEVER necessary to enter these events - I just want y'all out there testing yourselves on your bicycles and having fun!!! Hope to see you out there - and I will have more details, maps and information as we get closer to the events.

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