Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Final Event in the 2010 Chico Hill Climb Time Trial Series...........

Hi Everyone!!! Well, we have 1 event remaining in the 2010 Chico Hill Climb Time Trial Series - The Final Event - Event #15 - The Humboldt Hill Climb Time Trial - Friday, December 31st at 9:00AM! This one will be held 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 near Humboldt Road & Stilson Canyon Road - look for me and the R.A.C.E.mobile at the Starting area. The Humboldt Hill Climb Time Trial is approximately 3.4 miles in length and climbs about 700 feet - and is considered a Category 3 climb in the Series. The Time Trial ends on Humboldt Road, at the top - right at the "Stop Ahead" sign. For a map of the Humboldt Hill Climb Time Trial, please visit:


***And, I still need 1 volunteer to help me start the riders off that Friday 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!!

Below are the Current Overall Standings in the 2010 Chico Hill Climb Series.

Current leaders in the 2010 Chico Hill Climb Time Trial Series after 14 events include:

Gary Towne for Category "A" Men
Nathan Younie for Category "B" Men
Diann Harger for the Women's Category
Hal Tacker in the Masters 50+ Category
Aliya Traficante in the Junior Category

We have 1 event remaining in the Series - hope you can get out there and give this one a shot.......it's just you against the clock - no big whoop - just test yourself!! Trophies and whatever prizes I can get for the Series overall winners/placers. Helmets are mandatory.

***Also, the 2011 Butte Hill Climb Time Trial Series starts up on Saturday, January 1st with the Humboldt Hill Climb Time Trial! The Butte Series is looking to be the biggest and baddest yet - hope you can come out to give that one a shot!! This Series will visit 25 local climbs, covering 260 miles and 62,000 feet of total climbing - our biggest Hill Series yet!!


Category "A" Overall Standings:
1. Gary Towne 235 points
2. Jim Roberts 173 points
3. Kris Blee 170 points
4. Scott Jennings 117 points
5. Brad Foster 79 points
6. Josh Rowe 71 points
7. Greg Golet 70 points
8. 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" Overall Standings:
1. Nathan Younie 307 points
2. JJ Coughlin 268 points
3. Ryan Hiner 206 points
4. Steve Chollet 197 points
5. Ben Wentland 137 points

6. Tom Embree 119 points
7. Luke Wentland 106 points
8. John Touchette 96 points
9. David Dura 84 points
10. Chris Marking 82 points
11. Steven Bradley 49 points
11. Shane Waegner 49 points
13. Rudi Lange 47 points
14. Jeff Dailey 46 points
15. Jeff Ochs 45 points
16. Michael Santos 37 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 234 points
2. Mindy McPherson 170 points
3. Janine Rood 113 points
4. Ariana Altier 87 points
5. Margaret Jones 56 points
5. Teresa Kludt 56 points
7. Elizabeth Brent 52 points
8. Sarah Johnston 46 points
9. Deanna Wentland 42 points
10. Marley Anderson 38 points

11. Lisa Berry 36 points
12. Joanne Gilchrist 33 points

12. Lindsay Myers 33 points
14. Gabrielle Walters 25 points
15. Forough Molina 23 points

16. Jeanne O'regan 21 points
17. Megan Murphy 19 points
18. Mandi McKay 15 points
18. Kim Lange 15 points

18. Kara Spooner 15 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 412 points
2. Lloyd Leighton 347 points
3. Mike Ruffner 287 points
4. Lee Altier 253 points
5. Jim Mensching 172 points
6. Byron Fountain 141 points
7. Lex Parker 96 points
8. Michael Jamison 83 points
8. Mike Watson 83 points
10. Mark Wolford 78 points
11. Mike Trowbridge 57 points
12. Doug Weseman 55 points
13. Tom Tucker 52 points
14. Jay Rawlins 50 points
15. Leif Peterson 40 points
16. Bill Brent 30 points
17. Mark Bloom 29 points
18. Walt Schafer 28 points
19. Michael Wood 26 points
20. Skip Lees 25 points
20. Gary Fowler 25 points
22. Steve Kodad 22 points
22. Tony Mainz 22 points
24. 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 between.......so, 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 - COMPLETED!

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

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

15 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 Rights.........as 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