Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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

R.A.C.E. Events this weekend:

Thursday, September 22nd - The Aguas Frias 10-Mile Time Trial - 6:00pm

Friday, September 23rd - No events today....sorry. :(

Saturday, September 24th - R.A.C.E. will be at The Henleyville Road Race in Corning, California.

Sunday, September 25th - The Chico Velo Forest Ranch Uphill Time Trial - 9:00am


All the R.A.C.E. Events are FREE to enter - the goal is to get you out there on your bicycles for fun & fitness!!

For some photos and videos of R.A.C.E. Events, please visit the following link:

Thursday, September 22nd - Aguas Frias 10-Mile Time Trial - 6:00PM:

Registration opens at 5:40pm, with the first rider going off at 6:01pm. We will go in 1-minute intervals for this 5-miles out, 5-miles back, all-flat Time Trial. Come on out after work and give this one a shot! A map of this course can be found here:
The Start/Finish location of this event is on Aguas Frias Road - just south of Dayton 4-Corners - by the Stop Ahead Sign......look for me and the at the Start Area. And remember - if you are running late to get to the start, it is OKAY - I will still start and time you!(Well, as long as you don't get there around 9pm or so.....I might be gone by then ;)
Helmets are mandatory!
(10-point event in the 2011 Chico Time Trial Series!)

Sunday, September 25th - The Chico Velo Forest Ranch Hill Climb Time Trial - 9:00AM:

This is THE most popular Hill Climb Time Trial in the Series, and has been a long-time Chico Velo event - sponsored by our very own Sierra Nevada Brewery! As usual, if your time beats your age, you win a case of Sierra Nevada - we will also be giving out cash prizes to the top 3 fastest times for Men & Women($50 for 1st, $30 for 2nd and $10 for both Men's & Women's Categories)........and additional prizes for top placers......BUT, you MUST be a Chico Velo Cycling Club member in order to be eligible for prizes and beer. You can find out more about Chico Velo Cycling membership by visiting their website at:

We will have an Awards Ceremony after this event. Registration will open at 8:00AM at the corner of Bruce Road and Hwy. 32 - come EARLY if you want to get an early start on the climb......we usually have between 60 to 80 riders at this event. The first rider will take off at 9:01am and we will go in 1-minute intervals. The climb itself is about 11.2 miles in length and climbs approximately 2,100 feet. For a map of the Forest Ranch Time Trial course, please visit:
Helmets are mandatory!
(Event #3 in the 15-race Chico Hill Climb Time Trial Series!)

Current Leaders in the 2011 Chico Hill Climb Time Trial Series after 2 of 15 Events:

Category "A": Daniel Green
Category "B": Jonathan McCabe
Category "C": Scott Davis
Women's Category: Erica McCabe
Masters 50+ Category: Tom Tucker
Juniors Category: Sierra Wolford
Tandem Category: Rick & Laurie Ellison
Overall Points Leaders: Tom Tucker & Sierra Wolford with 60 points each.


Category "A" Overall Standings:
1. Daniel Green 52 points
2. Garrett Marking 44 points
3. Scott Jennings 40 points
4. David Albrecht 33 points
5. Jim Roberts 27 points
5. Jesse Rushing 27 points
7. Bobby Zidek 25 points

Category "B" Overall Standings:
1. Jonathan McCabe 56 points
2. Fernando Wolford 52 points
3. John Touchette 50 points
4. Patrick Clark 38 points
5. Chris Marking 32 points
6. Nathan Younie 27 points
7. Barry DeWitt 23 points
8. Brian Ray 19 points
8. Seth Jones 19 points
10. Matt Roberts 15 points

Category "C" Overall Standings:
1. Scott Davis 33 points
2. Skip Lees 27 points

Women's Category Overall Standings:
1. Erica McCabe 33 points
2. Amanda Jones 29 points
3. Stephanie Berkowitz 27 points
4. Teresa Kludt 23 points
5. Sandee Brown 21 points
6. Sandra Barton 19 points

Masters 50+ Category Overall Standings:
1. Tom Tucker 60 points
2. Monte Wolford 50 points
3. Steve Dennis 46 points
4. Jim Mensching 45 points
5. Tony Mainz 25 points
6. Dave Weathers 23 points
6. Gary Fowler 23 points
8. Jay Rawlins 21 points
9. John Growdon 15 points
10. Bob Jones 11 points

Juniors Category Overall Standings:
1.Sierra Wolford 60 points

Tandem Category Overall Standings:
1. Rick & Laurie Ellison 33 points


Hi Everyone! So, we are starting up the 2011 Chico Hill Climb Time Trial Series again on Sunday, September 4th with the Cohasset Time Trial! 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. So, we decided to revive the old Hill Climb Series.......with a few route changes. Below is a list of the very 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.

15 events - 26,000+ feet of total climbing - held over a 4-month period from September through December 2011! 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 2012 - starting with The Humboldt Hill Climb Time Trial on Sunday, January 1st, 2012!

How does it work???
Below are each of the 15 Events in the 2011 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. The results will be posted at

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)

Category 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)

Category 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)

Category 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. 4th - Cohasset-to-the-Store Time Trial - Cat. 2 - approximately 5.1 miles & 1,600 feet of climbing - COMPLETED!

Sunday, Sept. 11th - Honey Run Road Time Trial - Cat. 1 - approximately 5.5 miles & 1,400 feet of climbing - COMPLETED!

Sunday, Sept. 25th - The Forest Ranch Time Trial (A Chico Velo event!) - Cat. 1 - approximately 11.2 miles & 2,400 feet of climbing

Sunday, Oct. 2nd - Neal Road Time Trial - Cat. 3 - approximately 8.3 miles & 1,400 feet of climbing

Saturday, Oct. 15th - Pentz Road Time Trial - Cat. 2 - approximately 5.8 miles & 1,200 feet of climbing

Saturday, Oct. 22nd - Clark Road Time Trial - Cat. 2 - approximately 7.7 miles & 1,700 feet of climbing

Sunday, Oct. 30th - Centerville Time Trial(From the Honey Run Covered Bridge to the gravel) - Cat. 3 - approximately 6.6 miles; 1,300 feet of climbing

Saturday, Nov. 5th - Coutelenc Time Trial(just stay on Coutelenc Road) - Cat. 2 - approximately 6.8 miles & 1,600 feet of climbing

Saturday, Nov. 12th - Vilas Road Time Trial - Hors Category - approximately 7 miles & 2,400 feet of climbing

Saturday, Nov. 19th - Cherokee Time Trial(From Coal Canyon Road) - Cat. 3 - approximately 4.8 miles; 1,100 feet of climbing

Saturday, Nov. 26th - Table Mountain Time Trial(Wildflower Century side) - Cat. 1 - approximately 5.3 miles & 1,600 feet of climbing

Saturday, Dec. 3rd - Cohasset-to-the-Gravel Time Trial - Hors Category - approximately 9.4 miles & 2,900 feet of climbing

Saturday, Dec. 10th - Lime Saddle Time Trial - Cat. 2 - approximately 4.7 miles & 1,000 feet of climbing

Saturday, Dec. 17th - The Garland Road Time Trial - Hors Category - approximately 16 miles & 3,400 feet of climbing

Saturday, Dec. 31st - The Humboldt Road Time Trial - Category 3 - approximately 3.4 miles & 700 feet of climbing - AWARDS CEREMONY AFTER THIS EVENT!

15 Climbs, approximately 26,000+ feet of total climbing, held over a 4-month period from September 2011 through December 2011. Consistency will be key to winning the Overall Series. Above distances and climbing are very rough approximates only.

PARTICIPANT CATEGORIES: The following categories will be offered for the Series(see below). The winner in each category will receive the 2011 Chico Hill Climb Champion Trophy, along with Bragging well as any stuff we can get to give away as prizes:

Category "A" - Advanced & Intermediate

Category "B" - Intermediate & Novice

Category "C" - Novice, Clydesdales & Slow climbers like me.

Women's Category

Masters 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 - must be totally obvious to the race director). 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 2011 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 at all events!

This Series is FREE - so come on out and take advantage of some, or all, of these Time Trials this Fall/Winter 2011! 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