Chuck Van Arsdale Time Trial-
September 12, 2007
What a great night for a bike ride! We had 19 riders out for last night’s TT, and cool and calm conditions made for some very nice times. I was able to grab top spot with a 28:43 @ 25.91mph. Nick Brummer came out for one more shot at the Sub-30 mark, and blew right past it with a very nice 29:14 @ 25.45mph. Nick and Frank Brummer are our first father/son Sub Club duo, and as a side note, Nick is the 14th rider to join the 2007 Sub-30 Club. That’s a lot of free shirts, so thanks Kyle! Ben Akins set a PR time of 31:41 @ 23.48mph. Tom Anderson set another personal best time while also breaking the 23 mph barrier. His time was 32:12 @ 23.10mph. Syd McRae was the fastest of the ladies with a 36:10 @ 20.57mph. Other riders setting PRs were Mike Doyle with a 33:27 @ 22.24mph, and Bill Weiss at 34:18 @ 21.69mph. Bill has gained almost 2 mph from his previous best time last year. The Hoskins family decided to come out and have a go at the out and back course, with Sandy riding to a 37:38 @ 19.77mph, Harold debuting with a time of 40:10 @ 18.52mph, and 12 year old Adam riding his first TT with a 46:05 @ 16.14mph.
It was a great weekend for Tri-Sharks Chris Sweet and Chris Daniels at Ironman Wisconsin. Among the 2200 athletes competing, Sweet finished 37th overall with a time of 9:55:11, and Daniels finished 91st overall with a time of 10:23:12. The big news is that both garnered the Holy Grail of triathlon, a Kona slot in their respective age groups! They will be competing in the Ironman World Championships at Kona, Hawaii in October 2008. A big, big congratulations go out to both of you! As a side note, both of these guys averaged 20.5 mph over the 112 mile bike course. Very impressive.
Several DTTS riders will be competing Saturday at the Great Illini ½ Iron tri at Lake Mattoon. Tony Garrett is also hosting a Full Iron distance event there on the same day. Sunday brings the 18th annual Shoreline Classic 15k and 5k in Decatur. Also on Sunday, the 2nd annual Rough Cut Classic mountain bike race at Camp Camfield in Sullivan. If someone was adventurous, you could choose ½ or full Iron distance in Neoga, get a good night’s sleep afterward, do the Shoreline Classic Sunday morning, and still have plenty of time to make the Rough Cut Classic. Count me in!
There were many great raffle prizes given away last night, from Dekalb seed corn shirt and hat, to Pearl Izumi socks, Spin City water bottles, and a really sweet Giant cycling jersey. Good stuff.
Thanks to our timers, Helene and Amanda, and thanks to YOU for supporting the TT series.