Early light rains were barely a deterrant as warm temperatures in the high-50F's and a firm trail made for an excellent day on Kennedy Fire Trail. And for those who waited until the afternoon, dry conditions made for a perfect, if not super-fast, day to ride.
It was a popular day for runners as Lisa Penzel, yours truly, Andy Crews, Blue Crews, Paul Chuck, Bill Bushnell, and Pat Parseghian (taking photos) all took to the trail by foot. Pat took some wonderful shots on her stroll up and down the trail, Bill produced a very credible score with a brisk hike, while the others all ran. Early on, I led Lisa Penzel up to the lookout before convincing her that the top of the climb had been reached. This resulted a DNF for me, leaving only split times to show for the run, but I extrapolated Lisa's time based on her previously sustained VAM for the final 40 meters of missed climbing. It was an unfortunate error, but Lisa showed her incredible versatility as she has been nothing short of dominant on the bike this year, and today she produced the top score of the day among runners and the fourth best score among all participants: approximately 120 points. She is now a lock to win both the women's cycling and women's runner rankings this year.
Soon after, Blue Crews paced Andy Crews to the top, clearly deciding he was more likely to get post-run treats if he let Andy win. They finished a strong 1-2 in the men's run rankings, and Andy is now a virtual lock for the overall top spot in the 2012 Low-Key men's runner standings, while Blue takes strong consolation in being the first-ever Low-Key champion in the Dog category.
Among riders, it was a surprisingly large turnout with some very competitive riding. In the women's division, Lisa Emmerich took a close win over newcomer Christy Cooley and Low-Key regular Laura Hipp. Lisa moved into 6th overall, while Laura consolidated her 5th overall position going into the final climb of the series. In the men's group, the top 3 were within an incredible 10 second margin, as Alex Kramer finished ahead of David Collet with Strava KOM Clark Foy in third. Tim Clark and Carl Nielson were 4-5. Clark's close third moved him back into the overall lead for the series: a lot will depend on whether super-junior Adrien Costa shows up at Hamilton with his A game.
Among teams, Western Wheelers put a huge stake in the ground with a very solid score. Sisters and Misters were second, while Team Brown Zone, which has been dominant so far in the series, finished a more relaxed third. Brown Zone's position at the top of the standings is likely secure, but Western Wheelers moved into second place with its excellent result. Sisters and Misters is just three points behind in third, however. Western Wheelers has a slight advantage going into Hamilton because their lowest counting score at present is slightly lower than Sisters and Misters': this gives them more headroom for improvement at Hamilton. But never underestimate Sisters and Misters. They pulled out an amazing result last year on Thanksgiving to take the overall victory.
This experiment in self-ride was a spectacular success. There were a few hiccups, for example riders starting their Garmins too early, or shutting them off too soon after crossing the finish line (no reason to shut off data recording at all). And the time extraction was generally in excellent agreement with manual timings for those who used manual timing as a back-up to GPS. We'll definitely see more of this format next year.
This was the last week this year for your humble reporter's direct participation, since I will be traveling for Thanksgiving. But with Low-Key founder Kevin Winterfield in town from the frozen tundras of New York, it will be a climb to not be missed. From me, thanks to all for the great series this year!
Strava T-shirt qualifiers indicated with orange background.
|1||79||Lisa Emmerich||Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy||50+||49:46.00||4.65||2264||102.49|
|2||707||Christie Cooley||San Jose Bike Club||35+||53:03.13||4.37||2124||97.59|
|3||215||Laura Hipp||Western Wheelers||4||57:15.86||4.04||1968||92.03|
reference time for division Women = 51:23.22
|1||112||Alex Kramer||Western Wheelers||35+||30:36.56||7.57||3681||128.83|
|2||59||David Collet||Buycell/Jakaby Engineering||40+||30:43.00||7.54||3668||128.49|
|3||212||Clark Foy||Western Wheelers||45+||30:44.14||7.54||3666||128.43|
|5||230||Carl Nielson||Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy||50+||34:11.25||6.77||3296||118.37|
|7||703||Rob Nast||Quadzilla Racing||45+||34:38.55||6.69||3253||117.17|
|9||429||Paul McKenzie||Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy||55+||37:15.80||6.22||3024||110.80|
|10||203||Adam Brinkman||Team Fremont FFBC p/b Chipotle||30+||37:48.00||6.13||2981||109.60|
|11||421||Mark King||Team Fremont FFBC p/b Chipotle||45+||39:02.17||5.93||2887||106.93|
|12||44||Ciaran Byrne||Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy||40+||39:40.00||5.84||2841||105.62|
|13||36||Bobby Brown||The Brown Zone||50+||40:24.57||5.73||2788||104.13|
|14||45||Pat Callahan||Quadzilla Racing||40+||41:03.26||5.64||2745||102.87|
|16||37||Dino Brown||The Brown Zone||Dual Suspension Beast||41:56.78||5.52||2686||101.19|
|18||619||Bob Scott||Western Wheelers||40+||43:11.23||5.36||2609||98.96|
|19||240||David Vrane||Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy||45+||43:34.90||5.31||2585||98.27|
|20||102||Tom Jakaby||Buycell/Jakaby Engineering||50+||45:25.30||5.10||2481||95.20|
|21||700||Gino Cetani||Western Wheelers||40+||45:27.78||5.09||2478||95.14|
|22||67||Richard Contreras||Team Rhus||55+||46:21.84||5.00||2430||93.72|
|24||58||Kevin Colagiovanni||Team DUD||25+||46:44.01||4.96||2411||93.15|
|26||300||MichaelsJ. Andalora||Bike Trip/Symantec||60+||48:13.69||4.80||2336||90.93|
|28||705||Michael Riepe||Webcor/Alto Velo||40+||49:12.01||4.71||2290||89.55|
|29||702||Ken Misin||Quadzilla Racing||45+||52:04.42||4.45||2164||85.73|
|32||173||John Kastel||Pan y Agua||50+||53:37.00||4.32||2102||83.84|
|34||706||Richard Tasker||Quadzilla Racing||35+||56:17.55||4.11||2002||80.77|
|35||12||Will von Kaenel||LGBRC||50+||56:52.00||4.07||1981||80.14|
|36||84||Stephen Fong||CyclePath Racing||45+||60:19.00||3.84||1868||76.60E|
reference time for division Men = 42:35.99
|3||326||Brad Ford||Silicon Valley Triathlon||35+||40:17.00||5.75||2797||104.38|
|4||406||Paul Chuck||Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy||55+||46:46.00||4.95||2409||93.10|
|5||6||Bill Bushnell||Low-Key||It's Mostly The Bike||63:18.19||3.66||1780||73.82|
reference time for division Male Runner = 42:35.99
|1||129||Lisa Penzel||The Brown Zone||45+||40:03.00||5.78||2813||121.05E|
reference time for division Female Runner = 51:23.22
|1||Western Wheelers||356.22||Alex Kramer, Laura Hipp, Gino Cetani, Clark Foy, Bob Scott|
|2||Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy||334.79||Ciaran Byrne, David Vrane, Carl Nielson, Lisa Emmerich, Paul Chuck, Paul McKenzie|
|3||The Brown Zone||326.37||Lisa Penzel, Bobby Brown, Dino Brown|
|4||Quadzilla Racing||305.78||Richard Tasker, Rob Nast, Ken Misin, Pat Callahan|
|5||295.59||Bart Niechwiej, Jeff Shute, Tom Stanis, Lucas Pereira|
|6||LGBRC||279.58||Tim Irvine, Rich Hill, Will von Kaenel|
|7||Buycell/Jakaby Engineering||223.69||Tom Jakaby, David Collet|
|8||Team Fremont FFBC p/b Chipotle||216.52||Mark King, Adam Brinkman|
|9||Diablo||210.65||Andy Crews, Blue Crews|
|10||Low-Key||194.20||Bill Bushnell, Tim Clark|
|11||GOM||175.90||Larry Klein, Han Wen|
|13||Silicon Valley Triathlon||104.38||Brad Ford|
|14||San Jose Bike Club||97.59||Christie Cooley|
|15||Team Rhus||93.72||Richard Contreras|
|16||Team DUD||93.15||Kevin Colagiovanni|
|17||Bike Trip/Symantec||90.93||MichaelsJ. Andalora|
|18||Webcor/Alto Velo||89.55||Michael Riepe|
|20||Pan y Agua||83.84||John Kastel|
|21||CyclePath Racing||76.60||Stephen Fong|