I am Ride leader for a new ride at 6pm Sunday evenings, from Lincoln School. It will be a chance for new riders to build road riding skills, and prepare for the speed of our regular club rides. It will also be an outlet for regular riders, to throttle back, and share what they have learned, or just enjoy a more relaxed pace. I expect the rides to build from a 13-15 mph ave pace early in year, to an ave pace of 16-17mph by the time we reach the longest days of summer. We will also build the length of the rides as we go. This will be a no drop ride, but riders must be willing to learn how to draft off other riders. Riders should be riding at least one other time per week, either alone, or as part of another ride. So far, we’ve been splitting into a 11-13 mph beginner group, and a 16mph conversational group. Course often runs a loop up County 43, allowing beginners to break off at points every couple of miles.
Congratulations to Al Farrow of Rochester for winning this year’s 2013 Owatonna Bike Club 25 mile Death Race! Al crossed the finish line in 1:04:22 for an average speed of 23 mph. 2 seconds behind Al was Owatonna’s own Dave Chabot. Dave hammered up the final hill but Al was able to hang on and then run Dave down just before the finish.
This year’s Death Race had a new start location in Havana and a new finish line at Dean Hartle’s 2nd driveway entrance (about 300 yards shorter than prior year finish lines). A new type of Finish Line was also created this year. The Death Race Trophy (a tombstone) sat by the edge of the road and was the “official” finish line. Somehow the tombstone words “The End Lies Here” seems rather fitting for a hill finish.
OBC gives a Big Thank You to Larry and Heidi Chladek for being the race starters and finish line recorders. Their volunteer work made the Death Race run without a hitch and served as a great warm up to this week’s Senior Games bicycle races.
A total of nine riders participated in this year’s Death Race. Congrats to these riders for a job well done!
RIDER TIME AVG SPEED
Al Farrow 1:04:22 23 mph
Dave Chabot 1:04:24 23 mph
Jim Kempf 1:04:27 23 mph
Curtis Tesch 1:04:35 22.9 mph
Will Stockdell 1:05:53 22.5 mph
Steve Deetz 1:05:56 22.5 mph
Tony Schwichtenberg 1:09:11 21.4 mph
Jonathon Troe 1:12:06 20.6 mph
Mark Carver 1:12:06 20.6 mph
Registration is open for the annual DAN ULWELLING 25-Mile BIKE RACE in Austin, MN on Saturday, July 6. It’s a great atmosphere and only $12 to enter ($15 the day of the race). More information and the registration form can be found here.
I am not an expert, but here are some random thoughts, in random order, that may help you attack the Rabbit Run, for the first time. This is what I feel I’ve learned. Others may think differently, and their experience is welcome. Comment here, or on google groups site. I hope it will work to start some talking points, and share some knowledge.
Any dog that habitually worries, chases, or molests teams or persons traveling peaceably on the public road is a public nuisance. Upon complaint in writing to a district court judge containing a description of the dog, including the name of the dog and its owner, or stating that the name or names are not known, and alleging that the dog is a public nuisance, the judge shall issue a summons, if the owner is known, commanding the owner to appear before the judge at a specified time, not less than six nor more than ten days from the date of the summons, to answer the complaint. The summons shall be served not less than six days before the day of the hearing in the same manner as other district court summonses.
With the nice Spring weather, group rides have started. Days and times currently are as follows:
Tuesday and Thursday @ 6pm
Meet at Lincoln Elementary School
Wednesday Women’s Ride @ 6pm
Meet at Straight River Sports & Fitness
Saturday Coffee Grind and Shop Ride @ 7am and 9am
Meet at Straight River Sports & Fitness
As a reminder, HELMETS ARE REQUIRED at all group rides!
Monday Before or after class please bring cookies to eat and exchange.