Ben Shinke of Minneapolis won this year’s Dan Ulwelling bike race in Austin on Saturday. The race will be run next year on Saturday, June 30th. The race has seen a decline in numbers the last two years, and continued decline may impact it’s future. Terry Fox made a request at the awards presentation, that we get the word out to riders, who may be interested. They may promote it as a race/ride in the future, if that would bring more riders. This is the closest event of this type in our area, and it would be good to keep it healthy. At $12 in advance, $15 day of, it is also the best deal around. They serve fruit/Gatorade at the finish, give trophies to the winners, plaques and medals to top 3 finishers in age/gender groups, and everyone gets a t-shirt for entering. Crunch those numbers and the number of volunteers needed, and you see it is about the event, and the doing it. Join Larry Chladek and I next year. Larry creates a wonderful staging area in the parking lot every year, and we’ll both guide you through the rest.
I will continue to maintain a posting of the Rabbit Run Course. If you report your time and info to me you can get a Rabbit Run t-shirt or baseball cap on request. (while supplies last)……(and they’ve been lasting) There is a second course, the JackRabbit sprint tt, that will qualify for caps/t’s. It is 11.8 miles, and very flat. Start at County 137 East from County 43, follow as it turns South, and turn West on Dane Road at the old Rice Lake Creamery, and back to the finnish at intersection of Dane and County 43. Email me with results, or ride the course on Strava! I will Post the updated history for each course in September.
Take a run at the rides of other club members, or just beat your best. Good way to test your FTP. I will post stats of my runs, including power info.
Every Tuesday and Thursday our group rides will start at Lincoln School parking lot in Owatonna at 5:30 pm. Usually a 25 to 35 mile ride with varying levels of ability. Some riders will average 20+ for the ride, others in the 19-17 mph range, and a few below 17 mph. If “Mr. Wind” is blowing these average speeds into Mr. Wind are far less and far higher with him.
Riders should have, or want to learn, bike handling skills in a group. Taking a turn at Pulling, Drafting, Calling out Obstacles, and Safely passing are skills to learn and share. We look forward to seeing you on the road!
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