Photo impressions from the last BTC, June 14, 2014

Photos courtesy of Patt Baenen-Tapscott, Lisa Hern, Ted Huang.

Raffle Winners

We’re happy to announce our raffle winners:

  • Debra Paulsen – Voler certificate
  • Dana Mason – Voler certificate
  • Debbie Merritt – Voler certificate
  • Jim Christol – Voler certificate
  • Jill Matzke – Voler certificate
  • Ray Gildea – Voler certificate
  • Lisa Hern – Voler certificate
  • Siamak Mirnezami – Voler certificate
  • Simon Wood – Barry Beams Oculus light

If you haven’t yet gotten in touch with us, please contact us to claim your prize!


Results for final BTC, June 14

The final BTC time trial was a fast one. Lots of records were set and lots of leaderboard entries obtained. Greg Thomas set the fastest time ever obtained at a Beat the Clock TT in any category, a blistering 18:08, in his fully-wrapped, super-low HPV. Mark King beat his own record by nearly a minute in the Single Speed Aero Men, and didn’t have enough, so he proceeded to set another leaderboard-worthy time in the Single Speed Non-Aero Men category. Kim Wik and Dave Maminski set a new record in the 2MW Mixed Tandem category. The dynamic trio of Cammy DeLuca-Flaherty, MaryAnn Levenson, and Andi Smith beat their own record in the 3W TTT category. The 4-men team of Tom Coulter, Don Langley, Dave Maminski, and Dan Smith set a record in the 4M or more TTT category.

Notable leaderboard entries include Phillip Plath on his high-racer recumbent, Harlan Chapman and Partick Coulson in the 2M TTT Non-Aero category, and Barry Burr in the Utility Bike Men category. And my own evil plan paid off to enlist Ted Huang to tow me around the course to sneak back onto the leaderboard in the 2MW TTT Non_Aero Mixed category. The credit for this feat goes entirely to Ted (though hanging on to an Olympian for dear life isn’t quite as easy as it sounds), thanks!

The full results can be found here sorted by category, and here by overall.

Photo impressions and results of our raffle to follow in separate posts.

Thank you to our fabulous volunteers and participants for making this incredible 10-year run possible!!!

Raffle prize update: Barry Beams Oculus

Just in time for the final BTC time trial on Saturday, June 14, Barry Burr of Barry Beams has donated an Oculus Lighting system for our raffle. The Oculus light features patented breakthroughs that give superior illumination on the road, without blinding glare in oncoming drivers’ eyes, and was developed here in the Bay Area. For further info on the light, check out the Barry Beams website:

Our “orphan” will draw the winners of the Barry Beams light and other prizes (Voler gift cards, …) after the final event on Saturday. You do not have to be present to win, but you do if you want to get a last chance at breaking one of our records.

Raffle tickets and ride entries can be purchased on bikereg or on Voost (same difference, depending on your preference). Registration closes on Thursday. All our volunteers are automatically entered into the raffle.

What does it take to run a time trial?

What does it take to run a time trial? Well, actually not that much by one single person, but when you add it all up, it takes a lot of effort.

BTC-wonderwomen Connie Miller, Lisa E. Hern and Debbie Merritt showing what BTC is all about (and no, it's not just about getting enough caffeine at 6am)

BTC-wonderwomen Connie Miller, Lisa E. Hern and Debbie Merritt showing what BTC is all about (and no, it’s not just about ingesting enough caffeine at 6am)

In the past couple of weeks since the announcement of the end of the Beat the Clock TT series in June after a successful 10-year run, I’ve gotten countless emails asking us to continue and most of the time, people nominated everybody else other than themselves to take over from us. We’d be more than happy to show somebody how to run the show, but if nobody steps forward that’s not going to happen. I’ve learned a long time ago that if you want to get something done, you gotta do it yourself.

We couldn’t have done it without our core volunteer group that have been showing up before 6am all those many Saturdays. And when one or two of them happen to be out of town or be otherwise occupied, disaster seems imminent, because it’s not like Elvises, Olympians, and Super-Debs grow on trees. Neither do waterproof trafficators, hula-girls and -boys, finish line mathemagicians, and people who are awake enough before 6am to register and pin people’s numbers without causing bodily harm in the process. That’s what it takes — a set of dedicated volunteers. And when some of them are unavailable, things get to be a drag. That’s why we decided to at least take an extended break, though, never say never…

We want YOU for BTC!

We want YOU for BTC!

In the meantime — if YOU want to take over, we’ll be happy to train you. Let us know. Otherwise — so long and thanks for all the fish! See you at the last BTC in June — register now.