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!!!

Libby Rouan’s Davis Challenge report

Below is BTC team member Libby Rouan’s report from the Livestrong Challenge Davis. If you want to contribute to her fundraising effort – click here!

LIVESTRONG Challenge, Davis, 2012 was a very sweet experience, from the Fundraiser Appreciation Dinner to getting another yellow rose. And I love wind – tail wind, that is!

Thanks to Team Beat the Clock (BTC), I was invited to the Fundraiser Dinner. It was genuinely special, held at the UC Davis Good Life Garden, a beautiful venue. Special guest Amy Dodson, cancer survivor and para-triathlete, was particularly inspirational for me. After struggling with her diagnosis, losing half a leg and a lung, she emerged as an athlete, competing in – and winning – marathons, endurance events, and triathlons. Then student cyclists from Texas 4000, a University of Texas cycling club, showed what power in numbers can do, both in fundraising and in achieving an athletic endeavor few others can claim: cycling 4,000+ miles from Austin, TX to Anchorage, AK during this summer. Wow, what a great night.

In the morning, I met BTC at the team tent, and breakfast was nowhere! Oh, man. No coffee? A few of us grabbed coffee elsewhere while home fries, scrambled eggs, English muffins, fruit and chocolate crepes were finally delivered! Coffee arrived with minutes to spare. Then we snaked our way through the mass of cyclists toward the front of the start line to roll out together as a Team. I cruised behind them as faster packs pedaled by. Finally the swarm of riders thinned and I dropped to a manageable pace that I could sustain, watching BTC jerseys ride away. (BTC are mostly racers, btw, who are smokin’ fast.)

The BTC Team – from left to right: Jan Mock, Peter Tapscott, Patt Baenen-Tapscott, Carole Sykes, Libby Rouan, Carola Berger, Lisa Hern, Kim Boester, Debra Paulsen, David Paulsen; and Trudee Gardner, who rode with us in form of a very un-aerodynamic tag on Carola’s bike

I took advantage of each rest stop to stretch, eat, drink and count down the miles in small numbers: 10, 14, 10, 10, 15, and 8 – DONE. My BTC mates were at Stop 3 at the same time I was, but of course that was because they were 10 miles ahead of me, having already ridden the short loop out and back. As I departed from there, my 100-miler BTC mates were arriving at that Stop and cheering me on. See (legs on fire!)

During the 15 mile section, I swear, I was standing still at 50.something miles for an eternity. Not true, of course, but when farmland terrain is so flat and featureless, and the road is so straight for so long, it sure feels like you’re pedaling over the same asphalt, that never changes. I finally switched my computer screen to a different view so I would quit looking at it. Then my energy seemed to fade, so I sucked down a Honey Stinger gel packet which zapped me back to life instantly. With the added tailwind pushing me forward, I was comfortably cruising along again. The last 8 miles were easy to count down and I was happily keeping my pace up, thanks again to the wind. I proudly rode down the finishing strait, and got my yellow rose. I was delighted to have completed the ride with such ease and enjoyment! YES! Thanks Wind! Ride time was 4 hrs 47 min at 14.6 mph for a total of 70.2 miles (including to and from the car and start/finish).

My teammates were at the bike parking, suggesting I eat lunch in the Beer Tent for the shade…and beer! Cheeseburger, salad, chips… no beer…and I, too, was ready to head home for a shower and a nap.

Thank you so much for supporting me in this endeavor, and for helping me to raise $1,015 for LIVESTRONG. Peace and Health!


Impressions from the Livestrong Challenge Davis

Below are a few photo impressions from the Livestrong Challenge Davis event.

As you can see, Team Beat the Clock had hands-down the snazziest jerseys (I may be a bit biased here), designed by our own Mrs. BTC Patt Baenen-Tapscott.

And, Team Beat the Clock really beat the clock with a sub 4 1/2 hour century time! Beat the Clockers Peter Tapscott and Carola Berger (the author of this blog post = me) rode the 97 or so miles with the assistance of Team Fatty member Andrew Valko at a blistering speed, for a 4:17 ride time and 4:24:49 total including 2 stops to refuel. Andrew’s report is on his blog here, and my report on my blog here. Thanks to Peter and Andrew for towing me all the way to a new all-time record! The two were so fast that I could only take a single pull at my sprinting power output and was otherwise hanging on at or above threshold the whole way.

This feat could not have been accomplished without the help of 2 CHP officers who paved the way for the leading century trio, protecting us from drivers and other obstacles; a lady in the CHP car who led us the whole way from the start all the way to the finish, and a gentleman on his motorbike who joined us about a third into the ride and escorted us to the finish. Unfortunately, we didn’t get your names, but we owe you a beer or two (when you’re not on duty). A big thank you to you and all your colleagues who sacrificed your Sunday to make the event safe for everybody, as well as the tireless volunteers all around the course and at the start/finish!

The rest of Team Beat the Clock had a great time doing the 100k distance, and we met up afterwards for lunch in the beer tent.

Getting ready for the team photo op.

The BTC Team – from left to right: Jan Mock, Peter Tapscott, Patt Baenen-Tapscott, Carole Sykes, Libby Rouan, Carola Berger, Lisa Hern, Kim Boester, Debra Paulsen, David Paulsen; and Trudee Gardner, who rode with us in form of a very un-aerodynamic tag on Carola’s bike

“We ride for Trudee”.

This is what happens when you feed Peter some Honey Stingers: He motors away on a climb at 30mph nearly dropping his two breakaway mates and then performs dance moves at the finish because he still has too much energy. (They should have a warning label on these things!)

Kim “The Turbo” Boester

The team at lunch after the ride.

Behind the scenes at the BTC headquarters

Topics: Redwoods to Waves Hike, Definition of the Non-Aero Merckx Category, Livestrong Challenge Davis

If you’re thinking that in between events, the folks at the BTC headquarters are resting on their laurels and sipping Pina Coladas on the patio, you are wrong. There is a lot of work involved in putting on an event, and a lot of highly complex multi-dimensional mathematics is required to keep things running smoothly.

Redwoods to Waves Hike

A current example is working out the logistics for the upcoming Redwoods to Waves Epic Hike. Here’s a homework problem for the BTC-organizers in training:

If hiker X leaves from point A at 2.5 mph, runner Y leaves from point A at 5.5 mph, and support van driver Z leaves from point B at 35 mph, at what time will X and Y be starved to death at the finish C if driver Z gets lost and arrives at point D instead of C?

Non-aero Category – Definition

In addition, the BTC management have entered into a heated debate about the precise definition of the non-aero category AKA Merckx. Since there is no corresponding entry in the UCI rulebook, a heated discussion ensued involving proposals that would require laser rangemeters, bike jigs, and computer-spectroscopy to analyse the precise wool-content and length of the socks worn by Merckxian contenders — not to be confused with Martians, these will have their own category at the costume party event on Sept. 22nd, The BTC CMO (Chief Mathemagics Officer) came up with the following solution, after spending several sleepless nights at the BTC supercomputer cluster:

In words, the non-aero category will hencewithforth be defined as follows:

A competitor in the non-aero category can ride a standard, mass-start approved road bike, whereby no 5cm rules for saddles or weight limits will be enforced. Furthermore MTBs, cruiser bikes, cyclocross-bikes or others are allowed as well. For clothing, the same rule applies, that is, aero TT helmets are not allowed, skinsuits and shoe covers (as long as they are color-coordinated!) as well as frog-ears and flying sausage costumes are allowed. Disk wheels are not allowed, but no limit on rim depth has officially been determined. However, the organizers reserve the right to fall over laughing and calling the riders wimps if wheels with a cross section deeper than 45mm are used.


And now we return to our regularly scheduled fundraising with a request for donations, since the big event, the Livestrong Challenge Davis, is rapidly approaching: If you donate online to BTC via the Livestrong page, it’s tax deductible! (Deadline: June 23!!!!!!)