Category Archives: Time Trials

2012 Cyclemania-PVC Time Trial Results

A great showing at the 2012 Cyclemania-PVC Time Trial today, the 2nd race in the 2012 Maine Time Trial Series. Top honors go to Fred Thomas for 1st overall for men (with a new course record of 29:43 or 27.28mph!) and Carrie McCusker for 1st overall for women.

Fred Thomas receiving his award from Ted Darling, PVC President and event organizer.

You can view all results here: Cyclemania-PVC Time Trial Results

Divisional results can be found here: Cyclemania-PVC Time Trial Results

Photos by Don McEwan can be viewed HERE.

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Cyclemania/PVC Time Trial Open for Registration

Part of the Maine Time Trial Series, the CycleMania Time Trial in Cape Elizabeth features a 13.55-mile course that begins and ends at the Cape Elizabeth High School at 345 Ocean House Road in Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107.

REGISTER HERE!

Portsmouth Criterium – Race Report – Cat 3 Men – September 18, 2011

By Joe Lynch

I will try to keep this short as I know many of you saw the length of my last memoir and pressed the delete button!

This year, Eric L, Carl, Graydon, Gene, Ed and Chris showed up for the Cat 3 race. I was determined to not drag the whole field around with me if I went and to support my teammates if any were able to get up the road. I managed to sit in for about 4 laps I think when I made it to the front and bridged to a dwindling one man break by riding through a prime sprint. I ended up with 6 (I think) boys in a terribly disorganized break. Looking back, I noticed that at first, we only had the field strung out behind us. But after a bit, another look revealed we had a REALLY nice gap. So I talked to my breakaway companions as sweetly as I could regarding going through corners single file so as not to slow the group and pulling through to share the workload. After a lap or two of this I decided to try yelling at them. Still, terribly disorganized with me doing all the work. On the next prime lap, one of the CCB boys actually went for the prime with no discussion. Much to early for such self centered tomfoolery, particularly from a man so unable to work a minute ago. So, I followed, on his wheel but with a muted effort, slowly turning it up, knowing he would fade after his effort. I turned the screws just a bit more as I passed him while pulling away to the side for the proverbial shake and bake. DISMISSED…. A look behind revealed that indeed, the rest of my companions were dismissed also! Not really my plan, it was only to make the CCB guy suffer for his efforts. But, what the heck? Why not try to do something with such a nice gap and sizable gap behind that! So I asked myself what Hank or Fast Fred would do?

After this point, I am not able to comment intelligently on the rest of the race. I put my head down and started trying to focus on a pace I thought I could hold for the next 35 minutes or so. I thought about missing the selection at the Clam Festival and how I felt I let my team down, I thought about riding the Raymond loop in the rain alone, I thought about sitting on the guardrail with Eddie and Jack waiting for the ambulance after I ran Hank over at another Clam Festival and the entire CycleMania Crew, “Joey, what can WE do for YOU to keep you on the road?” I thought about getting dropped on East Hawley Road earlier in the summer and taking a pee break when I was supposed to be leading out Jeff for an intermediate sprint at Green Mt., I thought about Doc Brown’s (OA) efforts on my knee and my struggle to ride to the stoplight on Blackstrap during my recovery with my dad, I thought about the patience and support my family has given me. I thought about how many of you push me and support me and then say “nice job Joey”, what did we do? Well, Art, Graydon, Gene, you listen. Jurgen, Aron, Chris G., Joe R., Eric W., F. Fred, Uncle Troy, Brett, you guys push me when I am tired and my legs hurt…. You attack me when I am already on the rivets, you call to make sure I got home if I get a flat.. Deirdre, you give me the Hall Pass to go!

So, if you are receiving this note, it is because I look at today as something that would NOT have happened if you all did not play some part in it. Thank you, from the very bottom of my heart.

Masters National Championship TT – Bend, Oregon – 2011

Submitted by Ron Burgoin

TT Course was 25k, 5 miles out averaging 3% grade, 5 miles back then approximately 6 mile loop with ups & downs and technical corners.

Before heading West, I had my TT bike refitted so it would pass the UCI regulations. This involved changing out my saddle and bringing the TT bars in. Needless to say my perfect fit was now, not so perfect. My saddle was now a brick! Although extremely uncomfortable, I’m glad I made the adjustments particularly where they measured my bike twice before starting. Once the bike was measured for the 2nd time, I wasn’t allowed to leave the fenced in area.

While waiting, I couldn’t help but notice all the State Championship Jerseys. What a starting set up! It had a ramp with a narrow 6′ wide fenced in launch area that went 1/4 mile. I was unfamiliar with the start which brought us through a school parking lot with 4 tight turns. I noticed my power was a little high so had to settle down or I would blow before making the right on the actual course. Once on my way out trying to settle into a rhythm, it seemed I just wasn’t going fast enough, you know when your speed drops enough on a climb and the horseflies are hitting the back of your head, well that’s how I felt but instead of horseflies, I was thinking other riders. I should mention there was a pretty good head wind on our way out. When I made the turn to come back I couldn’t believe there were no riders behind me. The way back was what I hoped it was going to be, fast! The only problem was, I needed to recover some which I was able during one of the steeper sections. I passed my :30 second man before making the right on the 6 mile loop. My fan club, Sherri, Hank & family were waiting at that turn cheering me on, “thank you!”

The loop was just how I described it, but the ups just seemed a little harder. There was one with such a head wind – I thought I was going to stop, at least I hoped it was the wind?! No issues with corners or the rotary. On the way out I noticed my minute man which I was close but couldn’t close in on.

It was a fantastic approach to the finish line, my 6th place on the top 10 leaders board was short lived with a final 16th!

Looking forward to watching Hank win tomorrow and my other two races.