It’s over. And who would you guess won?
For the first time, the Gent’s Club offered up a prize for a particular climb on a particular course. The infamous Crybaby Climb is .8 of a mile at an average of 6.8%. However, the final ramp of the climb is all over 20% and hits as high as 28%, the steepest vertical portion of any (known) ascent on or off-road. It’s a bit of a beast.
The Famous Fifty of the kolo t.c. Gentlemen’s Club had 7 riders in the race on the day, and to no one’s surprise, Jorden Wakeley and Alex Vanias went 1-2 in the Men’s Elite. They also went 1-2 on the Crybaby Climb, with Vanias losing just one second over the top of the climb, with Wakeley setting the KOM at 4:42. Chris Fisher took third in the Gent’s Club at 5:19. It was singlespeed animal Craig Gietzen in fourth, a pretty amazing effort with just one gear. Yours Truly was 5th on a 1×9 with a tad-too-big chainring for those steep gradients. Your QOM is Melissa Ryba in at 6:56 with Jim Picotte also on the finish sheet. Wakeley wins a 6-pack of his choice from Short’s Brewery. First place overall, first up the climb and beer. What a haul, don’t you think?
|Jorden Wakeley||Sep 29, 2012||10.4mi/h||–||427W||1082||4:42|
|2||Alex Vanias||Sep 29, 2012||10.4mi/h||182bpm||363W||1078||4:43|
|3||Chris Fisher||Sep 29, 2012||9.2mi/h||169bpm||246W||956||5:19|
|4||Craig Gietzen||Sep 29, 2012||8.1mi/h||–||239W||847||6:00|
|5||Cody Sovis||Sep 29, 2012||7.3mi/h||–||268W||755||6:44|
|6||Melissa Ryba||Sep 29, 2012||7.0mi/h||172bpm||176W||733||6:56|
|7||Jim Picotte||Sep 29, 2012||6.1mi/h||175bpm||206W||639||7:57|
After the success of this competition, there will be a Strava competition at Peak2Peak on October 13. Fastest time of the day for a member of the Gentlemen’s Club gets some kudos (that’s a Strava thing) and high-fives for taking the shortest trip up the Peak. If you want to get in on the action, be sure to create a Strava account (it’s free) and join the Gent’s Club. We’ll be racing for a prize to-be-named closer to the start. Probably some Short’s again!