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2009 Low-Key Hillclimbs
Week 5 Results: Montevina
31 Oct 2009

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Top tandem? (Christine Holmes photo)

The Action

We have Christina Holmes photos (1), Christina Holmes photos (2), Joe Fabris approaching the finish photos, John Walker's stoker photo, Stephen Fong's photos, Joey Wu's photos and Illumix photos posted!!

Fog was still clinging to the Lexington Reservoir as Low-Keyers climbed in bright sunshine for another week of perfect weather for the 2009 series!

Riders started on the frontage road just where the climb starts. After a short gradual uphill, the crew turned onto Montevina proper, the narrow, winding, scenic, steep climb from the edge of Highway 17 to near the summit of Bohlman, which we'll visit next week.

And as soon as we made the turn, Justin Lucke, who's been absolutely on fire this year, broke off the front where he stayed the rest of the climb. Justin scorched the climb in an impressive time of 20:49, the only one to break 21 minutes. Since we've never before done this climb, this is a Low-Key record! Second was Carl Nielson while third was last week's second-place Eric Balfus. Time Clark and Ciaran Byrne rounded out the top five. Justin's result has him second in the overall standings, behind Chris Phipps, who sat this week out. Chris is reportedly coming back for more, however, so Justin will face a real challenge moving into that first spot. Eric Balfus, Justin's LGBRC teammate, is in third overall.

Behind the leaders, it was a wake of suffering as riders struggled up the finishing grade, indicated in the profile as 14% but clearly steeper. One rider said "I've done a lot of athletic events, and this was in the top 2 in difficulty." The sustained 9% grade definitely takes the zip out of the legs before the finishing grade.

But Holly Harris had no problems as she returned to Low-Keys after her first climb of Montebello, leading home the women. Leah Toeniskoetter was second and Laura Hipp finished off the top three. Laura's result shot her up to third overall behind Janet Martinez and Mary Ellen Allen, who were both missing this week.

In the team competition, Justin and Eric's 1-3 moved LGBRC ahead of arch-rival Western Wheelers in the overall ranking. Meanwhile Holly's result helped Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy maintain a close third. Bike Trip and SJBC follow. For the week, it was LGBRC followed by an impressive Bike Trip followed by Sisters and Misters. So many strong teams this year!

Of special note this week was all the juniors. At least five showed up, all completing the difficult climb! Leading the group, junior points leader Andre Swart broke 100 points for the first time -- fantastic! This brings his total over 300 points. Also finishing were Billy Hanford, Max Williams, Slater Wellington, and Sean Reynolds, all of the "Fisher Dirt Dudes".

Kley Cardona of ACTC unfortunately arrived too late to register, but rode with the pack and finished in 33:55.

Thanks to coordinator Eric Murray, with help from Carl Butler, Bruce Gardner, Howard Kveck, Laura Lemay, Eric Sorenson, Colin Sturdivant, Melissa Vaccaro, Michelle Vaccaro, and Joey Wu for making today's climb possible!

Results

Men

median time = 27:26

pl  #   rider                     team                     category             time       mph  fph score
1   40  Justin Lucke              LGBRC                    35+                  20:49    10.23 4783 131.77  
2   163 Carl Nielson              Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy  45+                  21:04    10.11 4727 130.23  
3   49  Eric Balfus               LGBRC                                         21:22     9.96 4659 128.34  
4   18  Tim Clark                 Metrigear                40+                  21:28     9.92 4637 127.74  
5   28  Ciaran Byrne                                                            21:36     9.86 4610 127.01  
6   71  Greg McQuaid              San Jose Bike Club       35+                  21:42     9.81 4588 126.41  
7   196 Dominic Pezzoni                                    20-24                21:45     9.79 4579 126.14  
8   1   Dan Connelly              Low-Key                  40+                  21:59     9.68 4528 124.73  
9   101 Mark Edwards              Bike Trip                45+                  22:06     9.63 4505 124.10  
10  151 Doug Philippone           Palantir                 35+                  22:14     9.58 4478 123.38  
11  93  Thomas Novikoff           Webcor/Alto Velo         2                    22:17     9.56 4469 123.12  
12  283 Geoff Drake               Bike Trip                50+                  22:19     9.54 4461 122.90  
13  7   James Porter              Western Wheelers         3                    22:20     9.53 4457 122.78  
14  315 Tom Gardin                                         45+                  22:30     9.46 4424 121.88  
15  144 Andy Brisnehan            Western Wheelers         50+                  22:45     9.36 4377 120.59  
16  58  Clark Foy                 Metrigear                45+                  23:05     9.22 4314 118.84  
17  234 Evan Paull                Webcor/Alto Velo         25-29                23:16     9.15 4281 117.93  
18  156 Rich Hill                 LGBRC                    40+                  23:21     9.12 4264 117.48  
19  249 Chris Ott                 Zenn Racing              40+                  23:33     9.04 4229 116.51  
20  198 Fred Haubensak            Silicon Valley Triathlon                      23:39     9.00 4209 115.96  
21  98  Bruce Gardner             Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy  35+                  23:41     8.99 4204 115.83  
22  157 Joe Fabris                Plus 3                   50+                  23:51     8.93 4173 114.98  
23  259 Matt Wocasek              Bike Trip                3                    23:59     8.88 4151 114.36  
24  291 Tim Sawyer                Bike Trip                45+                  24:02     8.86 4143 114.15  
25  33  Martin Hyland             Western Wheelers         50+                  24:04     8.85 4136 113.96  
26  138 Carmelo Rios              Plus 3                   50+                  24:14     8.79 4109 113.21  
27  120 Peter Mehlitz                                      45+                  24:30     8.69 4064 111.97  
28  243 Jeff Farnsworth           San Jose Bike Club       50+                  24:48     8.59 4015 110.62  
29  192 Michael Simos             LGBRC                    35+                  24:58     8.53 3987 109.85  
30  94  Nathan Cauffman           UID                      30+                  25:01     8.51 3979 109.63  
31  43  Joseph Sullivan                                    35+                  25:23     8.39 3923 108.08  
32  316 Christian Paquet          Doogie                   50+                  25:24     8.38 3919 107.96  
33  45  Sean Broeder              Silicon Valley Triathlon 45+                  25:32     8.34 3901 107.46  
34  42  Nick Pelly                Google                                        25:36     8.32 3890 107.16  
35  96  Phil Dubach               Western Wheelers         35+                  25:44     8.27 3868 106.57  
36  87  Chuck Spiteri             Pen Velo/Pomodoro        50+                  25:54     8.22 3843 105.88  
37  161 Mike Salameh                                       55+                  25:56     8.21 3839 105.77  
38  197 Ryan Gibson               Google                                        26:03     8.18 3823 105.33  
39  115 Martin Hampton            Pen Velo/Pomodoro        45+                  26:03     8.17 3822 105.29  
40  113 Kevin Comerford                                    Commuter             26:04     8.17 3821 105.26  
41  20  Alan Weatherall           San Jose Bike Club       45+ 4                26:11     8.13 3802 104.76  
42  137 Neal Herman               Spike the Wonder Dog     50+                  26:15     8.11 3792 104.48  
43  109 Shance Ordell             Western Wheelers         35+                  26:25     8.06 3770 103.87  
44  79  Gino Cetani               Western Wheelers         35+                  26:34     8.02 3748 103.25  
45  24  Dennis Pederson           Bike Trip                45+                  26:36     8.00 3743 103.12  
46  181 Dirk Rohloff              Plus3/Fightin' Bobas     50+                  26:40     7.98 3733 102.85  
47  287 Stewart Thompson          Pen Velo/Pomodoro        5                    26:42     7.97 3728 102.72  
48  323 Bart Johnson              SLACer                   40+                  26:48     7.95 3715 102.36  
49  29  Thomas Rabedeau           SLACer                   50+                  26:49     7.94 3712 102.28  
50  180 Dan Brehmer               SLACer                   40+                  26:56     7.91 3697 101.85  
51  114 Andre Swart               Ryro                     Junior               26:59     7.89 3690 101.65  
52  402 Bill Preucel              Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy  45+                  27:01     7.88 3686 101.55  
53  302 Jake Goldfield            San Jose Bike Club                            27:05     7.86 3676 101.26  
54  132 George Junour             Santa Cruz                                    27:08     7.85 3670 101.10  
55  75  Dan Cervelli              Palantir                                      27:10     7.84 3666 101.00  
56  421 Patrick Keller                                     40+                  27:22     7.78 3638 100.22  
57  56  David Vrane               SLACer                   45+                  27:29     7.75 3622  99.78  
58  347 Matt Beadon                                        30+                  27:34     7.73 3613  99.53  
59  344 Dan Rohrer                Leafy Joe                45+                  27:35     7.72 3609  99.44  
60  232 Bob Williams              Over The Hill            50+                  27:39     7.70 3600  99.18  
61  136 Fred Egley                Dos Egley's              45+                  27:46     7.67 3587  98.81  
62  178 Octavio Camacho           Plus 3                   30+                  27:52     7.64 3573  98.43  
63  150 Daniel Talayco            Two wheel tango          Goat Ibex            27:56     7.62 3564  98.18  
64  140 Gary Shockey                                       35+                  27:59     7.61 3559  98.06  
65  85  John Carrino              Palantir                 25-29                28:01     7.60 3554  97.90  
66  381 Gregory Fuoco             Democrats                                     28:13     7.55 3529  97.23  
67  332 Jens Weber                Doogie                   30+                  28:20     7.52 3515  96.83  
68  155 Larry Klein               Jerry                    45+                  28:32     7.46 3490  96.14  
69  69  Nic Brummell              Atlas                    45+                  28:33     7.46 3487  96.07  
70  35  Stephen Fong              San Jose Bike Club       40+                  28:38     7.44 3478  95.82  
71  324 Paul Melville             Doogie                   55+                  28:39     7.43 3475  95.73  
72  54  Barry Burr                Two legs to stand on     50+                  29:23     7.25 3390  93.38  
73  410 John Walker               Google                   45+                  29:33     7.21 3370  92.85  
74  122 Mark Powers               Pen Velo/Pomodoro        50+                  29:43     7.17 3352  92.34  
75  64  Han Wen                                            40+                  29:44     7.16 3349  92.25  
76  247 Keijiro Ikebe             Livestrong               Livestrong           29:46     7.15 3344  92.13  
77  154 Eric Sorenson             Bikeforums.net           35+                  30:10     7.06 3301  90.94  
78  218 Matt McNelly              Taleo                    35+                  30:15     7.04 3292  90.69  
79  38  Thomas Preisler           LGBRC                    50+                  30:27     6.99 3271  90.11  
80  171 Scott Barry                                        40+                  30:28     6.99 3268  90.04  
81  338 George Lee                                                              30:33     6.97 3260  89.81  
82  377 Luis Adarve                                                             30:40     6.94 3246  89.43  
83  363 James Dudley                                                            30:43     6.93 3241  89.30  
84  73  Vince Cummings                                                          31:13     6.82 3190  87.89  
85  57  John Kastel               Death Valley             45+                  31:34     6.74 3154  86.88  
86  125 Jerrick McCullough                                 40+                  31:41     6.72 3143  86.59  
87  119 Gary Swart                Ryro                     Senior               32:26     6.57 3071  84.59  
88  312 Stacy Geiken              Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy  50+                  32:37     6.53 3052  84.09  
89  89  Bob Gumaer                UID                      50+                  32:43     6.51 3044  83.87  
90  294 Duane Stephens            GC Viroforte             Mature               32:49     6.49 3035  83.60  
91  51  Richard Contreras                                  50+                  32:52     6.48 3029  83.46  
92  117 Bob Corman                Spike the Wonder Dog     50+                  33:14     6.41 2996  82.53  
93  251 Christopher Olson         Google                   5                    33:21     6.39 2986  82.26  
94  142 Jeff Swan                 Spike the Wonder Dog     40+                  33:27     6.37 2977  82.03  
95  306 Joseph Maurer             SF Randonneurs           60+                  35:12     6.05 2829  77.94  
96  373 Pablo Diaz-Gutierrez                                                    35:35     5.98 2798  77.08  
97  322 Aaron Thompson            Spike the Wonder Dog                          35:56     5.93 2771  76.34  
98  371 Jeroem Meiier                                      35+                  36:12     5.88 2751  75.78  
99  350 Ed Noskowski              Leafy Joe                45+                  36:47     5.79 2708  74.59  
100 318 Wink Saville              Google                   60+                  37:07     5.74 2683  73.91  
101 334 Allen Erkman              Dragon Racing                                 39:08     5.44 2545  70.11  
102 257 Johnny Stallings          Dragon Racing            Single-Speed         40:43     5.23 2446  67.39F
103 409 Mike Ahern                LGBRC                    40+                  41:02     5.19 2427  66.85  
104 364 Billy Hanford             Fisher Dirt Dudes        Junior               41:16     5.16 2413  66.48  
105 328 Matt Slater               UID                      40+                  41:45     5.10 2385  65.71  
106 11  Doug Simpkinson           Webcor/Alto Velo         35+                  42:11     5.05 2360  65.03  
107 354 Carlos Angobaldo                                   45+                  43:03     4.95 2313  63.72  
108 241 Rusty Carter                                       New                  44:14     4.82 2252  62.03  
109 281 Max Reynolds              Fisher Dirt Dudes        Junior               50:04     4.25 1989  54.80  
110 359 Slater Wellington         Fisher Dirt Dudes        Junior               66:00     3.23 1509  41.57  
111 368 Chris Wellington          Fisher Dirt Dudes        45+                  66:01     3.23 1508  41.56  
112 273 Sean Reynolds             Fisher Dirt Dudes        Junior               73:58     2.88 1346  37.09  

F : Fixed or 1-speed

Women

median time = 32:54

pl  #   rider                     team                     category             time       mph  fph score
1   99  Holly Harris              Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy  40+                  28:42     7.42 3469 114.60  
2   411 Leah Toeniskoetter        Turning Wheels for Kids                       28:49     7.39 3455 114.13  
3   37  Laura Hipp                Western Wheelers                              29:06     7.32 3421 113.02  
4   39  Christy Cowley            Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy  40+                  29:21     7.26 3393 112.10  
5   416 Lisa Gordon               Palantir                 45+                  30:11     7.05 3298 108.96  
6   301 Laura Schuster            Silicon Valley Triathlon 40+                  31:22     6.79 3175 104.88  
7   412 Laura Jump                Spike the Wonder Dog     4                    31:54     6.68 3122 103.15  
8   210 Lisa Hern                 Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy  4                    32:38     6.52 3051 100.79  
9   245 Laura Egley               Dos Egley's              45+                  32:54     6.47 3027 100.00  
10  60  Lori Fabris               Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy  50+                  34:06     6.25 2921  96.48  
11  153 Karis McFarlane           Silicon Valley Triathlon Commuter             35:01     6.08 2843  93.93  
12  5   Ingrid Erkman             Dragon Racing                                 35:41     5.97 2790  92.17  
13  61  Lisa Emmerich             Team Rwanda              45+                  38:46     5.49 2569  84.86  
14  149 Ingrid McCarty            Western Wheelers         50+                  40:37     5.24 2452  80.99  
15  4   Pat Parseghian            Google                   50+                  43:20     4.91 2298  75.91  
16  265 Sya Reschar               Dragon Racing            MTB                  43:43     4.87 2278  75.24  
17  118 Christine Holmes          Low-Key                  40+                  46:05     4.62 2161  71.39  

Team Rankings

pl  team                        score scoring
1   LGBRC                      377.59 (Justin Lucke, Eric Balfus, Rich Hill)
2   Bike Trip                  361.36 (Mark Edwards, Geoff Drake, Matt Wocasek)
3   Sr's & Mr's of No Mercy    360.65 (Carl Nielson, Bruce Gardner, Holly Harris)
4   Western Wheelers           357.33 (James Porter, Andy Brisnehan, Martin Hyland)
5   San Jose Bike Club         341.78 (Greg McQuaid, Jeff Farnsworth, Alan Weatherall)
6   Palantir                   333.34 (Doug Philippone, Lisa Gordon, Dan Cervelli)
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