Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Low-Key all-time bests: Soda Springs & W84-WOLH

Last time I showed the most-popular Low-Key climbs as determined by number of finishers were Hamilton, Montebello, then Soda Springs a surprising third. Soda was used in three of our very popular years: 1997, 1998, and 2009. We had some issues this year with a local resident who thought we represented a lot of traffic, which we were. But I hope we can work things out with him and return there in the future.

Another popular climb I haven't posted results here for yet is the combination of Highway 84 and west Old La Honda Road. This is a route rarely if ever timed by solo riders: it's somewhat artificial. But it gives people a chance to show off their flatland time trialing before the serious climbing begins in La Honda. And west Old La Honda is one of the prettiest climbs anywhere, without a doubt. It was used in 1996, 1997, and 2006.

On Soda, Tracy Colwell's 2007 time is the best, one second faster than Chris Phipps' result from this year. On the women's side, it's another dominant Low-Key record for Laura Stern, an accomplished cross-country skier and holder of one of the best women's time in the Terrible Two double century. Both of these times are from the '90's; indeed most of the top results are from that decade.

For WOLH, Tracy might well have had that record as well, but he flatted in 1996. Tim Clark has the best time, from 2007. Kristen Neubauer has a solid hold on the record from 1996.

In both 1996 and 2007 we recorded split times as riders passed through La Honda. This provides a fun comparison of flat time trialing versus climbing speed for each rider. The correlation is actually quite strong. People with more power/mass on the climbs also tend to have more power/cross-sectional-area on the flats.

Soda Springs
Men
rank year(wk) name                       time  %median
1 1997(5) Tracy Colwell 30:03 138.602
2 2009(4) Christopher Phipps 30:04 128.875
3 1997(5) Craig Schommer 31:28 132.362
4 1997(5) Eric Albrecht 31:38 131.665
5 2009(4) Eric Balfus 31:44 122.121
6 1998(3) Eric Albrecht 31:51 125.955
7 2009(4) Dan Connelly 32:06 120.707
8 2009(4) Ciaran Byrne 32:12 120.37
9 2009(4) Ammon Skidmore 32:14 120.19
10 2009(4) Mark Edwards 32:15 120.165
11 2009(4) Clark Foy 32:17 120.053
12 2009(4) Tim Clark 32:23 119.664
13 2009(4) Dominic Pezzoni 32:30 119.204
14 1997(5) Michael Matthews 32:39 127.565
15 2009(4) Geoff Drake 32:44 118.397
16 1998(3) Curt Ferguson 32:48 122.307
17 1998(3) Tim Clark 32:50 122.183
18 2009(4) Tom Gardin 32:59 117.482
19 2009(4) Laurent Pfertzel 33:20 116.272
20 1998(3) John St. Denis 33:24 120.11

Women
rank year(wk) name                       time  %median
1 1998(3) Laura Stern 37:25 124.454
2 1998(3) Cornelia Fletcher 38:40 120.431
3 2009(4) Janet Martinez 39:47 119.084
4 1998(3) Janet Ekstrom 40:47 114.181
5 1997(5) Julie Colwell 40:53 123.604
6 1998(3) Colleen Farrell 42:15 110.217
7 2009(4) Mary Ellen Allen 42:53 110.46
8 2009(4) Lisa Gordon 42:59 110.203
9 2009(4) Leah Toeniskoetter 43:00 110.151
10 1997(5) Cornezia Fletcher 43:14 116.885
11 1998(3) Phyllis Olrich 43:32 106.968
12 2009(4) Christy Cowley 43:33 108.773
13 1997(5) Caroline Stronck 43:35 115.946
14 1997(5) Janet Ekstrom 43:39 115.769
15 2009(4) Lucia Mokres 43:46 108.243
16 2009(4) Lyresa Pleskovitch 43:49 108.128
17 1998(3) Meg Geherd 44:48 103.943
18 2009(4) Laura Schuster 45:47 103.472
19 2009(4) Cathy Foy 45:50 103.344
20 1997(5) Andrea Ivan 46:02 109.776

Mixed Tandem
rank year(wk) name                       time  %median
1 1998(3) John Serafin 43:09 104.674
1 1998(3) Lisa Antonino 43:09 104.674
3 1998(3) Mike Jensen 44:12 102.187
3 1998(3) Liz Borra 44:12 102.187
5 1997(5) Liz Borra 45:07 92.3162
5 1997(5) Mike Jensen 45:07 92.3162
7 1998(3) Tom Lawrence 46:08 97.9046
7 1998(3) Sarah Beaver 46:08 97.9046
9 1998(3) Dick and Roxanne Robinson 50:35 89.2916

Tricycle
rank year(wk) name                       time  %median
1 1998(3) Joe Lansing 56:08 100


Hwy 84/WOLH
Men
rank year(wk) name                      time   %median
1 2007(5) Tim Clark 43:24 120.161
2 1996(5) Mike Podgorski 44:33 117.247
3 1996(5) Glenn Chadwick 45:04 115.902
4 1997(4) Michael Podgorski 45:13 124.806
5 1996(5) Chris Crawford 45:17 115.348
6 2007(5) Mark Edwards 45:30 114.615
7 2007(5) Rupert Brauch 45:35 114.406
8 1997(4) Michael Denardi 45:36 123.757
9 2007(5) Peter Mehlitz 45:44 114.031
10 2007(5) Geoff Drake 45:47 113.906
11 1997(4) Tracy Colwell 46:07 122.371
12 1997(4) Eric Albrecht 46:31 121.319
13 1996(5) Daniel Connelly 46:51 111.491
14 1996(5) Tracy Colwell 46:59 111.174
15 2007(5) Brian Edwards 47:06 110.722
16 2007(5) Bill Lloyd 47:08 110.644
17 1996(5) Lorin Hawley 47:09 110.781
18 1996(5) Ted Jaworkski 47:32 109.888
19 1997(4) Kevin Fox 47:33 118.682
20 1996(5) Richard Long 47:42 109.504

Women
rank year(wk) name                      time   %median
1 1996(5) Kristen Neubauer 50:54 117.42
2 2007(5) Janet Martinez 52:13 123.428
3 1996(5) Lisa Antonino 53:33 111.609
4 1996(5) Liz Benishin 54:05 110.508
5 1996(5) Charlotte Jacobson 55:11 108.306
6 1997(4) Julie Colwell 56:12 119.024
7 2007(5) Margie Biddick 58:36 109.983
8 1997(4) Lisa Antonino 58:39 114.052
9 1996(5) Julie Colwell 58:53 101.5
10 1997(4) Cornezia Fletcher 59:17 112.834
11 1996(5) Phyllis Olrich 59:46 100
12 1996(5) Lisa Curran 59:48 99.9443
13 1996(5) Cheryl Herms 60:27 98.8696
14 1996(5) Pat Baenen 61:02 97.9246
15 1997(4) Mary Caragio 61:46 108.297
16 1997(4) Mickey Weinberg 62:22 107.255
17 1996(5) Julia Jung-Ames 63:07 94.6924
18 2007(5) Kelly Kasik 63:39 101.257
19 2007(5) Carole Sykes 63:56 100.808
20 1997(4) Phyllis Olrich 64:40 103.441

Mixed Tandem
rank year(wk) name                      time   %median
1 1997(4) Liz Borra 55:45 101.226
1 1997(4) Mike Jensen 55:45 101.226

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