Despite setting up in total darkness, the Road Race began pretty much on-time and racers got a cool, early morning foggy ride that paralleled the river to the base of the Melton Hill Dam. The volunteers at each of the eight posts did a wonderful pointing racers in the right direction - something that doesn't always occur! A policeman who had been up for 24 hours straight and seemed to be at two intersections at once actively slowed and controlled vehicle traffic which also helped immensely. The two water-dousing stations were the loneliest jobs on the course, but were aided by an intermittent rain that also cooled the racers. And there was a box brunch from Pat Neal Rehab Center waiting for racers when they finished the race.
The "Animal" didn't wait for anyone. Dane Pilon, who attacked all three races ferociously, swept everyone away as he finished the 20.75 mile Road Race in just over an hour. This was all the more remarkable because he had to climb four steep hills with a total gain of about 600 feet in elevation. Jim Laird and Greg Queen came in soon afterward with new racer Aaron Shields doing a remarkable job by finishing fourth. Todd Richardson had a bit of bad luck and came in thirteenth after riding on a flat tire for the last five miles. Who knows, if he hadn't come in thirteenth, he might not have had the flat!
Racers had the rest of the day to kick back a little bit and work on their handcycles and trade tall tales. That was good because the Time Trial started even earlier on Sunday morning - at 7:00 am. Again, the worst part of it was setting up in total darkness and getting up at gosh-awful in the morning. Racers were unleashed on the eight mile course in reverse order and cheerfully bunched up at the finish line, giving the timing official a big headache. Having started last, Dane finished first in 21:31 for an average speed of 22.3 mph and a pace per mile of 2:41. Jim Laird again came in second with Todd Richardson coming in third. He wasn't thirteenth, so he didn't have a flat!
There wasn't much time between the Time Trial and the Criterium at 10:55, but everyone made it OK. By then, the sun was blazing down and the temperature had risen to around 90 and the course was pretty hot. Once again, Dane Pilon roared around the .9 mile course finishing first. This time, Todd Richardson came in second, proving that flat tire was just bad luck. Greg Queen and Jim Laird rounded out the first four racers and everyone else was happy they didn't have to go around one more time. The race then, was to the Lincoln Sports Grille with air conditioning, plenty of parking space, good accessibility, and lots of food.
After awarding points as closely to the USHF guidelines as possible, the final, overall Class Winners were:
Last, but not least, the male and female Tennessee 2010 Handcycle Championship jerseys will go to Carly Waugh and Tom Kahler. Both of them have improved greatly this year because of hard work and consistent training. Congratulations to both of you!
The results below, are separated into sections so you can see them without repeatedly sorting a
spreadsheet. A .csv file with the entire spreadsheet can be downloaded at:
The results are divided into Winners by Class.