It was a bit breazy July 18 for the CRANDIC Time Trial, but that didn't seem to slow down anyone. In fact, our two course record holders, Joanna Hall and Brian Eppen, both managed to up the bar by besting their own records by about 20 seconds. Maybe the cooler temperatures made up for the breeze? Regardless, it was a perfect night for a time trial.
Thirty racers toed the line in this third of four races. The final edition is just two weeks away on August 1 -- and the newly updated Series standings show some very close competitions. See you then!
Okay, so there was no storm. But 32 people braved a nasty looking radar and forecast Wednesday, June 6, to race the CRANDIC TT out of Big Grove Solon. Despite dire predictions the wind was calm and cloud cover dropped the temps out of the 90s for some pretty sweet conditions for racing. We did get some sprinkles on our way back to Solon, but not enough to keep us from dining outside on the patio back at Big Grove.
As always, huge thanks to the USAC's Larry Howe, volunteers Gary Henry, Chelsea Bilskemper, and Burne Sippy, and all our favorite staff at Big Grove Solon. You people make this event a very special one.
Sorry if you missed it, as the next CRANDIC TT won't be for almost six weeks. We won't try to TT on the fourth of July, so instead of the first Wednesday of the month we'll do the third, July 18. See you then!
Photos below are from our man in the bushes, Matt Hartman. Thanks, Matt!
Plus a few bonus shots from Nick Crum. Thanks, Nick!
The CRANDIC Time Trial Series got off to a great start Wednesday with 23 racers and absolutely perfect weather. Turnout wasn't what we had hoped, due in part to postponing two weeks earlier and to conflicting events in both Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, but that didn't stop folks from having fun and riding hard.
An inaugural event means course records are inevitable, but nearly windless conditions helped Brian Eppen and Joanna Hall lay down men's and women's benchmarks that will be very hard to beat. The course itself proved popular with riders, which most described as tough but fun. We look forward to another crack at it in just three weeks on June 6.
Big thanks to volunteers Brad Roark, Burne Sippy, Chelsea Bilskemper, and Tara Coady, without whom the race would not have happened. And to Larry Howe, one of the more patient USACycling officials out there.
Photos below are courtesy of the man in the bushes, Matt Hartman. Thanks Matt!