Ready or not, racing season is here. This spring has been so cold and grey that "I'm not fit" seems to be somewhat of a chorus among regulars. Regardless, 32 racers toed the line May 4 for the first CRANDIC TT of 2022.
A huge Men 60+ field padded our numbers, while Breakaway Men were uncharacteristically sparse. Cam Bimson edged out Chase Cubbage in a very close Juniors field. Nicole Roth took the honors in Open Women, while Scott Wall (50+) threw down the fastest time for the guys.
Big thanks, as always, to marshal extraordinaire Burne Sippy for the excellent shots from the turnaround.
There were plenty of strong rides, but the fastest men's and women's times came from two triathletes. "It was definitely weird, but in the best way, to be back racing with people in person," said Joanna Hall of the Iowa City Cycling Club. "I didn’t feel like I did that well, but it was just so awesome to be out there with everybody and to see everybody having a good time, chatting, riding hard, and enjoying the beautiful weather." Joanna wasn't the only one to complain about being out of shape, but her effort was enough to put down the fastest woman's time for the night.
On the men's side, the Masters racers fared well but the fastest time was from Kaeleb Royster, a young triathlete. "I have been racing triathlon for 3 years and I have dabbled in the road racing. I love biking and racing, I am just not technically skilled enough yet. I have been more successful in triathlon, winning our collegiate conference as a freshman."
Results by Category
"I love this course," said Royster, "It's mentally challenging with the uphills on the way back. The roads are very safe and fun to race on."
Hall agreed. "That CRANDIC course is fantastic because it reminds you of all the areas you need to improve upon as well as areas you excel in. For example, I really need to work on pushing up and over the hill to crest, to maintain power and speed, but I was reminded that my aerodynamic position is quite efficient."
Special thanks to Kirschen Seah and Larry Howe for officiating, to Gary Henry and Burne Sippy for marshaling, and of course to Joanne Konrath McKillip, Jeff Cater, and Burne Sippy for all the fun photos.
The CRANDIC Time Trial series is presented by Steindler Orthopedic Clinic in Iowa City and hosted by Big Grove Brewery in Solon. Please take any chance you get to send them both some love.