Friday, May 7, 2010

Towers Handicap Recap

The Towers Road Handicap has been underway now for six weeks. We (Fort Collins Trail Runners) run it once every two weeks, and attempt to go hard, or as hard as we feel like going that day. The handicaps are based on previous times up the hill or best guesses.

Towers is 3.5 miles & 1,750' of climb, with the first .5 being relatively flat. The footing on the service drive is typically good, although it gets mushy at the bottom when wet. Yesterday we had the best conditions yet, with just a few puddles and ruts to negotiate. First up earns the title King/Queen of the Hill for the fortnight.

The official FKT route starts from the trail map at the Soderburg trailhead. Runners head north for .45 mile on singletrack trail (Swan Johnson) to Towers Road, then head directly up the hill (west) for just under three miles, making a left near the top to a clearing that houses telecommunication towers and a couple of mobile buildings. Watches stop for the FKT route when you slap the last building through the clearing:


Frank getting his slap on.

Kings and Queens thus far:


4/8: Jonathan Zeif (JZ)
4/22: Laura Backus
5/6: Brian Walter
5/20: Kerry Doyle-Gundlach
6/3: Travis

Records (Fastest Known Times):

Nick Clark: 29:27 (5/6)
Amy Hartley: 38:45 (5/6)

Times through May 20:

...............4/8/10....4/22/10...5/6/10......5/20......6/3

Adam.......DNS..........DNS...........40:44........38:13......DNS
Alex A......DNS..........43:47.........DNS...........DNS.......DNS
Alex M.....39:44........40:36..........DNS..........38:16.....38:18
Amy.........DNS..........42:13.........38:45!........DNS.......DNS
Brian........DNS..........50:21.........45:38(K)...45:20......DNS
Cat..........DNS...........DNS...........46:00........45:02.....45:02
Celeste.....DNS...........DNS...........49:00........DNS.......49:00
Cherilyn....DNS...........43:50.........DNS..........DNS.......40:50
Claudia......DNS.........DNS............DNS..........DNS.......58:13
Chris........44:18.........DNS...........DNS..........DNS.......DNS
Dan..........DNS...........DNS...........DNS.........DNS.......37:30
Dan T........DNS...........DNS...........DNS.........DNS........35:06
Ean..........DNS...........64:00.........DNS..........DNS........59:13
Eric..........DNS...........DNS...........29:37........DNS........DNS
Felix.........DNS...........DNS............DNS.........DNS........36:28
Glenn.......DNS...........DNS...........DNS..........39:xx......DNS
Jennifer....54:00.........DNS............DNS.........52:26......55:08
Jocelyn......DNS..........DNS............DNS..........DNS.......60:00
John.........DNS..........43:00.........39:40........42:00......40:49
JZ............41:40(K)....DNS...........38:45.........DNS.......DNS
Karah........DNS...........DNS...........DNS..........DNS.......55:00
Karen.......DNS...........DNS...........DNS..........DNS........43:30
Kate.........45:00.........DNS...........DNS..........43:47......44:18
Kenny.......DNS...........DNS...........36:46........DNS........DNS
Kerry........DNS...........DNS...........DNS..........45:00(Q).DNS
Kyle.........36:50.........38:20.........DNS..........DNS........DNS
Laura.......DNS...........42:33(Q)....39:43........DNS........DNS
Mary G......DNS..........DNS...........67:00......66:10.......70:46
Mary B......DNS...........DNS...........DNS..........DNS........46:02
Molly.........DNS............DNS..........DNS..........DNS......65:00
Nick.........29:52.........34:25.........29:27!.......30:15.....31:45
Pascal.......DNS...........DNS............DNS.........DNS.......43:01
Pete.........33:53.........38:15.........38:45........33:51.....33:18
Peter.........DNS..........DNS............DNS..........DNS.......32:48
Scott........DNS...........DNS...........36:54........36:42.....36:46
Suzie........DNS...........DNS...........DNS.....Loggers..Heartbreak Hill
Steve.......DNS............DNS...........DNS.........DNS.......37:14
Tony.........DNS...........DNS...........DNS...........DNS......47:00
Tracey......DNS...........DNS...........DNS...........58:00....66:43
Travis.......DNS...........DNS...........DNS...........DNS......43:39
Victoria.....DNS...........DNS...........DNS............DNS.....42:05

Runners......8..............11..............14..............15.........29

9 comments:

  1. I thought you were feeling tired!

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  2. I think we'll be chasing the 28:00 mark by the end of summer.

    Eric

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  3. Nick - you know how it goes, couple of easy days and then it's off to the races.

    Eric - Yeah, 28 is the next step, but I'm hoping there'll be a 27:xx during the build to Pikes. Good luck Sunday!

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  4. Nice work! Did you at Eric start together? Curious when you pushed that 10-second lead!

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  5. Mike - yeah, Eric and I started together and ran shoulder to shoulder through the first two miles. I put a bit of a gap on him where it flattens out in the middle and then pretty much held it. First time in three 'races' that I've beaten him up the hill. I was surprised by the time when I finished - never looked at the watch - as I thought I was running 31/32 pace.

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  6. Fort Collins Trail Runners - I enjoyed talking with you after your time trial on the 6th. I was the guy on the SS MTB. Well, I can not make your Thursday events to post a time so a few of my buddies and I are going to do a time trial tonight using the official FKT course. I'll share the results with you so we can see what the mountain bikers are doing vs the runners. Should be fun.

    Brian

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  7. Brian - thanks for the heads-up on that. Yeah, I'll be very interested to see how you guys go. Once you have times established up the hill, we should plan on finding a time to do a handicapped foot versus wheel TT.

    Look forward to hearing back, and I'll stick your times up on the report for kicks.

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  8. Nick, Here are our results from tonights mountain bike time trial. I think you will find the results intriguing. We had six but Rob had a flat and will come back and get a time later. I agree on the foot vs wheel TT, sounds fun.

    Brian 32:46
    Doug 31:15
    Dwight 30:15
    Jeff 46:25
    Ralph 43:05

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