Windy, gray and wild weather provided exciting atmospheric conditions for a competition of swimming, bicycling, and running!
above: Skopek and Hadzor within the last mile of the run portion.
Die hards Bob Hadzor and John Skopek represented BTB at this one in the intermediate aka olympic distance today. The two were battling for age group supremacy and when the chips landed it turns out there were two other sick-o’s that had bested their times meaning Bob ended up 3rd and John 4th, in very respectable 68th and 69th overall finishes.
The water was fierce and choppy, the hills were serious, the run was tough, and these guys were tougher! Good job men!
The are results up! Click to see the .pdf’s:
2010 Results Black Fly Challenge .
randy’s quick unedited race recap:
black fly was fun. went out and quickly moved to the front so i could see what rocks and roots i should avoid rather than being in the pack.. then a front pack broke off which i was infront right from the start a dude from ‘handlebars’ a team outta buffalo area i think took off and never came back
we pack rode for the first 13-15 miles or so then a dude took off and like 2 of us went after him rode with that guy for like 5 miles and ditched the pack and then he got out ahead of me and disappeared around some corners with 15 to go , i was in fourth at this point before this we had passed a dude that flatted … 10 to go it turned all to road so i dropped into a semi aero position and pedaled hard.. i knew phil mccarth was back with his ommegangsters in a pack (phil got 2nd last year).. and around 2 or 3 to go the pack came up apparently flat tire man caught them and pulled the crap outta the second half of the race… i was pretty tired so i settled into the pack and saw mile to go sign thought about trying to break out again but guys were just sitting and waiting for action it seemed and i didnt think i would be able to hold up for a whole mile… i shoulda gone though cuz there was a really long chute that was super narrow which was hard to move up so i finished in the middle of the pack .. front guy in our pack got fourth i got eighth over all and 1st in agegroup winning 90 bucks which was cool
no flies either it rained a ton before so they were off doing other things… wet sand though makes for hard ridin… definitely a good workout.. then after sarah made me go for a little run with her .. i was very tired and exceptionally hungry .. it wasnt a very fun run haha
a more well done race recap from the p.o.v. of an ommegangster named skinny phil:
ebay is a dangerous thing… arriving yesterday from texas with this wiry tangle and a bunch of plastic baggies… unfortunately I have to exercise as much patience as possible to wait and bring it over to Mello Velo where Steve can ensure a successful assemblage. Whereas who knows what would happen if I dug my teeth into it… I mean you can see my vision of an awesome bicycle with the frankenbike, whose evolution below was made possible by the cervelo, ups man, deranged aesthetic interests, and ebay!
- the latest of frankenbike:
Keuka Lake Tri:
Keuka Results; all.pdf & age-group.pdf
This past weekend wasn’t the best showing for BTB, I was a bit fatigued going into the tri, been doing some solid workouts and didn’t really slow down coming into the weekend.. I managed my first swim attempt, my goal was to stay relaxed and do the best I could, then pick up and catch as many people as possible on the bike and run… Which went about 60% according to plan. I came out of the water according to the results as the 110th fastest swimmer and ten minutes slower than the winners swim time.. so it took a decent amount of work to get back up to my 18th place overall.. Legs were feeling the fatigue on the bike and run but all in all I’m fine with the outcome, you may see me in many more lakes and pools these next few months than ever before. Bob also had a rough swim, as his first complete triathlon, he tackled the olympic distance, and also first competitive open water swim, which are all difficult obstacles between an individual and a good race, not to mention still getting used to the new notion of the wetsuit. So you may see more than just me thrashing and battling the cny waters. Sarah on the flip side had a great race, gliding right through the water, having her most comfortable bicycle experience to date after getting a new seat, and coming in with a very strong finish in the run looking very strong!
Good job to all! Keep trainin’ hard. Our friend John and Sara Evans both secured places on the podium winning their age group, representing the CNY triathlon community very well. Ken Hammond also had a good race, looking very smooth on the bike portion and giving encouragement when I saw him, even after wrestling a wet tent that morning that he endured the storm the evening before!
2010 Fly by Night Duathlon
Bob Hadzor 3rd in age group
Randy Hadzor 2nd over all
original photo: A D’Agati
stylized by : R Hadzor
A warm Sunday morning, May 30th, racers rolled to an easy eight-thirty start. Geared up to race through the rolling hills of the Borodino countryside for the 4th annual Race for Hope.
The Race for Hope is in honor of local cyclist and triathlete Dick Shaffer, a Borodino resident and triathlete, who died of cancer in 2006. Race for Hope seeks to find a cure for cancer, all race proceeds go to support research at the Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.
The race was a ~25 mile citizens race, so all categories of cyclists were welcome to ride and compete in one combined field. More information about the race can be found at the Skan Races website.
BTB Athletics would like to congratulate all the competitors for putting out an excellent effort on Sunday. Big thanks to all the volunteers involved.
I decided to get another good effort in this past weekend, telling myself that depending on how my legs feel after the Fly by Night duathlon on Sat. evening I may go down and check out the race in Borodino on Sunday. It’s just around the corner and Mello Velo / Middle Ages teammate Brian Nilsson was racin’. I felt good so I signed in and raced it, ended up finishing first, after working with a little break away pack that went off after some of the more decent of the hills catching up to one dude with sweet glasses who made a very solid break with about 8 miles to go. A good time was had by all, I continue to learn bits and pieces of cycling tid bits, this time around was sprint etiquette.
To check out the photos of Race 4 Hope Click Here!
Good job all!
Have a great Memorial Day!
Highland Forest, Fabius, New York, was the scene of big time snow shoein’ this weekend. Saturday was the National Championships which were extremely awesome. A beautiful day, a tough course, big time athletes from all over the US. Made for a great event. Of special note was the last 300 yards of the 10k race was designed by the famous Marquis De Sade as it was a ridiculous up hill to the finish, with many casualties along the way.
Sunday was the team relay event 4 x 1 mile, entered by members of BTB Athletics; leading was Fitz, handing off to Luke, then to me and finally Randy, after a bit of back and forth we ended up mid pack out of 19 teams. We developed a great respect for those who choose to run and sprint in loose powder snow. Not to mention the scenery at Highland forest was exceptional this weekend.
Next year, members of the BTB Athletics will make a concerted effort toward qualifying for the championship event.
Also, here is an excellent write up on this weekends Snowshoe National 10k by Jim Johnson, check it out!