(more pictures comming soon)...
I’ll start with the volunteers, we had a fantastic group of local volunteers for this event (I suppose they were worried that someone was going to die attempting this race). Five organizations stepped up big-time to make this event a success (in only 1 month of planning):
- The Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce was responsible for organizing the foot category starting area and the biker’s checkpoint.
- The Dubuque County Conservation Board had two Rangers on Heritage trail for the entire duration of the event checking on racers, their safety and helping with accountability. Enough cannot be said for these two individuals!
- The Asbury Snow Hawks worked with us to layout two suitable sections of their incredible private trail system to be utilized for this unique winter event. In addition, the snowmobile club volunteered one of their own to sweep the entire course on snowmobile (ensuring nobody was left for dead).
- Members from our very own local biking clubs (Chain Reaction & Dubuque Bicycle Club) formed the vast number of volunteers that patrolled the course, ran multiple starting lines and the two race finish locations.
- The Dyersville Police treated the foot category to a shotgun start.
- A luxury bus ride to Dyersville by AOK Yellow Cab and Limousine service.
- The Quick-n-Handy in Dyersville hosted the mandatory bike checkpoint.
- Durango’s own Handle Bar Inn hosted the foot & ski finish line as well as an optional bike check point.
- The Grand River Center served as race headquarters and post race party central until sometime early the next morning.
- Myself (the sadistic race director) - although I did get to spend half the day racing...
- John Vontalge & Nate Sisler (Dubuque County Conservation Board)
- Gene Tully (creator of the coveted Triple D sculptures – see the photo book)
- Bill Stoffel (Race Headquarters, Antique Bike Display & Bike Finish)
- Martha O’Conner-Leigh (registration and bike start coordinator)
- Traci Andre & Tim Ingram (Momentum Sports in Platteville) coordinated all the course support and sag drivers (no small feat on a race course that covered 60+ miles of remote Dubuque County countryside)
- Julie Kronlage (Dyersville Organization, Bike Checkpoint & Foot Start)
- Traci Andre, Tim Ingram, Karl Steichen, Brian Ehlers, Keith Boever, Martha o’Conner-Leigh & Paul Pettinger (course monitoring, sag, & photographers).
- Joe Schmitt (snowmobile course sweeper from the Asbury Snow Hawks)
- Tom Spalla & Willard Brimmeyer (coordinators for the private snowmobile trails used for the bike race & bypass structure for the closed bridge on Heritage Trail).
- Annie Potter & Patsi Troy (Foot & Ski finish line / I was told that this was one of the more difficult volunteer jobs, if you see these two, buy them a drink for their wonderful efforts).
Quote of the day:
“Sense when did my 29” x 2.3” tires become skinnies”
– Ben Shockey, 2008 Triple D Bike Champion
For all the racers who blog, send me a link of your experience at Triple D and I’ll add it to the results next to your name.
I’ll start the race results with the smallest categories first. The foot and ski categories are one area that could use a lot of growth if we do this event again next year as the entire planned courses were completed by all entrants (We will definatly make the ski distance a little longer, if the snow is similar to this year).
The Ski category was 20+ miles and filled by three experienced skiers; two skiing “skate style” and one conventional.
1. Michael Zeigle, 3:04 (Overall Ski Winner)
2. Jeff Barnes, 3:41 (2nd)
3. Mathew Maxwell, 5:15 (3rd) - Classical
- Nick Martin, 3:00 (Overall Foot Winner) – that’s an 7.5 min. mile on snow in -6º F!
- Craig Schutte, 3:48 (2nd Overall)
- Lisa Paulos, 3:49 (1st Female)
- Annette Hall, 4:21 (2nd Female)
- Mike Hodge, 4:21 ( 3rd Male)
- Jami Todd, 6:09 (Tie 3rd Female)
- Jean Gilpin, 6:09 (Tie 3rd Female)
- Ben Shockey, 8:17 – 59+ Miles (Overall Bike Winner)
- Joel Cahalan, 9:10 – 59+ Miles (2nd)
- Josh Peterson, 9:16 – 59+ Miles (3rd)
- Dennis Grelk, 9:35 – 62+ miles (4th & Frozen Saddle Award [appropriate as he’s dealing with painful frostbit on his right foot]) visit: http://nonconformcycling.blogspot.com/
- Dave Pramann, 7:15 or 8:47 – 53+ Miles (Full route to Durango CP)
- Bruce Grell, 9:00 – 49+ Miles (into Farley & Back)
- Maxwell Anderson, 8:07 – 43+ Miles (into Epworth & Back)
- Corey Krosner, 8:07 – 43+ Miles (into Epworth & Back)
- Mark Vanderwoude, 7:30 – 44+ Miles
- Terry Brannick, 7:30 – 44+ Miles
- Gary Aronson, 6:54 – 37+ Miles (Graf & Back)
- David Allen, 6:47 – 37+ Miles (Graf & Back)
- Scott Marx, 6:23 – 37+ Miles (Graf & Back)
- Paul Jacobson, 6:10 – 30+ Miles (Dyersville) visit: http://happytraining.blogspot.com/2008/01/what-amazing-experience.html
- Cully Todd, 5:29 – 41+ Miles (Epworth & Back)
- Doug Zickuhr, 6:00 – 40+ Miles (near Epworth & Back)
- Lance Andre, 4:30 – 26+ Miles (into Farley)
- Frank Hassler, 4:40 – 27.6 Miles (Graf To Durango) http://xusa2002.livejournal.com/7343.html
- Ned Gall, 4:59 – ?
- Lonny Mahoney, 4:40 – 28+ Miles
- Joe Heilmann, 4:25 – 24+ Miles
- Matthew Brakeville, 3:41 – 20+ Miles visit: http://fatcatfive.blogspot.com/
- Todd Erickson, 3:30 – 18+ Miles
- Will Neumeister, 3:35 – 18+ Miles
- Tyler Graham, 3:31 – 18+ Miles
- Sean Mullins, 3:31 – 18+ Miles
- Dustin Quade, 3:29 – 18+ Miles
- Adam Blake, 3:30 – 18+ Miles
- James Zimmerman, 3:27 – 18+ Miles
- Nate Van Der Weide, 3:15 – 18+ Miles
- Jerome Full, 3:15 – 18+ Miles
- Bruce Nelson, ? – 18+ Miles
- Matt Byrne, 2:25 – 16 Miles http://jokerracing.blogspot.com/
- Brian Benson, 2:25 – 16 Miles
Email me your comments on the race, this was the first time I’ve ever been involved in something like this, and while it wasn’t supposed to be something as big as it turned out to be – it was way more work than I had originally planned to put forth for a simple "training ride" – but I couldn’t let the masses down that were wanting to get outside and do something… we may consider it again for next year… Heck you can’t have the coldest day of the year fall on the same event two years in a row can you? I sure hope not, because I and a couple more from this race will be at the Arrowhead Ultra next month (it was -24 for a high temp last year).
PS, check out the pictures for the event (will be posted later tonight), if you have some please forward and I will include them in the race photo album.