Monday, January 25, 2010


Huge thanks to those who helped at the Triple D race this year...
Traci Andre - Race Day Coordinator/Photographer
Bill Stoffel Jr. - Category Awards
Duff Stewart - Registration
Annie Potter - Run/Ski Finish
Patsi Green - Run/Ski Finish
Alaine Jamison - Bike Finish
Dena Donatsch LMT – Post Race Massages
Karl Steichen - Photographer / Sag Driver
Frank Flack - Course Safety / Sag Driver
Gary Bramel - Course Safety / Sag Driver
Bette Kuboushek – Dyersville Race Coordinator
Martha O'Conner Leigh - Route Photographer

Sunday, January 10, 2010

2010 Triple D Race Results

If you have any of the following please forward them to me:
1. Bike mileage and time
2. Blog write up link
3. Photos (race photos by Traci and a couple others)
Below are the unoffical results, i say that only because of the sagged bikers (please review results, if they are not correct please let me know and i'll verify the corrections and get them updated).

We had 9 bikers, 4 skiers and 8 runners finish one of the most difficult winter day races in North America out of the 50 participants entered in the 2010 Triple D Winter Race.

I'll post some more updates & photos here as I have time (sorry).

Run and Ski Finishers Only:
BIB,First Last,Finished(Placement),Miles,Race Time,26.2mor50K Time
32,Tim Roe,Yes(1stMaleSki,1stMaleSkiMarathon),22.3,3:18,4:29Marathon
Race Director

121,Joseph Richey,Yes (1st Male Run),22.3,3:31
2009 1st Male BLOG

31,Brad Williams,Yes (2nd Male Run),22.3,3:40

123,Seth Dudgeon,Yes (3rd Male Run),22.3,3:55
2009 5th Male

122,Lisa Paulos,Yes (1st Female Run),22.3,4:18
2008 & 2009 1st Female

11,Angela Hill,Yes (2nd Female Run, 1st Female Run Marathon),22.3,4:27,5:35Marathon

10,Willy Goodale,Yes (4th Male Run),22.3,4:28

9,Rich Holmes (50+),Yes (1st Male Run Marathon, 5th Male Run),22.3,4:48,5:51

33,Matt Maxwell,Yes (2nd Male Ski, 1st Male Ultra 50k Ski),22.3,5:12,7:33ULTRA
2008 & 2009 Ski Veteran

8,Mark Rocarek,Yes (5th Male Run),22.3,5:38

NA,Vita Veita,Yes (1st Female Ski),22.3,6:21
Start Late (actual time is less than shown, 15 min?)

12,Todd Erickson,Yes (3rd Male Ski),22.3,8:33
PHOTOS 2008 & 2009 Bike Veteran

All bikers who started are shown below:

BIB,First Last,Finished,Miles,Race Time,Notes
91,Lance Andre,Yes (First Bike),62.7,6:48,9.2 mph Average, 17th 2008, 2nd 2009
110,Dennis Grelk,Yes (Second Bike),62.7,6:59,4th 2008 & Frozen Saddle, 2nd 2009
115,Corey Kronser,Yes (Third Bike),62.7,8:22,8th 2008, 2009 Winner
111,Nicholos Wethington,Yes (4th Bike),62.7,8:32,9th 2009
116,Adam Blake,Yes (5th Bike),62.7,8:34,28th 2008, 11th 2009
95,Ben Shockey,Yes (6th Bike),62.7,9:27,2008 Winner, 16th 2009
112,Scott Marx,Yes (7th Bike),62.7,9:41,13th 2008, 18th 2009
100,Joel Austin,Yes (8th Bike),62.7,12:07,2009 Frozen Saddle
98,Tyler Graham,No (9th Bike, Frozen Saddle Award?),62.0,12:28,Dyersville CP>Durango>FinishedByMeansOfHwy52
113,Colin Stiemke,No (10th Bike, Frozen Saddle Award?),56,12:??,Dyersville CP>Sageville>then off route (XMilesNotCredited-would have been really close to 62)
104,Joe Nolan,No,38,4:45,Dyersville CP>Farley>Sagged
94,Sean Mullins,No,50,5:26,Farley or Graf?>?
92,Frank Hassler,No,45,7:26,Dyersville CP>Graf>Sagged
93,Trevor Rockwell,No,45,7:55,Dyersville CP>Graf>Sagged
101,James R Zimmerman,No,31.4,4:56,Dyersville CP>Sagged
102,James "Z" Zimmerman,No,31.4,4:56,Dyersville CP>Sagged
117,Jesse Reyerson,No,31.4,5:35,Dyersville CP in Shorts>Sagged
106,Michael Lemberger,No,31.4,4:40,Dyersville CP>Sagged
109,Rob McKillip,No,29,5:58,Prier Road(NearDyersville)>Sagged
119,Drew Wilson,No,25,3:16,Farley>Sagged
103,Jeremy Riniker,No,25,5:27,Farley>Sagged
120,Devon Dyreson,No (First Tandem),25,5:47,Farley>Sagged
120,Justin Meyer,No (First Tandem),25,5:47,Farley>Sagged
Tandem BLOG
105,Dave Giegerich,No,25,6:18,Farley>Sagged
96,Scott Sundby,No,25,6:36,Farley>Sagged
97,Derek Chinn,No,25,6:36,Farley>Sagged
114,Steve McGuire,No,21,2:57,Gun Club Road>Sagged
108,Troy McDermott,No,21,4:45,Gun Club Road>Sagged
118,Jerome Full,No,19,3:16,Past Graf>Sagged @ Tri
90,Grace Shirley-Couch,No (First Female Bike),17,4:59,Graf>Sagged
99,John Nelson,No,17,4:59,Graf>Sagged
107,Coleman Retzlaff,No,14,3:36,Past Budd Road>Sagged

Triple D 2010 - Lance's Race Log

It’s amazing things always conspire to make Triple D so difficult, in 2008 we had -25df wind-chill, in 2009 we had 9” of fresh powder over a inch of ice the night before the race, and this year we had 6-8” of fresh snow two days before and -20 wind-chill at the start, but the day would peak at 12 dF and drop back to -25 dF wind-chill by the time the Frozen Satel checked in. Optimistically the route was modified at the last minute to make use of more heavily traveled snowmobile trails in hopes of someone finishing the event this year…
The race started it its normal fashion on scenic Dubuque brick streets of the warehouse district, then up Washington street with a winter version of the tour as bikers split around the many traffic circle (some over), then onto the City of Dubuque paved heritage trail. The paced roll-out ends as we cross Peru road entering the virgin snow that sent everyone surging their heart rate to the attic as speeds approached 5 mph in a barley rideable 1.5 mile section of the route. This section would prove to be just as challenging on the way back as it was potholed and just as difficult to keep the bike on the thin line of prior tires.

After a short but fun section of trail that parallels Highway 52 we entered the main part of the Dubuque County Heritage trail, and to everyone’s surprise were fast and easily ridable even by the crazies (Devon and Justin) that showed up on a tandem. As the next couple of miles clicked away I’m sure nearly everyone was thinking “I’m going to finish this year as average speeds for all were between 7-12 mph. but the Pugs where not going to take top placement as the 29’ers were dominating the race (I was riding next to Ben Shockey who was clipping along easily on his SS 29 at I would guess 10-20% less effort) with the exception of Dennis Grelk who rode away from me with ease with Corey Kronser in tow. Dennis would lead nearly 2/3’rds of the race.

GROOOOOMER! That and a couple explicates were heard about an hour 45 into the event, you see a groomed trail is nice if has had time to setup; about an hour for skiers, 2 hours for pugs and runners and about 3 for standard bikes, but freshly groomed snow is VERY difficult to ride and makes it very difficult to read the most efficient line on the trail, making the front runners to resort to moving from side to side searching for the lowest rolling resistance… but we degrees, a lot, this point in the race the dynamics changed, I went from thinking I’m going to finish Triple D to I might have a chance to take 1st or 2nd and I knew the race would come down to Dennis and myself who were the two fastest pugs riders… It took me about another hour until I relied in the last remaining 29’er from the front group leaving Just Dennis in the front.
Trails were very difficult to ride, snow was soft and large amount of effort went to maintaining a straight line and avoiding any bounce on the very low pressure that I running (about 4-6 at that time). At the Farley tunnel I got a time check of 15 Minutes back from Dennis, I had decided that I had to close this gap by Dyersville so that he wouldn’t have the sociological advantage of the large lead at the one place we would see each other. This section of the course would suit me as it was into a 10-15 mph head wind and I could get down on my aerobars and crank it out, my average speed increased from 7 mph to about 14. I was able to get within about 2 at the check point at Dyersville and left only about 20 seconds back.
Dennis again cranked a supper human effort… even though I was again turning out a 12-14 mph pace my heart rate alarm was continually going off, so I had to resort to staying about 2-3 minutes back. It wasn’t until inside the Farley tunnel that I was able to overtake Dennis… we would hold this placement for about the next hour, the trail conditions weren’t improving as most of us had hoped they would, Dennis and I had stopped a couple of times to drop tire pressure even more, I ended up dumping about half down to about 2-3 (I would ride this pressure to the finish). As I neared Graf (hour 4:40) about the 2/3rd’s mark in the race) I saw a surrealistic sight… “is that the groomer again?” please tell me it isn’t… but it was, this time the trails were even softer than before, I had to ride with “kid gloves” turning a big gear very carefully riding a harder section of the surface 1-3 inches from the edge of the trail. The race continued like this until Sundown mountain ski resort where the snowmobiles had packed the trail and riding returned to a somewhat normal base.
After a quick minute at the optional Handel Bar Bike Checkpoint (restaurant and bar in Durango) I hastily headed back out as I knew Dennis was close behind and would not stay but a second as well. The section of trail from Durango to the Sageville/Dubuque Trailhead was worse than expected and speeds were some of the slowest of the day for me… but the entering the outskirts of Dubuque while still daylight was a relief, and sprits were high until I had to deal with the rutted and potholed 1.5 miles of virgin trail (the city of Dubuque doesn’t plow it but doesn’t allow snowmobiles on it either). All in all, I had a good day without any mechanical issues (thanks to Bill Stoffel – my personal machinist for some custom parts and the mechanics a Free flight). I finished first in the ultra bike category at 6 Hours and 48 minutes; Dennis stepped in just minutes back.
It was nice to finally finish my own race after three years and to win it was just great. The winter weather in the Midwest can be so unpredictable, then add to that 63 miles of off-road trails, clothing issues, hydration issues, stolen and moved route markers, a race director who lives in Florida, footwear, then a bicycle with numerous failure points, just starting a race like Triple D is a huge undertaking, I’d like to thank all of you that attended the Triple D and raced with me, I truly appreciate all of you, why else would I torture you like this?

Friday, January 8, 2010

Last minute Triple D items

1. There will be an area set aside for a "Swap" Put a post it on the item you want to sell with your asking price. If the item is free, just state free to good home on the tag.
2. Trails are looking good... there's been a lot of snow machine traffic on them last night and today, so the race for the bikers will be doable.
3. 26.2 mile and 50 sections are marked. Trails look good for the runners and skiers too.
See everyone at 8-9 am for final registration, prerace meeting for the runners will start at 9:10 AM SHARP, Limo Bus leaves at 9:20 SHARP.

Maps for Bike

Green will be used if Speeds are sufficent for some riders to finish within 9-10 hours.


Due to the soft trail conditions, the bikers will have a new Route this year. I'll be publishing it soon (couple hours). It will consist of ONLY high traffic snow machine trails (Heritage Trial) supplemented by low volume county gravel roads. Distance will still be 62 miles (100 km).
This will also put the bikers on the sheltered roadways and trail where there will be little effect of the wind-chill. Will be a good race... with the new route I’d expect over half to be able to finish.
- Lance

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Race is profitable $ at awards

We are offically up on our budget by $600, so there will be prize money this year. 2009 we gave out only $200, 2008 was a wopping $1,100.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Triple D 2010 Prelim Roster (updated 1/7 10 pm)

Values are First Name, Last Name, and Paid as of Jan 4th
There are still some entries in the mail, if yours is but you're not on the list below please send me an email at Lance.Andre @

Note: racers are allowed to switch category the morning of the race.

Laurie Woodbury YES
Grace Shirley-Couch YES
Lance Andre YES
Frank Hassler YES
Trevor Rockwell YES
Sean Mullins YES
Ben Shockey YES
Scott Sundby YES
Derek Chinn YES
Joe Nolan YES
Tyler Graham YES
John Nelson YES
Joel Austin YES
James R Zimmerman YES
James "Z" Zimmerman YES
Jeremy Riniker YES
Dave Giegerich YES
Michael Lemberger YES
Coleman Retzlaff YES
Troy McDermott YES
Richard Woodbury YES
Rob Mckillip YES
Dennis Grelk YES
Nicholos Wethington YES
Scott Marx YES
Colin Stiemke YES
Steve McGuire YES
Corey Kronser YES
Adam Blake YES
Jesse Reyerson YES
Jerome Full YES
Devon Dyreson YES (Tandem)
Justin Meyer NA (Tandem)

20 Spots total avalible for Run and Ski
1. Angela Hill YES
2. Sheila Wilson NO
3. Tim Roe YES (TBADOR)
4. Joseph Richey YES
5. Bradley Schmidt NO
6. Rich Holmes YES
7. Seth Dudgeon YES
8. Mark Rocarek YES
9. Brad Williams NO
10. Willy Goodale YES
11. Lisa Paulos YES

14. Vita Veita YES
15. Matt Maxwell YES
16. Jim Osterwell NO
17. Tim Roe YES (TBADOR)
18. Todd Erickson YES

Triple D GPS Data

Two time DDD veteran Adam Blake pre rode the 100K (62 mile) bike route for the 2010 Triple D race with his GPS system. You can view his 6 hour ride at the GarminOnlineSite
Thanks Adam.
PS, for the runners you can use the highpoint near farley as your start (dyersville is only about 50' in elevation lower.