On Saturday, March 5th with the winds cooperating - somewhat of a tail wind - 29 Hammer Heads competed in Hawaii Cycling Club’s 2016 Kua Bay 12.2 mile Training Time Trial from Waikola Beach Rd. to the Kua Bay turnoff. The winner was high school student Malik Mariano in 30 minutes flat! Malik is preparing for two major California bicycle races, The San Dimas Stage Race, April 1 – 3 and the Sea Otter Classic, April 15 -18. His goal is to qualify for the USA Nationals Team.
Second to Malik (M 18-19) and only three seconds back with an outstanding effort was Todd Marohnic (M 55 – 59). His time was 30:03. David Wild (M 25 -29) closed fast to finish 3rd with a time of 30:20 and Adam Ankrum (M 40 -44) also finished in the 30 minute zone at 30:32.
Rounding out the top seven finishers were Ben Torres (M 45 – 49) in 31:07; David Furtado who was only 4 seconds back at 31:11 and Lance Mitchell (M 60 -64) finishing 50 seconds later in a time of 32:01.
Tawnie Mc Donald (F 50 – 54) continued to dominate the women with the 8th best overall time of 32:02. Following Tawnie were two F 45 – 49 year olds, Lori Henbest (34:15) and Jennifer Ward (34:36). Rounding out the top four women was Kelly Hudik (F 35 – 39) who completed the course in 37:32. The 9th and 10th finishers Tim Wiley and Lou Morejohn tied at 32:47.
Hard to believe with 29 competitors there were 17 age groups represented! The two most closely contested age groups were (1) the previously mentioned F 45 -49 were Lori pulled away from Jennifer by 21 seconds and (2) in the M 70 – 74 age group where Gerald Gruber (37:00) defeated Floyd Rhoades (37:18) by just 18 seconds.
Cyclists competing in age groups with two or more competitors were F 40 – 44 with Ingrid Hillhouse (38:56) arriving first, followd by Laura Ankrum (41:04); Scott Garret (41:41) finished second to Ben in the M 45 -49; Mike Medina (37:38) won the M 50 -54 in 37:38 and Harnath Holmes was second with his time of 39:33; following Todd in M55-59 were Tim Wiley (32:47), Steve Husak (36:50) and Joe Killian (40:57).
Lance Mitchell’s co-competitors in the M 60 -64 were Patrick Mitchell (33:29), Bill Culhane (38:16) and Joe “ Bobo” Florendo (38:39). Testing out his new aero gear, Lou Morejohn won the M 65 -69 in a time of 32:47. Dale Cole (34:46) was second in this age group.
Age groups with only one cyclist not mentioned above were: Greta Friesen (F 25-29) 43:51; Wendy Minor (F 70-74) 42:33; and Aiden Ankrum (M 11 -12) 46:46.
Betsy Solis rode the course as a non-competitive Saturday ride. Tom Solis (M 70-74) took the Kua Bay TTT challenge on Monday and over-came the most intense head wind (a bit of an exaggeration) to finish in 44:44.
The Ankrum’s – Laura, Adam and Aiden – have set a record for most family members competing in the same events in the same year. Are there any other families out there to challenge the Ankrums?
Why is it that most people think members of HCC are so competitive? It cannot be because the HCC mascot is the Hammer Head shark or that members are called Hammer Heads. It can’t be because members compete in HCC’s training time trials, the DRAGON and the Sea to Stars road race which, despite its name, is a grueling 49 mile road race with an elevation gain of over 9000 feet or the casual Hawaii Century with rides of 30, 60 and 109 miles. Maybe it is HCC’s fun Saturday ride where members look out for each other and no one gets dropped - oh, wait – riders are always dropped. Well, maybe the perception of HCC members is the reality. What do you think?
TO AERO OR NOT TO AERO, THAT IS THE QUESTION
No one exemplifies the competitive spirit of HCC more than Lou Morejohn. Participating in the Kua Bay Lou was determined to find out whether or not going aero makes any difference at all and if going aero does make a difference, how much of a difference. Because the TV reality show, Mythbusters, is off the air, Lou had no-where to turn but to himself to test the myth that aero is faster than non-aero.
The result: Yes, going aero does make a person faster and in Lou’s unscientific study, using Kona’s own free wind tunnel and not some expensive high tech mainland wind tunnel, Lou discovered he would be 3 minutes and 11 seconds faster over a 25 mile TT going aero than not going aero! Only a Hammer Head would go to such lengths to find the answer. The following is his report: “I used HCC’s finishing data on the Prologue TT and Kua Bay TT to assess any potential performance difference between non-aero and full-aero. I rode the Prologue TT using a Litespeed Icon road bike and wheels, road helmet, club jersey, hairy legs and Sidi road shoes. I rode the Kua Bay TT using a Cervelo P3C TT bike with aero wheels, aero helmet, "skin-suit", shaved legs and VeloToze shoe covers. Both bikes have the same gears.
A total of 19 people did both TT races. The mean speed (n = 19) for Kua Bay TT was 0.57 mph faster than for the Prologue TT, because of a tailwind. The total range of individual time differences between events varied from a slower -0.62 mph to a faster +1.56 mph. Although my time for the Kua Bay TT was tied with Tim Wiley for 9th/10th place, my time improvement was the best (1.56 mph faster). The next best time improvement was by (name blacked out to protect the innocent) at +1.09 mph. The difference between my improvement (+1.56 mph) and the mean improvement (0.57 mph) is ~1 mph, which amounts to a time savings of ~1 min. 31 sec. over 12.2 miles.
When extrapolating to a 25 mile TT, the aero effects provide a ~3 min. 11 sec. advantage over non-aero. Simply stunning!”
Now we know – aero not only makes a difference but a BIG difference. I am sure our sponsors Bike Works and Cycle Station would be happy to provide the products necessary to go full aero.
Lou is now the leader in HCC’s 2016 statistical analysis competition.
Thank you to HCC’s sponsors: Bike Works, Kiser Motorcycles, Metzler Construction and Cycle Station for making HCC’s events possible.
Thank you to Kua Bay Volunteers: Betsy Solis, Jill Weber, Mindy Gruber, Brooke Kirby, Cindy Culhane, Steve Frasier, Dave Pratt, John Sherman, Rich Ritter, Joe Ironman Loschiavo and Tom Solis.
April 3rd is the 3rd annual Hawaii Century, sponsored by Metzler Construction and Hawaii Cycling Club as a fund raiser for Hospice of Kona. The Century begins and ends at Spencer Beach Park. Participants can choose between 30, 60 and 109 mile rides. The cost is $50.
If you cannot make the Century, consider a donation. Write a check made out to Hospice of Kona and mail it to HCC, PO Box 3246, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745. HCC will present individual checks to Hospice of Kona with HCC’s check from the proceeds of the Hawaii Century.
Go to www.hawaiicyclingclub.com to register.