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33.9 miles, 2,110 ft elevation, 2:08 hrs
With some time constraints today, I joined the Club at the Encanto Park. Riding north along the San Gabriel River bike path, we rode up Azusa Canyon. with a brisk fall tail wind. There were lots of biking groups out today. The climbs along the dam were bright and dry. We regrouped at the Gate at Cogswell. Some call this West Fork. It’s closed to most vehicular traffic, although I caught a couple volunteer trucks along the way. The trail along the trees and creek is wonderful. A true hidden getaway. I flipped it a bit early to get home for a family reunion. Looked like Bjoern was helping Jeff with a flat.
MikeG, Tiffany, Bob, Jeff, Philip, Peter, Gregg, Alvin, DaveB, Ryan, Jonathan, Lynda, me, and Bjoern.
Pasadena Triathlon Club closed out the triathlon season with some friendly competition at the PTC Club Championship at Legends Triathlon at Bonelli Park. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day at the park. PTC parked our trailer right at the finish line to cheer our friends in. We had lots of podium finishers! Check out the fun in the pictures.
Pics from the Swim Start
From the Bike, Run, and Finish
Alvin’s Ironman Mont Tremblant Race Report
Here’s the scoop on all the raffle winners. See below.
Shout out to all our great sponsors.
VELO Pasadena: $50 gift card – Rudy
Run with Us: Free Shoes – Zack J
Run with Us: $75 gift card – Peter N, Neal G (Mike pictured)
Golden Road Aquatics: 1 Month Club Pass – Mike W
RBAC: 1 month Lap Swim Pass – Sue M
VeloInk Stickers: Gail H, Peter D, Kirk C, Gregg D, Bill
ROKA swim goggles: Bjoern, Mike
ROKA swim caps: Brandon, Jason
ROKA race belts: Yas, Paul
PTC Hats, Visors: Robbie, Richard, Lynda, Rich, Mike
Around the Cycle: Bike Tune Up – Joe
Please join the PTC Club Meeting. Mark your calendars. Sunday, Oct 2, 5:30pm. Velo Pasadena. Open to Public.
Food, Friends, Fun
– Pizza, Snacks and Drinks (wink).
– Rich Strauss (Endurance Nation).
– Peter Noyes (AC 100 finisher)
Raffle / Free Swag: (Current members eligible for raffle prizes).
– Bike Gear. Velo. Shopping Discount. Come early.
– Running shoes (Run with Us)
– Running goodie bag ($75 value). Two bags
– Velo Ink. Certificates for Personalized Bike Stickers. 5 Certs.
– Rose Bowl Aquatic Center. Swim Pass.
– Bike Tune Up. Around the Cycle.
End of Year Party – Mark your calendar
– Dec 3, Sat, 6pm
Race Calendar 2017!
– Come find out what races the Club’s going to.
[This is Luis’s Race Report]
This was my First Ironman. I’ve done a few 1/2s but never a Full. Mont-Tremblant is a beautiful place, everyone there are very friendly, but I’ll skip this part and get to the most important, race day.
PTC had 12 racers + friends and family at Ironman Mont Tremblant, on August 21, 2016. For many, it was their first full Ironman distance. Well done, PTC!
100 miles, 5:52 moving time, 2,635 ft elevation gain, 20 Strava trophies.
Ironman training is in full swing! The group headed to IMMT called together a 100 mile training ride. Weather was iffy again, odd for sunny SoCal to be cloudy and cold in June. I was glad I wore my vest.
We started at Encanto Park and took the San Gabriel River Trail south. For a training ride, I wore my tri shorts to see how 100 miles felt in the thinner pad. Also, there was no drafting in order to get the full feel of 100 miles for yourself. Although I think some folks were awfully close to drafting. I was feeling pretty good at the start and took off to chase or at least follow Dr. Mike Webb. In Whittier, we transitioned over to the Lower Rio Hondo River Trail. The cloudy weather turned to drizzle. My front facing sides were wet and we were riding into a headwind. At mile 20, we flipped it and headed back north. The wind to our backs and the pace was decent on the way back. We got to the bridge at Encanto at mile 40 and kept going north on the bike trail and up Azusa Canyon for 5 more miles. We flipped it and headed back to Encanto, where I took a potty stop and refueled at my car. When I was ready to go, Lynda pulled in and we took off together for the second lap. By the time we were back in Whittier at the Lower Rio Hondo Trail, the drizzle was a light shower. The trail was fully soaked and kicking up spray. At the turn around, I was soaked from head to toe, just dripping. Allison and Amy rode by me and Lynda. We rode with them for a bit and Amy got a flat. I wasn’t much help with the deep dish and long stem tubes. Lynda saved the day with a tighter grip on the extender and fully loaded cartridge (and an 80mm stem just in case). The last 15 up and 5 back were a bit wearing, but the drizzle fizzled out and I dried off by the end. Whew! Big Day and felt great.
Tyler, Deana, Joe, Lynda, Amy, Mandy (Photographer Craig), GT, Lura, Luis, Bryan, Trevor, Peter, Ben, Mike, Allison
40.2 miles, 2:36 moving time, 2,917 ft elevation, 19 Strava trophies
After a PTC MAN last week, this week’s ride was shorter and more manageable. The Club met at Jones Coffee and headed west. While rolling through Old Town Pasadena, we usually cross over the old Colorado Street Bridge. But today, it was closed for a jumper. After snaking around, we rolled west through the foothills in Eagle Rock, and northwest through Glendale, and Burbank. We turned east climbed up the La Tuna Canyon. The weather was perfect all day. Not hot, nor cold, just a perfect day in LA. The descent was great drafting at 30+ mph and not even pedaling. We climbed up Linda Vista and Arbor to return to Jones.