July 2014

Big Jay’s Fat Ass Ultracycling Race

posted on Jul 29 2014 by Martin Gruebele

Photo: The peloton among the corn fields; right: the “Fat Ass” traveling trophy saddle showing Jay’s old course record of 246 miles, now co-held with Collin Johnson at 258 miles.

Route 66 Half Iron Triathlon

posted on Jul 28 2014 by Martin Gruebele

The short: The Route 66 triathlon is a Half Iron distance race in Springfield: 2000 m swim, 56 miles on the bike, and a half marathon run. Nick Paulson headed over to do it solo, while Ron (swim), Scott (bike) and Martin (run) relayed to save Martin’s legs for an Ironman next weekend.

Iron Season 6/11: Holy Hills!

posted on Jul 04 2014 by Martin Gruebele

The short: Martin drove out to Idaho with Ron Hoyne to race IM Coeur d’Alène. All went as planned, with a hot and hilly 3:48 IM marathon. The swim was 63.5 F (brrr!) and most of the bike course was a string of 4-6%, 1-2 mile climbs. It was tough for everyone, and Martin finished 14/252 = top 5.5% in his age group, the best finish yet.

ITU Chicago Triathlon

posted on Jul 01 2014 by Scott Dahman

The race was held in conjunction with the ITU World Triathlon Series. The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is the world governing body for the sport (like UCI), aligned with the Olympic movement. Pros race a draft legal format with short, spectator-friendly circuits for the bike and run. A lot of ITU races, including this one around Chicago's Grant Park, offer age groupers a chance to race separately at the same venue. (It would be like watching Paris Nice, then racing it with other Cat 1-5s - pretty cool.)