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Darren Dykes and Jon Winchester

Darren Dykes and Jon Winchester

Darren Dykes and Jonathan Winchester of Columbia frequently trained together to prepare for the Chattanooga Ironman on September 27, 2015.  On race day, Darren was forty minutes ahead of Jon after the swim and bike.  Jon caught up with Darren at about mile 20 of the run and they stuck together for the remainder.

This was Darren’s third Ironman and his time of 13:28 landed in between his other Ironman races of 13:18 and 13:33.  Jonathan says this was his first “and only” Ironman.

The race results are separated into wetsuits and non-wetsuits.  Jon and Darren are in the wetsuit results.  The downstream current for the 2.4-mile swim in the Tennessee River aided the swim time.  The bike was stretched 4 extra miles to 116 miles due to construction issues, but this gave some offset for the downstream advantage.  The run was the standard 26.2 miles.  The two-lap bike course is rather hilly with 4800 feet of elevation gain.  The two-lap run course is flat along the river, but then they take a bridge over the river and take in four tough hills.  This gets repeated for a total of 1234 feet of elevation gain.

Name Age AgePl SexPl Finish Swim Bike MPH Run Pace
Jon Winchester 34 97 910 13:28:39 1:10:11 6:37:13 17.5 5:22:53 12:19
Darren Dykes 41 197 911 13:28:41 1:01:53 6:05:17 19.05 6:02:32 13:50

Full results are HERE.

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3 Legged TriLewisburg (TN) Recreation Center hosted the inaugural 3 Legged Goat Triathlon to accompany its Goat Festival on October 10, 2015.  All eight of the Columbia (and former Columbia) participants were handed a first place trophy with a goat statue.  [Jamie Barnett is missing from the picture.]  It was a small event with 52 racers, but the race director announced their intentions of doing it next year.  Shhh!  Don’t tell anyone, and don’t tell them about TriFind.com, and maybe we can come back and sweep it again!

Stephanie Robinette achieved first overall female.  Cindy Davis crossed the finish line together with Stephanie, but Steph started 11 seconds after Cindy, which converts to Steph winning by 11 seconds.

Bruce Bonner of Lebanon TN lead the race from the start.  Duane Leach started fourth in the time-trial line-up and held onto second position after the swim. Jamie Barnett started considerably later in the line-up and moved up into fourth position by the end of his speedy run.  His time was good enough to beat Duane by two seconds on the finish board to achieve second overall (Duane third).

The Rec Center was a nice venue, and the hosts were very welcoming.  Running on the golf cart path was a highlight.  The down and back bike course on the road toward Culleoka worked nicely, and there were numerous police and fire units at each intersection.  The 6-lane swimming pool was converted into 8 lanes to get 200 yards out of it.  That worked well enough, but a little too narrow in a places for passing.

Race Day Events did an excellent job scoring the race with chips, and the full results are HERE.  Big thanks to Cindy Davis for the above picture collage (lifted from her Facebook).

3 Legged Tri stats

Bryan King receiving trophy from Miss Lewisburg

Bryan King receiving trophy from Miss Lewisburg

Bryan King finishing with some help from his kids

Bryan King finishing with some help from his kids

Duane Leach crossing the finish line

Duane Leach crossing the finish line

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Cody Goodman, Eric Schroeder and Roger Brown

Cody Goodman, Eric Schroeder and Roger Brown

CCC mountain bike racers came away empty handed at the Old Hickory Classic on August 9, 2015, due to a combination of race director prerogatives and stiff competition.  In Cody Goodman’s race, he placed third among Cat 2 30+ racers, but the director combined Single Speed and Cat 2 19-29 into this field, which bumped Cody down to fifth place.  In Duane Leach’s case, the race flyer and website advertised that the awards would go four deep, but the director only went three deep–cutting out his fourth place.

The competition at Lock 4 is tough due to the fact that the locals have a significant home field advantage.  The trails are very twisty and lack significant hills.  The locals know how to zoom through the twists and turns at top speed.  We would need to make up to a dozen trips to Gallatin to build up to the efficiency that the locals possess.

The race course was shortened to 5 miles (of 9.6 available) with this explanation from the website:  “Faster is more fun, and we have set up Lock 4 to be the fastest racecourse ever!”  Cat 1 racers completed four laps; Cat 2 three laps, and Cat 3 two laps.  The average lap time of the fastest pro racer was 24:25.

Below are the results of the Columbia Cycling Club members.  Full results for the racer are HERE.

Old Hickory Classic

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Columbia Triathletes at MonsterColumbia area triathletes raced very well at the Monster Triathlon in Pulaski TN on June 20, 2015. Stephanie Robinette and Cindy Davis placed 2nd and 3rd Overall respectively. Jamie Barnett and Miki Peek both achieved 2nd Masters awards. Emily Ferguson, Eric Schroeder, Cody Goodman and Duane Leach each placed first in their respective age groups. Jamie, Eric and Duane placed 5th, 7th and 10th overall respectively.

The race consisted of a 200 yard swim, 16-mile bike and 3.1-mile run.  The run course was modified/lengthened this year from 2.9-miles to 3.1-miles.  There was a strong headwind on the bypass that slowed the bike times a bit this year.  There were 113 total finishers.  Full results are HERE

Monster Results 2015

Steph and Cindy 2nd and 3rd Overall

Steph and Cindy: 2nd and 3rd Overall respectively

Jamie Barnett 2nd Masters

Jamie Barnett 2nd Masters

Eric Schroeder 1st in Age Group

Eric Schroeder 1st in Age Group

Emily Ferguson 1st in Age Group

Emily Ferguson 1st in Age Group

With Yanni, spin instructor and water bag man

With Yanni, spin instructor and water bag man

Chris Brown (left) missed the group picture

Chris Brown (left) missed the group picture [with Duane Leach]

Chris Brown recovering

Chris Brown recovering

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Laray RectorIt has been two months since Laray Rector’s fatal collision with a vehicle while riding his bicycle. His death has had an impact on me that I have not been able to shake. I only rode bikes with Laray a few times, but I haven’t been able to talk about his passing without getting choked up.

I can’t say for sure what has caused me to be so emotional. I suspect that it is from the trauma of the accident, and what was said at the funeral.

The Trauma of the Accident
Apparently the driver of the SUV came completely over to the other side of the road at a curve with a slight hill, even touching the left wheels on the shoulder of opposite side. My good friend, Chris Webb and Laray were riding bicycles on that side of the road with bright headlights. Chris was narrowly able to dodge the car, but Laray didn’t have a chance. The sound of Laray and the bicycle being struck by the vehicle and being thrown 100 feet in the opposite direction had to have been a horrendous noise. Knowing that Chris has to live with this memory just kills me.

After calling 911, Chris called Dwayne Fulks, a doctor and a best friend of Laray’s to come to the scene. Dwayne arrived and he saw his best friend’s lifeless, mangled body and then tried to provide some support for Chris. Laray’s wife was calling repeatedly because she had gotten word of an accident, but no one wanted to answer the call. When she called in on another phone, the call was answered and Dwayne had to tell her the fatal news.

What Was Said at the Funeral
To start with, there were roughly 1000 people in attendance. At one point, they asked for a show of hands of how many people considered Laray a best friend. About 30 or 40 hands went in the air. How is this even possible, that so many people thought so highly of him?

They talked about his family life, his professional life, his charitable life, his church life, and his attention to friends. The theme throughout was that he was a Christian and an encourager, and that he worked very hard to be an encourager. One speaker read a devotional he had written about encouraging others. The various speakers had numerous examples, such as telephoning everyone in his morning devotional group after the studies just to give additional encouragement. The video presentation demonstrated several times that Laray believed strongly in encouraging others and worked very hard at it.

His influence wasn’t just in this area.  Our bike club decided to do a memorial ride where we would ride from town to the accident site. Thirty-five people participated in the ride. Six of his bike-riding friends from Florida, where Laray had a vacation home, drove eight hours to be a part of the ride.2015-01-30 07.00.54 The Florida friends gave us all a custom wristband that said “LIVE LIKE LARAY live life smiling.”

I have not been emotionally strong enough to wear the wristband; I’m afraid someone will ask me about it.

I have decided I need to do just that, live like Laray. Every hour I push myself to work at being an encourager. We are missing an angelic encourager and there are voids to be filled. It takes a lot of extra energy, but I am getting the stamina from Laray, and from riding a bike.

Duane Leach

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Start of the 1-1-2015 Triathlon

Start of the 1-1-2015 Triathlon

Doing a triathlon on New Years Day is like making a statement that this year is going to be healthy and active.  To assist with this statement, the triathletes of the Columbia Cycling Club have been con

2005 New Year's Tri

2005 New Year’s Tri

ducting an informal triathlon on, or around, New Years Day since 2005.  The first two years had 20-30 people. Since that time there have been as few as one participant.  Cold and rain have big influences on this.  Last year on New Years Day we only participated in a run due to the grand opening of the Wellness and Aquatics Complex, and the pool was not open. It was about 35 degrees this year, and we had ten participants.  It was the first ever triathlon for Egan Spoltore, Micaela Freeman and Sandy Tate.  Tommy Nettleton returned to Columbia where he has participated in this triathlon at various times over the years.

1-1-2009 Tri

1-1-2008 Tri

Jamie Barnett finished the 3.1 mile run first with a 50 second lead, making Tommy Nettleton have to chase him down on the bike.  David Price was running third and just happy to be over his injuries enough to compete.  Jamie lost his second place spot when he went into the locker room for a lengthy time to change into swim clothes. A big thanks to Campbell Ridley who sagged and who put out cones with arrow signs at all the turns.  Duane Leach had an injury, so he did the timing and picture taking.  In the results below, the bike time includes both transition times.

New Years Tri 2015 stats

Pictures from 1-1-2015: 2015-01-01 10.07.00 2015-01-01 11.01.10 2015-01-01 11.05.44 2015-01-01 11.21.00 2015-01-01 11.30.16

1-1-2007 Tri

1-1-2007 Tri

Other prior years:

The lone participant in 2010

The lone participant in 2010

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Jordan smiles

Jordan Yeager a few yards from finish line. Guy on ground is struggling to finish.

Jordan Yeager, age 23, achieved first place in her age group at the Rock/Creek Stump Jump 50k on October 4, 2014. The 31-mile trail run climbs Signal Mountain in Chattanooga as part of its 4440 feet of total climbing. She completed it in 7:26:58 and was all smiles when she crossed the finish line where her dad, Jeff Yeager, was waiting.

Jordan was 232rd out the 323 finishers. There were seven runners who finished under five hours. One hundred of the runners finished in the 7 hour time frame along with Jordan. Full results are HERE

The pictures from some of the spots on the course look amazing, see below. Blogger, jaycurwen.com, describes the race and event like this, “And if the awesome atmosphere wasn’t enough, there is the course itself…Signal Mountain offers some of the most unforgiving, yet spectacular, terrain in the south…quad busting climbs in and out of “Suck Creek”, swinging bridges, giant panoramic views of Chattanooga and the Tennessee River, super cool rock features like “The Mushroom”, “Indian Rockhouse” and “The Rock Garden”…How could it not be fun?”

Jordan grew up in north Columbia and is currently attending Mercer University in graduate studies in Atlanta.

Mushroom Rock

Mushroom Rock

Indian Rockhouse 2

Indian Rockhouse

Jordan and Dad

Jordan and Dad

Indian Rockhouse

Jordan passing Dad in woods

Jordan passing Dad in woods

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Keith Thrailkill

Keith Thrailkill

Keith Thrailkill, age 52, topped our list of local runners at the Tom King Classic, running an 8:14 pace for the 13.1 miles on March 9, 2013.  Stephanie Riley placed 4th in her 15-19 age group.  In the accompanying 5k, Charity and Bradd Kimes place 4th and 5th respectively in their age groups.

The race takes place at LP Field in Nashville and it is a very flat course along Shelby Bottoms.  Runners enjoyed a warm and sunny spring morning.  There were 1335 and 539 in the Half and 5k respectively.  Result details are HALF and 5K.

HALF MARATHON
NAME AGE AgePl SexPl TIME PACE
KEITH THRAILKILL 52 15 215 1:47:39 8:14
KRISTEN DAUGHERTY 27 25 130 1:53:08 8:39
STEPHANIE RILEY 19 4 216 1:59:26 9:07
ZEKE WHITESIDE 15 8 373 1:59:42 9:09
BRITTANY MEALER 26 56 276 2:03:59 9:28
SHANNON LAMBERT 35 63 291 2:04:54 9:33
LORI MIZER 41 44 292 2:04:55 9:33
BARBARA MITCHELL 44 50 310 2:06:32 9:40
SARAH LAMB 35 85 402 2:13:30 10:12
RANDELL BRADFORD 26 57 494 2:15:47 10:22
JENNIFER FLEMING 38 89 420 2:16:02 10:23
JANET KING 46 50 426 2:16:30 10:26
AMANDA SMITH 22 24 477 2:21:29 10:49
JEFF WHITESIDE 51 44 533 2:24:09 11:01
JEFF WEIDENBENNER 50 45 541 2:25:29 11:07
WESLEY BRYANT 35 87 559 2:30:25 11:29
5K
BILL RILIEY 55 7 68 24:40 7:58
CHARITY KIMES 40 4 21 24:51 8:01
BRADD KIMES 42 5 71 25:02 8:05
JIM HUTCHENS 59 9 113 27:01 8:43
Kimes

Bradd and Charity Kimes

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Rick Harmon and Mckinley Owen win championship race at Montgomery Bell

Mckenly Owen topped the Junior 15-18 points competition for mountain biking in Tennessee for the 2012 season.  He did this by winning four races and time trials and placing second in four others.  His first place finish in the final championship race at Montgomery Bell on August 12 also earned him the title of State Champion.

Owen topped his main rival, Dylan Vance of Memphis, by 11 points in the points race, and by over five minutes in the championship race.  Owen is a member of the Columbia Cycling Club and is sponsored by MOAB.  Full Results

Event Place Points
Concord Park Challenge XC 1st 25
White Lightning XC 1st 23
Legend of Stanky Creek TT 2nd 12
Legend of Stanky Creek XC 2nd 20
SERC #8 Knoxville 1st 27
MOAB Mousetail Challenge TT 2nd 11
MOAB Mousetail Challenge XC 2nd 22
Montgomery Bell Classic TT 1st 10
Montgomery Bell Classic XC 1st 43
  TOTAL 193

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The Chickasaw Trace Classic has been a mainstay of the American Mountain Bike Championships and the Tennessee Bike Racing Association (www.tbra.org) calendar for almost two decades. So, why doesn’t anyone know about it?

“These type races have been promoted for so long by passionate people that love the sport. However, promoters can only do so much in their spare time and without proper resources,” explained Jonathan Woody of Harpeth Bicycles.

For the 17th anniversary, race promoter Duane Leach, Director of the Columbia Cycling Club, has partnered with Harpeth Bicycles of Cool Springs to help raise awareness of the spring event and Chickasaw Trace Park. The Columbia Cycling Club has been instrumental through a network of dirt shredding volunteers for hosting the one day event and maintaining the trails for over a decade. The race brings in Male and Female beginner, intermediate, expert and a few pro-level racers from local cities as well as surrounding states. The race will be held at Chickasaw Trace Park on New Highway 7 just outside of Columbia. Advanced racers will start at 9:00 am and beginners will race at 12:30 pm with a free kid’s race at noon. Beginner class is one lap.

Harpeth Bicycles Race Team sponsors have rallied to raise awareness. Whole Foods, Lightning 100, Yazoo Brew, and Industrial Strength Marketing all share in Harpeth Bicycles core mission connecting the joy of bicycling to healthier and happier people.

Living an active lifestyle, eating well, while having fun makes a positive impact. It’s a simple formula for happiness. Most people, who try biking for health or sport, love it,” explained Woody. “This kind of event really appeals to the adventurous, outdoorsy, Muddy Buddy or Warrior Dash type guy and gal.”

“High-school or College students who do well at track or high aerobic type sports tend to do very well at cycling and the football, basketball, rugby athletes get big gains from the intense cross training” explained Francis Fessler, Fitness Director at Harpeth Bicycles. “Professional trainer and expert level racer. There are probably a few undiscovered Lance Armstrong’s out there now that just need a chance to be discovered. You got to show up to get sponsored.”

Race Director Duane Leach has this to say about the new partnership with Harpeth Bicycles: “We are really excited to have the financial and promotional support from Harpeth Bicycles and their team sponsors. This kind of contribution to us and the community will truly make this year an epic event for all to experience the fun”.

Whole Foods is providing a healthy and hearty lunch for the first 200 calorie registered riders. There will also be a free custom frame awarded to one lucky rider hand-built by a true Tennessee artisan Richie Moore of Cysco Cycles. In addition there is over $5,000 in prizes from companies like Oakley, North Face, Swiftwick, ProLink, Lyzine, Sport Beans, Hammer to name a few. Duane believes “Harpeth is truly interested in making this event attractive to veteran and every day riders alike.”

The mountain bike trails at Chickasaw Trace Park offer some of the best off-road cycling in Middle Tennessee and are conveniently located within a short drive of Nashville. More than nine miles of trails offer riders a combination of fast curves, challenging climbs, and scenic views of the nearby Duck River. The Chickasaw Trace County Park has a historic log cabin and two open-air shelters available for gatherings. There is a radio control flight field for model airplanes, a radio control track for model cars, and a boat ramp for the Duck River.

If you’ve never experienced Mountain Bike Racing or need to dust of your old two wheeled steed join us on March 25th for a family friendly event. For more details about the event and registration, please visit http://www.HarpethBikes.com/chickasaw.

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Harpeth Bicycles believes a neighborhood bike shop should be a kind place for all. Harpeth is focused on a three part vision: A future where ALL humans and cyclists are created equal, communities filled with active people of all ages embracing the bicycle as a tool for living a happier life and government and civil society working together to create a sustainable future dedicated to life, liberty and the pursuit of biking. Harpeth is located at 330 Mayfield Dr. Franklin, TN. Their friendly staff can be reached Monday-Friday, 11am-7pm and Saturday 10am-6pm. For more information, please call 615-567-6612 or visit www.HarpethBikes.com.

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