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 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games September 2017

  

The WNC contingent to the NC Senior Games cycling time-trials was smaller than usual on September 24, but still came away with a significant number of medals and course records.

           
The venue for the three events, one-mile, 5k and 10k was, as it is every year, the State Trooper Training Center in Raleigh. It has a wonderful one and a half mile circuit that includes hills and curves, and is more like a road than a track. It is also, of course, well maintained and traffic free. The weather was near perfect at first - mild temperatures and calm winds, and although it got hot and quite windy later, it did not deter any of us. There were about 70 competitors, most of them in 2 or 3 of the races.

           
There were seven Ashe-Villains, (l-r in picture) John Mikkonen, Marshall Gordon, Glenn Rodgers, Jim Martin, Trevor Wallis, and Eric Johnston (missing Geoff Brace), and they came home with 12 golds, four silvers and a bronze. 17 out of a possible 21 medals is a great success story.

           
Seven age-group course records were also broken. Eric has gone up an age-group since last year, and is so dominant that it was predictable he would break all three M65-69 records. Marshall also went to an older age group, and managed to set new marks for the M80-84 5k and 10k, but the surprise of the day was Glenn, who rode an outstanding 1-mile race to break the eight year old M75-79 record.

           
It was a long, tiring, but enjoyable day of racing, made possible by the hard working crew of NCSG staff, officials and volunteers. Everything started on time and there were no protests or controversy.

           
I have included Lou Millin in the following results. He was a member of BRBC and has participated in a few A-B Senior Games in the past, but now lives in Durham.

 

Name

Category

1-mile

5k

10k

James Martin

M56-59

1 1:52.22

1 6:42.36

1 13:20.18

Eric Johnston

M65-69

1 2:00.04**

1 7:14.97**

1 14:20.74**

Geoff Brace

M65-69

2 2:11.56

4 7:58.04

4 16:24.42

Glenn Rodgers

M75-79

1 2:15.42**

1 8:06.26

2 17:02.46

Trevor Wallis

M75-79

2 2:21.36

2 8:11.75

1 16:23.13

John Mikkonen

M75-79

4 2:28.27

3 9:01.29

4 18:12.47

Marshall Gordon

M80-84

1 2:21.04

1 8:12.80**

1 16:42.98**

 

 

 

 

 

Lou Millin

M85-89

2 3:29.96

2 12:58.30

2 27:19.28

** denotes a new course record