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Palomar Challenge Hill Climb Results 2009

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June was crazy this year. A cool day and foggy with limited visibility all the way up. But riders who continued up to the observatory said the sun was out up there and it was glorious.

This year's winner Rick Bienias won with a great time of 48:26 which EXACTLY matched last year's winning time set by Drew Peterson. Matt Sheremeta bested his time from last year and again placed second. Herb Johnson at 65 years of age took 3rd overall, 1st in the 60+ division and even bested his time from last year by about 1.5 minutes!

Greg Mathy riding a fixed gear bike came in 4th overall and of course never stopped pedaling!

Steven Lamb took top honors in the 50+ class, Tracy Day in the 45+ class, Steve Ring in the 55+ class. Ralph Holmes was the oldest rider in the field at 66 years of age.

On the woman's side it was Ginger Crutchfield taking top honors with last year's winner Adrienne Brian coming in shortly behind and taking first in the 55+ class. Adrienne suffered a severe cycling accident in the last year and it is great to see here back on the bike competing again.

Lisa Eaton was first in the 40+ division, Beth Vanta was first in the 50+ division, and Mary Baker in the 60+ division.

The Tandem division was won by Elizabeth Jefferson and Chris Kostman.

The story of the day has to go to the Swan girls who both turned in great times at the ages of 10 and 12! Moriah Swan took the junior division and her older sister Hannah Swan took the youth division. Richard Swan, their proud dad stayed with the girls as they made their way up the mountain in the foggy weather.

We hope to see you next year!

Name

Time

Age

Place

Class

Rick Bienias

48:26

44

1

1st open (1st 40+)

Matt Sheremeta

49:17

42

2

2nd open (2nd 40+)

Herb Johnson

49:43

65

3

1st 60+

Gregg Mathy

54:38

24

4

1st fixed gear

Joel Price

55:12

34

5

3rd open

Paul Wilson

55:39

60

6

2nd 60+

Steven Lamb

55:47

52

7

1st 50+

Tracy Day

55:58

47

8

1st 45+

Dave Sebba

56:44

28

9

4th open

Keith Van der Walde

56:51

33

10

5th open

Frank Yancey

56:53

64

11

3rd 60+

Brian Patrick

58:18

38

12

6th open

Douglas McCloud

59:16

42

13

3rd 40+

Perry Crutchfield

59:16

51

14

2nd 50+

Dan Kortman

1:01:39

52

15

3rd 50+

Walter Phillips

1:02:06

39

16

7th open

 Emilio Parra

1:02:06

32

17

8th open

William Peery

1:03:31

28

18

9th open

Bob Reichart

1:03:43

46

19

2nd 45+

Jay Federhart

1:04:18

47

20

3rd 45+

Mike Thompson

1:04:56

47

21

4th 45+

Brian Quan

1:04:57

27

22

10th open

George Torris

1:06:19

30

23

11th open

Peter Reissmann

1:06:55

53

24

4th 50+

Ginger Crutchfield

1:07:32

47

25

1st woman (1st 45+)

Adrienne Brian

1:07:55

57

26

2nd woman (1st 55+)

Andrew Gilligan

1:08:48

54

27

5th 50+

William Daly

1:09:23

53

28

6th 50+

Rick Denny

1:09:53

50

29

7th 50+

Rick McEwan

1:11:51

45

30

5th 45+

John Ammons

1:12:05

45

31

6th 45+

Roi Granot

1:12:21

34

32

12th open

Thomas Reynolds

1:12:30

51

33

8th 50+

Thomas Maino

1:12:30

44

34

4th 40+

Steve Ring

1:12:38

59

35

1st 55+

Edward Grangetto

1:13:40

56

36

2nd 55+

Brian Bengelsdorf

1:14:22

37

37

13th open

Wayne Pfeiffer

1:15:36

63

38

4th 60+

Elizabeth Jefferson & Chris Kostman

1:16:39

43 & 42

39

1st Tandem team

Mike Capozza

1:16:44

44

40

5th 40+

Paul McRae

1:18:46

44

41

6th 40+

John Trammell

1:16:46

37

42

14th open

Gregory Asa

1:16:51

51

43

9th 50+

Pablo Blinder

1:18:46

36

44

15th open

Don Eydenberg

1:19:57

49

45

7th 45+

Lisa Eaton

1:20:03

43

46

3rd woman (1st 40+)

Gregg Antal

1:21:11

52

47

10th 50+

Steve Aten

1:21:22

51

48

11th 50+

Beth Vanta

1:22:15

51

49

4th woman (1st 50+)

Michael Armstrong

1:23:15

51

50

12th 50+

Steve Capozza

1:23:30

42

51

7th 40+

Mary Baker

1:23:31

65

52

5th woman (1st 60+)

Amy Snyder

1:23:32

49

53

6th woman  (2nd 45+)

Todd Schultz

1:23:58

43

54

8th 40+

Andi Neugarten

1:23:58

43

55

9th 40+

Fern Kissel

1:25:16

53

56

7th woman (2nd 50+)

Mike Kurtz

1:25:24

36

57

16th open

Albert Genegaling

1:25:31

25

58

17th open

Angela Kazadowski

1:25:41

33

59

8th woman

Cristine Hokans

1:26:18

53

60

9th woman (3rd 50+)

Jack Kirchner

1:27:13

57

61

3rd 55+

D.J. Rausa

1:28:14

50

62

13th 50+

Russ Tellig

1:29:02

62

63

5th 60+

David Lowe

1:29:38

50

64

14th 50+

Raphael Rubalcarla

1:29:39

40

65

10th 40+

Tom Laurence

1:29:42

39

66

18th open

Abraham Sabat

1:29:44

54

67

15th 40+

Moriah Swan

1:31:01

10

68

1st junior woman

Richard Swan

1:32:57

40

69

16th 40+

Hannah Swan

1:32:59

12

70

1st youth woman

Matt Laurence

1:33:10

43

71

17th 40+

Naomi Grogan

1:33:10

30

72

12th woman

Jeff Turner

1:33:11

63

73

6th 60+

Ralph Holmes

1:33:22

66

74

7th 60+ (oldest rider!)

David Rogers

1:33:54

43

75

18th 40+

Patricia Thomas

1:35:07

51

76

14th woman (4th 50+)

Jason Bendiksen

1:35:07

30

77

19th open

Ed Shepherd

1:35:24

62

78

8th 60+