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The 4th annual Wawawai Landing TT & Wawawai Grade Hill Climb

Sunday March 3, 2013

A few changes this year:

1) All profits and proceeds from this event will be donated to the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s.

2) Cash and prizes will be given out for the overall combined times of the TT and HC. I want to reward the riders who are true gluttons for punishment.

3) Juniors under the age of 17 who hold an annual USAC road license will race for free. 

4) An Individual TT will start at 1:45 for the hill climb.  This will allow people who only have bikes equipped with aerobars to do the race.  It is highly encouraged that the juniors also do this event rather than the mass start hill climb.

5) I’ve added a 40+ Masters category

Location: Wawawai Landing - Near Pullman, WA (See Directions Below).

Courses: 20K flat TT, and a hill climb up the Wawawai grade - approximately 11K with 1950+ feet of climbing

Costs: $20 per race. USAC license required to race. One-day license for category 5 men and 4 women is $10 and available at the race. To race in all other categories you must have a USAC annual license ($60), which can be purchased at www.usacycling.org. Online registration will be available as well as on the day of the race.

WSBA (http://www.wsbaracing.com) numbers will be used and sold on site as well.  Rental numbers will be available at the race for a $10 rental fee (of which $5 is refundable).

Prizes: Cash and merchandise plus the possibility of bonuses for new records.


Race Day: Registration will open at 9:30 a.m.  Registration for the TT will close at 10:30.  Registration for the Hill climb will reopen from 12:30-1:30.  Online registration will be available at usacycling.com and is preferred.  Registration/Parking will be located at Wawawai Landing .  Parking will also be at Wawawai Landing.  There is NO WATER at the staging area and there is NO Cell phone reception at the staging areas.

Race Details

Roads are chip-sealed and in fair to good condition.

The 20K TT is flat and it will be an out-and-back.  First rider starts at 11:00 a.m. 

The ITT hill climb (11K) will start at 1:45.  Juniors are highly encouraged to do this event.

The hill climb (11K) will be a mass start race and start at 2:00 p.m.  

Awards will be given out to all categories based on the combined times of the two events.  You can do only one event, but you will not be eligible for awards.  A racer can do only one event and still be eligible for the bonus.

A $50 bonus will be given to the male or female that sets a new course record on the hill climb and/or the TT.

Categories offered:

Men: Cat 1/2, Cat 3, Cat 4/5, Masters 40+ (Cat 1-5), Masters 50+ (Cat 1-5)

Women: Cat 1/2/3, Cat 4

Course records:

Female – TT – Allison Beall – (2010) – 29:45

Male – TT – Michael Emde – (2011) – 27:30

Female – Hill Climb – Jodie Bolt (2012) – 32:20

Male – Hill Climb –  Jake MacArthur (2012) – 27:34


From Pullman or Spokane: 195 South.  Turn West on WA-194 (west) which will turn into Wawawai-Pullman Road.  Turn right on Wawawai Grade road and follow it to Wawawai Landing.


Sponsoring clubs: Kryki Sports and G.S. Gap (River City Red).  Promoter is Ted Chauvin (tchauvin@wsu.edu)

Time trial Profile


0K                                            turn-around                                       20K

Hill climb profile



A few notes:

1)      We are using WSBA numbers for the race.  Rental numbers will be available for the race at a cost of $10 to Washington residents ($5 of which is refunded upon return of the number). There will be multiple races in Eastern WA this year that will be using WSBA numbers.  If you have questions about the WSBA and the numbers please e-mail me. 

 2)      Weather.  People are often concerned that this race is too early in the season and it’s too cold.  The Snake River Canyon is usually 10 degrees warmer than the Spokane and Pullman areas.  Last year almost all competitors were in shorts for both races

3)      Finally, please try and use the on-line registration for the race. Pictures from the 2010 TT can be found here at Cecil Williams site

Results for the 2010 TT and Hill climb.

Results for the 2011 TT and Hill climb

Results for the 2012 TT and Hill climb

Running thoughts

Running. Running is a four letter word to a true cyclist, and for good reason.  You see, running is just plain stupid.  It really is; trust me, since I have empirically determined this over the last couple months.  Of course, these thoughts are coming from a cyclist.  So what do I really know about running?  Not much.

Well, that’s not really true. I actually know a little bit.  I knew a lot more when I was younger, but not because I thought running was the greatest thing ever and I competed in cross country during my high school years.  It just turns out I knew a lot more about EVERYTHING when I was younger.  If I would have listened to my younger self I’d be rich now.  Maybe even famous.  Not that I’d want to be famous, since that sounds like a royal pain in the ass.  Ya know…the kind of pain you can get from running.

In the winter of 2009/2010 I started to run a bit.  It had been years since I ran, but I was wanting to try something new in the winter to stay fit. And, riding at night is not something I thoroughly enjoy (nor do I have the proper gear for it), and the idea of riding the trainer inside was no longer an option (because riding a trainer is, in my expert opinion, just plain stupid).  So I started to run.  I ran a few times a week and decided I liked it.  Oh, wait, I actually have a post on this topic.  Read it here.  It was in February of 2010 that I did a 5K and rocked a modest 19:21.  Certainly not fast, but not too slow either.  Especially for a cyclist.  Earlier that winter my brother and I, after a few drinks, talked about doing the Chicago Marathon.  I was in if he was…so I set my sights on the 2010 Snake River Half marathon.  I ran a little, still concentrating on cycling, but still toed the line with nearly seven hundred idiots…err…runners that morning to run my first half-marathon.  I told myself that if I could break 1:30 I’d stop racing bikes at the end of June and train for either the Chicago or Portland Marathon.  The Portland Marathon was an option only if my brother bailed on the Chicago marathon idea (he did bail on it, but that does not matter…because he’s discovered cycling!).  So what happened?  I ran a 1:29:58 which was cool…except that meant I had to run marathon. Dammit.

Those of you who know me know what happened next.  Those who need to be educated about the accident, feel free to read this, this, this and this.  You can also look at these two pictures.  

Fast forward to a year or so ago.  Allison and I headed down to Portland to watch her brother do his first marathon.  I was excited for him and really did not think too much of it.  Until race morning.  I wanted to be out there but I had given up any hope on running again.  We watched Rusty race and he did great for his first marathon. He had minimal training and a banged up knee, so he only did a 3:17:XX (side note: Rusty, like Allison, has something called “talent.” He raced road bikes professionally for a couple years, and when I say “minimal” training I mean “minimal.”).  I wanted to run again, but I thought I could not.  I thought there was no way I could.  My foot just didn’t work right.  Allison told me, implored me, not to give up.  With her encouragement, I finally went to a doctor and wore a torture device on my ankle for a few months.  Finally, on December 13, 2011 I ran again.  Allison and I went down to the park and we ran.  For twelve whole minutes.  She on her surgically-repaired back and me on my bum ankle.  But we ran together and enjoyed it.  My ankle swelled a bit after that short of a run, but I did not stop.  We kept increasing our run times very gradually to the point where we could both do 45 minutes without much of a problem.  Not fast running, but at least we were getting out there.  At the end of January, we did a 5K.  I was slower than two years ago and only ran a 19:24.  Age had obviously caught up with me.

We took a much needed trip to Maui in February with only running shoes, and no bikes.  We did some great trail runs… and then it happened.  Rusty contacted us while we were there.  “You guys in for the 2012 Portland Marathon?”

“Why not?” we said.  We signed up.  When we got home I did a few duathlons, but mostly concentrated on bike racing, while Allison, after scoring a huge victory at the Tour of Walla Walla, dove into the triathlon world.  My goal for the summer was the Crusher in the Tushar (I really should have written a blog post about that) bike race and after that I’d start training again for the marathon. 

Starting on July 24 of this year, I began official training for the 2012 Portland Marathon.  Now, anyone who knows anything about marathons will tell you that you need more time to train for a marathon than 10 weeks.  Instead of agreeing with these thoughts, I just channeled my inner Sid Vicious and did it my way.  So, I’ll take my 346.45 miles of training with me to the line on Sunday and hopefully achieve my first goal.  To have fun.

Unfortunately, along the way, I lost Allison due to a stress fracture, so she will only be in Portland to support me.  I am really bummed by that, but thankful for all the support she has given me during this “training” process.

I’ve shunned my poor bike (during cyclocross season!!!) and have only ridden it four times since I started marathon training.  I’ve run a fair amount, but not enough.  I’m okay with it.  I’m ready.  It’s go time.  Bring on Portland.

Thursday’s Musical Education - Yo La Tengo - Autumn Sweater 

Yup, it’s another Yo La Tengo song on TME.  Nothing really to say about it…except I slipped on a sweater on this crisp fall morn.  That’s all.  Nothing else.  Enjoy.

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Thursday’s Musical Education - The Darling Buds It Makes No Difference 

In the late 1980s and early 1990s there were a lot of good bands that were fronted by female vocalists such as the Blake Babies, Belly, the Throwing Muses, and of course Transvision Vamp (okay, I’m totally kidding with the Transvision Vamp reference, but I will admit to having one of their cassettes).  Another  band from the UK that could fit into this group was the Darling Buds which is the feature of this TME.

Step back to 1990 with me and give it a listen. I think it still holds up as a good song 22 years later.

Thursday’s Muscial Education - Desaparecidos - MariKKKopa 

Well, it appears that I’ve hit the Conor Oberst trifecta on the TME.  I’m not sure if that is a good thing.  He’s back on here with his post-harcore band the Desaparecidos singing about that racist sherriff down in Arizona.

Yay for making a statement with a song.  Yay for punk rock songs.  Yay for the Desaparecidos. And yay for the blue sky out my window (totally does not relate to the song…but I like blue skies, what can I say?)

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Thursday’s Musical Education - Buffalo Tom - Taillights Fade 

Has it really been 20 years since this song was released?  Wow.  I heard it the other day in the car.  The other morning I also heard Birdbrain…so I decided that Buffalo Tom would be this week’s TME.  But which song?  Well, Taillights Fade won because it may just be their best song ever.  Of course, that is debatable.  I could argue almost every Buffalo Tom song is their best song ever.  For example, Frozen Lake is a great song (did ya see what I did there?).

I saw these guys a couple times in concert and they were awesome.  I even sat and talked to Bill Janovitz for a bit before a show.  Very nice, and not a bit pretentious.

Click the links and enjoy all three songs.  I know I do.

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Thursday’s Musical Education - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Someday I Suppose 

This song came up during my run this morning.  It’s been a long time since I heard it.  Love it!  Of course, most of you will recoginze it from Clueless which I’ll give you a pass on.

So many good lines in this song, such as: 

There was a verse that I was gonna write

I haven’t yet 

But there’s still a chance I might 

I have a huge soft-spot in my heart for Third-wave ska.  Yeah, I’m that kind of guy.

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Thursday’s Musical Education - Andrew Bird - Eyeoneye 

Often, I provide commentary on the Thursday Muscial Education and sometimes, I don’t.

Today is one of those days that I’m not going to provide any commentary.  I’ll just let the song speak for itself.  Enjoy!

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Thursday’s Musical Education - Death Grips - I’ve Seen Footage 

Did you see this one coming?  I did, and that was well over a month ago…all I can say is fuck yeah…

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Thursday’s Muscial Education - Bettie Serveert - Palomine 

Another song from a lifetime ago.  Palomine was on Lamprey which was the band’s second album.  I’ve always liked Carol van Dijk’s voice.  Lamprey is a great album, in my small opinion, and worth checking out.

Have you heard their cover of Bright Eyes Lover I Don’t Have To Love?  I almost like it better than the original. 

Thursday’s Muscial Education - Avalanche - Just Friends (Nicolas Jaar) 

Wait!!! You get two TME this week since I was too busy to post anything last week.  I heard this song this morning and I liked it so much I thought it was worth sharing.  Just Friends is Nicolas Jarr with Sasha Spielberg (yes, she’s one of those Spielbergs).  So first Mr. Jaar works with Scout LaRue and now he’s working with Ms. Speilberg.  I notice a trend.

Avalanche is a Leonard Cohen song that has been done a few times by other artists.  The crazier thing is how you have to get this song (notice this is a BBC rip).  It’s not an available mp3.  No, you have to buy a cube to get it.  Kind of a cool idea…

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Thursday’s Musical Education - Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly) - Icicle Works

This song makes me feel very old and very young at the same time.  I heard it last night and right at that moment I thought “Yup, that is this TME”.  So let’s take a trip back to 1984 (or something like that).

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RIP Matt

The last couple days I’ve been in Pullman learning some protocols in the lab where I earned my Ph.D.  (and yes, I earned it…I did have to work my ass off for it).  My mentor came in to talk to me a bit and then he told me some horrible news.  The kind of news you never want to hear.

A guy I overlapped with in the lab when I was a graduate student committed suicide. I have to say I’m absolutely shocked and completely bummed by hearing this news.  Matt’s wife had severe Type 1 diabetes.  The kind where you end up in the hospital for days even weeks and she passed away recently.  I guess the heartache was too much for Matt to handle so he took his own life.  I hate suicide and I hate the thought of him having to go to that extreme.  It’s just not the answer.

I’m not going to pretend he was my best friend, or even a good friend.  But I liked the guy and always enjoyed running into him at meetings or conferences. He was great to be around.  For a scientist, he was different…very different.  There are not a lot of biochemists out there that are from Western Colorado, are 6’8” tall, wear Wranglers and cowboy boots, be a beast on the basketball court and listen to horrible country music.  Matt did all those things.  After obtaining his Ph.D. at WSU he went on to Johns Hopkins for his Post-doc and did very well there.  He was a very good scientist.  If I thought he was a tad different in Pullman, WA imagine what people thought about him in Baltimore, MD.  

I have so many different Matt stories and they all make me smile or shake my head with a wry grin.  He, all 6’8” of him, was paired up with a brand new 5’ Chinese post-doc.  He was going to mentor her in ddRT-PCR (I’ve just dated my scientific career with that reference)…their communication was absolutely hysterical to watch.  Instead of trying a different way to explain something to the Chinese gal with a limited English vocabulary, his solution was to point at things and talk louder.  Very loud.  It was awesome.  Or the time I was looking on-line at the results of a collegiate bike race I did. I was, as usual, towards the back of the pack…he tapped my shoulder, tapped the computer monitor where the results were posted and said, “Looks like you need to be a bit better…you’ve got some work to do…”, all of that was said with a huge smile on his face.

He was a good guy, a very good scientist, and an incredible husband.  He took care of his wife like no other.  It was impressive what he did to help her with her disease.  I can’t put into words what I saw…and I saw only a limited bit.  

Suicide is not the answer.  Never.  But…that is not what this post is about.

I’ll miss ya Matt.  RIP