Record Smashed at QuadZilla 2010 Ultra-Cycling Event

 

DeLong and Olsen team up to set a new overall record under 30 hours

 

The 10th QuadZilla since 1995 was held on August 14 – 15, 2010 starting in Ithaca, NY. The QuadZilla is a 400 mile circumnavigation of all 11 of the shimmering, crystal-clear Finger Lakes of Upstate New York. The riders are challenged with steep climbs and wild descents as they pedal along the route. The total ascent for the route is approximately 28,000 feet or about 70 feet of ascent per mile. Riders must make a series of checkpoints (including secret controls) in specified times and finish in 40 hours. Twenty-three riders from 8 states and 2 Canadian provinces participated.

 

Dennis DeLong, age 54 from Greece, NY (RAAM 90-93),  and Henrik Olsen, age 44 from Walkersville, MD,  teamed up from the first climb and stayed together to the finish in Ithaca, NY to set a new overall record of 29 hours and 54 minutes for the 400 mile distance. The old record of 30:45 was set in 2007 by Dennis and three other men. Dennis and Henrik shared one support vehicle and also used the standard checkpoints as needed. Both men came to QuadZilla to set a record and they are the first to go under 30 hours for the distance. Congratulations on a hard won effort especially considering the strong headwind on the outbound section and the rainfall during the final Auburn to Ithaca section of the ride.

 

Honorable mention goes to Marcel Marion of Saint Michel, Quebec Canada with a spectacular ride of 34:33. Marcel relied on the staffed checkpoints for his nutrition and he is a tenacious rider of great physical and mental ability. Renato Alessandrini of Coutice, Ontario Canada came in at the bell at 40:00, breathing hard but extremely happy. Thanks also to Leslie Holton for flying in from Pine, Colorado to give QuadZilla a shot. Slowed by the 20+mph headwinds, Leslie and QuadZilla women’s record holder Michelle Dulieu wisely idled back to complete the Finger Lakes 350 mile route, a very challenging ride for any ultra cyclist.

 

Even with extra food and water stops, QuadZilla saw a large number of DNF’s this year — 9 of 23 riders. The strong headwinds and afternoon heat took a toll on many and the steady rain on day two also led to some packing.

 

Special thanks to our only sponsor Hammer Nutrition, www.hammernutrition.com

They gave overwhelming support to QuadZilla and the riders were very appreciative of this. Hammer Nutrition is our only sponsor because they are the products I trust my riders to use during long endurance events. Hammer has a long history of sponsoring various ultra events, big and small, from cycling to running and triathlons. Thank you Hammer Nutrition for your long standing commitment to ultra athletes.

 

A few blogs reports available on the web:

 

Judson Hand’s Blog: http://www.njrando.com/blog/?p=133

 

Onno's Crew Blog: http://blog.onno.com/?p=343

 

Leslie Holton’s Blog: http://andrewholton.blogspot.com/2010/08/quadzilla-400.html

 

QuadZilla 2010 pics will be available soon at www.quadzilla.us, link to 2010 in lower left corner.

 

Although no plans are finalized, we are looking at possibly running a QuadZilla Staged and a QuadZilla Stripped! in the future. QuadZilla Staged would be 4 days of 100/125 miles per day with a bag sag to motels. QuadZilla Stripped! would be very tough—the normal catered support at controls would be cut to relying on stores for controls and one bag sag to a sleep stop checkpoint.

 

Thanks to all the QuadZilla alumni who have tested their mettle against the brutal climbs of our Finger Lakes region over the past 15 years. It’s been a true pleasure for myself and countless crew support to help you persevere on an epic ultra-cycling adventure!

 

Mark Frank—Event Director

 

 

 

 

 

Overall Time

Last

First

Hometown

Age

QZ - 29:54*

DeLong

Dennis

Greece, NY

54

QZ - 29:54*

Olsen

Henrik

Walkersville, MD

44

QZ - 34:33

Marion

Marcel

St Michel Saints, QC

55

QZ - 38:14

Argo

Tim

Cincinnati, OH

53

QZ - 38:14

Bauer

Jeff

Nashville, TN

50

QZ - 38:14

Hiscox

George

Jackson, TN

62

QZ - 39:18

Martek

Craig

Dillsburg, PA

46

QZ - 39:18

Hand

Judson

East Brunswick, NJ

53

QZ - 40:00

Alessandrini

Renato

Courtice, ON

48

QZ - 41:10

Jozefski

Chester

Rochester, NY

57

QZ - 41:10

Steen

Glen

Tillsonburg, ON

63

FL350 - 39:38

Dulieu

Michelle

Webster, NY

39

FL350 - 39:38

Holton

Leslie

Pine, CO

42

FL350 - 39:38

Shuralyov

Stanislav

Toronto, ON

51

DNF

Baum

Todd

Fayetteville, NY

52

DNF

Brideau

Brian

Courtice, ON

46

DNF

Bugbee

Stephen

Pittsfield, MA

55

DNF

Dean

Gary

Silver Springs, MD

48

DNF

Fischer

Bill

Elmira, NY

48

DNF

Frank

Mark

Rochester, NY

51

DNF

Haluza

Doug

Centerport, NY

49

DNF

Miwa

Makoto

Commerce Twnsh, MI

49

DNF

Sheehan

Mark

Horseheads, NY

62

DNS

Johnson

Bryan

Haverhill, MA

45

* denotes new record