Van Hoose Takes 5K Title

CASTLE ROCK – Three Rivers Cycling stud Mike Van Hoose took the lead on the third leg and ground out a victory at the Growlers Gulch 5,000 on Saturday, May 9th, winning by a full eight minutes.

L-R: Lance Brigman, Mike Van Hoose, Al Hansen
L-R: Lance Brigman, Mike Van Hoose, Al Hansen

Van Hoose covered the 28-mile course, which included 5,000 feet of elevation gain, in 3:41. Al Hansen was second in 3:49, edging two-time champion Lance Brigman who finished in 3:50. The trio led a group of five riders that shattered the four-hour barrier. Eric Loney rang up a 3:56 and Richard Haight had a 3:59.

Cage Aaron put the hammer down right out of the gate and grabbed the early lead. When he cramped on Leg 2, Van Hoose, Hansen, Brigman, Loney and Haight blew by. Hansen held the lead until he was slowed by cramps on the climb up the Lament on Leg 3. Van Hoose seized the lead and pulled away on the final leg.

Rides of the Day
The course was tougher this year, with approximately three miles of gravel swapped out for challenging single-track climbing and descending. Despite that, several riders matched or improved their times. Kudos to winner Mike Van Hoose, whose 2009 time of 3:41 was only three seconds off his 2008 pace.

Melanie Norris, who finished in 5:28 last year, hit 5:12 this time around. Paul Norris also had a phenomenal ride, hanging with the leaders early and finishing seventh in 4:15. Ditto for Todd Edwards, who had bonked at Growlers during an earlier practice run; Edwards finished in 4:14, good for the sixth spot.

General Stuff
Rob Larsen, Susan Martin, J. LeMonds, and D. LeMonds are the only riders to have completed all four GG5Ks . . . Thanks to Al Hansen for bringing five gallons of Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery. Fort George has signed on as a sponsor of this year’s Tour de Gulch, so expect great beer, raffle items and other swag . . . Big thanks to Sam Loney and Tanya Breedlove for serving as support staff for this year’s ride. They were drinking Blitz-Weinhard, but we love ’em anyway . . . Finishers earned the first wheel in the quest for the coveted Fist of Five on the 2009 Growlers Gulch ride circuit . . . Ridership was up from 14 in 2008 to 25 this year . . . Approximately 75 percent of riders suffered cramping, despite perfect temperatures in the upper 60s . . . Al Hansen, Eric Loney, Cage Aaron, Todd Edwards, Chris Brannen, Ken Pearson, Ryan McMaster, Bob Juntenen, Dennis Veatch, Jeff Muldoon, Denise Livingston, Aaron Althaeuser, Vaughn Martin, Randy Toney, and Dara Muldoon all were riding in their first Growlers Gulch 5,000.

Team Results
The Three Rivers Cycling Team had a great day, taking three of the top five spots – Van Hoose (1st), Brigman (3rd) and Haight (5th). Ryan McMaster was 14th and Denise Livingston was 18th.

Team PIMP, an offshoot of Portland’s PUMP club, also had five riders in the mix – Cage Aaron (6th), Chris Brannen (9th), Susan Martin (10th), Dennis Veatch (16th), and Aaron Althaeuser (19th).

Results

  1. Mike Van Hoose (3:41)
  2. Al Hansen (3:49)
  3. Lance Brigman (3:50)
  4. Eric Loney (3:56)
  5. Richard Haight (3:59) 
  6. Cage Aaron (4:06)
  7. Todd Edwards (4:14)
  8. Paul Norris (4:15)
  9. Chris Bannen (4:16)
  10. Susan Martin (4:17)
  11. Rob Larsen (4:26)
  12. Ken Pearson (4:30)
  13. J. LeMonds (4:33)
  14. Ryan McMaster (4:34)
  15. Bob Juntenen (4:35)
  16. Dennis Veatch (4:35)
  17. Andy Crump (4:49)
  18. Denise Livingston (4:52)
  19. Aaron Althaueser (4:53)
  20. Randy Toney (4:47)
  21. D. LeMonds (4:58)
  22. Melanie Norris (5:19)
  23. Jeff Muldoon (5:50)
  24. Dara Muldoon (6:07)

****Pacific Northwest biking legend Vaughn Martin, 71, completed legs 1, 3 and 4 in 4:45***

Loney, Van Hoose, and Hansen keep tabs on each other on Leg 1
Loney, Van Hoose, and Hansen keep tabs on each other on Leg 1
Chris Brannen checks out tree on Big Wow
Chris Brannen checks out tree on Big Wow
Richard Haight investigates same tree
Richard Haight investigates same tree
Don't ask questions. Just keep climbing.
Don't ask questions. Just keep climbing.
Lance Brigman descending the first Lower KMA
Lance Brigman descending the first Lower KMA
Sam Loney takes a break from her grueling duties at the support station
Sam Loney takes a break from her grueling duties at the support station
Denise Livingston demonstrates no-hands riding style used frequently for descending at Growlers
Denise Livingston demonstrates no-hands riding style used frequently for descending at Growlers
Susan Martin finished 10th overall and won the Women's Division for the fourth consecutive year
Susan Martin finished 10th overall and won the Women's Division for the fourth consecutive year
Ridge Trail takes its toll
Ridge Trail takes its toll
Old dude wheezes to the finish line
Old dude wheezes to the finish line
Thanks to Al Hansen and GG5K sponsor Fort George
Thanks to Al Hansen and GG5K sponsor Fort George
Post-ride festivities, a Growlers Gulch tradition
Post-ride festivities, a Growlers Gulch tradition

14 thoughts on “Van Hoose Takes 5K Title”

  1. The problem is that there are too darn many great riders! I thought that if I completed the opening leg in 1:30, I’d be in good shape. I rang it up in 1:18 and was in 18th place! Very disturbing.

  2. i told you i needed 10 min. good job and good food to jeep and to those that brought food and to Sam and friend that provided the support. next year mike will have to be handicaped to 15 lbs of air in his tires.

  3. I got home with more beer in my cooler than I started with, I promise to keep it cold and bring it back this weekend.

    Thanks to all for another great day at Growlers.

  4. Is Denise’s “no hands riding” setting a new standard and bar for us to compete against? Geez I was just happy to finish.

  5. Jeep,

    Great event! I just hope Mel’s arm is healed in time for the other wheels. If not, I will just have to stay at home with her………Probably not.

  6. The race, um, I mean ride sucked the “Swine Flu” right out of me. What a great day. Thanks Sam and friend for the cow bell action and the cheers.

  7. The fastest average speed is around only about ten miles an hour; …you turtles ! Like Dr. Jimmy said to me one time: “All you ever do is CROSS COUNTRY… …I don’t want to do cross country… I want to get air!” So if you’re only going to go a measily 10MPH why not add jumps next year? You could have a beam sensors to trigger a photo to measure elevation for max air; maybe requiring racers to be reaching a certain elevation ! Joking, or not. Albeit Great accomplishments; you have my permission to do it again next year. If I enter next year is there a prize for the SLOWEST time/least air that I might win; like, say, the best beer mug?

  8. If you think those times were slow, wait until you see the MPH for the Ride ’em All. There won’t be any long stretches of gravel to ease the pain. Nothing but non-stop interval single-track.

  9. I had no excuse for my pitiful performance this year…except the quality of riders increased tenfold!

    Thanks to my brother for his hospitality and to Al Hansen for bring the keg of Ft. George Vortex IPA…and to all of the other riders finishing ahead of me (virtually everybody) for not draining the keg before I rolled in.

    Dave

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