(As) Official (as they get) Results
The 2014 Black Rock Race (aka Tom Janney Class III downriver paddle boat race) was a resounding success (El Scotto excluded). Last year we had 7 teams of 2, this year we had 12 teams ready to fire up the new stickier Rigo at the end of a 25 minute race. Despite the lower than normal flow (~510 cfs), there were plenty of beat downs.
Stookesberry didn't show this year, clearly scared off by the stiff competition, with such Colorado legends as Wigston, NotNotMcCutchen, Forrest, Tango, Bank, and more competing.
A huge thanks to Hojo for taking the lead on doing the timing and calculating race times, as well as Josh D. for herding everybody to the start line and recording times. Also thanks to Roy, Jeremy, Beth, et. al. for setting safety at the big drops. And thanks to the AVA crew for bringing the monster trailer to load up with boats.
I think the Black Rock race is the ultimate life balance race. Everybody rushes in from their day job, arriving at the last minute to blast down the run before dark. Bank, who nobody even knew worked, threatened to quit his job to get off in time to make the race.
Tango & Will crushed the competition this year and dethroned ACC & Cutch, the reigning champs. I will point out that they did it in the discouraged modern long boats. I would be more bitter except I've tried to race Will out of Gore too many times to know he's ridiculously fast despite the fact that he only seems to be able to bend over a maximum of 5 degrees at the waist.
Personally, I re-stategized this year and traded in my previous partner, the overworked lawyer (sorry Jake), for the D.C., McEwan trained slalom racer. I will point out that Maria is not only the first female to fire up the Black Rock race, but stayed on my tail so closely I had to paddle harder to keep from being shamed and we scored a 2nd place finish.
El Scotto threw all his chips on the table, dusting off his old Mirage, but got destroyed in the Narrows. Forrest lost some valuable time, not being able to resist a good surf above Mr. Bill. I saw lots of people searching for the fast water upside down in Rigo, and the guy in Beth's video (whose name I didn't catch) took an impressive beat down in the surprisingly sticky top hole of Rigo and only swam, after clawing his way out of the hole, because his skirt blew.
As you can see, the times were tight for the top spots.
Here are the results:
1 Tango & Will R. 25:15
2 Kevin & Maria 25:57
3 Alex & Kyle 26:02
4 Wigston & Gross 26:08
5 Forrest & Oliver 26:11
6 Quinn & Bank 26:12
7 Christoff & Ryan 26:17
8 Jake V. & Bridger 27:15
9 Peter & Josh 27:34
10 Henry & Marshall 27:35
11 Jack & Trent 29:50
12 Steve R. & Scott DNF
Thanks to everybody who came out to race & help out. Despite the rain, people still managed to drink enough beer that I barely recouped the 12 beers I threw into the cooler. Looking forward to next year!