Ascent of Wachusett Mountain on 2016-05-29
|Date:||Sunday, May 29, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||1998 ft / 608 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis was my 20th time running the Wachusett Mountain race, and I was pretty fired up driving to the race. Maybe I had too much coffee on race morning? After signing up and bumping into SO MANY familiar faces it was time to head out for a 3 mile “flat” warm-up with a big group of CMS runners. The group included new member Ed Sheldon who was back on the scene after taking nearly a decade off. He would be among the top 50+ runners in the race. The field looked quite strong as I saw teammates Erik Vandendries and Jeff Hunt along with Gate City Strider Brian Ruhm, Dirgio’s Jeff Walker, and Whirlaway’s Craig Fram. Dang! That is a solid group of runners!
I quickly changed into racing flats and did another mile over to the start line at the bottom of “Mile Hill road”. Temps were already in the mid-80s and of course the sun broke through the clouds right before the 344 of us assembled headed off. Things settled out pretty quickly as we got into the 5% grade. At ½ mile I was in about 25th place and moving up. Erik V went out pretty hard (he is a very strong climber) and was a good 10 seconds up already. I hit the mile in 7:20 after 400’ of climbing. Soon after I caught Ed Sheldon but was falling further behind Erik. We turned into the park at 1.2 miles and dropped 30’ over the next ¼ mile. Jeff Hunt went by me as we both grabbed a cup of water. It was hot! Erik was now 15 seconds up in a good back-and-forth race with CMS teammate Tim Mahoney.
I tucked in behind Jeff as the climb got tough again (260’ of climb in ½ mile from 1.5 to 2). We passed a couple of guys and started making some progress on closing the gap with Erik. I could hear Jeff Walker behind me (he has a Paul Hammond level of grunting when he runs which is a dead give-away that he is close) as we hit the 2 mile mark in 14:50. With less than a mile to go we were still looking at another 500’ of climb. I was getting into a good groove now as the grade steepened (stretches of 15-20% grades). At 2.5 I pulled away from Jeff and continued to close on Eric and Tim. On the final turn Erik peeked back and I was only a few seconds behind. He found another gear and powered in for a senior age-group win 4 seconds ahead of me. The top 7 50+ all finished within 33 seconds. Great competition! Next up: Pack Monadnock 10 mile mountain race (June 5).
Top 10 seniors
1 ERIK VANDENDRIES 51 21:53 CMS
2 DAVE DUNHAM 52 21:57 CMS
3 JEFF HUNT 51 22:08 CMS
4 CHRISTOPHER SMITH 50 22:15 SRR
5 BRIAN RUHM 51 22:19 GCS
6 JEFF WALKER 50 22:24 Dirigo
7 ED SHELDON 51 22:26 CMS
8 CRAIG FRAM 57 22:56 WRT
9 DOUG JANSEN 53 23:41
10 DAVID LAPIERRE 52 24:21 CMS
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1198 ft / 365 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||100 ft / 30 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike|
| Gain on way in:||1198 ft / 365 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 1098 ft / 334 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m|
| Loss on way in:||100 ft / 30 m|
| Distance:||2.9 mi / 4.6 km|
| Route:||Mile hill & the "Up" road|
| Start Trailhead:||Base of Mile hill road 900 ft / 274 m|
| Time:||21 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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