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DW2 - Putah Creek Smack Down Time Trial 2010 - Davis, CA

Sponsored by Davis Wheelworks

It's that time of year again...time trials! Or, as it has become affectionately know as, the Putah Creek SmackDown (PCSD). The first Wednesday night TT is next week, Wednesday, March 17th at 6:00pm. This is a low key, no charge, addicting event. Do not be intimidated to come out and participate - riders range anywhere from 10 year old kids to college students on borrowed bikes to recreational triathletes/cyclists (most of us) to professional cyclists/triathletes. It is a huge range of abilities, but it is also an extremely welcoming, friendly group. So - here is the take home message - this is a great event to offer yourself a challenge without the stress of mass start racing. You are competing with yourself throughout the season.

  • The TT starts at 6:00pm. Try to show up by around 5:30 so you can sign up and warm up. If you cannot arrive until after the start, that is not a big deal, as we can fit you in at the end. The TT starts on Putah Creek Road, about 100m west of the intersection of Stevenson Bridge Rd and Putah Creek Rd. This is where we sign up riders as well. When waiting for your start time or after the race, please do not congregate on the road. There is plenty of room to stand off to the side where we will not block traffic. Additionally, since the road is not closed to traffic, please be sure to ride all the way to the right side of the road. Please avoid parking on Putah Creek Road and the section of Stevenson Bridge Road near the Putah Creek intersection. There is an attached map - try to park in the area marked with green.
  • Riders are sent off in 30 second intervals. At sign in, you will be assigned a number. As you come across the finish line, be sure to call out your number so we can record your time. You can get your results either after the event or wait for them to be e-mailed out.
  • And the final rule, especially for all you PCSD veterans...look around, and if you see someone you do not recognize introduce yourself and welcome them into your group. Bike racing has a crappy, unfriendly, unwelcoming - yet well deserved - reputation. It doesn't do anything to help our sport. The great majority of PCSD attendees have always been incredibly friendly and cordial to all riders, which I think has directly contributed to the event's success. Keep it up.

Safety Rules
  • Wear a helmet.
  • Ride to the far right of the road. Road is open to traffic. Be especially careful around corners.
  • If you plan on driving to the TT, park your car on Stevenson's Bridge Road as far onto the shoulder as possible. Park at least 100 ft away from any driveway.
  • Never ever block the driveway by the start. The owner of this residence is quite perturbed when we block it. This is important for the safety and to maintain the cooperation of the local residents.
  • When waiting to start or upon completion of the TT, stand off of the side of the road in the clearing.

The course is 5 miles out, has a 180 degree turnaround, and is 5 miles back. The turnaround is marked 100m ahead, and there is someone flagging riders at the turn so as not to miss it. Although deadpan flat, there is often times significant wind.

2010 Results
Putah Course
03-17-2010 20:21 Avg Speed 29.48 mph - Kevin Metcalfe Hors Categorie
03-31-2010 22:34 Avg Speed 26.59 mph - Ryan Ettl Hors Categorie
04-06-2010 21:43 Avg Speed 27.63 mph - Justin Morejohn Hors Categorie
04-14-2010 20:18 Avg Speed 29.56 mph - Chris Lyman Hors Categorie
04-28-2010 21:30 Avg Speed 27.91 mph - Jonathan Teeter Hors Categorie
05-12-2010 20:14 Avg Speed 29.65 mph - Phil Mooney Hors Categorie
05-26-2010 20:04 Avg Speed 29.90 mph - Jesse Moore Hors Categorie
06-09-2010 20:52 Avg Speed 28.75 mph - Jonathan Teeter Hors Categorie
06-23-2010 20:37 Avg Speed 29.10 mph - Kevin Metcalfe Hors Categorie
07-07-2010 20:11 Avg Speed 29.73 mph - Craig Roemer Hors Categorie
07-21-2010 20:20 Avg Speed 29.51 mph - Kevin Metcalfe Hors Categorie
08-04-2010 20:13 Avg Speed 29.68 mph - Phil Mooney Hors Categorie
08-18-2010 20:27 Avg Speed 29.34 mph - Kevin Metcalfe Hors Categorie
08-25-2010 21:48 Avg Speed 27.52 mph - Mike Sparks Hors Categorie
09-01-2010 21:35 Avg Speed 27.80 mph - Justin Morejohn Hors Categorie
09-15-2010 21:38 Avg Speed 27.73 mph - Mike Sparks Hors Categorie
09-29-2010 21:03 Avg Speed 28.50 mph - Kyle Leto Hors Categorie
10-13-2010 21:44 Avg Speed 27.50 mph - Kirk Evans Hors Categorie

Course Record
  • Men's Record - 19:31 (30.74 mph) by Paul Mach - April 22, 2009
  • Women's Record - 22.41 (26.45 mph) by Molly Van Houweling - March 25, 2009
  • Team TT Record - 19:55 (30.13 mph) by Stephen Dey, Shawn Rosenthal, Tyler Dibble, Jim Wingert, Zack Kimsey - April 25, 2007

Direction To Start (Putah Course)
From Sacramento:
  • Take I-80 West
  • A few miles west of Davis, Take the PEDRICK ROAD exit, EXIT 67
  • Keep LEFT at the fork to go on SIEVERS RD/CR-436 for 2.8 miles
  • Turn RIGHT onto STEVENSON BRIDGE RD for 2.8 miles
From San Francisco:
  • Take I-80 East
  • A couple miles east of Dixon, Take the PEDRICK ROAD exit, EXIT 67
  • Keep LEFT at the fork to go on SIEVERS RD/CR-436 for 2.8 miles
  • Turn RIGHT onto STEVENSON BRIDGE RD for 2.8 miles
We are extremely fortunate to have a local, professional cycling photographer Mark Adkison that comes out to shoot the TT's whenever he can. He posts previous events and upcoming ones at his website, Hors Categorie Photography. Mark is awesome at hiding our imperfections - he knows just when to shoot to hide any excess baggage that may be carried in the lycra. The coolest and fastest any of us are ever going to look while riding is on a TT bike - so take advantage of the resource and adorn your home or work office with one of Mark's images of you making Lance look like he's slow. To inquire about individual photographs, sizes, etc, contact

There is another extremely useful purpose Mark's images offer (other than satisfying our latent inner narcissism, of course). The more one rides PCSD, the more one gets addicted. The more one gets addicted, the more one tries to beat their own personal best time or their nearby competitors. The easiest way to get faster? Position. Refining position, and minimizing drag while sustaining power is the single most significant contributor to speed (and I guess fitness matters a bit). Mark shoots a huge number of images of each rider, so this raw data can be extremely useful in the analysis of rider position. It is impossible to absolutely analyze rider position in a static trainer, so these images from PCSD are one of the few places I know of that get good positional images. Again, contact for pricing information.

Davis WheelWorks

Joe Santos -
Davis Wheelworks
247 F Street
Davis, CA 95616
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