Riders,

 
We are very pleased to announce the FINAL results for the 2012 Sportive challenge.
 
After much debate, tabulation, emails, heated words, tears, more emails, and of course much fiddling around with Excel, you can see the results yourself below.
 
Overall winner on distance ridden, the measurement which accounts for prizes, is Dave Kahn for his impressive 20 events which total over 6,000km, far and away the leader in turning the pedals over those long rides. Notable here is the fact that Dave is the ONLY Gold winner, which may indicate some of us were just not trying hard enough given that Dave would have won gold almost 4 times, were that possible.
 
Many Congtratulations on your Gold (1000 miles+) win Dave, very well deserved!
 
Following Dave we have in Silver (1000kM+):
 
James Levey & Mike Miach for their single minded completion of the brutal Haute Route which included farce and tragedy.
Eleanor Brewer, the first woman to place for Silver and who earned some of it riding around a huge freezing lake in some far away place near the arctic.
Kevin Bird who quietly rode almost every major event that came up this year.
 
Well done Silver winners!
 
And finally in Bronze (500kM+):
 
Claire Miller, Stephen Rush, Graeme York, Mac, Sol Findlay, Jason Harris & Daniel Goldsmith
 
I have classed the remaining riders as “Ferrum” indicating that this year they were forged as Sportive riders and next year they will be transformed via the alchemy of competitivness to precious metals. (Bear with me here)
 
Special note: We began tabulating metres ascended starting in June and calculating the Ratio of Ascent number based on June+ KM ridden and June+ Metres ascended. You can see a second table on the right showing the same data sorted by Metres ascended totals, the column on the very far right.
 
On this basis, many Kudos (but no prizes) to James Levey & Mike Miach (again) and also to Jason Harris for putting in some big numbers on the Cols of Italy and France. Note that if you did not send numbers after June, the June+ columns will be empty.
 
Special recognition to Lisa West who, although just missing the Bronze category, rode a huge number of vertical metres and so scored a mighty impressive 39 RA, the highest RA number this year. What does this mean? It means Lisa only does the hardest of hard events. That will be a hard number to beat next year.
 
If you want to know more about riding Sportives, especially the really big ones, have a look at the Sportive page on the site (Activites->Sportives) where you will be treated to a great array of ride reports and photos of our gallant riders tackling some of the hugest climbs in the world on their bikes. Many thanks to Daniel, Stephen, Tim, James and Bill who have all contributed to this collection. If you would like to be published (in a small way) here is your chance. Send me your story with a photo of you in Kit and, it may be published 🙂
 
You should also feel free to email me or to reach out and ask around for clubmates who have ridden specific events for some background. There is now a wealth of information for you to tap into.
 
My thanks to all who have helped put this together, ridden on, fallen off and got back on, and written for; this great compettition. 
 
I look forward to the ceremony to follow were you (Gold Silver and Bronze) will be given your just rewards 🙂
 
SPORTIVE CHALLENGE 2012 FINAL RESULTS TABLE 
 
  TCC-SPORTIVE-CHALLENGE: Dec 1 2011 – Sept 30 2012   TOTAL kM RIDDEN 20,072     Sorted by Ascent      
  Bronze – 500km   TOTAL M CLIMBED 181,472            
  Silver – 1000km                      
  Gold – 1000miles                      
  Awarded Certificate & Benefits                      
  Highest Mileage – Trophy                      
                         
# Rider Km Totals KM – June+ Ascent June+ STATUS Ratio of Ascent   #   Km Totals KM – June+ Ascent June+
1 Dave Kahn 6,227 1,755 14,050 GOLD 8.0   1 James Levey 1,455 1,206 25,354
2 James Levey 1,455 1,206 25,354 SILVER 21.0   2 Mike Miach 1,155 1,045 21,000
3 Mike Joseph 1,287 765 15,319 SILVER 20.0   3 Jason Harris 547 954 18,501
4 Mike Miach 1,155 1,045 21,000 SILVER 20.1   4 Mike Joseph 1,287 765 15,319
5 Eleanor Brewer 1,056 713 5,704 SILVER 8.0   5 Dave Kahn 6,227 1,755 14,050
6 Kevin Bird 1,022 412 9,549 SILVER 23.2   6 Lisa West 431 314 12,342
7 Claire Miller 833 496 4,483 BRONZE 9.0   7 Kevin Bird 1,022 412 9,549
8 Stephen Rush 824 378 8,217 BRONZE 21.8   8 Stephen Rush 824 378 8,217
9 Graeme York 647 351 5,788 BRONZE 16.5   9 Sol Findlay 560 443 7,317
10 Mac 573 427 5,788 BRONZE 13.6   10 Graeme York 647 351 5,788
11 Sol Findlay 560 443 7,317 BRONZE 16.5   11 Mac 573 427 5,788
12 Jason Harris 547 954 18,501 BRONZE 19.4   12 Eleanor Brewer 1,056 713 5,704
13 Daniel Goldsmith 510 416 5,177 BRONZE 12.4   13 Daniel Goldsmith 510 416 5,177
14 Kate Balchin 487 0   FERRUM 0   14 Emma Towers 333 173 4,867
15 Bill Henry 440 146 2,438 FERRUM 16.7   15 Claire Miller 833 496 4,483
16 Lisa West 431 314 12,342 FERRUM 39.3   16 Togo Keynes 268   3,668
17 Duncan Schwier 366 80 1,541 FERRUM 19.3   17 Denis Bidinost 319 169 3,050
18 Briand Beausoleil 342 128 1,829 FERRUM 14.3   18 Kay Thomson 169 169 3,050
19 Emma Towers 333 173 4,867 FERRUM 28.1   19 Bill Henry 440 146 2,438
20 Denis Bidinost 319 169 3,050 FERRUM 18.0   20 Martin Murray 221 146 2,438
21 Togo Keynes 268   3,668 FERRUM     21 Briand Beausoleil 342 128 1,829
22 Martin Murray 221 146 2,438 FERRUM 16.7   22 Duncan Schwier 366 80 1,541
23 Kay Thomson 169 169 3,050 FERRUM 18.0   23 Stephen Campbell 115 115 1,206
24 John Lakin 117 0 0 FERRUM     24 John Lakin 117 0 0
25 Stephen Campbell 115 115 1,206 FERRUM 10.5   25 Denise Quinlan 101 0 0
26 Denise Quinlan 101 0 0 FERRUM     26 Steven Thorpe 100 0 0
27 Steven Thorpe 100  

 

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