Cruzbike racers set new records at Hoo Doo 500

Unattributed photo from the Hoo Doo 500.
Unattributed photo from the Hoo Doo 500.

Cruzbike racers set several new records at the Hoo Doo 500 (2015)

But first, and most importantly, the overall winner was Mark Skarpohl.

“In the 500-Mile race, top prize goes to Mark Skarpohl who wins both the overall and 50+ categories while breaking the prior 50+ record by nearly 2 hours. His time of 31 hours 24 minutes set a new, and very high standard.” See source here.

 

Quoting from Jim Parker’s blog entry which he wrote before the race:

The Achilles heel of recumbent cycling has always been climbing performance.  Maybe that’s why recumbents flock to the flat races like Bike Sebring and Calvin’s Challenge, but no recumbent racer has yet attempted the epic climbing challenge of the Hoodoo 500 in the eight-year history of the race. The route, 519 miles with 30,000 to 41,000 feet of climbing (depending on your reference source), peaks in thin air at an altitude of 10,600 ft. This is not the typical event that recumbent racers win… or even dare to enter.

 

 

Recumbent bike division winners at the Hoo Doo 500 (2015):

Solo Women Recumbent: Maria Parker – 46 hours 30 minutes
Riding: Cruzbike Vendetta

Solo Men Recument: Ben Tomblin – 44 hours 12 minutes
Riding: Cruzbike Vendetta

500-Mile Stage Solo Recumbent: Lief Zimmerman – 32 hours 31 minutes
Riding: Cruzbike Vendetta

Maria Parker, Larry Oslund, and Ben Tomblin on Cruzbike Vendettas at start of the Assault on Mt Mithchell, May 2015.

Maria Parker, Larry Oslund, and Ben Tomblin hanging out before the start of the Assault on Mt Mithchell, May 2015.