Mother Nature kind for HCC event


Hawaii Cycling Club held a training time trial on Saturday in Kawaihae. The race featured part of the Ironman 70.3 Hawaii bike course, which is filled with rolling hills and headwinds. Luckily, the morning only brought a moderate headwind — nothing like it has been in the past few weeks.

Cyclists began every 30 seconds from Maluokalani Street in Kawaihae and followed Highway 270 north for 16 miles to the finish line located just before the turnoff to Upolu Airport.

Luis De La Torre powered across the finish line at a pace of 23.22 mph, finishing first with a time of 41 minutes, 21 seconds. Not far behind, Mike DeCarli claimed second (42:10), and Robert Patey was third (42:20).

In the women’s race, Sylvia Ravaglia zoomed up the hills to claim eighth overall and first for the women. Ravaglia averaged 18.43 mph with a time of 52:05. Allison Alterman took second (55:22), and Pamela Harlow was third (57:18).

Congratulations to all who participated in this month’s HCC training time trial.

On Sunday, Frozen Pea Productions held its Polar Bear’s Pinto Bean and Pinata Biathlon. The fun event included a 3/4-mile swim in Kailua Bay and a 3.1-mile run along Alii Drive. A pea-wee course included a 200-yard swim and a one-mile run.

The rainy conditions brought some fast times as the athletes were able to push themselves a little harder.

Bree Wee charged into first place with an amazing time of 37:09, beating her closest competitor by more than 5 minutes. Sarah Chang placed second (42:51), and Anita Leao rounded out the top three women with a sixth-overall time of 45:25.

Chandler Nacino finished first for the men and third overall at 43:00. Chris Prater claimed second for the men (43:33), and Mike DeCarli was third (45:11).

In the Split Peas race, the team of Tinker Bell and Xochitl Reyes finished first with a combined time of 34:38. Elastic Man and Xitlalitl Reyes were close behind to claim second (35:06). Wonder Woman and Chico were third (42:05).

In the Pea-wee race, the Eckart family ruled the course. Kanaipono Eckart crossed the line first, finishing the 200-yard swim and one-mile run in 12:30. Lainey Eckart claimed second (12:36), and Logan Eckart took third (13:24).

In the Pea-wee Spit Pea race, the team of Lucy and Sherriann Furuuchi finished first with a time of 12:03. Kanaipono Eckart and Tryston Spencer placed second (12:35). Wonder Woman and Christian Buck claimed third (12:48).

For the swim-only pea-ticpiants, Aimee Kolman had the fastest time of the day (19:37). Mandy Hamilton was second, (20:21), and Alexis DeCarli finished third (23:16). Zeb Shepard (5:19) was the only Pea-wee course 200-yard swim-only pea-ticipant.

Congratulations to all the pea-ticipants in the Polar Bear’s Pinto Bean and Pinata Biathlon.

This Sunday, the Queen Kaahumanu Triathlon Club will host a half-marathon and a 10K run at Old Kona Airport Park. Both run courses will go along Alii Drive and inside Old Kona Airport Park. The free community event will begin at 7 a.m. sharp in front of the Old Kona Airport Park pavilion. The course will set up aid stations every 1.5 miles.

The next Frozen Pea Productions race, Papa Pea’s Birthday Biathlon and Salute to the 70s, will take place June 16. The free community event will include a 1/2-mile swim and a two-mile run. As always, there will also be a Pea-wee course with a 200-yard swim and a one-mile run.

Hope to see you all out there. Until next time, happy training.