Thanks for all the awesome support guys! It certainly wouldn't have been possible without all we've learned from the ES forum.
Since there was no official timing, we're doing our best to round up timing of the finishers. Here's what we have so far:
1. Tommy Ausherman | FFR | 23:32 | 31.6 mph | FFR Transition 422R
2. Jesse Lee | FFR | 24:31 | 30.2 mph | FFR Transition 411R
3. Adam (Itchynackers) | Homebuilt | 26:18 | 28.3 mph | Homebuilt Liquid-Cooled 9C Trek
4. John S. | Optibike | 32:18 (from Opti) | 22.3 mph | Optibike 1100R
5. ? | Optibike | ? | ? | ?
The race course (same as the PPIHC course):
Our view from the top (incredible!) Tommy on the left, Jesse on the right:
It was pretty surreal racing to the top. Our early 6AM start made for a stunning view as the sun rose on the mountain. Temps were chilly in the mid forties, wind was calm, and the skies were clear. The race was tight on the flatter lower section of the mountain, as our trikes, Adam's bike, and Opti's 1100R's were all very similar in top speeds. Once it started getting steep and twisty, we began to open a bit of a lead with later braking in the corners, more speed through the corners, and more power out of the turns. Air gets thinner, colder, and drier as the climb continues. I gave my maximum pedaling effort throughout the whole climb, except for during the corners. Winding temps climbed to a maximum of 180F on the 422R, as I crested the peak, to find that the finish line hadn't yet been setup! It was 38F on the summit, and my mouth dry as a bone, and my lungs exhausted. I was thrilled to see Jesse blast through the finish less than a minute later on the 411R. We of course high fived and were pumped to see Adam come through shortly after! We talked with Adam, and the Optibike guys up top, all great fellas! Great work to all. Electric bike racing has a great future.
We're in the midst of the nonstop drive back to NC right now, and we're pretty whipped. We'll have a race video uploaded shortly from our perspectives, and more details soon!
Thanks again for all the great support,
Tommy, Dan & Jesse @ FFR