New Marathon World Record – but will it count?

Not sure if you saw it but if you are like me your jaw dropped at the winning time of the Boston Marathon.  Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai runs the fastest marathon ever run yesterday in his win of the 2011 race.  2:03:02 was the winning time.  What is crazier is that the fastest marathon ever run does not qualify for the world record because of hills.  pretty stupid?!

Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai ran the fastest 26.2 miles in history to win the Boston Marathon yesterday. Then his claim to a world record was swallowed up by the hills.

Not the inclines of Heartbreak Hill that have doomed so many runners before him.

It was the downhill part of the race that makes his time of 2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds ineligible for an official world record. In short: IAAF rules have deemed the oldest and most prestigious marathon in the world — long considered one of the most difficult, too — to be too easy.

“You don’t look at world records. You just go,” Mutai said. “If you are strong, you push it. But if you put it in your head, you can’t make it.”

Mutai outsprinted Moses Mosop down Boylston Street to win by 4 seconds as the two Kenyans both beat Haile Gebrselassie’s sanctioned world record of 2:03:59. Four men, including third-place finisher Gebregziabher Gebremariam of Ethiopia and American Ryan Hall, broke the course record of 2:05:52 set just last year by Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot.

“These guys obviously showed us what’s possible for the marathon,” said Hall, whose 2:04:58 is the fastest ever run by an American. “I was out there running, and I was thinking to myself, ‘I can’t believe this is happening right now. I’m running a 2:04 pace, and I can’t even see the leaders.’ It was unreal.” 

The IAAF must certify a world record, and it is unlikely to approve Mutai’s feat. The international governing body’s Rule 206 requires courses to start and finish near the same point in order to discourage downhill, wind-aided runs and the artificially fast times they can produce. (Boston has a net decline of 459 feet, though the course is dominated by hills going up and down.)

“We had a stunning performance and an immensely fast time here today,” said Tom Grilk, the head of the Boston Athletic Association, after Mutai ran almost a full minute faster than the sanctioned world record. “We in Boston are well-pleased with what has happened, and that’s good unto itself. The definitions of others, I will leave to them.”

IAAF officials did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

Although the organization’s rules clearly disqualify the Boston course from a world record, it does list Cheruiyot’s time in last year’s race among the best times of 2010. Joan Benoit’s 2:22:53 was considered a women’s record in 1983, though that was before the IAAF refined its rules.

Mutai will receive a $50,000 bonus for the world best and another $25,000 for the course record to go with the $150,000 he and women’s winner Caroline Kilel earned for the win. “This gentleman did both things, and we are honored to have played a part in his doing it,” Grilk said.

going retro

I have my bike – it may not be retro as it is only from 96 but it has the classic looks and is steel. Now dayglo modern tops and weird mtb outfits I have collected over the years are not going to cut it ….

So top

A nice Campagnolo classic black shirt

But was looking at these oldies – but may be a bit too retro

and then a nice set of leather shoes as well

dromarti sportivo

Do you match your clothes with your bike? tell me I am not being precious

Fixies in their natural element

We are off to London so here is a London theme – those mad (wo)and men on their flying machines ….

Photos by Geoff Waugh – connect to the man here

Fixies in their natural habitat; London and in particular east London. These portraits were shot by Geoff Waugh around the streets of Shoreditch, flitting from coffee bar to cafe and stepping out to ambush the unsuspecting riders and commit their image to pixels. This is an ongoing photoproject. Stay tuned for more images very soon.

HERE are some that stand out for me

russian girl with fixie
`low, pro and yellow
1949 BSA - the oldest fixie in town?
Black, green and gold
red or shred

Casio Riseman Atomic – a new classic

Had it a while but a classic.

atomic solar riseman

Casio’s latest addition to the G Shock range but this ones something special.The RISEMAN or the GW9200 features a unique three-layer structure.
Built with twin sensors to measure temperature, altitude and barometric pressure.
The GW 9200 1ERoffers the most accurate time by receiving radio signals from 6 regions across the world.Casio Riseman Spec……
Water Resistant
200 Metres
Battery type
Solar battery. (Back-up battery: CTL-1616)
Display range: -10 to 60 C (14 to 140F)
Display unit: 0.1C (0.2F)
Measuring range: -700 to 10,000m (-2,300 to 32,800 ft)
Measuring unit: 5m (20 ft)
Manual memory measurements memory capacity: 20 records
Measurement data: altitude, month, date, time
High altitude / Low altitude memory
Other: reference altitude setting
Approx Battery Operating Time
24 months on Rechargeable Battery
(Operation period when Stored in total darkness with the Power Save function ON after full charge)
9 months on full charge (without further exposure to light).
Accuracy: +/- 15 seconds per month (with no signal calibration)
Display range: 260 hPa/mb to 1,100 hPa/mb (7.65 inHg to 32.45 inHg)
Display unit: 1 hPa/mb (0.05 inHg)
Atmospheric pressure tendency graph
Atmospheric pressure differential graphic
Hourly time signal
Power Saving automatically disables LCD if the watch is left in the dark for approximately 60-70 minutes
and sensor measurements if the watch is left in the dark for 6-7 days
Regular timekeeping Analogue
Hour, minute (hand moves every 10 seconds), second, 24-hour, day, date
1/100 Sec Stopwatch Measuring mode: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
Measuring capacity
Battery power indicator
Countdown Timer
Measuring Unit: 1 second
Additional Information on Casio Riseman
Water Resistant 200 Metres
World Time
29 time zones (33 cities), city code display, daylight saving on/off
1/100th Sec Stopwatch
5 Daily Alarms
Mineral Glass Hard glass resists scratching.
Shock resistant (G-Shock)
Solar Power Rechargeable power cell
Time Calibration Signals
Station name: DCF77 (Mainflingen, Germany, Frequency: 77.5 kHz
Station name: MSF (Anthorn in Cumbria, England), Frequency: 60.0 kHz
Station name: WWVB, (fort Collins, United State), Frequency: 60.0 kHz,
Station name: BPC (China), Frequency: 68.5 kHz
Time calibration signal reception
Auto receive up to six times a day
Manual receive Last time received display
Station name: JJY, (Fukushima, Fukuoka/Saga, Japan), Frequency: 40.0 kHz (Fukushima) / 60.0 kHz (Fukuoka/Saga)
Auto-calendar (to year 2099)
12/24 hour format
Electro-luminescent backlight, Auto-light switch, afterglow
Button operation tone on/off
Countdown Timer
Input range: 1 minute to 24 hours
Unit: 1 Second
Hourly time signals

module pdf below


Beers bikes and Berlin

Just popped out on the canal path and saw the new velodrome in build mode … some of the cladding is on so commonwealth games Glasgow 2014 is definitely ramping up ….

Commonwealth 2014 velodrome

Now this is the idea a team track event over a long time …..  this video and these pictures from Fixed Gear (and the photographer here) and YouTube