Day one – known as “Pedal to Paul’s”, consisted of a 4.5-mile individual time trial climbing 1,050’ in elevation to Holualoa. Penn finished with a record-setting time of 16:54, besting his previous course record of 17:10.
Day two – riders started in Holualoa and proceeded to the infamous 3,000’ Kaloko Drive climb (6.5-miles, 9% grade, with many 18-22% sections) – where the real suffering would begin. Henderson reached the top first with a time of 56:19. “That was…as always, very challenging!” said Henderson following the race. “Honestly, I don’t believe there to be 6-miles anywhere else in Hawaii that is this difficult, it’s nuts – but I guess that’s why we ride it!”
Cycle Station’s “Wonderboy” & Layne Howard took 3rd & 4th respectively both days.
Next up for Penn & Wonderboy:
July 13 – The inaugural Mauna Loa Time Trial Hill Climb (5,500’ – 11,000’) – Saddle Road to the top of Mauna Loa Volcano!
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