Seven Carvers Compete in Lighthouse Hill-Climbing Race
Two days after they piled it on for Thanksgiving, they carved it off at the LSM, also known as the Last Saturday of the Month Trikke Ride in Southern California, held this month in Long Beach and attended by 17 So Cal carvers.
Also called the Carve Off as a nod to the holiday weekend, the 13-mile ride route included a trip over the Queensway Bridge to the Queen Mary, where the site of Trikke riders carving around the historic ocean liner caused quite a stir among tourists. A handful even tried the Trikke, getting impromptu lessons from LSM regulars Quincy Jeffries and Martin Vasilevski on a November Saturday where the temperature soared to 86 degrees. [See Martin's photos here.]
Before the trip to the ship, seven carvers competed in a hill-climbing competition at the Long Beach Lighthouse, where each rider was given a chance to carve up the spiral pathway to top of the lighthouse in an effort to beat the clock and each other. Jeffries placed first with the best time, followed by Sarah Hoolihan and Randy Boyd, publisher of TrikkeWorld. [See a complete list of results at the end of this story.] As this marked the first attempt at competitive carving during a group ride in Los Angeles County, the race was seen as an experiment, with one, all-inclusive category that lumped together men, women and 70-year-old Eddie Silveri, who could be applauded just for entering
The LSM in Southern California is sponsored by TrikkeWorld and SouthBay Trikke (official local dealer of the magazine). It’s also catching on in other areas, as cities such as Portland have organized their own LSMs.
Lighthouse Uphill Challenge:
1. Quincy Jeffries 39.77 (seconds)
2. Sarah Hoolihan 53.84
3. Randy Boyd 55.55
4. Martin Vasilevski 56.67
5. Lisa Hoolihan 1:13.85
6. Robert Drake 1:24.32
7. Eddie Silveri 2:13.42