Happy New Year!
I debated weather or not I should post this race report since some members have sent me private messages telling me to quit bragging.
I really don't mean to brag, I just want to post race reports like everyone else. So, here it is and I apologize in advance if it sounds like bragging.
The conditions were perfect today for the 3.65 mile San Bruno Mountain Hill Climb. It was a little cool when I arrived to warm up, but by the time the race started the sun was shinning and the temp was in the low 50's and climbing with no wind to speak of.
All 200+ racers lined up by category for this mass start event and it was real nice to be a Cat 2 and start on the front line rather than in the back with the Cat 5's like last year. I had a couple teammates who were right behind me in the 3's and ready to take the lead should the pace dawdle. Fortunately though one of the other teams had a masters world track champion who there to make a fast pace for his teammate who was going for the 14:42 course record (and $200 bonus).
The whistle blew and we were off to a fast pace. I was on the outside trying to grab a wheel, as the pace was stringing us into a single file very quickly. By the time I merged into the line I was in about 10th place. Before too long the guy in 8th lost the wheel and I had to bridge up. About this time the pace setter peeled off and I was able to get on the wheel of his teammate sitting in 3rd. The new leader who was not setting a pace for anyone else was content to do all the work and he managed to drop all but 4 of us by the midway point.
I felt great over the first half even though I was nearly a minute faster than my best practice rides over the course. After the brief turn and descent to the underpass as we entered the park the real climbing began. The leader surged and we were down to 4, then I countered and only 1 guy went with me, the defending champion. Once we were free, I tried several 10-15 second all out efforts, but couldn't shake him. After each effort I would rest for a few seconds, but he wouldn't go by so I'd try again. Finally with about 300M to go I went and he wasn't able to go with me. I sprinted in at 14:56, missing the record by 14 seconds, but improving my time by about 50 seconds over last year.
Oh well, next year the course record bonus will be $300!