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    San Bruno Hill Climb

    Hi,

    I am thinking of registering for the San Bruno Hill Climb race on 1/1/09. This will be my first race so I was just looking for some suggestions for the race. I haven't ridden in quite some while and might need to gain fitness, which will be good for collegiate road season. I appreciate all advice.

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    My first race was also the San Bruno Hill Climb. You should test ride the course if you can. I went up several days before the race at race pace, and it hurt. But on race day, because it was my first race, my concerns were to conserve my energy, so I didn't go as hard as my training ride several days earlier. And my time on race day was two minutes faster. Weird...My tip: The pack splits right away, so stay with the racers up front. It's mass start, so position is key. Once you pass the tunnel, it gets really steep, so go easy on the first half so you have energy to hammer up the second half (steep). The finish is around a corner, so once you're there, sprint!

    BC

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    really really short really really painful one.. not only does the climb hurt, but they make you wait at the top, with your sweat freezing to your skin, waiting for the slow people to finish the climb, until they say it's safe to ride back down. find the nearest 3 mi climb and ride up it as fast as possible, hurts real bad, not a fun race.

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    Ah, one of my favorite climbs!

    I too would recommend getting out there and doing the course several times before the race. It really helps. I did it 3 times on Saturday and will go back a couple more times before the race.

    Also, if you're over 35 and want to be in a faster group and in less traffic, then enter in 35+. Since this race is mass start with all categories starting at the same time (but lined up by category), if you enter in Cat 5 (like I did 3 years ago), you have to start in the back behind everyone, and if you want to go fast it can be frustrating. The 35+ starts behind the Elite 3's and P/1/2 so you'll be pretty close to the front.

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    Signed up for the race! Now, it is time to train...

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    Many people bring trainers and set them up in the parking lot for their warm up.
    Warm up more than you think you need to. It's flat out from the start.

    Bring a distinctive plastic bag with your name written on it and a couple extra pieces of clothing like jacket and gloves. There's a clothing truck that takes the bags to the top. That way you don't have to carry stuff up or freeze on the descent. Most hillclimb races do this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericm979 View Post
    Many people bring trainers and set them up in the parking lot for their warm up.
    Warm up more than you think you need to. It's flat out from the start.

    Bring a distinctive plastic bag with your name written on it and a couple extra pieces of clothing like jacket and gloves. There's a clothing truck that takes the bags to the top. That way you don't have to carry stuff up or freeze on the descent. Most hillclimb races do this.
    Good advice on both counts.

    Eric, will you be there?

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    It's a really long drive for me but I'm going to try to make it this year. 4 hour drive 16 minute race, Nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uspspro View Post
    Good advice on both counts.

    Eric, will you be there?
    Yep. I'd say I am racing with the slow old guys except a number of them aren't slow.

    Quote Originally Posted by jrennie View Post
    It's a really long drive for me but I'm going to try to make it this year. 4 hour drive 16 minute race, Nice.
    If I could do it in 16 minutes I'd gladly drive 4 hours to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrennie View Post
    It's a really long drive for me but I'm going to try to make it this year. 4 hour drive 16 minute race, Nice.
    Someone really wants to race!
    I don't think I would drive over an hour for this, good thing its only ~30 minutes away

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    Any uscf race is at least 2 hours away for me. You guys are just spoiled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrennie View Post
    Any uscf race is at least 2 hours away for me. You guys are just spoiled.
    @5am when you're sipping coffee and blasting your heater... just think of me
    The only race I really have to get up early for is copperopolis.

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    Ah the spoils of being a 2 now. Crits don't usually start till after noon. RR still suck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrennie View Post
    Ah the spoils of being a 2 now. Crits don't usually start till after noon. RR still suck.
    Its hard to find something to do on the day of a crit now though...

    Are you still with z-team this year?

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    That extra time means I dont have to get up at 4:30 to get there and after the p/1/2 race there isn't much to hang around and see.

    I'm riding for Clif Bar's Nor-cal team next year.

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