Our racing club is sponsoring a King of the Mountain Event prior to the Amgen's Tour of California. Velodiva and I plan to participate. The proceeds will benefit Fit for Learning (see below).
We must have a couple more insane souls who are local that are up to the challenge. See what it is like to take on tough climb just like the pros and get a measured time. Here is a chance for the 50+ guys to drop the young guys (I read posts about this happening) under controlled conditions when everyone knows that they are racing.
I am thinking about welding a chain ring to my rear cassette. Any other advice?
The Webcor San Jose King-of-the-Mountain Ride, Saturday, Feb. 16, kicks off a week of South Bay cycling events, culminating in the Amgen Tour of California Modesto-to-San Jose Stage 3 finish Wednesday, February 20, at San Jose City Hall.
A pre-ride to the 2008 Amgen Tour of California, the WEBCOR San Jose King-Of-The-Mountain Ride will feature a tortuous ascent up Sierra Road. Riding like seasoned professionals up the breathtaking Sierra hill, the best and the hardiest cyclists will compete for honor of being King-of-the-Mountain.
Registration Site https://www.sportsbaseonline.com/Item.aspx?item_id=2076
Participants will gather at City Hall on Saturday, February 16 for an overview of the morning. The ride will start at 10 a.m., with Police motorcycles leading a rolling closure north and east to the base of the Sierra Road climb.
At that point, cyclists will cross a timing pad to activate timing chips and began the Sierra Road ascent: a 3.7-mile, 1830-foot climb, with an average gradient of 10 percent.
Go to http://www.sanjoseca.gov/kingofthemountain.html for a graph illustrating the Sierra Road portion only of the ride, indicating overall elevation gain and gradient change over distance.
The ride officially ends at the Sierra Hill summit, with riders invited to continue back to City Hall. The total ride is approximately 26 miles.
Riders will reconvene at San Jose City Hall for awards and a post ride celebration.
The cyclist with the fastest climb time will be presented with a Specialized bicycle on the podium at the Wednesday, February 20, Amgen Tour of California stage finish line at San Jose City Hall.
THE BIKE CLUB CHALLENGE
Silicon Valley cycling clubs are encouraged to join the action! The club with the highest level of participation will receive a Specialized bicycle. To stoke the riders’ competitive spirit, the club with the lowest aggregate time on the Ride will also receive a Specialized bicycle.
THE CEO CHALLENGE
The Webcor King of the Mountain will feature the CEO Challenge—pitting Silicon Valley’s hard-core cycling executives against one another to determine the CEO in the region. Winners will receive a commemorative award and be recognized post ride on event day at San Jose City Hall and on the Amgen Tour of California stage prior to the Stage 3 finish, Wed. Feb. 20. Registration details live January 3.
Over the past 20 years, the rate of overweight children has tripled, and today obesity related illnesses like diabetes are affecting children at a rapidly increasing rate and at earlier ages. According to a study released by the California Department of Health Services, physical inactivity, obesity, and overweight cost the state of California an estimated $12.7 billion a year in medical care. Proceeds from the King-of-the-Mountain Ride will benefit Fit for Learning. Fit for Learning is a program-provided by the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) in cooperation with Healthy Silicon Valley-that addresses the crisis of childhood obesity and is a multi-faceted initiative that will increase physical activity and encourage healthy nutrition among elementary school students in Santa Clara County. Fit for Learning addresses the environment at every level: the classroom, the school, the district and community. For more information, visit www.fitforlearning.org.
Webcor Builders is the largest general contractor in the Bay Area and the 10th largest concrete contractor in the nation. Over thirty-five years of serving clients such as Oracle, eBay, Lucasfilm, and the California Academy of Sciences has secured Webcor's position as a leading builder of large-scale, high-profile projects. In line with the company’s leadership position is its community outreach. Webcor Builders works hard to make a difference in the community by donating time and talents to non-profit organizations, especially those that benefit children and families. Plus, through the Webcor Cycling Team, Webcor Builders hopes to demonstrate to youth the importance of teamwork and a way to become true champions. The combination of these two strategic endeavors made the Webcor San Jose King-of-the-Mountain Ride a perfect match for Webcor Builders.
The WEBCOR San Jose King-of-the-Mountain Ride is being produced by the City of San Jose and BlueWolf Events, a comprehensive event management and production company, specializing in cycling events. For almost 15 years BlueWolf has been managing and producing all kinds of events in all kinds of locations through all four seasons.