Post on behalf of Velodiva
Berkeley Hills Road Race
35 miles – very hilly terrain – the three bears course
May 11, 2008
Category: W Cat 4
Field: approx. 38
Currently, the results are incorrect although my place in the field appears to be correct.
It was a beautiful day for racing. We had Laurie Fenech (state champion) riding as a mentor. We dropped several women the first lap on the rollers on Castro Ranch. Shortly after the turn on to Bear Creek on the first lap there was a crash of 6 to 8 women right in front of me caused by a darting squirrel. Fortunately, I was able to get around and Laurie told us to keep going; the remaining group slowed for a while. We were also pulled over to the side while a fast men's group passed by. After the 3 bears climbs on lap 1, I stuck with the lead peloton of about 13 women in the middle of the pack. After the climb up Papa Bear, 1Km 9% grade, there is a long fast descent. I stayed with the group and we achieved 45 mph down the curvy descent. On the second lap, there was an attack on the Castro Ranch rollers but the peloton reformed after the turn on to Alhambra Valley and another W4 joined the group. Despite best efforts, I dropped off near the top of Mama Bear (the second major climb before a fast descent and the finish up Papa bear) and finished 13th. I was happy to stay with the lead group for most of the race and it was a great racing experience to carry forward . . . . and more training!! Thanks for reading.
The start – We staged at the bottom of a hill near registration and there was a promenade up the hill to the start.
The finishing climb up Papa Bear - neutral feed zone
Me in the lead peloton on one of the climbs: second head from right.
My finish up Papa Bear approximately 1 minute behind the winner.