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Old 01-04-08, 12:00 PM   #1
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Webcor San Jose King-of-the-Mountain Ride

2008 WEBCOR SAN JOSE KING-OF-THE-MOUNTAIN RIDE

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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

THE RIDE

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.

THE BENEFICIARY
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.

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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.

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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.
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Wow!

I suppose you've registered by now...
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Wow!

I suppose you've registered by now...
Not yet - but I must support Webcor!

Below is a ride report from last year's event by Amber Rais, one of the Webcor women's pro team racers (excerpt from cycling news http://www.cyclingnews.com/riders/20...s/?id=rais0701).

"February in California is like Santa arriving early for cycling fans, because that means it's time for the Amgen Tour of California and with it, comes the sunshine. On the sunny Saturday prior to the Prologue, the California contingent of our team (Christine Thorburn, Katheryn Curi, Laura McKenzie, Beverley Harper, Karen Brems and I) gathered for our first race of the year: the Webcor San Jose Sierra King of the Mountain Time Trial. Yes, it is held on the same Sierra Road climb featured on Stage 3 of the Amgen Tour of California and yes, it hurts as much (or more than) it looked on the TV coverage.

The City of San Jose welcomed over 100 cyclists racing in support of a local program - Fit For Learning www.fitforlearning.org) - working to fight childhood obesity by teaching kids healthy eating habits and lifestyles. For warm-up, we rolled around City Hall a few times before the promenade to the base of the climb. We were off, and my heart rate jumped from 90 to 180 bpm in a little less than a minute - ouch - but hey, that's racing. Bring on the pain.

The view from the climb is breathtaking, but difficult to fully appreciate when you're nearly cross-eyed in the pain box. I savored the views while previewing the course earlier that week (on my "easy" day when I climbed out of the saddle in my 27t trying to keep my heart rate down without falling over on the steep pitches). Racing the hill was almost easier than trying to ride it easy, as I was able to spin several sections in the saddle, without having to rely too heavily on the 27t. I kept trying to remember landmarks from the previous ride, "Hmm, that turn at the driveway - wait, did that mean the course leveled out, or pitched up?"

Almost invariably, the hill pitched up, so I decided to forget any wishful thinking and hammer whatever came around the bend. Just before the finish, there is a little teaser of a descent, too brief for any recovery, but long enough to break your rhythm and make the next pitch hurt even more. Then you face a false summit - another little mind-bender - before you reach the final steep pitch to the finish. The hill is relentless; it's a Category 1 climb for a reason!

An extravagant view of the Bay Area met us at the top, along with a great spread, including Snickers candy bars, which made my day. It was getting pretty warm in the sun, and the poor Specialized angel - dressed in what can best be described as a less-than-breathable latex bodysuit - succumbed to the heat and fainted. Thankfully, a flock of gentlemen were quick to the rescue (with abundant enthusiasm), as it was a long fall from atop of those platform shoes. That can't have been fun, but she recovered quickly thanks to her gallant and selfless rescuers.

Our team had a great showing, and our fearless sponsor and number one fan, Andy Ball (CEO for Webcor Builders) took the win in the CEO men's category (how very California!), ahead of four others. Christine won the women's division and received a brand-new bike, which she donated to the US Women's Cycling Development Program (http://www.uswcdp.org) - a characteristically classy move on her part."
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This looks like my kind of fun.
As long as I'm not driving down to race Pine Flat I'll do it.
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As long as I'm not driving down to race Pine Flat I'll do it.
It has your name written all over it! Congratulations on your great performance at San Bruno.
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Sassy and I are thinking about it... Any tandems???
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That would be great if you and Sassy did this!! I didn't do it last year so I can't say if there were any tandems. I didn't see any in the 2007 photos. However, this climb was one of the low key hill climbs and there was a Webcor tandem team (both racers) that did the climb in 33:50 (6:56 mph). So it is certainly possible! The pros can crest this in 19 minutes in the Tour of California. I'll be on my single.
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This is iffy for me, maybe I'll take a test ride up sierra to see if I can even make the cutoff time.

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Wont happen this year. I rode Sierra today, I sux

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I'm in.
I would like my pregnant wife to come down and cheer me on.

Does anyone have any suggestions for viewing spots?

I see on the race rules that sierra will be open for residential traffic only during the race.

Any viewing guidance is appreciated, I've never been on Sierra so I have no idea what its like up there.

Many thanks, I look forward to suffering with some of you Saturday.

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Hmmm, this is intriguing. The only thing is I am not incredibly fast on hills .. in fact, I crawl up the hill. Not sure if I would be more of an embarrassment to the event ...
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Oh well, so much for registering for the ride. It is closed. Silly me
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