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Old 11-30-08, 12:30 AM   #1
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Registration open for San Bruno Hill Climb!

You can tell the 2009 racing season will be here before we know it! Registration is open for the sanctioned New Year's Day San Bruno Hill Climb. It starts at a sane time of 10AM for you party people. I did it last year - great event - mass start by category. Hermes and I plan on doing it this year (weather pemitting) to start a New Year's Day tradition.

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Cool! Post New Years effect made me not go last year.

Definitely going to try and make it this time.
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I'm going to sign up.

Since I've not done ten Cat 5 mass starts should I do Cat 5 or Masters 35+?
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I'm going to sign up.

Since I've not done ten Cat 5 mass starts should I do Cat 5 or Masters 35+?
The Cat 5 times are slower than the Masters 35+, so you will likely place higher if you enter as a Cat 5 (e.g., the fastest time last year in the Masters 35+ was 15:49 compared to the fastest Cat 5 time of 17:20.) Now if you were 55+, there would be an advantage to entering by age category - as a 35+ it really gains you nothing since you are competing with some 35+ guys who are Cat 1/2/3/4. The only advantage to entering as a masters 35+ would be that these folks would be more experienced (i.e., better road skills), but in a hill climb that shouldn't matter - the field separates pretty quickly.
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COOL! Just paid for my racing license and registered for the race!! I'm official....Officially nuts!
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Oh...and I'm racing for NorCal. that's my Team/club race ID
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Thanks Velodiva! I just signed up for Cat 5. It takes me 13 minutes to get to the park entrance so I have some training to do.
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COOL! Just paid for my racing license and registered for the race!! I'm official....Officially nuts!
Pete, you didn't buy an annual license before Dec 1 did you? If you did, it's only good till Dec 31, 2008.
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I was poking around the Pen Velo site for info on the SB Hill Climb and look what I found...
Our own Pizza Man who was King of the Mountain in 2007.
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Yea, this event is a great way to start off the year.

I plan to ride out to the course this Sunday (Dec 7) for a course preview ride. I'll be at the start at 9AM if anyone wants to join me. I may go up and down 2 or 3 times to really get familiar with the course.
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Didn't make it to Sunday's race in GG Park?
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Didn't make it to Sunday's race in GG Park?
I test rode the course on Friday, and crashed over the handlebars, landing on my shoulder. Not hurt too bad, but thought it was a sign. Then on my Saturday road ride I bonked on the final climb and got dropped by the whole group. My legs felt like mush on Sunday so I rode to the bike swap instead of the race.

Instead of spending $30 to enter the race, I spent $10 to get into the expo and $20 on a pair of wind proof gloves.

How did the race go for you?
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I'm going to sign up for Cat 5.

Anyone know how a SB Mtn time compares to an OLH time??
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Felt a little bit sluggish, possibly due to Thanksgiving indulgences . I also looked at the scale that morning and saw I was a couple of pounds more than I'd like and probably psyched myself out.

Lucky I got a call up for being in the top 20 in the series because I could hear a lot of carnage behind me after the first few turns. My front wheel washed out from under me on the same turn two laps in a row and lost some time there. In the end I managed 26th out of 90 and dropped from 12th to 13th place in the series standings.
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Anyone know how a SB Mtn time compares to an OLH time??
It's easier and shorter. Just go like it's OLH and you'll be finished in no time.
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3.5 miles?...how intense is the grade?
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The average grade is around 7-8%. With some sections of 10%.

It's basically about intensity. The effort will last 15-25 mins.
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The climb starts with a 7-8 percent grade up Guadalupe Canyon Road and a right turn into San Bruno Park, and up Radio Road with narrow switchbacks and grades up to 10%. Here is a screen shot from my Garmin from last year:

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Man, this sounds like a blast. What category should I sign up for having never participated in road bike racing?
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Cat 5. until you get enough points, then you can move to 4,3,2 etc...
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Yea, this event is a great way to start off the year.

I plan to ride out to the course this Sunday (Dec 7) for a course preview ride. I'll be at the start at 9AM if anyone wants to join me. I may go up and down 2 or 3 times to really get familiar with the course.
I'm in for sure.
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I'm tempted -- my best time on that route is right in around 24mins, so you guys above should be well up the leader board.
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I'm tempted -- my best time on that route is right in around 24mins, so you guys above should be well up the leader board.
last week I did 24 mins on my taxi bike, so I'm thinking I can sub 20 mins. I'd really be happy to break the record for my age group, but we'll see. I have some stuff to work on so maybe not this year. My Cardin still needs to go up a bit...my leg strength is really pretty good right now.
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Cat 5 it is. I hope I can actually push it.
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The Cat 5 times are slower than the Masters 35+, so you will likely place higher if you enter as a Cat 5 (e.g., the fastest time last year in the Masters 35+ was 15:49 compared to the fastest Cat 5 time of 17:20.) Now if you were 55+, there would be an advantage to entering by age category - as a 35+ it really gains you nothing since you are competing with some 35+ guys who are Cat 1/2/3/4. The only advantage to entering as a masters 35+ would be that these folks would be more experienced (i.e., better road skills), but in a hill climb that shouldn't matter - the field separates pretty quickly.
This is correct. The only tyhing I'd like to add is that I had the same question 3 years ago and decided to enter Cat 5. I wish I had entered 35+ because of the way they line us up. P/1/2, Cat 3, 35+, 45+, then I forget, but Cat 5 is last. Since it's a mass start with about 300 riders, I was in a lot of traffic for the first 1/2 mile and by the time I got around everyone, the lead group of about 15 guys was already off the front about 100 meters ahead, so I had to chase into the wind by myself. I never was able to catch up to the lead group, but caught and passed all but 4 of them as they dropped off the back one by one.

So, if you want to ride a faster time I'd enter 35+, but if you want to win a prize, Cat 5 is usually slower.
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