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Thanksgiving Day Mount Hamilton Race to the Top

Old 11-25-07, 08:54 PM
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Thanksgiving Day Mount Hamilton Race to the Top

On Thanksgiving Day morning, 107 men and 17 women chose to race up Mount Hamilton to test themselves against each other and the mountain. This was the final low key hill climb race in a series of 9 events.

First, for the 9 events, our club Webcor / Alto Velo won the overall team event with Velodiva contributing 222 (her 3rd place on Kings Mountain and 7th on Mount Diablo) out of 1760 total points with our club winning by less than 1 point over the second place finisher.

My goal was to complete the 19 mile climb in under 2 hours. I finished in 2:01:40 seconds. Well, it is always tougher than you think but this was a great way to finish the season since this was my first full season back to cycling after a 5 year layoff.

Velodiva did the climb in 1:53:16 finishing 8th out of 17 women.

My plan was simple…let the fast really skinny guys go first and start out easy. I was not interested in trying to stay with a group to draft or get inspiration. If I blew up too early, it would be all over. I preferred to time trial. I took the first section easy/moderate and warmed up, the second section at moderate effort and full power for the final 7 mile climb.

I took two full large water bottles with me that seemed to weigh a ton. I hated carrying so much water but I thought that staying hydrated would payoff in the final 7 mile steep climb. I drank one water bottle on the first leg and split the remaining on the last two.

I was pleased with my two downhill runs and I was able to coast a full speed and put some power in the drops to get a little recovery.

I passed a number of people but I did not know if they were in the race or just climbing the mountain. I finished strong and felt pretty good at the end.

Velodiva and I coasted back down BUT now had to climb the two previous down hills. My legs were dead, but we made the two climbs and got back to the car without incident.

Below is a topo map of the route. There are three climbs and two descents. Here are the stats:

climb 1: 5.81 mi, 1489 ft (4.85%)
climb 2: 2.98 mi, 768 ft (4.88%)
climb 3: 6.14 mi, 1992 ft (6.14%)
total: 18.4 miles, 4362 ft

Pictures courtesy of Ron – Low Key Hill Climb Photographer.



Topo map of the route.




Just ahead is the starting line.



Hermes and Velodiva’s Thanksgiving morning bike racers version of a tail gate party.




Registering at the start and Velodiva chatting with the race starter.




And they are off.



The peloton right after the start.



Velodiva in hot pursuit (ha ha)



Hermes warming up.



These guys know how to do it.



More of Velodiva…the photographer shot 5 photos of her and one of me. I would too!
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Final sprint to the finish.



This cyclist has his own division – hybrid electric drive.



Finish at the observatory.



Talking at the finish line.

It was a great timed hill climb event and a fantastic Thanksgiving Day!
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Awesome stuff!
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Do you have a feel for what the fellow's time was that finished first?

That is some tough stuff to be doing this time of year.......at least in these parts!!
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Originally Posted by jppe View Post
Do you have a feel for what the fellow's time was that finished first?

That is some tough stuff to be doing this time of year.......at least in these parts!!
The fastest time was 73:25 for men and 88:45 for women. A competitive time is 90 minutes. Here is the results link. http://lowkey.djconnel.com/2007/week9/results.html

Below are the top ten finishes for men. A lot of great racers. Check out the average speed.

pl # rider team category time mph fph score
1 51 Tracy Colwell Team Colwell 2 73:26 15.03 3564 125.69
2 304 Jose Aquirro Superius Team 73:45 14.97 3549 125.15
3 410 Yuval Rachmilevitz 35+ 75:03 14.71 3487 122.98
4 364 Chris Isley Webcor/Alto Velo 4 75:20 14.65 3474 122.52
5 39 Clark Foy San Jose Bike Club 40+ 75:39 14.59 3460 122.01
6 54 Justin Lucke Google Vegan 77:32 14.24 3376 119.05
7 217 Thomas Novikoff Cambio 2 79:35 13.87 3289 115.98
8 328 Mark Edwards Bike Trip 45+ 79:39 13.86 3286 115.88
9 81 Ramon Alarcon San Jose Bike Club 35+ 79:45 13.84 3282 115.74
10 17 Brian Edwards Hell Riders 25-29 79:50 13.83 3278 115.62
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Really impressive times. It amazes me how folks can just power up hills like that.
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Originally Posted by jppe View Post
Really impressive times. It amazes me how folks can just power up hills like that.
Tell me about it...the leaders were gone by the time I got to the starting line. Here is a pic of the start put together by one of the professional photographers there. We are near the end of the line.

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Thanks again for a great ride description and photos to match. You and Velodiva continue to do the rides I'd like to do, not that I'm lacking in rides to do here, but you understand about the grass always being greener...

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