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San Bruno Mountain Hill Climb

Happy New Riding Year to all ThirstyBears!

So the season starts on a sky blue and ice cold January 1st. at the San Bruno Mountain Hill Climb .

The race is basically just one quick sprint up the San Bruno Mountain. 7-8% up Guadalupe Canyon, right turn into San Bruno Mtn County Park, back under Guadalupe Canyon to Radio Road with narrow switchbacks and grades to 10%. Total distance is a mer 3.5 miles, but it sure gets your heart beating.

“The race started pretty relaxed & friendly for a 15-minute hill climb, which was a pleasant surprise since it’s often the first five minutes that feel the worst. But around 1.2 miles where it steepens,Costa had seen enough and started throwing in 600 watt surges that no one could match; at 120 pounds 600 watts goes a long way! “- Chriss Phipps race report on

Chris Phipps, Jenny Wong, and Piers Barry all got 3rd. I came across briefly after Piers as I had to carry a few extra pounds gained during Christmas.  Congrats everyone!  Chris could have won the 35+123 race with one leg, but opted to compete with the Pro12 and getting beat by a Garmin semi-pro who could have been his son. Actually, the 15-year-old kind of looks like his son ;-).

We got great support from Hans and Joe, who made the trip out from Marin to cheer us on. Wonder why they did not participate themselves as they made the ride all the way up to the top?

Thanks to Peninsula Velo Cycling Club for getting up early and organizing this great ‘burn out the New Years alcohol’ race.

For complete results check out the Thirstybear Cycling results page .

San Bruno Mtn. Hill Climb contestants Chris, Eric & Piers with support team Hans & Joe. 

Welcome to the new ThirstyBear Cycling site

2013 is fast approaching and what better way to celebrate the New Year with the launch of a brand new site!

Consider this as the ‘center of the universe’. Everything related to our team will be shared, discussed and commented here. Check out the team roster, learn about our sponsors (yes, those cool logo’s we have on our kit), see the race calendar for the 2013 season, great pictures and videos, and stay up-to-date on everything that happens on social media for our team.

The site is a WordPress responsive design. For all of you who now thinks, “Why should I care?” Well, this means that you can enjoy the site on your iPhone, iPad or PC everywhere you go.

We need your help!

Did you go on a great ride, how did last weekends race go, what is the latest cool gear you got your hands on, upcoming races or social events that you want the team to learn more about – anything goes. Its very easy to make a post. Just email Eric at eric @ with your text, pictures, and video and he will make sure your post gets up on the site. For those who are interested, we can also grant you author access to the site.

Do note that the site is public and everyone can read what’s there, but heck its not rocket science and who does actually come here who is not an avid fan of the ThristyBear Cycling team. Some posts may be private and will therefore be password protected.

Please help spread the news.

We are stepping up our communication on social media, to make it easy for all to see, search and share all the great moments of ThirstyBear Cycling. We are now active on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Strava.

Do share what you find interesting on the site with all your friends on Twitter and Facebook. At the bottom of any new post are buttons to Tweet, Facebook like etc – so its easier than ever. We really want to make this a vibrant community for all of us who love biking. We even welcome inspiration and comments from our ThirstyBear Cycling non-member cycling friends.

So what is your homework assignment?

• Make your home page
• Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr & Strava – all the links are just to your right in the sidebar ->
• Let us know what you think or just wants to contribute with future posts by adding a comment to this post below

Ride on!

Hans & Eric

Two ThirstyBears at Donner Pass
Two ThirstyBears at Donner Pass