Copperropolis Road race is one of the epic spring classics in Northern California and is often referred to as the “Paris – Roubaix” of California. No cobblestones but famous for rough terrain and miles of pot holes.
Copperopolis Road Race (63 miles) 45+123 Race Report.
Weather- a few clouds @88′ -hot & very windy
32 riders on the line
55 miles (point to point)
5,743ft of climbing
2010-2012: Raced the Master B (40+) class here in Rio and finish mostly on the podium with a few wins. Though the fields are smaller than California – many of the Brazil National Champs live in Rio – so it’s always a good test.
2013: Decided to up the ante’ and jump into the Elite class – Big commitment as jumping back and forth here is not allowed…
Last year: 4th in this race with the Master B’s. This years prep included driving out the previous 2 weekends to ride the course. Recommended
Elites were the first group off with a long 15km neutral promenade through Angra dos Reis a beautiful oceanside village about 2 .5 hours from Rio
Below: Results are in!
Very happy with mid pack finish – did not embarrass myself… Looks like would’ve won Masters A, B & C races by 2+ minutes. Upgrade was right on time. Lots of work ahead…
More than 370+ photo’s on Facebook here: Tour do Rio
Would love to host a TBC Rio training camp 2014…interest?
Will be up for Berkeley Hills & Mt Hamilton in May – Looking Forward!
Merco Almond Blossom RR Women’s Cat 3/4 March 3rd.
Merco was the first race of the year the ladies’ team had not just one but three Thirsty Beers(yes, this was how my team listing somehow ended up in cyclocross this year) in the same race. We like to capitalize on this when possible, but we were concerned about being three small hill climbers in a mostly flat race. Fortunately Hans helped us with a race plan. I was especially excited about any plan at all to try to avoid having a painfully slow and uneventful race ending in a full field sprint like last week at Snelling.
Our plan basically was to attack and counter attack as much as possible on any little roller that came up and see if we could form a small break or at least drop part of the field. Tanya and I alternated attacking repeatedly starting about 5 miles into the race but the field had us pegged early on and a few particularly vocal riders seemed to be watching our every move and broadcasting to the entire field that the Thirsty Bear gals were plotting evil hill sprints again. Jenny put in at least two excellent counter attacks when we thought we were maybe starting to tire people out. Unfortunately none of our breaks managed to stay away for very long, but we did shed about 15 riders off the back. The race slowed down in the last 10 miles as we were taking a quick hiatus from the attack mode and no one else from other teams was willing to make a move. It came down to a sprint finish at the end, with 2nd through 8th place finishing within a second of each other. We finished in 6th, 8th, and 15th. Our new team recruit Megan was positioned well and put in an excellent final sprint for 2nd place. We had a lot of fun, got a great workout in, and enjoyed learning to race more aggressively with help of teammates! Hoping for hillier races to come.
Thanks to Chris Lundy for a great post.
Pine Flat Road Race. Length 62 miles 4,200ft climbing
Extreme icy conditions for about 10 miles, but luckily non of the Bears went down. Piers Barry and Eric Lagier blew the 35+5 field to pieces and were heading for a 1-2 finish. Unfortunately, Eric flatted twice (but still didn’t finish last). Piers won by nearly 3 minutes! Tanya won the Cat 3 race, while Greg McQuaid took 5th in the 35+123s.
Did the 45+123 myself and took off solo at mile 1 to get warm and to get a clear view of the icy road. Finally got company around mile 12 from Chris Courtney and Ziesing and about a mile later Carl Nilson and Dirk Himley bridged up. The pace slowed just before the climb and suddenly the front group grew in size and became 10. I became unhitched on the climb and rode solo once again to hang on for 7th. Himley won, Courtney second. Thanks Hans for the Race Report.
It is estimated that more than 20 riders went down on the road due to the extreme conditions. Fortunately all ThirstyBears stayed upright.
The Early Bird Road Race segment on Strava.
Thanks Piers Barry for the race report.
See the results on our results page.
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 CyclingIllustrated.com
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.