Great podium finish by ThirstyBears p/b Akamai at San Bruno Hill Climb
San Bruno Hill Climb – January 1, 2015
Wow, is this already my 10th year in a row waking up early (7AM) on New Year’s Day to go race up San Bruno Mountain? My how time flies since my 1st time here as a Cat 5 in 2006. I really love this event, and it’s a great motivator to resist the holiday treats, but as time goes on I find myself indulging a little more each year and showing up to the starting line a bit further than I’d like from my ideal #raceweight.
Since I had won the 45+ 1/2/3 last year, I decided to race down an age-group with the 35+ 1/2/3 and my new teammate Jacob Berkman. After the junior 35+ gear roll out (joke stolen from Chris Black), our mixed group of 21 35+ 1/2/3 & 35+ 4/5 riders was off. From the gun, Chris Evans (Squadra SF) took off and quickly had a 5-10 second gap. Jacob immediately went to the front and set a hard tempo keeping the gap to Evans steady at about 7 seconds. I hadn’t done anything this hard in a long time and it took me about 3 minutes to get my breathing down to where I started to feel “comfortable”. At about 5 minutes in, I went around Jacob to bridge up to Evans and only Jacob, Hanns Detlefsen (CA Technoligies Racing) and one of the Cat 4/5 guys were left with us in the lead group.
We slowed up a bit at this point, no one wanting to take the lead, so I went to the front and put in a surge as we did the underpass loop entering the park. After about a minute I slowed a bit to see who would come by and Evans was right there so I got on his wheel. His lead didn’t last that long though as Detlefsen came around us and quickly opened up a gap. I waited on Evans’ wheel for about 10 seconds, but realized that he wasn’t going to bring Hanns back, so I had to go solo. I had to dig real deep to get back on Hanns’ wheel & when I got there, he went about another 30 seconds before letting out a big breath, that I mistaking took as a sign that he was done. We were less than 1 km from the finish and I attacked, expecting to get away solo, but Hanns was right there and about a minute later he came by me, which I thought was perfect as I could now sit on his wheel until the final 500M, then sprint around him for victory, or so I thought. I was only able to hang on for about another 20 seconds before Hanns started to pull away and open up a gap which he held to the finish posting an impressive 15:35. I held on for 2nd in 15:46 with Jacob nosing out Evans for 3rd, both timed in 16:04.
Though I didn’t win, I was happy to be back under 16 minutes again and going 2-3 to start the 2015 season is not too bad.
ThirstyBear p/b Akamai results:
2) Chris Phipps
3) Jacob Berkman
3) Scot McLean
6) Dan Quirk
3) Anne Valta