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Great podium finish by ThirstyBears p/b Akamai at San Bruno Hill Climb

Congrats to Chris Phipps and Jakob Berkman for finishing 2nd and 3rd in a strong field. Thanks Katie Truong for great pictures.
Congrats to Chris Phipps and Jakob Berkman for finishing 2nd and 3rd in a strong field. Thanks Katie Truong for great pictures.

 

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.

Chris Phipps solo climbing. Thanks Katie Truong for great pictures.
Chris Phipps solo climbing. Thanks Katie Truong for great pictures.

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.

Jakob Berkman determined to make it. Thanks Katie Truong for great pictures.
Jakob Berkman determined to make it. Thanks Katie Truong for great pictures.

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:

35+ 1/2/3

2) Chris Phipps

3) Jacob Berkman

45+ 1/2/3

3) Scot McLean

6) Dan Quirk

Women P/1/2

3) Anne Valta

Anne Valta finishing 3rd at San Bruno Hill Climb. Thanks Katie Truong for great pictures.
Anne Valta finishing 3rd at San Bruno Hill Climb. Thanks Katie Truong for great pictures.
Dan Quirk making it to the top. Thanks Katie Truong for great pictures.
Dan Quirk making it to the top. Thanks Katie Truong for great pictures.
Anne Valta finishing 3rd at San Bruno Hill Climb. Thanks Katie Truong for great pictures.
Anne Valta finishing 3rd at San Bruno Hill Climb. Thanks Katie Truong for great pictures.

 

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