Cat's Hill features a steep power climb and heckling. Those are really the only important elements of the race.
My favorite memory of this race is here, in 2009. This is when I was more of a bike groupie, than bike racer. If you are wondering what is in my hand, I believe I made a noise maker out of a beer can and black beans. I also believe I was yelling "you're ugly" at Michael. This was well before we started dating, and what a lovely first photo of us this is.
Okay, enough nostalgia. Now we can fast forward 6 years.
The race started from the getgo, with an attack over the hill the second time up. I went to the front to get in position and started to bring it back the next lap. Miranda Griffiths (Vanderkitten) pushed hard up the hill, and then I kept the pressure on over the top, and we quickly established a break of 5 that would last the whole race - Sarah Clafferty (Tibco), Miranda & Elle Anderson (Vanderkitten), and Leah Thomas (Metromint). We worked pretty smoothly the whole race, as our gap wasn't huge. Unfortuatnely, with 3 laps to go, Sarah crashed out. I had a few different race scenarios in my head, but, I didn't have to force things much, as the race scenario just seemed to fall into place. At 2 to go, Miranda attacked on the climb and I was the only one to respond. This worked great for me, as then I didn't have to worry about two teammates on the last lap. I waited to take the front until the climb, pushing it really hard over the crest and into the descent, and held to the line. This is a super fun race with all the crowds and Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Team does such a great job with organizing a fun event!
Thank you Kurt Harvey, Garrett Lau, Guy Bautista, and Alden Tanaka for the photos!
cool to get my name with some real LEGENDS on the winner's trophy!
i won a box of my favorite - strawberry clif shots! i had one of my own before the race, then won 16 at the race.... so that is a net of 15 clif shots. (this caption is why i like the points race)
this quite unfunny race report will conclude with a photo of me and Ben Jacque-Mayne. He won this race too! He is pretty much the coolest pro out there, and has always been super nice and friendly to me, even when I was the biggest Fred and rookie. BJM is superclass!