La vie de vélo

Adventures in cycling and life

Gibraltar Hillclimb TT

Today was the first race of the year, though it was more of a warm up training ride with a timer. About 100 riders (most locals, many from the chicken ranch team) showed up at the base of Gibraltar road for an uphill time trial race. The proceeds of the race went towards the Kendra Chiota Payne Memorial Fund (a cyclist killed descending this very road a few years ago), Bike Safety Awareness and the UCSB Triathlon Team.

I left the house at 6:30, stopped by John C.’s place and rode to the starting line. By that point the temp was up by 20 degrees .. luckily i shed all my morning thermal gear into a bag that was taken to the top by our fearless support crew, Luke and Randy.

Anyways, I cranked up the hill, kept the pace steady, kept the HR just at zone 5. I did pretty well, 17th place overall, 40:14 for the 6.1 mile, 2550 ft vertical course. A few chicken ranchers came in just before me (Larsen at 40:01 and Lettieri at 40:09) while John Communale pulled out a 5th overall with 35:44.

Went for a nice ride afterwards out on Camino Cielo (parts of which are newly repaved … cycling heaven!), down San Marcos (where I defied death by attempting to follow Rick Martz’s wheel.. guy is a fearless animal on the paved downhills) and then out the isla vista with Nichola. Fun day, some good riding, racing and training with some good company. I love the weekends!


UPDATE: Chicken rancher and unofficial team photographer Carson Blume has some great photos and the results link posted on his blog.


January 10, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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