Happy New Year from San Bruno!
Though "serious" racers may scoff at the idea of racing in January, especially early January, a couple hundred hearty souls decided to brave the chilling fog and start the year off right with a little "oh yeah, that's what going hard feels like".
Here are a few of the podium pics I snapped.
P/1/2 Winner Tracy Colwell and runner up Evan Pickett
I decided to race the 35+ this year, so instead of being on the front line I was back behind the P/1/2, Elite 3's, W 1/2/3 and Juniors. It took me about 8 seconds to get to the starting line, but I rode the same time as last year so I was actually a little faster. Luckily for our group, the pace at the front wasn't Nolanesque like in 2007, so the masters guys were able to join the elite leaders at the front before any breaks occurred. There was no one person dedicated to setting a fast tempo, so several of us traded pulls and attacks but we still had a fairly large, though a bit strung out group by the turn at the start of radio road. (thanks to gstein for the video).
As we started the climb up Radio Road, Even Pickett (Metromint) , Tracy Colwell (Webcor) and I had a small gap.
Once it started getting steeper I attacked and after a couple more surges I had a gap that I was able to hold to the line.
Thanks to Peninsula Velo, Pilarcitos and everyone else who made this event happen, it's a great way to start the year!