Saturday I spent the day in Los Gatos, CA shooting the 35th edition of the Cat's Hill Classic, a race who's storied history includes wins by Greg Lemond, Ron Kiefel and more recently by Ben Jacques-Maynes and Jackson Stewart. The circuit is named for a leg-busting 23% ramp in the middle of the course.
I concentrated on the dramatics of the hill as racers of all ages tested themselves from morning to late afternoon. The youngest juniors 10-12, and the women's cat 1/2/3 races were the highlights for me. The kids because often they muscled bikes bigger than themselves up that climb and the women because their intensity was tempered by an esprit de corps that sparkled each time they cleared the summit.
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