Mt. Hamilton Road Race brings out the hammerheads

Leaders in the Mt. Hamilton Road Race. Not far ahead of the peloton.

Leaders in the Mt. Hamilton Road Race. Not far ahead of the peloton.


Racers pursue the breakaway at Mt. Hamilton.

Racers pursue the breakaway at Mt. Hamilton.


Talk about cyclists with energy to burn — they all showed up for the Mt. Hamilton Road Race on Sunday.

As I inched my way uphill past Halls Valley, a motorcycle official warned me the peloton was on its way. The freight train arrived a few minutes later, giving me time to dismount and snap a few pics of the Cat 1, 2 riders.

Then they were gone, only to be followed by a hundred or so more riders in lower categories. They weren’t going nearly so fast, but it was still like race cars going by compared to my snail pace.

On the way down the steep backside I didn’t see any accidents, which is a good thing because it’s easy to get carried away going down. I heard of only one accident, at Smith Creek, and I don’t think it was too bad.

The women’s leader going past The Junction store had a lead of at least five minutes. I’m told she was a national champion, so I can only surmise she won handily in the race that ended at the junction of Mines and Del Valle Road.

The race used to finish at Wente Vineyards on Tesla Road, then at Mines and Tesla, now here. In 1987 it ended on the second long climb of Mines Road, call the Double S. Not sure why but it probably had to do with permission from local authorities.

As I plodded home through Pleasanton and Calaveras Road, a bevy of racers blasted by on their way back to Silicon Valley. Youth.

Still a few wildflowers on Mt. Hamilton - Elegant brodiaea

Still a few wildflowers on Mt. Hamilton – Elegant brodiaea

6 Responses to “Mt. Hamilton Road Race brings out the hammerheads”

  1. Jon Spangler Says:

    Nice photo of the brodiaea, Ray. At least you are still stopping to smell the flowers, unlike the racers flying by… 😉

  2. jay Says:

    Ray,

    Is this a closed course (to autos anyway)? It’s scary thinking about racing when a Sunday driver is trying to make a pass…

    • Ray Hosler Says:

      Open. 90% of the traffic was follow cars. I was a road hazard as I descended the backside of Hamilton to be passed by everyone.

      • jay Says:

        I’m going to guess you weren’t too popular. That backside takes a lot of concentration.

  3. Ray Hosler Says:

    Probably not. I couldn’t wait because there was an endless procession of riders in different categories.

  4. Sourav Says:

    Ray, I have seen a photo where you guys made a stop at the water trough on the east side during your Jobst rides. Does that still run?

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