The Marc Pro-Strava crew rolled into San Dimas on Thursday night looking to test their fitness against some of the toughest competition in the U.S. After a solid pre-race spin and dinner at Applebee’s the crew was ready to attack stage one Friday afternoon of the San Dimas Stage Race, the Glendora Mountain Road Hill Climb. The winding 3.8 mile climb gains just over 1,000 ft. on smooth roads that averaged about 5%. The team was both excited and slightly nervous to take on an NRC quality field and there’s always that little subconscious alarm that goes off when you’re about to put yourself deep in the pain cave.
After a good one hour warm up I was ready to destroy myself. The weather was actually really nice for a hard effort, about 60 degrees and overcast. Sitting in the start house I had the typical butterflies in my stomach that I’ve actually come to appreciate, they usually mean I’m ready to go. Out on the course I had the usual over zealous power surges early on but after about a half mile I settled into a rhythm and I was actually enjoying the smooth roads and sharp switch backs. Before I knew it I was almost to the top so I just put my head down and tried to suffer as much as possible. I think I did a decent job of suffering because my time was respectable at 13:53 ( 31st place) about 1 minute off the winner, world class Ben Day who has now won the hill climb and the overall at San Dimas 3 years in a row.
As the results came in it was great to see the whole Marc Pro-Strava team with very solid results on the hill climb especially considering the level of competition. It was a good start to the race so the team celebrated by gorging ourselves on Thai food and ice cream.