While it’s still uncertain exactly how many people took part in the third annual Foothill College Circuit Race – the event organizer’s estimate varied considerably from the race director’s – all agreed that the July 14 fundraiser was a success.
“The weather was perfect for an afternoon of racing,” said organizer Brenda Davis-Visas, Foothill’s director of facilities and special projects. “No major injuries and a good turnout, about 300 racers.”
Race director Chris Twiggs – who put the number of participants at 374 – said, “The races were very competitive. Every event from the juniors (boys/girls 10/12) all the way up to our women’s and men’s top races had their own story.”
Of the 12 events held on the 1.09-mile loop course around the Los Altos Hills campus, the Men’s Elite Pro Category 1/2 race “had one of the most exciting finishes we’ve seen in a long time,” according to Twiggs. Robert Evans of Scotts Valley overtook San Francisco’s James Enright just before the finish line.
Enright “was doing an early victory celebration,” Twiggs said, when Evans passed him “at the last minute to take first place. It was exciting and heartbreaking at the same time.”
Los Altos resident Matthew Abdalah finished 10th in the race, one of the most competitive of the day. Other local residents who placed among the top 10 in a race: Sara Bird of Los Altos (third, Women’s Category 1/2); Dan Tedford of Mountain View (fourth, Men’s Category 1/2/3, Masters 35-39); Yvonne Walbroehl of Mountain View (ninth, Women’s Category 3); and Thomas Dillon of Los Altos Hills (10th, Men’s Category 3).
Dubbed “The Learning Curve,” the circuit race is a joint effort (Foothill College and the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club) to raise money to construct a pedestrian/bike path from El Monte Road to the pedestrian bridge on campus.
At press time, Davis-Visas was not sure how much money this year’s event raised. But without a major sponsor and having raised approximately $6,000 over the past two years, it’s a safe bet Foothill remains a long way from the $700,000 needed to construct the first leg of the path.
“(We’re) hoping to increase spectator participation and community involvement in the future,” Davis-Visas said.
Foothill College Circuit Race - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Los Altos Town Crier