Tue11252014

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Circuit race returns to Foothill; ‘Learning Curve’ set for Sunday


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Kate Finegan, right, won the Women’s Pro/Category 1/2 Open Division at last year’s Foothill College Circuit Race.

Organizers of the third annual Foothill College Circuit Race, “The Learning Curve,” were not able to find a major sponsor for this weekend’s event, but they said the 12 individual races are spoken for.

The fundraising race is scheduled 8 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. Sunday at the Los Altos Hills community college.

The course is a clockwise 1.09-mile loop around campus with 60 feet of climbing per lap. Race categories include Juniors, Elite Men, Elite Women and Masters.

The Learning Curve raised approximately $6,000 over the past two years, according to Brenda Davis-Visas, Foothill director of facilities and special projects. Proceeds go toward constructing a bike path from El Monte Road to the pedestrian bridge on campus. The project is estimated to cost $700,000.

“We have a very long way to go, and probably more every year as inflation goes (up),” said Davis-Visas, who came up with the idea for the race.

Foothill officials work with the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club to organize the event each summer.

According to Barry Gordon, club president, the race has undergone a few changes this year. It has been upgraded in status and is now part of the Northern California Nevada Cycling Association (NCNCA) 2013 Women’s Race Series, the NCNCA 2013 Junior Points Series and the USA Cycling Road Development Race Series.

“It just means that the race has greater status in the cycling community and that more people will participate in the event to obtain more series points for the NCNCA Women’s Race and Junior Points Series,” Gordon said. “Also, juniors that do well in the USA Cycling Road Development Race Series will be invited to national cycling training camps.”

Registration is available online at bikereg.com or on the day of the event starting at 7:15 a.m. next to the starting line. Registration closes 10 minutes prior to each race. Race fees range from $15 to $35, with $10 added after Thursday.

Davis-Visas encourages those who are not participating to come out and watch the racers in action.

“The race is fabulous to watch – you feel the hot air as they go through,” she said. “Even just to see what they do for an hour (is worthwhile).”

For more information, visit foothillcollegecircuitrace.com.

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