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Foothill race draws raves from riders

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The inaugural Foothill College Circuit Race, “The Learning Curve,” attracted 367 participants.

Although they had hoped for more participants and spectators, organizers of the inaugural Foothill College Circuit Race, “The Learning Curve,” deemed the July 31 event a success.

“It went great,” said organizer Brenda Davis-Visas, Foothill’s director of facilities and special projects. “The riders were enthusiastic – many of them said it was a nice course – and the weather was perfect.”

Feedback from riders has been “overwhelmingly positive,” according to race director Michael Rowe. The Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club, of which Rowe is vice president, partnered with Foothill on the race.

“Racers loved the course and all want to do it again next year,” Rowe said. “In fact, one racer suggested that we create a weekly series so he could race it every week.”

The Foothill College loop – a 1.09-mile, one-way road encircling the Los Altos Hills campus – served as the course. For safety reasons, riders raced opposite the normal flow of traffic to avoid the steep descent. Only two injuries were reported, both from road rash, according to Davis-Visas.

The all-day event featured 10 races, with the 367 competitors separated into divisions that included Juniors, Masters and Elite. Races ranged from 25 minutes (Juniors) to an hour (Elite), with the objective of completing the most laps during the allotted time.

William Myers of Carmichael completed the most laps in winning the most competitive division, Elite Men’s.

Davis-Visas hopes for a larger field of participants next year, which should lead to more fans and funds (proceeds go toward building a multiuse bike and pedestrian path around the college).

“We didn’t have many spectators, which was unfortunate,” she said. “The food vendors didn’t really get supported and we didn’t sell many T-shirts, which hurts the bottom line.”

Davis-Visas said it could take a month to determine how much money was raised. She initially hoped to bring in $10,000, acknowledging it could take several years to generate enough money to fund the path (the first phase has an estimated cost of $700,000). Davis-Visas hopes to land a major sponsor for the 2012 race and is already thinking of better ways to promote the event.

“We look forward enthusiastically to next year,” she said.

For race results, visit www.foothillcollegecircuitrace.com.

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