Foothill race rolls on

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
David Benkoski, above, celebrates winning his division of Sunday’s Foothill College Circuit Race.

The fourth annual Foothill College Circuit Race drew 338 competitors to the Los Altos Hills campus, which hosted 12 bicycle races Sunday.

The college works with the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club to stage the event – dubbed “The Learning Curve” – a fundraiser for the construction of a pedestrian/bike path from El Monte Road to Foothill’s pedestrian bridge.

While most of the cyclists hailed from the Bay Area, others came from the Central Valley (including Sacramento and Fresno), the Sierra Nevada (South Lake Tahoe), Southern California (San Clemente) and even New York.

Competitors raced clockwise on the 1.09-mile loop around campus that includes 60 feet of climbing. Races ranged from 20 minutes (Juniors) to an hour (Elite Men), with the objective of completing the most laps during the allotted time.

The day ended with the longest and most competitive races – the Women’s Elite Pro Category 1/2/3 (50 minutes) and Men’s Elite Pro Category 1/2. Sophia Marin of San Francisco claimed the women’s race and David Benkoski of Menlo Park won the men’s event.

Eight local residents, all men, competed in Sunday’s circuit race.

• Category 2: Matthew Abdalah, Los Altos, third; Giuseppe Errico, Mountain View, 12th; Jonathan Barbus, Los Altos, 19th.

• Category 1/2/3 Masters 45-99: Rick Morgan, Los Altos, 15th; Thomas Dillon, Los Altos Hills, 17th.

• Category 1/2/3 Masters 35-99: Dan Tedford, Mountain View, 23rd.

• Category 4: Micah Lerner, Los Altos, 22nd.

• Category 4/5 Masters 35-99: Kenneth Salvail, Los Altos, 26th.

Fourth Annual Foothill College Circuit Race: The Learning Curve - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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