Cat's Hill Classic

Cat's Hill Classic Race Information

43rd Annual Cat’s Hill Bicycle Races
presented by
Mike’s Bikes and the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016

Location: Corner of Tait and Nicholson,
Los Gatos, CA

Time: Races begin at 9:20am, and end about 6:30pm Click for specific race times

* Cat's Hill 2016 Race Sponsors

* We are now accepting
primes, prizes and booth applications ~ Email contact

World-class bicycle racing again makes its way to Los Gatos on May 14, 2016 for the 42nd Annual Cat’s Hill Classic Bicycle Races presented by Mike’s Bikes and the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club.  Staged among the historic Victorian homes at Tait and Nicholson Avenues just two blocks off North Santa Cruz Avenue in beautiful Los Gatos, CA, the Cat’s Hill Classic Bicycle Race is renowned as one of the most difficult closed circuit cycling races in the United States!  Racers repeatedly climb up the challenging 23% grade of “Cat’s Hill” on Nicholson Avenue and complete the mile-long neighborhood loop with a 50+mph hair-raising descent onto the crowd-lined finishing stretch.  Races for all categories and levels start at 9:20 AM. and continue through the day.  The women’s top category race will run for one hour starting at 3:55 PM. The men’s professional and top-level class race will start at 5:00 PM and last for one hour and fifteen minutes.  This family friendly event is a perfect way to spend a Saturday.

The Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club

The Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club, a 501C3 charity and named the number one amateur cycling club in the USA on four occasions, has presented the Cat's Hill Classic bicycle race continuously since 1974 making it one of the oldest cycling races in the US.  The Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club members volunteer their time to organize and run this race annually.

A Kid’s Fun Ride will take place at 12:30 PM.  The ride will be divided into two age groups: ages 6 and younger, and ages 7 through 9 years.  The kids will get the thrill of crossing the official finish line on Tait and Nicholson Avenues, with applause and official race announcements.  All participants will receive medals in this fun race.  Parents must register their children at the Registration Area behind the announcer’s stand at the start/finish line on the corner of Tait and Nicholson Avenues.  Important notes: race-day registration is mandatory and will be open from 8:30 to 11:00 AM or until 96 entrants have registered, whichever comes first.  Registration will close once a total of 96 children have entered.  Children must wear their helmet and the race number that will be provided to them.  Parents or legal guardians must sign a liability waiver; other adults, neighbors or friends may not register other people's children.

About Mike's Bikes

Mike's Bikes was founded in 1964 as one of Marin County's very first Schwinn shops. It is rumored that our store in San Rafael was home to some of the first mountain bikes in the country. Cycling has changed dramatically as the decades have rolled by, but Mike's Bikes has never wavered from our total dedication to the sport.

Today, Mike's Bikes is a growing family of local bike shops, all with a singular purpose - to get as many people on bikes as possible. We locally own and operate eleven wildly successful stores in Petaluma, San Rafael, Sausalito, San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, Los Gatos, Sacramento, Walnut Creek, and our newest stores in San Jose and Pleasanton! Our professional staff of over 250 cycling enthusiasts will ensure that your experiences both in the store and on your bike are the best they can be.

Why shop with us? Because we know bikes and we care. We don't sell snowboards, we don't sell kayaks and we don't sell tents. We only sell bikes - you might even say bikes are our life. Why does that matter? Because this utter fanaticism for our product makes us the best at what we do - We live to create cyclists.







Start Time

Field Limit

Cat 4 & 5

40 min.






Cat 3

45 min.






Women 3/4

30 min.






DEVO Jr Boys 15-18 1/2/3

30 min.






Lunch Break 12:30

DEVO Jr Boys 15 -18 4/5
& Junior Girls 15 - 18*

30 min.






M 35+ 1/2/3

45 min






M 45+ 1/2/3
& M 55+ 1/2/3

45 min






M 35+ 4/5

35 min






Women Pro/1/2/3
& Women 35+ 1/2/3

50 min.


$800 cash/$300




Men's Pro/1/2***

75 min.


$1200 cash/
$125 cash




* Indicates a combined race with fields picked separately. For juniors: separate prizes for men and women.

** Merchandise except as noted for Pro/1/2 and Women Pro/1/2/3.

*** Cat. 2 riders picked separately for designated cash prize and upgrade points

The Mike’s Bikes Cat’s Hill Classic is proud to be a member of the: NCNCA Premier Series NCNCA, Junior Race Series, USA Cycling Road Development Race Series
For information contact:
Chris Twiggs , race director


Barry Gordon, President
Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club
USA Cycling Club of the Year


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