Cat’s Hill Bicycle Races
Mike’s Bikes and the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing
The 44th Cat’s Hill Bicycle Race, sponsored by Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club, a 501C3 charity, and Mikes Bikes, will be held Saturday April 29 in the Almond Grove neighborhood of Los Gatos. The mile-long course starts at Tait and Nicholson Avenues near Mikes Bikes, rounds to Bean, Massol, then features a 23% grade up Nicholson Avenue, goes around Bachman Park, followed by a fast downhill (~50 mph!) on newly-refinished Bachman and right turn, back to the start/finish on Tait Avenue. Races for various levels and ages start at approximately 9:00 am and finish after 6:00 pm. Pro racers climb up Nicholson as many as 40 times during their race, other categories climb as few as 8 times. The Cat’s Hill Classic was started in 1974 by 1960 US Olympic competitor and Los Gatos teacher Bob Tetzlaff with his wife Lorine who dubbed Nicholson Avenue “Cat’s Hill”, a designation that remains till this day.
Mike's Bikes Cat's Hill Classic is proud to be a member of the 2017 BikeReg Northern California/Nevada Cycling Association (NCNCA) Premier Series, the NCNCA Women's Series and the USA Cycling Junior Race Series.
About The Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club (LGBRC)
Founders, US Olympians Bob Tetzlaff and Jack Hartman, created the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club (LGBRC) in 1960. Over the following 56 years, ten LGBRC members have raced in the Olympics, four have become World Champions, many have become State and National Champions and several have joined the professional ranks of cycling. Bob “King of the Road” Tetzlaff was inducted into the US Bicycling Hall of Fame in 2003.
Today the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club has approximately 100 members from Los Gatos and surrounding areas who predominately live and work in Silicon Valley. Membership includes students, physicians, engineers, educators, entrepreneurs and other professionals and non-professionals. Members are highly motivated amateur cyclists and have a common bond in passion for cycling. The LGBRC is dedicated to success in all areas of the sport: racing, promoting sponsors and serving the local community.
Non-members are welcome to join the scheduled rides that occur weekly. The Saturday ride assembles in Los Gatos at 7:30 am, finishes up around 1:00 pm and covers approximately 50-60 miles. You may sign up for notification of upcoming Saturday routes by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Sunday ride starts in Los Altos and is intended for anyone who is interested in checking the club out. Go to www.lgbrc.org for more information.
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.
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.
For information contact:
Barry Gordon, President
Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club
USA Cycling Club of the Year