On May 7, 2011, Anne Chen had the opportunity to ride the penultimate stage of this year’s Tour of California (with about 1400 other cyclists). She races for Team B4T9 Foundation — B4T9 stands for Before Title Nine.
Here is what she had to say about the experience:
'We rode the same route that the professionals will tackle—from the college town of Claremont to Mt. Baldy—climbing over 10,000 vertical feet in almost 100 miles of riding. The course winds through the San Gabriel Mountains and has many gorgeous, breathtaking views. It was the hardest cycling event I’ve ever done—and even though I had trained for it, I wasn’t sure that I could make it to the top. The climbing on the last section to the Mt. Baldy Ski Area has switchbacks so steep that the organizers called them “beyond category.”
We all had timing chips and were timed on 2 sections of the course—these are called KOM/QOM (King or Queen of the Mountain). There were 50 women who completed the climb to Mt. Baldy—I came in 20th in the QOM competition. I was second in my age group (55-59) -- my teammate Kate came in first!)'
Her race stats:
Miles: 91.74 mi.
Ride time: 7:14:07
Elevation gain: 11,230 ft.
Avg. HR: 140
We are so proud of you, Anne!!!!