Back in 2023!
It was great to bring back this series after a long hiatus. Thanks to all who volunteered and participated. We plan to be back in 2024, so stay tuned for updates!
Registration for these events is ONLINE ONLY. No day-of registration is available. First rider starts at ~7am unless otherwise announced.
Beat the Clock is a fun, low-key time trial series which allows cyclists of all abilities to test their speed and skill on a 10-mile out-and-back course on Canada Road. A portion of the proceeds will go toward funding the Bicycle Sunday program run by the San Mateo County Parks Department. This program closes the north end of Canada Road every Sunday, allowing people of all ages to cycle, walk, run, skateboard, skate-ski or participate in almost any non–motorized activity (ball and Frisbee sports excepted).
Venue: The registration and staging area is on Canada Road in Woodside, 0.4 miles north of the Jefferson Avenue intersection (on the flat part of the road).
Route: The route starts across from the registration area and is an out-and-back course on Canada Road with the turnaround just before the end (intersection with Highway 92) for a total distance of approximately 10 miles. This finish line is just under the notable oak tree. BEWARE! There is no road closure. There will be cones and course marshals at the intersection with Edgewood Road and the turnaround to assist you, but you must yield to oncoming traffic. This is a low-key fund-raising event, not a race. Common sense is in order. COURSE MAPS: (Strava) (Google Map)
Directions and Parking: From I-280 take the Woodside Rd exit, take Woodside Rd west, then turn right on Canada Rd. Proceed 2 miles to the registration area. Park head-in on the shoulder of the road nearest the freeway (west side of Canada Rd.) before the registration tent. Additional parking is available on Runnymede Rd, near the intersection with Canada Rd., south of the registration area. When you park, please be considerate and do not block any driveways.
Beat the Clock was started in 2005 by Patt Baenen-Tapscott as a fundraiser for the Livestrong Foundation. Patt, Carola Berger and their team put on a great series of events for 10 years before handing over the reins to Pen Velo. PV put on the series for the first time in 2015. It’s been on hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased to be bringing it back for 2023!
#1 – February 10, 2018 – RESULTS (by Start Time) (by Finish Time) Photos by Magnus Gille
#2 – April 7, 2018 – CANCELLED due to inclement weather forecast.
#3 – May 19, 2018 – RESULTS
#4 – July 28, 2018 – RESULTS
#1 – March 19 – RESULTS (by Start Time) (by Finish Time)
#2 – April 30 – RESULTS (by Start Time) (by Finish Time)
#3 – May 28 – RESULTS (by Start Time) (by Finish Time)
#4 – July 9 – RESULTS (by Start Time) (by Finish Time)
#1 – February 14 – RESULTS (by Start Time) (by Finish Time) – VIDEO
#2 – April 25 – RESULTS (by Start Time) (by Finish Time) (Photos by A. Komlik) (Photos by C. Huffman) – VIDEO
#3 – May 23 – RESULTS (by Start Time) (by Finish Time)
#4 – September 5 – RESULTS (by Start Time) (by Finish Time)
Course records for the 10-mile Canada Rd. course can be found HERE.
Results from 2005-2014 can be found HERE.