Riders labor during race through S.F.

While many in the Bay Area celebrated Labor Day with a barbeque or family picnic, hundreds of spandex-clad cyclists spent their holiday testing their mental and physical mettle on the streets of San Francisco.

While Labor Day signals the end of summer and the last chance for family to be together before the kids are off to school or college, Monday’s race held a more special meaning for Jane Robertson.

The Davis resident captured the women’s Pro 1/2/3 Category despite a heavy heart.

“My father passed away last week,” the 42 year-old veterinarian said. “He was on my mind all race. I would like to dedicate this race to him.”

Robertson, of Metromint Cycling, wasn’t even sure if she was going to ride in the event — four days prior, she hadn’t rode her bike in eight days.

“I’m not quite as fit as I usually am,” she said, noting that her strategy was to make a move with two laps remaining.

“Obviously, that didn’t happen,” she said, noting the close finish with a self-effacing laugh. “A gap opened up and I just went as fast as I could the last half-lap.”

Robertson edged out Proman/Paradigm teammates Helene Drumm ofSan Anselmo and Shelly Olds of Saratoga.

The Giro di San Francisco had races for all ages, boasting a kids’ race and four masters fields. But it was 20-year-old Daniel Holloway of Morgan Hill who took the day’s top prize: First place in the men’s Pro 1/2 Category race.

Holloway, of VMG Racing, certainly looked to be enjoying himself, laughing and posing on the top podium with both hands behind his head, suggesting a relaxation that belied his 55-lap effort.

In criterium races, cyclists sprint repeatedly around a short-distance loop. The Giro di San Francisco started riders at Battery and Union streets, and then looped them three-quarters of a mile through the Telegraph Hill Historic District, including a hill on Vallejo Street.

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