2013-06-22+23 Women’s Weekend Race Recap (Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, Mt. Diablo Hill Climb TT, Burlingame Criterium)
This past weekend was a great time of racing for our women’s team! Let’s take a look!
Mt. Hood Cycling Classic: In Oregon as part of this three day stage race, it starts with a road race, followed by a time trial and criterium the second day, and finally another road race on the third day. Known for miles of beautiful untouched nature, it would prove to be a great time for Fiona Strouts, who placed in the top 10 during both road races and the criterium, with a top 10 GC result!
Mt. Diablo Hill Climb TT: On a much more local scene, the hill climb time trial starts at the North Gate entrance to Mount Diablo State Park and then proceeds 6 miles upward with a total gain of about 1740 feet. Our Susannah Breen (who lives in the area) climbed the time trial with great speed, and placed third!
Burlingame Criterium: Last but not least, Sunday’s Burlingame Criterium proved to be challenging despite the overcast weather. With a narrow 180 degree turn, a narrow straightaway, and a final sweeping left turn to the finish, Danielle Haulmann managed to get a gap off of the main peloton while trying to bridge to the leaders. After a crash that resulted in the race to be restarted with 3 laps to go, Danielle maintained her position to score a podium spot as third!
Our ladies raced at what is considered as the oldest race on the west coast yesterday, the Nevada City Classic! And produced some great results: Susannah Breen 4th, Amy Chandos 5th, and Claire Morgan 13th!
Saturday: Despite the sweltering heat, our team was out there in force. Through one extended and two short climbs involving a roundabout at the top and at the bottom of the course, the heat only compounded the challenge. Nonetheless, the girls competed with Amy Chandos placing 5th and Marley Smith 6th.
Sunday proved to have more comfortable temperatures than Saturday’s, which exceeded over 100F. North of Loomis, where Saturday’s race was held, lies the town of Auburn, where the girls raced the punchy climbs in the streets of the downtown area. If the road wasn’t pitching up, it was pitching down. In the end, Claire Morgan attacked as the field came out of the last turn onto the final straightaway and secured the win with Amy Chandos coming in quickly behind for 3rd.
From Jack Arney: