Our women raced this past weekend at two separate events and returned with great results!
From the San Rafael Twilight Criterium:
8th Amy Chandos
11th Fiona Strouts
12th Claire Morgan
13th Judith Wexler
From the Menlo Park Grand Prix:
3rd Amy Chandos
14th Fiona Strouts
2nd Diane Moug
Check out some of the photos from this past weekend of our women in action!
Leesville Gap Road race
Saturday July 6, 2013
I’ve always managed to find an excuse to avoid this road race for a number of reasons. I’d like to say I’ve skipped it because it’s always the Sat after the Davis 4th of July crit and I’m too tired, but the real reason is that I had been told the roads at Leesville were rated by Velo Promo as bad to horrible, including sections of dirt and gravel, a three mile climb, and miles of flat with hot wind, no thanks, I’ll pass! This year I missed the 4th of July race and a few friends from our own Folsom Bike/Cervelo team encouraged me to race Leesville. Somehow they believed the course would suit me, which they aIl argued repeatedly, and then I realized I just needed to listen and find a way to believe in myself as well. So my teammates from Folsom Bike/Cervelo, Fiona Strouts & Claire Morgan and I agreed to head to the farmland in Williams to race our bikes, and I’m so glad we did! Considering I had never done this race I think I read the pre race hydration and course plan Judd Van Sickle sent out ten times. Every detail seemed golden: pre hydration, salt load, frozen back pocket bottle, where to be through the gravel, every detail planted in my mind. New race courses make me nervous, good race plans from Judd make me more confident.
Morning of the race, Claire and I are busy prepping, making last second wheel changes and pinning on our numbers, and then Alison Tetrick, from Exergy, rolls in to the parking lot. My first thought……today is going to hurt!
Start line and we are off, easy warm up pace the first few miles, legs are feeling good, then all at once we are to the first section of torn up roads and it’s ‘go’ time. Pace goes from easy to full gas as Alison Tetrick immediately comes to the front next to Fiona and I and within seconds we start plowing full gas across the worst roads I’ve ever ridden in my life. The field is quickly being torn apart as we transition from gravel and dirt, back into pot hole sections and wham we are at the base of the main climb, the road is just as horrible and now it’s heading upward. The final selection of the climb was Tetrick, Katie Hall (from Metromint) and myself. I set a steady pace up the entire climb knowing the Metromint rider was a strong climber, but unsure how the rough roads were effecting her. After a mile or so I was starting to get frustrated with her just following my wheel and intended to gun it on the descent, which was also bumpy, as were the next few miles until finally we made it to the open stretch of flat land into better road surfaces. Alison and I took turns pushing the pace, the Metromint rider continued to sit on. I sensed Tetrick’s frustration and made a plan. Attack and get away, Tetrick bridges, time trail with her the final 30 miles, off I went.
It went as planned, Tetrick jumped away from the Metromint rider and was chasing me down within roughly ten minutes, no other riders in sight. Tetrick and I rotated together the remaining thirty miles and ended up with roughly 4 minutes on the chase group which fortunately included Fiona from Folsom Bike/Cervelo who finished third. Claire finished close behind with seventh place. Overall a good day, two girls on the podium for Folsom Bike/Cervelo, a few bucks, a new T-shirt and free watermelon which turned out to be an added bonus on a hot afternoon. I must say I am sold on Leesville Gap and will add it to my new line up of favorite road races for next season.
Our women’s team raced not once, not twice, but three times this past week!! And made the podium on all three races! That’s awesome! Check out some of the results below:
2013-07-04: Fourth of July Davis Criterium
Women’s P/1/2/3: Amy Chandos (5th)
2013-07-06: Red Kite #4
Women’s P/1/2: Judith Wexler (4th)
2013-07-07: Leesville Gap
Women’s P/1/2/3: Marley Smith (2nd), Fiona Strouts (3rd)
Our women’s team was very active in the women’s P/1/2/3 race on Sunday’s criterium, with team mates in both the break and the main pack, with two landing on the podium. Way to go ladies!