Today Megan and I had the convenience of being able to bike from our doorsteps to the race. What a novelty! We raced in the Women’s Open category at the CU Crit. The field was 35 strong, with skill levels varying from national pros (Alison Powers, Tibco) to beginner racers who were out for their first ever crit. The field was strong and all breakaway attempts were shut down until 5 laps to go.
At 5 laps to go, I got on Kori Seehafer’s wheel and we stayed away for 2 laps. Alison Powers bridged up to us with Megan in tow. Megan went to the front, driving the pace, and I was unfortunately too fried to go relieve her. In the sprint, Kori and Alison came around Megan for 1st and 2nd, and Megan hung strong for 3rd. I crossed the line in 5th, thinking it was a much harder race than I had anticipated! The only guarantee in racing is that each race is guaranteed to be different!
And on the subject of different racing, we are now looking forward to heading to California for the Redlands Bicycle Classic. We are sure to get hard racing and hoping for some consistent sun and less wind.