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San Tan and Hungry Dog Crits

This weekend was my kind of weekend- San Tan crit on Saturday and Hungry Dog Crit on Sunday.

I’m still learning about race tactics and having teammates, so it was really fun to have Mary Hall and Kimberly Truitt out there on Saturday for the 1/2/3 race! We had a few plans going into the race but nothing 100% set. Then during the race we decided to lead Mary out since we realized it was going to come down to a final sprint. The plan was to start leading out about half a lap to go but I knew that if I waited until half a lap, I might not be able to get to the front, so I shot out to the front at the beginning of the last lap. I basically drilled it as hard as I could until Kimberly came around me and set Mary up for the sprint and the win! That was so exciting and fun! I was so proud that Kimberly and I could help Mary win!

For the Hungry Dog crit, they put ALL of the women together (CAT 1-4)- so Mary and I were able to race together again. They were scoring the 1/2 women separately from the 3/4. There were some REALLY strong women out there and we decided we would just see how things would go and just race smart together. Right from the start, the pace was high. I was basically suffering the whole time but I wanted to try and stay on 1/2 women’s wheels for as much as possible. Mary got in a break and I just sat in with the group as they chased. When the break was caught, we had attack after attack. Another break started to get away but was reeled back in again. It came down to a bunch sprint and there was only one other CAT 3 that stayed in the group that I had to worry about. I was able to sprint hard enough and stay in front of her for the CAT 3/4 win! Mary got 4th out of the CAT1/2 women!

It was a great weekend of racing for Missing Link/ Specialized women and I’m so proud to be apart of this team!

March 27, 2011   3 Comments

Valley of the Sun 2011

Wow, this weekend was a great experience!

I did the Valley of the Sun Stage Race this weekend along with Judy and Tracey, who both did awesome! I’ve never done a 3 day stage race before or a time trial, so I definitely learned a lot. I’m not in the best of shape right now so it was a good way for me to see where I’m at and what I need to work on. It’s always tough when they put us CAT 3’s with the Pro, 1,2 field. I unfortunately got caught up in a wreck in the first 3 miles of the road race!!! I wasn’t expecting that but it happens. The crit on Sunday was even tougher! Very fast and lots of strong women. I had a great time though and I look forward to racing as much as I can this season!

February 14, 2011   No Comments