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Steamboat Stage Race

Steamboat Stage race

Hi Gang,

Well the skinny is:
TT- Tied for 4th
Circuit Race- 1st
Road Race- 1st
Crit- 6th
GC- 1st

A really great stage race. This is one of the few, if only, stage races in Colorado. It’s the end of my season so I wanted to head to Steamboat and have a fun weekend. I had never been to Steamboat and had heard great things, it was a perfect opportunity to go have a look around.
I had a great travel buddy Erin Kummer. We had a great time staying at my good friend Dean’s place. The weekend was allot of fun.

If you ever get the chance to do this race you should! Great stages! Well organised and even fun events in the evenings.

Day one was an evening start on a hilly Road bike only TT.
Day two was a great little circuit with two climbs, two fast descents, a couple corners and two flat windy sections, so there was something to challenge everyone.
Day three we headed out on the roads on a very rolling course ending with two climbs. I had a great time battling it out up these climbs. We battled right to the end where it came down to a sprint in the last kick. A ton of fun!
Day four was a really fun, safe crit. Wide open, 4 corners and one little hill. The group stayed together in the end and my goal was to just stay close to my challengers for GC.

Next Chris and I head to Wisconsin for his big race. I’m super excited to watch him race.

Happy training and racing,
Marilyn

September 8, 2009   No Comments

Hart Crit

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The road racing season has nearly come to an end, but there are a few Colorado races left here I wanted to do. I headed to Denver for the Hart crit this past weekend. It was a really fun wide open course, almost more like a circuit than a crit.

It ended up during our race that it was pretty hot and windy. There were two big teams, which were well-represented. This combination made for a tactical race and a good day for a break. Six of us got away in a break with the two big teams represented. We worked well together. With 4 laps to go I took a risk and went on a solo break. You never know if a break will stick and often they don’t. But with the weather being hot and windy if I put my head down I had a chance. You definitely have to be willing to just suffer through it and hope for the best.

With one lap to go I had a 18 second lead, the lap took about 3 min each time, so…I just kept going, hoping the girls wouldn’t nip me at the line. I managed to hold them off!

My Mom was here visiting and this was the first time my Mom has seen me race a bike, so it was cool I had a good day.

Next is the Steamboat Springs Stage race. I’m looking forward to going, I’ve never been to Steamboat and have heard great things.

Cheers,
M.

August 27, 2009   1 Comment

Cascade Cycling Classic

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I just finished up one of the biggest NRC stage races on the circuit. Cascade Cycling Classic. 116 women lined up for this 6 day stage race. The biggest and strongest field in the races history. I headed to this race with my small but mighty team of Mel , Kathryn and our one last minute added team mate Tracy. We had our super duper director, whatever needed to be done,ect, dear Chris, my hubby, to help us girls survive this 6 day flog fest. The weather was brutally hot all week and the racing was tough.

I came into this race fit and hoping for a big improvement from my last NRC race.

Day one was a flat to rolling stage with lots of turns for the sprinters. I stayed out of trouble amongst the 6 crashes of the day and stayed hidden to not waste valuable energy. I rolled in with the bunch and was happy with a pretty cruisey first day.
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July 28, 2009   2 Comments