I knew, going into the time trial that it could win or lose me the race. Having pre-ridden the course and having raced it last year, I knew the speeds I had to maintain to get a good time. I felt consistent, but my time wasn't quite where it needed to be for me to move up in the GC. It was a painful time trial, but that's racing! Thanks Jeff Ain for giving me tips on my time trial position- I have been training in it and it is slowly becoming more comfortable!!
Going into the crit, I was sitting second overall with Gillian Ellsay leading by an impressive 1 min 12 sec! I calculated which primes I needed to get and by how much I had to win by to close the big gap. Kelsey and I were upfront actively attacking and countering in an attempt to get away. I ended up taking the time bonus prime, but still needed to make up quite a lot of time. So, playing with tactics, Louisa Scarlett and I tried multiple times to get away, but the pack was not about to let anyone go. The race came down to a sprint finish were I got a good lead out by Kelsey and took the win, but wasn't able to make up enough time to win the GC!! Although, I still came out as the Junior Women Leader of the BC Premier Road Series!!
All in all, an amazingly awesome, fun weekend of racing that I can't wait to race next year!! Thanks to Local Ride Racing, Kicking Horse Coffee, Golden Ears Physio, Cycles Lambert, Cycling BC, Giant Bikes, Q Energy, Power2Max, District of Maple Ridge and City of Pitt Meadows for all the continuous support!
After a couple weekends of Mountain Bike Racing, it's off to the Mutual of Enumclaw Stage Race- I am sooo excited!!! :-)
|Play by play of my attack in the road race!!|
|Photos by Steve Devantier|
|Out of sight, out of mind!!|
Thanks for reading!