Race Date: 3/22/2014
Race Type: Criterium
Riders: Jo Johnson
Results: 10th place
I must be ready for more fun. This was a Cat 3/4, Pro 1/2 race with about 20 women. I rode the course the day before both directions just to get a feel for the short loop, road surface and the two 90 degree turns. I also picked out my 200 meter spot to the line just in case I needed it.
Arrived around noon and parked in shade and rested with feet up after I had registered and pinned number on my new Castelli San Remo skinsuit that will feel great in the 82 degrees. Gotta plan a few minutes to change in the car. After warm up I am feeling really good and ready. I have a few minutes before the start so I can collect my thoughts.
The race will be fast, for sure, with all these younger women. I see two other women who would be in the master class, 50+, if they had one. We later talked with the club president/promotor who said if we bring the women, he will have a 50-59 and 60+ plus our own time slop next year. That will be grand.
The race is off at 3:15 pm and it is like a shot down to the first left hand turn and up the rise and around, down the other side into the second left hand turn, really fast here and onto the straight, past the S/F line and down to the first left hand turn again. That was a fast lap. I look at the clock once or twice and think it is perhaps a minute a lap. All I know is I am feeling good, strong and I am moving. Through the first 4 laps I am hanging with the fast group, even up the rise, and move to the front several times going up that rise and down the other side. At about half way through the race, the group has fragmented as I expected and I am now riding with some of the gals shed from the fastest group. I seem to have alot of strength today and find myself pulling a bit more. If I ride with these gals, I would have to slow down! I opt to push my pace and see if I can catch a few more women. I do and we trade spots around the course for a few more laps. That will give me just a few seconds of rest. With 5 laps to go I push again and keep the pace high. I am now ahead of the women I was with and pulling away I think. Bell lap I hear for me, then I hear it for the rider behind me. I am already to the first turn and up the hill when I hear that bell. Yea! I am moving. Just stay on it for this lap. Keep thinking faster...
I cross the line, 30 minutes of action. It will be fun to see the data. I am so glad to race with these Power Tap wheels. And my "White Knight" Cannondale EVO is just plain awesome. Looking at the race in 10 minute segments, I was fairly consistent at 21.3 mph, 21, and 21.6. Faster in the last segment. That is really good. I thank my lucky stars, another safe day doing what I love. Thank you EPS/CSS pb Shebell & Shebell team, Cannondale, Power Tap, Castelli, Brielle Cyclery, OGIO bags. And of course Teresa DiSessa for making it all happen. And my coach Kim Geist for working out the plan. I am thrilled I am doing so well.