Race Date: 6/15/20014
Race type: Criterium
Location: Lancaster, PA
Riders: Alli McCabe, Deborah Leedale- Brown
Race Avenue Crit This was the first time I had done this race and I arrived early to check out the course, it was a nice smooth 4 cornered Crit close to the campus of Franklin & Marshall College. The course was wide and it consisted of a downhill back straight and a long uphill drag finish. This race was a Women's Open so it consisted of all categories of riders with the Cat 4's being scored separately. Myself and team mate Alli Macabe rode around the course together to warm up and we were able to spot all the rough patches, holes in the road etc. The weather was perfect, cool with a little wind blowing. The race started and with 5 team Cawes riders I anticipated they would launch some attacks, they did not disappoint and a couple of them managed to take some flying laps. No breakaways were sticking and as the race was getting into its final 2-3 laps the peleton was all together, I made sure I was no further than 4 or 5th rider back going into the 2nd to last corner as there had been a couple of non serious crashes there during the race. As we hit the final uphill to the finish I looked to the Breakaway riders who were lining up a good lead out, I found myself a little boxed in and so had to work hard to get into some open space, this resulted in a 4th place finish for me. Ali unfortunately did take a spill on the final corner and so did not record a finish, luckily she was ok except for a little road rash.
Deborah Leedale-Brown: 4th