Race Dates: June 7th, 2014
Race Type: Mountain Bike
Location: Ramsey's Farm, Wilmington, Delaware
Rider: Laura Carlson
From the perspective of EPS rider Laura Carlson...
This year I decided to try a few mountain bike races; this one was rumored to not be too technical, and six women were already registered in my category, so I thought I’d give it a try. The course trails included trails in Brandywine Creek State Park lands along the banks of the Brandywine River including rocks, roots, logs, open farm field doubletrack, tight, technical, wooded singletrack, steep climbs and fast descents.
It was a beautiful day and we got there early so we could check out the start and the finish. I was tempted to pre-ride the lap, but was afraid I might get a mechanical or worse get lost and not make my race, so I stayed closer to the start area. The start was delayed by delays on the overall start and delays in the other categories, so I did not start until about one o-clock in the afternoon. My friends and I were feeling less than energetic by that time, but I knew that would change once we started. I had a feeling that these two friends of mine who also race cyclocross were going to be my main competitors, so I was hoping we would all share the podium.
We had an uphill start, into a gravel turn and a grassy downhill. My friend who won my last race at Bear Creek was determined to get into the woods first so she took off fast and was successful. My other friend and I took off in chase, leaving the rest of the women behind. We battled for second place through steep downhills, stream and log crossings, and traffic of the men who started before us. I was better at the technical sections, but had a hard time passing early enough to get enough time on her before a long uphill climb where she excelled and passed me for the final time. I definitely gave it my all, but climbing is not my strength.
I had fun racing was pleased with third place; happy to be right that the three of us would share the podium!
Laura Carlson 3rd place Cat 3 Women 40+