Race date: June 29, 2014
Race Type: Cross Country Mountain-bike Race
Location: Kittatinny Valley State Park, NJ
Riders: Laura Carlson
Laura Carlson came back from a week of mountain biking in Bend Oregon on vacation after one day of rest, to test herself on another cross country course. The course started with an open, almost cyclocross grassy start onto a flat dirt path, then into the woods for a switchback, rocky climb. This first climb was the section that would likely set the order for the results, especially for the one lap category 3 races. Laura did well out of the start passing a number of women before the woods, coming into the climb in third place for the women, second for the 40+ women. The rest of the race was a mixture of gravel road, nice dirt single track, and some rocky sections. Laura traded places with the woman second into the woods for a few miles, and held second place for her category at the finish.
She did not realize until the podium that this was the State Championships, and since the woman in first place was from PA, this made Laura the state champion!
Laura Carlson 2nd Women's Cat 3 40+, Gold for State championship