Race: Philadelphia Naval Yard Criterium
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Rider(s): Alli McCabe, Maryanne Caruso (Cat 4 race) Deborah Leedale-Brown, Evelyn Korbich, Carren Stika and Barbara Statton (Womens 1/2/3)
Results: Alli McCabe-4th place Cat 4 Women
Maryanne Caruso-6th place Cat 4 Women
Evelyn Korbich-17th Womens 1/2/3
Naval Yard Crit W1/2/3 Race Report
Today, temps were in the 50's, but super windy. Gusts were blowing 35 to 40 mph but a constant wind around 20 mph made racing extremely do or do not. It's like Philly was trying have its own Gent-Wevelgem! All of the pit wheels had to be tied down and mechanics bike stands were getting blown over even with bikes on them. At times riding felt like you were hitting a wall. Over 30 women came out for this early spring amateur Naval Yard crit, with many teams represented Zimmer Capital, Cawes, H+H to name but a few. It even included pro riders; Amy Cutler, Laura van Gilder and Pro cross rider Arley Kemmerer.
The goal for today was to support Deborah but the strong head winds and aggressive pace really thinned out the field within the first couple laps. Carren, Barb and Evelyn lost contact with the main field at varying points. Evelyn chased the main field with a small group of 4 while Carren and Barb chased mostly solo behind them. Deborah, who came back from a week of vacationing in California, was able to be part of the strongest contenders of the race, pulling and staying right at the front and responding to attacks by various women. Twice though, Deborah's position was challenged as she was involved in one near miss accident within the first 5 laps and then in the same corner 30 laps later, she was forced wide and crashed into the curb when she was sitting in the top 8!
We are thankful the mishaps didn't seriously injure her or anyone else, but we hope those first race jitters are out for the majority of the field after this weekend.
Naval Yard Cat 4 Womens
Today was the first race of the season for both Alli and Maryanne, it was also Maryanne’s first race with the team. The day started out chilly and overcast with winds that were very unforgiving. The Naval Yard is a known technical course and this year was changed slightly to have a sweeping and fast back side. Alli was able to break away early in the race and hold through to the end. Maryanne hung with the chase group and then on the final lap picked up the pace for a strong finish. Despite a windy day, it was a great start to the season, and nice to get revved up for crits by taking on a course that offered a bit of a challenge.