Date: May 9nd, 2015
Race: Smoketown Airport Critterium
Location: Bird in Hand, PA
Rider(s): Deborah Leedale-Brown, Evelyn Korbich, Carren Stika, Alli McCabe
Alli McCabes recap of the day and the Cat 4 race:
The weather was looking iffy for Sunday's Smoketown Airport Crit, but luckily it held off for the Women's 123 and Women's Cat 4 race. The officials started the Cat 4 race 20 seconds after the Women's 123. The course was wide and surprisingly unforgiving. The one side was a long slight uphill into a turn where the course became downhill, but this day we were faced with a strong headwind leaving little to no room for recovering. At the bottom of the downhill was a tight 180 degree fast and fun turn. A few laps in one girl made an attack and started gapping. I decided to take off to get the break with her. There were 5 of us in the break for awhile. After I made an attack, I was counter attacked and I didn't have the legs to hold on to the pack. I fell off the back and found myself all alone for the remaining 6 laps. I held my spot and finished 5th.
Report on 1/2/3 race as told by Deborah:
Racing Smoketown is always a fun and interesting experience. How many times do you get to race on a smooth runway. This race is technically a little demanding usually due to the wind that always seem to blow and the uphill and downhill stretch, plus the 180deg corner.
Race day was dry for the afternoon races and for once there was a tailwind in the uphill section. The women's 1/2/3 set off 25sec before the cat 4 so both races were out there at once. (Please see Ali's report on cat 4 race).
This race was designated as the PA State Champs so it attracted a good field of strong riders. The first few laps went by uneventful and then one rider made an attack and got herself some distance. The pack seemed not to respond and with some major players still in the pack I did not see the need to panic. The solo rider was out there for a few laps and was slowly getting reeled in when another rider attacked and bridged the gap so now two had got away. With still half the race to go it was totally feasible that the pack could have brought them back, however there appeared to be few riders willing to put in the work and so it was left to a few to pull the peloton around. So this scenario meant the two riders successfully stayed away for 1st and 2nd and a 20 deep field sprint ensued for 3rd place.
Alli McCable-5th place
Deborah Leedale-Brown 3rd place
Carren Stika 18th
Evelyn Korbich 19th