Two different riders with two very different experiences at the same race!!! Check out what Shaina Kravitz and Amanda Rinderer thought about the 6th Annual Cooper River CX race last weekend!!
Shaina Kravitz's reacap of the day!!!
"4th today. I wasn’t aggressive enough at the start and had to work too much to drop the group of four I got stuck in. We got gapped off the front group by lap 2. It’s a power course, wide turns with a lot of flow, so lots of pedaling. It was drizzly early in the day, so it was finally tacky, not dusty and dry. Felt good, could have put more power down, but wanted to stay upright and keep from cramping again. It’s still too hot for cross!"
2018 teammate Amanda Rinderer's thoughts on the day...
To finish off 2017 I got my butt handed to me at Cooper River. Low power, low stamina = 16th out of 24. I was tired and sloppy on the few obstacles they had and not enough power on the straight a-ways to pass other riders after the second lap. I was also anxious at the start and took time to settle in. Still, it was a good time. And I didn’t fall or face plant! Looking forward to being strong again!
Results: Shaina Kravitz - 1st
Town Hall Cross kicked off the 2017-18 PACX series and my first race of the season. Conditions were hot and dry, and the notorious St. Luke's Staircase was back in all its blazing glory. The course winds its way through the woods and up a hillside before sending you flying back down and through multiple series of turns, single set of barriers and fast gravel and grass straightaways. I lined up with about a dozen fast ladies ready to start the local season. I took the hole-shot and never looked back. I opened a gap early and rode a conservative, clean race, trying to save as much energy as much as possible in the heat. I rode in for the win after thinking I had one more lap to go, which was a double win! Hats off to organizers and racers who suffered in the sun for a great early season race day.
Results: Shaina Kravitz - 3rd
Bridgeton Cross is back! As the first race of the NJCX series, this favorite was missing for a few years and recently returned. The course is extremely varied with lots of sandy, loamy turns, short kicker climbs, barriers, rideable log, beach run and this year featured a super steep, loose run up that had me grabbing onto the fencing each time. (Thankfully, the amphitheater weren't included in the course. The bane of short racers!) I didn't realize how much the previous day's race had taken out of me, because I had a slow start. I was sitting 6th wheel as the course shot up a short road climb with a sharp left into sandy double track. The run up was early in the lap and the group started to split at that point. I'd made up a few spots at that point, but lost them immediately when I couldn't easily engage my pedals (switched pedal system this year and not too sure about it yet). I gained one spot back before the first time through beach run. The next came after the barriers, and the final spot on a rocky climb by the third lap. I was focused on putting down as much power when possible and keep it controlled through turn after turn in the sand. I finished 3rd with no one around me. I was zapped again by the heat, especially drained from two nearly 90 degree race days. Here's to hoping we get more cross-like weather soon!
Results: Shaina Kravitz - 3rd
HippoCross was stop #2 on the NJCX schedule. The course was run in the opposite direction as the previous year, but most features remained the same. It was still a power course with lots of long, bumpy straights, a nice mid-course climb and a few false flat sections that really drained you legs. There was a set of barriers, but also a new flyover, stairs-to-ramp style, that everyone approached differently. Remount at the top, or run down and remount at the base? It would all come down to a race time decision. I lined up with the largest field yet, due in part to the super supportive promoters and sponsors who offered equal payout to the for the men's and women's elite fields. The day was much cooler with windy conditions and drizzle on the start line. I was too conservative due to the rain and a hard right turn through gravel, putting myself in a tough spot early. I found myself shouldering through the first few turns, latching onto the back of the front group. I burned a few matches in the process and had trouble settling in. It took a lap before I was able to start making passes as the riders in front of me began to fade. I made a big pass of three riders at the barriers. The rest of the race was a struggle. Constant bobbling, overcooking turns, difficultly navigating lapped rider traffic had me trapped, unable to make any gains. I rode in for 3rd, with the next riders pretty close behind. The beauty of racing is that there is always another race, another opportunity to try it again. (And I ran the flyover each time to save my poor seat rails!)
Results: Shaina Kravitz - 2nd
Caffeinated Cross is one of my favorite races on the NJCX calendar. It is a course that requires good handling skills (very mountain bike-y) with rideable steps, ride/run-up, logs and sand. It was another hot, dry day and my legs were not happy. I made an early foot-down mistake and lost my front position, letting the now lead rider get away. With too much of a warm-up and lots of dusty, loose single track, I started getting calf cramps by the second lap. I kept botching every feature and had a trouble turning the pedals. I was battling with another rider for two laps and was getting frustrated by my mistakes. Rather than admit defeat, I tried to stay patient and, importantly, to have fun, taking as many dollar bills (and a few hand-ups) as possible. I finished 2nd, and a few bucks richer!
Race: Buff Betty Adventure race
Date: Sept 9, 2017
Location: Shenandoah River State Park
Rider: Jessica Kutz
So every once in a while I deviate from the traditional cycling scene; specifically, I’ve taken a liking to adventure racing. On Sept 9 I participated in the Buff Betty, which is my 3rd ever adventure race (1st solo race). I was super excited for this event because it was a women’s only event, which isn’t that common for sports affiliated with the outdoor world. The race was hosted by Adventure Addicts Racing, the two previous races I had done were hosted by them, so I new I was in for a treat.
The challenge of racing solo had nothing to do with the “stages” of the race: mountain biking, trekking and paddling, but everything to do with the fact that I still don’t know how to use a compass (disclaimer: I was a girl scout. My mom was my troop leader. All I remember is how to sew pillows and start a fire.) I had with me a $3 compass, which proved useless the first time I “tried” to use it and it couldn’t settle on which way was north. In the defense of the compass, it had air bubbles (because it cost $3) so it wouldn’t function properly. No worries, I used my womanly intuition and read terrain features (that I do well, I’ve been lost MANY time on my mountain bike).
The day started off on foot and I was moving fast (strange because I’m not much of a runner…in my opinion). I found the first few check points REALLY fast and then came a bonus checkpoint. Bonuses checkpoints are in addition to the regular check points but tend to be harder to find (hence the need for navigational skills…and a working compass). Needless to say, while on the trek (run) portion I wasted 45 minutes between 2 different bonus checkpoints. Not my proudest moment (but hey, I didn’t get lost!). The next portion was on the bike I knew I could make up so of that lost time.
I actually ride my bike in the park that the race took place in (Andy Guest State Park) all the time. So I had a big confidence boost and a really solid plan of how to go about snagging checkpoints quickly and effectively. Oddly, I think I road those trails, and not on the trails, faster than I ever have out there. The bike portion was over and done with in just 1 hour without any mistakes and some pretty sweet short cuts through the woods (this is legal and encouraged in adventure racing).
Then I hit the paddle portion, the dreaded paddle portion. Don’t get me wrong, I like to paddle….when I can go slowly and listen to music. I don’t love paddling when I’m trying to go fast, look for little flags and trying not to flip my kayak when I get stuck on rocks and insist or rocking back and forth instead of simply wading through the water. The paddle is always mentally tough. I was really excited during this section because I was SURE I was going to clean the course (get all checkpoints and bonus check points) but then my enthusiasm took a turn for the worst. I paddled right past where the 2nd to last check point should have been, and I have eyes like a hawk and didn’t see it. I contemplated paddling back but I couldn’t justify that amount of work for 1 checkpoint. I paddled into the finish sort of excited (I was the first solo racer in; only a team of team experienced adventure racers came in before me) because I thought I missed a checkpoint. BUT THEN….more racers started coming in and EVERYONE was missing that checkpoint. Low and behold, some park user decided to take down the checkpoint flag (it was recused floating down the river). So technically I didn’t clear the course BUT I was given credit for clearing the course since there was no flag to find in about 4 hours (you were given 6 hours to finish). I’ll take it!.
At the end of the day, I had a blast being outside. These races are like a scavenger hunt for adults/ outdoor lovers. Honestly, I kept thinking how much FUN I was having during the race…that’s something special. I’ll wrap up my fall continuing to cross train with trail running and mountain biking and finally by competing in one more adventure race in Charlottesville VA (this one is 15 hours long!). I’m looking forward to working with our mountain bike contingent for the start of our spring season. Several long endurance races are in store for me this coming year!
Result: 1st place
Reading Radsport Hill Climb
A small but powerful field took off Friday night in the mist of the beer tent and music festivities starting to entertain the evening. I knew it was going to approximately 10 minutes of pain and suffering up Mount Penn, and I knew who to keep my eye on.
It was a quick, winding course, where drafting played a factor. I was torn between strategies, as I knew to work in my favor, I could not delay the effort to the final part of the course, but I also had to do my best to not have riders on my wheel. I went almost full gas from the bottom of the hill, glancing over my shoulder every now and then to see who was dropping off. There was 5 of us, and then 3 of us... when it was down to the 3 of us, I tried to keep the pace high, but knew it was going to be a sprint to the finish line. Emily Spence and her teammate rode extremely smartly, and knew they just had to hold my wheel to win the race. Emily had be beat at the line, and played the game smart, as I ended up in 2nd. It was a fun, short battle!
Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon
What a fun opportunity! I was invited to join forces with 3 powerful athletes (runner, and two paddlers). Did someone just invite me to ride a 27 mile hilly course at threshold in one of the most beautiful places in the country? Yes please!
My husband Ian jumped in and joined a team as their runner, and we made the road trip together up to the Berkshires. I was a bit nervous about the bike start, as there were 500 riders lined up for a mass start! I was lucky enough to have my host and starter of the race, Craig Walton, invite me to the front row. It was like I back at home, riding with the guys :) wondering if I can hold the strongest riders' wheels. Two riders got away about 8 miles into the course, and I missed the boat on attempting to work with them, and was about a minute 30 seconds back, with a group of about 15 riders. We worked together for the most part to keep the pace high and safe. It was rolling hills, but nothing long enough to attempt an effective 'breakaway.' My legs felt good and smooth, and was actually surprised when I uploaded my race file, to see a powerful file of strong work for a solid hour.
Gloria, one of my paddler teammates, was right there in the transition area to receive the wrist band hand off, and off went Laura and Gloria to paddle their way to Lori, our runner. We ended up 7th overall, including the male teams, and first overall female team, with what I believe was a new female course record! A great weekend spent with some new faces.
Race: Masters and Rookies/ Track
Date: September 9, 2017
Location: Trexlertown, PA
Rider: Jo Johnson
The last Saturday race day for the track season today. Sorry to see it all end but I think a short break would be nice too. The first race was a 12 lap scratch with winner take all. It would be a fast race with 14 riders. I went to the front from the start but did not want to stay there so went up track after the first lap, I worked within the group and as the group morphed in a few laps, I was in the back of a tight pack and I mean shoulder to shoulder. The pace was too comfortable so I moved myself up and over the group, charging from the back to lead and up the pace at lap 7 with 5 laps to go. Dangling at the front for about 2 laps, I was overtaken with about 3 laps to go but came in behind the group in 10th.
Next race was the Miss N Out which is usually very quick. The number of riders starting begins to change and I think we are less one rider now. Last rider across the line is dropped each lap until 3 riders are left to sprint it out for the win. The number of riders starting begins to change and I think we are less one rider now. Coach says to get to the front. Ok, so I jump into the lead from the start for 3 laps then stay in the group for the 4th lap but can not hold on for the 5th lap so I am dropped.
Last race of the season is the 10 lap Snowball. The winner of each lap gains one more point each lap. First lap is one point, second lap is 2 points etc. This continues until the last lap which is double points. My objective is to see if I can win lap one and gain one point. The neutral lap is a good positioning lap and I put myself in the first row on the bottom of the track. When the gun sounds, I take off at the same time Jenna, a 16 year old, takes off from the top of the track. I jump in behind her and we quickly gain a little bit on the rest of the field. She wins the first lap but I am right behind her and pass her half way around on the second lap, now I push hard for lap 2 lead and capture 2 points. Best for me to stay on it and I can, crossing the line again for 3 points for lap 3. At this point I am not thinking of anything except do not get lapped so I push hard and continue on. I don’t remember the middle laps but only that I can see the leader coming out of the pack and the pack on the opposite side of the track with 5 laps to go. Just get me to the line ahead of the pack is all I am working for. On the last lap, the lone rider passes me and crosses the line but I finish just a short distance behind her. The field is about 150 meters behind me. I did it. I did not loose my points and come in 5th.
And this 5th place also places me 5th in the Omnium. A nice additional surprise.
12 Lap Scratch: 10th
10 Lap Snowball: 5th
Race: Masters & Rookies/ Track
Date: August 26, 2017
Location: Trexlertown, PA
Rider: Jo Johnson
A fast field of 15 riders came out for this BAR event day. A plus was the nice weather in the 70's with not much wind. The first race was a 2K scratch, winner take all. My goal was to stay up in the front group as long as possible so I went out quick on the first lap and looked for a chance to get off but riders were too my right and it seemed too close to go up track safely so I stayed in front for the next 3 laps trying to get off but with no luck. Then I slowed just a tiny bit on the 5th lap and the group went around me but I hung on until the bell sounded and that was when the group jumped ahead of me and I accelerated and motored in best as I could.
Second race was a 15 lap Points Race with sprints every 5 laps. This time I started a bit slower in the neutral lap so I could be in the group at the start. I was able to stay with the group through the first sprint and into the second sprint at 10 laps in then began to fall off the pace and finished the last lap just off the back.
The last race was a 10 lap Snowball. The first lap winner gains one point and each successive lap winner gains an additional point with double points for winning the last lap. Figuring the gals would let me gain a point on the first lap, I went for it and did win the first lap, but they were not on me yet so, I pushed hard for the second lap and gained another 2 points for a total of 3. But now I am totally out of energy so I pull up track but decelerated so much I could not catch back on. The leader came by me and I was lapped. So now I lost my points. Next time, jump in the group and keep at least one point.
Oh, I did not mention, our max speeds reached 31.8! Flying for me. Still learning and having FUN.
2 K scratch; 15
15 lap Points: 15
10 lap Snowball: 15
Race: Masters & Rookies Track Races, Track
Date: August 19, 2017
Location: Trexlertown, PA
Rider: Jo Johnson
Although windy today, it did not bother me too much on the 9 lap points race for the first of three races today. The pace was really fast and although I went out with the group I began chasing just off the main pack after a few laps. I kept working it and caught one of the Army gals, caught 2 more and finished 8th out of the 13 gals. I wanted to save energy but that was not the way to do it. I thought it was a fast race, it was as I saw 30 mph!
Second race was a 10 lap scratch with the points going to the first 4 across the line. I went out on the front for the first lap and swung up to get back into the group. As I did not want to expend all my energy in the first laps. I was able to hang in with the pack on the second lap and tucked myself in along the pole lane. Found that spot worked for another lap though I had to be careful as the pace was not especially steady. I was behind one of the sprinters and figured she would be looking for a good spot to move and I wanted to be right behind her. I was third in line. I hung in my spot for maybe 2 more laps and then the opening occurred when we got an open lane towards the front with the other riders in the main group just up track. Yea, hung on to her wheel for another lap or so, then the line above me moved forward and we were back in a group again. I don't remember the rest but I came in 7th. Again we were racing a high speed, this time it was at 31 mph!
Last race a 9 lap snowball. The leader points become greater as the laps continue. One gal took off and won the first 3 laps before the pack caught her, I was in the back of the pack but stayed well placed on the black line and passed several riders. Eventually the riders formed a spread out single line rather than a pack. On the last 3 laps I came up to 3 more riders who were dropping off and passed them. I had been really pushing to catch riders. I finished 7th and speeds we were racing at reached 29-30 mph. Whew! What a work out.
Quite a quick day of racing. Funny how you don't feel the wind or heat when you are racing. So much fun.
9 lap points race: 8th
10 lap scratch race: 7th
9 lap snowball: 7th
Date: August 19, 2017
Race: Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hill Climb
Location: Mount Washington, NH
Racers: Alexa Gubinski
Disclaimer! This is a pretty self-indulgent race recap, so read at your own risk!
First - a little history: in 2012—before I had really ridden a bicycle—my family and I happened to be hiking in New Hampshire the weekend of the Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hill Climb and serendipitously ended up watching the climb and my dad, brother and I promised each other that we would all race the next year - and we did, and have every year since!
This was now my 5th go at the hill climb: my first attempt was around 1:26 (I think) and I had improved on that every year to, finally, a 1:15:46 in 2016, placing 3rd for women. This year, I knew my legs weren’t quite as sharp and strong and that beating that time wasn’t a completely realistic goal. But I was still committed to giving it my best shot.
The Mt. Washington climb is an unusual one: the road is open to cyclists only twice a year (the August race and a July practice ride), it rises 4,600+ feet in 7.6 miles, averages a brutal 12%, with a final kicker at 24%, includes a mile on dirt and has, truly, the world’s most unpredictable and windiest weather. It becomes you against the mountain and there’s really no other feeling (that I know!) quite like it. There is something special that the payoff for all you suffering is not just a finish line - but the summit of an iconic mountain, with the weather, views and atmosphere to match.
So, anyway, 2017. I dug my trusty Trek Madone out, removed last year’s number plate (oops), worked out some frozen chain links (extra oops) and declared myself as ready as I was going to get! Mt. Washington absolutely requires modified gears and I’ve kept the same setup on my hill bike for the last few years: a compact crank, long cage rear derailleur, long chain, 34 cassette, no front derailleur, no rear brake. The 34x34 (1:1 gear ratio) is about as big as my little legs can get away with, but it seems to work OK.
It was a damp, foggy and pretty humid start, but the weather forecast looked remarkably good for the mountain: clear, warm and very low winds. We lined up and had the fun of sharing the start line with Phil Gaimon, adding Mt Washington to his “worst retirement ever” series. After a very loud “Cheer for Chad Young!,” the cannon sounded and we were off. I, as usual, started out probably too fast: I often judge my efforts behind my twin brother and I knew that staying ahead of him for the first 3/4 of a mile was probably a mistake, but I couldn’t help it - I always get so excited! The 2nd mile is the steepest and I knew to back off a little, but I actually think I slowed down too much and I ended up losing too much time: had I been more confident in my legs, I would have gone all in at the beginning and dealt with the consequences later.
My goal was to stay as mentally focused as possible: I find it easy to let my mind wander, stop paying attention to my efforts, or get discouraged by the suffering. And while, at some point during the second mile I did promise myself that I didn’t REALLY need to do this again, I tried to stay as relentlessly positive as possible. I didn't have data besides heart rate on this bike, so I kept it my heart rate between 180-185 and just kept repeating “good job good job good job you’re doing a good job!!!!” which always helps my compliment-motivated, narcissistic self :) I ended up having a really pleasant ride: I felt like I was keeping my power up, turning the pedals as quickly as positive, staying relatively focused, time was moving quickly and I was able to pass two women in the 5th and 6th miles. It’s a long effort and THEN the 24% section comes at you like an absolute wall. But the atmosphere is incredible, there are so many people SO cheering so loudly that getting up isn’t all that bad - there’s really nothing like the crowd support (every racer needs a car ride down the mountain - so there’s no choice but to have 100s of people lining the last tenth of a mile! It’s awesome.) Because I had had such a positive ride I was surprised to cross the line at 1:17:35, which was slower than I would have guessed but good enough for 5th for women and certainly not a disaster.
No matter what - the race is such a beautiful, motivating, special day: people cheer as loudly for the winner as for the last racer, and for everybody in between. I can’t help but encourage every bike rider to do it… I know I’ll be back!
Date: August 12, 2017
Race: Flanders Time Trial
Location: Long Valley, NJ
Racers: Doreen Bridgman, & Danielle Ferland
The Flanders TT is always a personal favorite of Danielle, who has a temperamental love/hate relationship with hills. Being Doreen’s first time doing this race, her anticipation was running high. The course generally features a short flat section before a long climb that is actually only about one mile (but seem to go for much longer), but due to roadwork in the area, the course was diverted to the right at the base of the Naughright climb, going up Feildstone Drive instead. Compared to previous years, the Feildstone climb, while still challenging, was much more scenic and shaded, making the climb much more tolerable (almost enjoyable!). Once up the hill, the course featured the rolling roads and some fun, fast descents as previous years. Danielle placed 4th and Doreen placed 6th in their respective categories.
This race was also the last race in the NJBA Women’s Cat 4/5 Cup Series for 2017! After several ups/downs/race schedule changes throughout the season, the cup has completed 12 total amazing races. Although official results and rankings for the cup have not yet been announced, it is speculated that Danielle clinched 2nd place overall in that series. Stay tuned for full/official results!
Women Cat 4/5:
Danielle – 4th
Women Cat Non TT B 4/5:
Doreen – 6th
Date: Aug 5-6th, 2017
Race: Tour De Millersburg Stage Race
Location: Millersburg, PA
Rider(s): Cat 1/2: Deborah, Evelyn and Emily
Cat 3: Andy
Told by Deborah Leedale-Brown
What a great weekend of team racing it was, our only sadness was that Cheryl Clarke woke up the day before with fever and sore throat and so despite all her efforts to make the start line, it just wasn't going to happen. So our team tactics would have to change a little without Cheryl, but we were still determined to make an impact on this race
After Friday night storms, Saturday started out a little overcast and cool, with a significant wind. We all rolled out on our bikes, and headed off out of Millersburg to put in a long 10 mile group warm up, most important when its such a short TT
One by one we headed out on to the 8.6 mile time trial course. It was a tailwind out to the turn around then a moderate head wind back in. With only Andy and myself on TT bikes, and minus our strong TT rider Cheryl, we knew that our best results were needed to start this stage race off strong.
After the TT we were able to rest and refuel at our host housing for a of couple of hours. We headed over to the crit course with enough time to get the TT results and we were able to take 30 mins of lap riding as part of our warm up. I had come 5th, Andy 10th, Emily 12th and Evelyn ?? in TT, so our plan was to keep the crit fast and strung out since the course was short and narrow with a hill. With me lying in 5th it was planned that I would do very little in the crit and just stay out of trouble and in a good position to be either in a break or contest the sprint finish, Emily manned the front, communicated, and no attacks escaped the field. Going into the final lap, we were positioned well, it was the plan to have Emily drive the pace, this was complicated however by the fact we caught the rest of the field and lapped them just before we had a fast turn up the hill for our final time. I needed to stay focused and not lose touch with the top 3-4 riders, once up the hill it continued over as short straight gentle rise then went slight downhill to the finish. I was lying 5th as we climbed the final hill and rounded the corner I was able to move up to 4th and sprint. I did not manage to make up any further positions and crossed the line in 4th with a slight gap over the rest of the field. Day one of racing complete and everyone safe!
Our host housing was amazing and just like last year they catered for our every needs, so after lots of refueling, resting, floating in the pool on giant swans and flamingo's, and even a little cool down trampolining, we were ready. Day two, and race number three was just a good night's sleep away.
Road Race time! 3 laps of a 18.4 mile hilly/rolling loop, with one longer steeper climb with QOM points up for grabs that was always going to be a big decider on the results. First lap took off and the Tarry Hall QOM climb came only 2 miles in. It wasn't a QOM on lap one so that ensured the first lap was not super aggressive. I actually was not feeling well having suffered some gastrointestinal issues the night and morning before. I was not sure how I would be but knew I needed to hang on the hill to keep in contention. Emily was riding strong and we both were up the front end of the peloton as we rode lap one. Even on the first lap, there was a natural split early and Andy and Evelyn found themselves in a second group. As we rode through Main Street Millersburg ready to take on lap three I still was not feeling well or confident and knew that it would certainly light up on Tarry Hall Rd. Again Emily was right there and we both pushed up the front end to tackle the hill. I was certainly hanging on this time around, but hang on I did and and as we got to the top there was a definite attack that involved the top two GC riders and a couple of other key riders too. Emily was very instrumental at picking up the chase, the race was certainly on! One of the breakaway riders ended up getting a flat and then caught onto our chase group so we knew that left 3 riders up the road. Our group got somewhat organized to rotate a pace line in an effort to bridge to the three leaders. Emily represented our team tremendously and took good pulls allowing me to conserve my energy a little. As we entered the third and final lap we had not closed the gap to the leaders and our chase group was still relatively large. I did not have any energy as I was still not able to eat much. I knew I had to hang one more time for the hill. As we started to climb I felt the pace increase and that put me under pressure but I saw emily just ahead of me. As we got to the top I realized too late the girl in front had let a gap appear and as I came around to close I found my effort was just not enough. Emily was safely in that group just ahead of me, I was in no mans land for a while then decided I will let the group of riders behind me catch on then we can work together. I was content with Emily's position as I knew she had a chance of a 4th place sprint. I was definitely struggling but was not giving in to my GC position without a fight. I worked with my group for the remainder of the last lap taking soft pulls so as to ensure we did not catch Emily's group. As we descended into town I was left with a group of four riders, I took my pull then looked to slot in to 3rd wheel. Once around the corner I moved into second wheel and ready to launch as we hit the final finish straight. I did not want to leave anything to chance so I jumped early and crossed the line first in my group and unsure of how many riders finished ahead.
It was a solid performance. Emily had secured 4th to move her up to 8th GC and initially I thought I'd slipped out of top three, only to find I hadn't and in fact I held the 3rd place GC by just 1 point! An exciting close finish to a weekend of strong racing.
International Omnium Results: