Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Race: CRCA Women’s Development Series Road Race
Location: Central Park, New York City
Rider(s): Maryanne Caruso
Race report from EPS rider Maryanne Caruso:
I love racing in Central Park. It is one of my favorite courses. It offers an approximately 7 mile loop with a little bit of everything – a short power climb, a corkscrew descent and several fast stretches. Forget about the fact that you have to leave the house by 4:30am to be racing by 6am or sometimes earlier – the spirit and the vibe of a race in New York City is worth the early wake up call. The few times I’ve been to Central Park have been good races for me. So I did have an expectation for a strong outcome.
This race proved to be a tough one for me. CRCA women are a competitive and dynamic group. A throw-down came early with an attack on the hill in the first lap. Unfortunately for me my legs and brain were not in sync, nor was I in an ideal position when the attack happened. I spent the rest of the race with a chase group and we did an awesome job working together to finish.
Like all races, I make it a point to take away a key learning by figuring out what I can do better and different the next time. The good thing about Central Park is that you can go back several times a season to track your progress since CRCA uses this course for most of their races. Today’s lesson was a reminder to know hot spots in a race – the hill for example became a critical turning point early in the race. Be ready for those hot spots, claim your position and anticipate. Hopefully next time this will translate into a strategy that will keep me in the game.
And remember we are all in this together. One of the women I raced with was so encouraging about working hard and getting though to the end. While we may be competing remember to pay it forward and support your fellow racers.
Results not posted/TBD