Race: Farmersville Road Race
Location: Brownstown, PA
Date: April 8, 2017
Riders: Shaina Kravitz, Emily Smith, Andy Maher
This year’s Farmersville Road Race experience could be summed up in three words: wind, wind, and wind! I set off for the race in good spirits, excited for my first race as a Team EPS/CSS member and with two teammates to boot. Temperatures were about ten degrees cooler than predicted when we arrived at the venue, but we bundled up and hopped on our bikes to warm up together. We devised a few strategies in hopes of landing our strongest rider on the podium. However, the second the race took off our plans went out the window! The wind was absolutely howling, blasting us from all directions. Launching an attack and staying away from the group would be impossible today. We rolled along, all together, for several laps. I waved at the Pennsylvania Dutch folks riding by on their delivery bicycles and wondered what they thought of our neon-clad group.
Just after the start of lap two Andy had a bit of bad luck, with small mechanical separating her from the main group. On the last lap, I my own bad luck, getting caught behind a small separation through a chicane. By the time I chased across to the main group to help Shaina to the finish, we were already rounding the final corner. Even without a leadout assist, she managed to cross the line in 4th place. I sprinted through the remainder of the field for 10th. Despite battling the winds solo for two laps, Andy managed to finish right after the main pack. She definitely got in the hardest workout of the day!
Though none of us had the race we had hoped for, it still felt great to get out there and race again. And half the fun watch getting to catch up with the other racers, some of whom I hadn’t seen since last summer! There were plenty of friendly new faces on the start line as well. I’d like to give a special shout out to Women Bike PHL for sending a big crew of new racers to Farmersville! All in all Farmersville was a positive experience, and I’m looking forward to more races with my new teammates.
Shaina Kravitz 4th
Emily Smith 10th
Andy Maher 18th
Full results: https://www.bikereg.com/Results/rr/8626/farmersville-road-race-tm