Date: August 20, 2016
Race: Flanders Time Trial
Location: Long Valley, NJ
Racers: Andy Maher, Nikki Ragonese, and Danielle Ferland
The recent hot weather took mercy on those who came out to face the hills of Flanders Saturday morning with warm, but not over bearing, temperatures. Although Andy, Nikki, and Danielle had all competed in this TT in the past, the first climb still gave the riders a good challenge.
The 11 mile loop opened on a short flat stretch, allowing racers to gain some speed for about 2 miles before beginning the climb. The hill at Flanders is a bit over a mile long climb with grades as steep as +/-20% at parts, certainly making sure the legs are awake or ready to fall off. Once making it up and over, the rest of the course is beautiful rolling hills with a few great descents for those who like to fly down hills. Many strong riders came out to test themselves against the hills and the clock; Andy improved her time from 2015 by an impressive 4 minutes placing her 5th in the senior women, followed closely by Nikki in 7th place. Danielle also improved her time by 2 minutes over last year’s time, earning her 2nd place in the cat 4 women.
Andy – 5th
Nikki – 7th
Cat 4 Women:
Danielle – 2nd
Thanks to Jan Curan for the great action shots of the girls!!!