Race: Gravel Grape Crusher
Date: Sunday June 8th
Location: Landenberg, VA
Riders: Katrine Waterman, Teresa DiSessa-Johnson and Serena DeFelice
Race report written by Serena:
Sunday morning Katrine, Teresa, and I set out to ride through PA, DE, and MD in the Gravel Grape Crusher on our mountain bikes. It was a chilly, breezy start to the day as we still wait on spring to arrive. Despite the cold weather we layered and bundled up a bit to get through our ride in a more comfortable state...ideally not frozen.
At the start I failed to check my pack, and my water hose was disconnected and we needed to stop and fix that situation as water is kind of important (rookie mistake, my apologies). We traveled through gravel, roads, and dirt throughout the day- a nice mixture of all. It was a learning experience of sorts finding a comfortable pace for us all to hang that kept us in a good place physically and mentally. We are all different riders with different strengths but with a positive attitude and encouragement we came together and communication was key for completing it. We dipped into a few different parks and it was fun to cruise around on the trails especially since we haven’t had the most time riding outside recently (cold weather= frozen rider, trainer/treadmill= warmth/happy rider) but it was a beautiful thing today. We complimented each other, taking turns in a rotation of sorts for where we were in our little pack riding. Around each corner there seemed to be climbing and more climbing, which turned into a joke of sorts that kept us moving and laughing (laughing is good when your legs are burning), surprise more climbing. We completed the 100k ride in under 5 hours with over 5000 feet of climbing. Climbing is fun, just keep telling yourself, and maybe you start to believe it. At the end of the day we had some laughs, and reflected a bit, while getting a chance to refuel! Looking forward to the next adventure!!