Race Dates: May 23-26th
Race Type: Stage Race
Location: Killington, VT
Rider: Andrea Brennan
Killington has a rich tradition of cycling and the Stage Race kicks off the first of many cycling events for the summer. A competitive field of women from Canada and across the New England ensured the weekend’s races would be challenging and exciting.
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Stage 1: Circuit Race
Andrea Brennan 7th place Womens 1/2/3
Andrea Brennan Field finish
Andrea Brennan Field finish
Stage 1 54 mile road race
Stage 1 began on Saturday morning with the Lookout & First Stop Bike Shop Circuit Race featuring 54 miles of hills and fast descents. The morning was cool and wet. Eventually the rain let up and the roads dried out enough to make it comfortable for racing. The course was an 18-mile circuit, starting at the Skyeship Base Area in Killington with a fast opening 6.6 miles to West Bridgewater. The course took us over an historic bridge, up a gradual climb of 5.7 miles into Plymouth Notch and the K/QOM and feed zone. Racing through the village of Plymouth Notch, the birth place of Calvin Coolidge, was exhilarating. After passing through Plymouth Notch a short climb and fast steep .6 mile downhill with a sharp right hand turn offered the peloton the perfect opportunity to attack…which they did on every lap. I fought on hard on this section bridging gaps and trying to stay with the lead riders. Next came a 5.3 mile section to the finish. In this stretch the course rolled passing several lakes and ponds, which I’m sure were quite scenic if I could have caught me breath. The final mile into the finishing straight was downhill and fast. The actual finish straight was flat and long so being at the front on the final downhill was pretty much a guarantee of not winning the sprint. On the final lap I marked a sprinter and was able to stay with the leaders for a seventh place finish.
Stage 2 Champion System Road Race.
On Sunday the 61 mile road race started with a flat 3 miles then climbed for 2 miles. Here the course turned and for the next nearly 20 miles the race trended steadily downhill. As we passed through the towns of Pittsfield and then Stockbridge we arrived at the sprint hot spot and the first climb of the day. The climb hit hardest at the bottom with several steep pitches. While the pitch relented at 5K to go, marking the first of three K/QOM, the road still went up. Once past the K/QOM the climb continued for several moremiles. Here the field was shattered to pieces. The true hill climbers road away as the rest of us suffered through the remaining part of the course. There were great views though and I was able to have a glance between deep breaths. After a short, fast descent into the town of Barnard followed by a 2 mile climb out of the village I was greeted at the day’s feed zone by my husband’s smiles and words of encouragement. Once through the feed zone the course featured a long fast downhill towards Woodstock, where the course turned into hard packed gravel and climbed steadily. After the summit we raced through Woodstock and returned to the start at Skyeship, but this was not the end of the race. The course turned left onto East Mountain road to a long hard challenging climb. The K/QOM was 3 miles in, but the road continued to climb further up past race headquarters onto the ‘Killington Road’ and the final climb of the day. Racers pushed to the top of the mountain. The finish was just past the summit at the K1 base area. A chalked roadway and lots of cheering spectators encouraged all of racers over the finish line. I was greeted at the by my own personal cheering squad. My niece, nephew, sister and brother-in laws were all there to witness the suffering. We seized the moment for a quick photo opp.
Stage 3- Long Trail Brewery Individual Time Trial 10.8 miles
The race started just west of the Long Trail Brewery in West Bridgewater. Racers started at 30-second intervals traveling west towards Killington. Moto and stationary officials monitored compliance on the course. Although advertised as ‘flat by Vermont standards’ this course felt like a steady climb to this flatlander. The climbs were very long and steady offering a good view of the racers ahead of me. I put my head down pushed the largest gear possible and managed to pass three racers ahead of me. A hard slow right onto River road marked the end of the course with twists and a short rise to the finish in front of the Killington Town Offices. I crossed the finish line just as the drizzle began to turn to a steady rain. I was excited to have completed all three stages. A surprising strong finish in Stage 1 and field finishes in Stages 2 & 3. Lots of learning and great racing made this a perfect event to prepare for the Parx Casino Philly Classic in June.