Race date: July 26, 2014
Race Type: Track
Location: Valley Preferred Cycling Center
Riders: Andrea Brennan, Laura Carlson, Jo Johnson
There was some concern in the morning since it was raining up in the Lehigh Valley, but the skies cleared, and the track was good and dry by the time racers started their warm-up. It ended up to be a perfect day for some fast races! Andrea and Jo got some good training in for their upcoming Master’s Track Nationals in August. Andrea held her own again against the Masters Men to get in some good speed work, while Laura and Jo raced the Women’s category. The format is three races per category, then a final Feature Race for the top placing riders in each category.
The women’s races have been a nice size this year, averaging twenty women per race. Jo and Laura started with a Points Race: 20 laps with a sprint for points every five laps. The second race was a Scratch Race (a standard mass start race) and the final race was a Miss-n-out. The Miss-n-out is a strategic race: the last rider across the line is pulled each lap, then the final five race for the win. Jo beat her personal goal in each race, and Laura finished solidly in the pack for the first two races, and held on in the miss-n-out with nine riders to go. Laura loves her new Ogio bag; the backpack straps make carting all the gear to and from the track so easy!