Date: August 22, 2015
Race: Masters & Rookies / Track
Location: Trexlertown, PA
Riders: Claudia Penaloza and Jo Johnson
Teammates Jo Johnson and Claudia Penaloza tested themselves on this warm day with some fast and furious racing. The three races of the day, 6-lap Scratch, 6-lap Handicap, 15-lap points race with sprints every 5 laps, were a definite challenge. A relatively large (14+) and young field added to the difficulty. Some of the riders were a bit aggressive, one rider broke a spoke from contact in the first race, which is quite rare on the track; the Chief Official was not pleased. On a positive note, Jo is staying with the group longer each race, an accomplishment in itself. Specifically, she managed to keep ahead of the field for an impressive 5-laps in the Handicap, and held on for 6th place. The addition of another gear-inch today also indicates gains in Jo's strength. Progress is slow but certain.
Claudia was late for the first race but managed two 4th places after that, unfortunately she found her legs only after the first sprint of the points race... and was one spot short of qualifying for the feature.
All in all, it was a good day and nice to share racing within the team.
Jo Johnson, survived
Claudia Penaloza, 5th place Omnium