Date: May 15th, 2016
Race: NJ State Criterium Championships
Location: Marlton, NJ
Riders: Sarah Iepson, Deborah Leedale-Brown. Andy Maher
It was a chilly spring morning at Green Tree, this years location for the 2016 NJ State Criterium Championships. The course is a smooth one mile circuit with two left turns and a slight rise to the finish line. After a brief team discussion we pre rode the course to warm up. It was a small field but with the strong winds and strong riders on the line it was going to be a tough race.
On the second lap Sarah launched her first attack which was brought back fairly quickly. The wind was intense just passed the first turn making it challenging to hide in a smaller field. Lap four came and as we neared the second left turn I decided to jump and try to get away. I held my effort through the start/ finish line and past the next left turn but sat up as the field caught up to me. Seconds later Sarah countered my attack, this one stuck! With a rider away Deb and I sat close to the front ready to go with any attacks that may have come. The rest of the field worked hard to try and bring the race back together but Sarah had the gap she needed to bring it home. As we made the last turn I was not quite in the right position to be on Debs wheel going into the field sprint. She nailed second place and I took 5th.
Out of State riders are welcome to race but are not considered for medals.
Overall results: Sarah Iepson- 1st
Deborah Leedale-Brown 2nd
Andy Maher- 5th
NJ results: Sarah Iepson- 1st
Andy Maher- 3