Dates: September 12th and 13th, 2015
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Race: Pensacola Subway Classic
Rider: Meg Moore
What?!? I’m going to race my bike in Florida the day after I take my Surgical Critical Care boards? Yes. Yes I am. In fact, I can’t think of a better way to decompress. So there I went. Bikes on the roof of the MINI Cooper all the way across the rest of Louisiana and Alabama and on into Florida. I got there just in time to catch up with an old friend who now owns the Trek Bikes store in Pensacola, Robbie Mott, and get some last minute mech work done on my ride before heading over to registration. The race was the next morning and we kicked things off with a 3-mile TT out on Pensacola Beach. It was a great day. Not too hot and just a wee bit of a cross wind. I set out on my friends Cervelo TT bike and managed to pull out a PR, doing my 3-miler in 6.39 and taking 3rd in the Women’s Cat 3. Not bad for an old lady who spent the week before boards in Vegas, eh? But wait, there’s more! Following the TT, I hopped back in the MINI with the bikes on the roof and drove an hour up to Milton, Florida, home of NAS Whiting Field where I went through primary training in flight school. Ahhh, a trip down memory lane… The next race was a 50-mile road race and was hilly by Florida and Louisiana standards. It started off like most women’s races…a bit slow with the Cat 1’s in the back and the less-experienced riders at the front trying to get something going. I got a bit bored with the pace myself, so I can’t say I wasn’t one of those riders trying to stir things up a bit. But then came this hill…and it was actually a hill. And with that hill, came the anticipated attack by the ladies in the back. I went with it as well as I could, but couldn’t quite hold that 3-man break. The next lap was spent once again trying to stir things up because the pace had slowed down even more with the break off the front. This time, however, when we hit the hill, I attacked it and managed to get away myself for a little bit, but couldn’t stick it. I was reeled back in and found myself in the sprint for the line, taking 4th for the Women’s Cat 3. Again, what was that part about Vegas and Boards the week before? Back down to Pensacola I went for some shut-eye in anticipation of Sunday’s Criterium downtown. Sunday was also a beautiful, blue-sky day with minimal wind. But I slipped a pedal on the line and got behind the wrong person in the first turn, forcing me to chase for 5-laps before finally grabbing back onto the field. Ouch. I managed to hang on for another three laps before getting popped again and then never quite got back on. Oh well. The trip and the racing in Pensacola was still worth it and was definitely a fabulous way to decompress after the last couple of months. Thanks Riptide and hope to be racing with all of you again soon!
TT-3rd in the Women’s Cat 3
Road Race-4th for the Women’s Cat 3