McKensie Walker started the season off for Team EPS/M3 Riptide-Cycling by racing at the Philly Phlyer series of races this past weekend!! Here are McKensies thoughts on her race!!
First race of the season! I didn’t know what to expect, especially since the weather hasn’t been agreeable with riding outside. I was nervous with the 3/4 combined group. I came into the race thinking of it as a training ride/race that I could build the rest of my season on. At the starting line I saw a familiar pink helmet that was Shaina! She gave me a few pointers along with Deborah and Teresa who had helped me all week.
The wind was whipping, but with the sun out, the temperature was perfect. Everyone took it easy the first two laps. There were a few pot holes on the course that made some parts tricky, but I was able to get more comfortable each lap. On the third lap I was feeling good, but sat on the front a bit too long. There was an attack on this lap that split the front end of the race. I found myself with tired legs and was in the latter. We tried to work together on the last lap to catch back on, but we couldn’t seem to work it out. We pushed it up the final climb and came around into a head wind. The sprint was on!!
I sat in as long as possible before sprinting. I made out with first in the bunch sprint, 6th overall (being 2nd of the cat 4s!). What an awesome start to this season! I can’t wait to start racing with teammates.