Race: Quabbin Resevoir RR
Date: April 29, 2017
Location: Ware, Massachusetts
Rider(s): Cheryl Clark, Andy Maher, Alexa Gurbinski and Danielle Ferland
On Saturday, Cheryl, Andy, Alexa and Danielle headed to Ware, Massachusetts for the Quabbin Reservoir Road Race - a 64 mile jaunt around the reservoir on some of MA’s classic rolling hills. The women’s races were the last to start, so the four of us had plenty of time to chat, pack our pockets with some Honey Stingers and get psyched for the day ahead!
Andy, Alexa and Cheryl all took some turns on the front to open up their legs in the first few miles and when we started to realize that the combination of heat (almost 80 degrees and sunny!), length, and course profile wasn’t going to make for an overly dynamic day of racing, Cheryl got to the front and controlled the pace, with Alexa sitting comfortably on her wheel. As the race chit chat increased, Alexa put in one attack, but the chase wasn’t cohesive enough quickly enough to form a break and Cheryl resumed her patrol on the front, which carried us to the finishing climb. At that point, we were hoping that our good climbing legs would show up for the party ….unfortunately, we both somewhat misjudged the climb and didn’t have the right pop at the right time to follow the leaders for the last 200m or so and ended up finishing 7th and 13th (still in the money!)
Post race debrief: Cheryl: “Alexa, what’d you think about during that race?” Alexa: “Ummmm mostly that I was pretty sure I had two giant bottles of sparkling water in the car and that I cannot wait to drink that” And yes, lukewarm Pellegrino is super delicious (verging on miraculous) after 100k in the sun!! Totally made our ride home. And rumor had it that Andy and Danielle were going to stop for the world’s best pizza at Pepe’s in New Haven, CT, so I think everyone was going to be just fine :) :)
Finally, we’d be remiss not to mention that we really felt how all of the cycling community, especially here in New England, was riding with thoughts of Chad Young and we were so moved to see his former teammates on CCB go 1-2 in the men’s race. Even for those of us who knew him just by name, in passing, or by recognizing his smile, the loss is profound and we will do our small part to ride and live in his spirit.
Ultimately, results aside, we feel very lucky to have spent a beautiful day on our bikes, in great company, and are looking forward to doing it again soon!
Cheryl Clark 7th
Alexa Gubinski 13th
Andy Maher 25th
Danielle Ferland (Cat 4 race) 31st