Event: Sandy Hook TT
Date: March 31st
Location: Sandy Hook, NJ
Riders: Amanda Rinderer and Diane Elmore
The Sandy Hook Time Trial truly is the prologue to bike racing in NJ. Many of us look forward to this event to shake out our nerves and prime our legs to get ready to race the rest of the season. The course is simple. It is a 7 mile out and back on a flat stretch of road. It’s typically chilly and windy and race day was no different. It was 40 degrees, sunny with clear skies. The racers faced a mild headwind on the way out and a mild tailwind on the way back to the finish line. My teammate Diane Elmore and I found each other in the morning and warmed up on our trainers together.
We greeted many familiar and friendly faces, spun our legs out, and got ready to race. I was racing in the Women’s Open TT and Diane in the Women’s Cat 4/5 TT. Time trialing is my strength and I was hoping for a PR on this course. I did not get that PR but I rode well and ended up with the fastest female time of the day by almost a minute! I kept my head down and tried to stay small and aero while pacing my legs and lungs for a strong finish. A riders legs always hurt during a time trial since it’s an all out effort but today my lungs were screaming as well because of the cold air. All in all, a great day to get back at it.
Diane had an impressive 5th place finish despite numerous setbacks during the past year. Her determination and grit is a rare and precious gift. I also would like to give a shout out to the handful of women who showed up today to race their very first time trial. With no fancy bikes needed, there were some brand new faces in the Non-Aero division. They all did so well! Kudos to you! More women, more bikes, more often!