Date: April 24th, 2016
Race: Pedricktown Road Race
Location: Pedricktown, NJ
Rider(s): Sarah, Deborah, and Meredith
A HUGE field came to the line on Sunday for the 50 mile road race through the lovely farm country of south Jersey. Flat as a pancake, but always the site of headwinds galore, this race was one that I was really excited for. One thought just kept noodling around in my head: today is a breakaway day.
And it was.
The pace was kept pretty steady throughout the race, and was punctuated by attacks from us, ABRT, and H&H Racing. Twice, it seemed like a break was established. And, twice it was reeled back in by the peloton behind. But, thankfully, this idea of a break wasn't just mine, but was shared. Just after starting the 4th of 7 laps, an H&H rider took a small flyer with Meredith on her wheel. I allowed it to gap just a bit and some Action Wheels and CRCA/Dave Jordan riders came around me to close it. Just as they caught on, Lauren Dagostino launched and I was quick on her wheel. Ainhoa from ABRT came with us and as we got over the "hill" (highway overpass bump) we took a glance back and we had daylight! The perfect break had formed. Three major teams represented, strong legs from those teams, and only 2.5 laps to go! UGH! We used the head wind section to confirm the gap and ensure that we just had to stay upright and keep moving to lock up the podium.
We had time to play some games near the finish - which was kind of fun with each of us launching an attack to see if we could get a last minute run to the line. It ended in a 3-up sprint, with Ainhoa taking the win, Lauren 2nd and me finishing off the podium.
Back in the field, Deborah and Meredith patrolled the front to ensure that the break stayed clear and they were lined up well for the finish. When they came into the final stretch, Meredith led Deborah out and Deb held her sprint long enough to finish 2nd in the field, 5th overall. Meredith finished solid in the pack.
Another great day of team tactics and another podium for the squad. We're having such fun together and that naturally leads to strong results!
Result: Sarah - 3rd
Deborah - 5th