Date: Sept. 11, 2016
Race: Thompson Criterium of Doylestown
Rider(s): Emily Underwood and Deborah Leedale-Briown
In the immortal words of Monty Python, "And now for something completely different..."
A race report written by someone who didn't race!!
Though I'm currently on the "injured reserve" list, I simply couldn't stay away from what is truly one of my favorite races of the season... a true circuit style criterium, Doylestown offers a screaming fast downhill section, plenty of tight and zippy turns, and a leg-crushing riser up to the start finish line. I've raced the event twice previous and this year, I supported Emily, Deborah, and Meredith in my role as team Director Sportif. Though I was sad to not race, it was great to be out there to support these ladies as they lined up against the Nation's best.
The competition was out... full 6-women squads from ISCorp and Fearless Femme, LVG and her Mellow Mushrooms, a few H&H riders, and two ladies named Tina Pic and Lauren Hall to round out a truly powerful field.
The race was animated from the start. Josie Talbot from ISCorp got away only 3 laps into the race. Certain that it would be pulled back in quickly, we sat beautifully at the front end of the pack, waiting for the inevitable catch and watching for other moves that might occur. But, that wasn't the case. Talbot stayed off the front for nearly the entire race, pushing her lead out to over 40 seconds at points. With only 3 to go, she was reeled back in and the counter attacks from ISCorp ensued with frenetic energy. With 2 laps to go, Skyler Schneider and Gretchen Sturmhoffer of Colavita, made a move away from the field and were able to hold it to the line for 1st and 2nd.
The Emily and Deborah maintained their solid positions in the final few laps and finished with the main bunch for 18th and 20th with Meredith finishing in 26th.
This was the last race of the season for the Elite squad and everyone (even me as DS!) left with a smile. It's been an amazing season... a team that plays together, stays together... and we played our hearts out this year. It's been an honor to race and DS such an incredible team of women. Thank you to all of our fabulous sponsors for making it possible.
And, thank you to David Harwi and Dean Warren Photography for the photos of the girls mid-flight!
Emily Underwood 18th
Deborah Leedale-Brown 20th