Report by Nikke Ragonese:
We finally got some nice racing weather this past weekend for the Upper Freehold TT. The sun decided to come out and it was a beautiful spring morning. The team was ready to take on this new and challenging course. The roads and scenery for this TT were beautiful! Too bad we were all working too hard to really look around and enjoy it.
I headed out onto the course knowing that the most challenging part of this ride was probably the last mile and a half with a pretty steep climb, a tight and technical turn and then an uphill finish. I hoped that I could pace myself well enough to save some energy to really power through all the way to the end. The first five miles were great, I felt strong and fast. Around mile six I made a right hand turn onto a nicely paved and seemingly flat road, but a slight uphill and deceptive headwind made it much tougher than it seemed. Pushing through and starting to feel like I was losing a bit of steam I told myself I only had about two or three miles to go. I worked through the steep uphill and got to that final tight right turn, but right before I made the turn I started to notice that something didn’t feel right. I made the turn and decided to pull off to the side to check my bike. My rear tire was almost totally flat. I felt disheartened, but decided to roll slowly and gingerly on the wheel to the finish. I did make it to the finish line, but not as quickly as I would have liked. Mechanical issues happen to all of us, so I just decided to enjoy the nice day and cheer on the other finishers as I waited for a ride back to the start.
The team overall had an amazing race with Beth Bonilla taking first in the senior women, Andy took 4th and I was 7th despite my flat. Danielle took 8th place in a huge Cat 4 women’s field and Teresa was 4th out of a large and tough group of non-TT women.
After the race we all headed to the Screamin’ Hill Brewery as a send-off to Audrey, who is moving permanently to Utah in about a month. The team, as well as other cycling friends gathered together to wish Audrey well. She is an amazing person and has been a part of the cycling community and this team for many years and will be sorely missed. (Photo credits to Don Madson and Jan Curan)
Beth Bonilla- 1st
Andy Maher- 4th
Teresa DiSessa- 4th