Date: May 30th, 2015
Race: Watermelon Criterium
Location: Piscataway NJ
Rider(s): Nikki Ragonese, Danielle Ferland
It was very hot for the late morning start of the Watermelon crit. The field was stacked with many experienced cat 4 women which meant this was a going to be a tough race. Right from the gun the race was drilled up to a hard pace. This course is a short loop with one really rough turn, riddled with potholes which made it hard for both of us to go through it fast. Several racers went off into the grass going around this turn. Danielle and I are both relatively new to crit racing so we both had a tough time with this turn. We both continued to push on, trying to keep up at the high pace, but both wound up in small groups off the back, but eventually did make it through to the finish. This was a tough race, but a good learning experience.