Three Pink Gals rode hard in the challenging crit last Sunday in Iowa City. This is a race that starts with a steep downhill into the 90 degree right turn, a sprint to the next corner with another 90 degree turn into an uphill climb that will take the power from your legs and the breath from you lungs. A few rights and lefts and a sprint into the strong Iowa wind before you head downhill at breakneck speed. It takes nerves of steel to not jamb on the brakes before the turn at the bottom. Medical personnel man the post at the bottom of hill, hay bales line the poles and spectators hold their collective breath as the bikers whip down and into the turn.
Megan, Lee and newcomer Melinda Reese showed up on the cold and windy morning to tackle the Old Capitol Crit..
Megan stated out strong leading the pack to the first corner. She showed no fear, cut the sharp angle and took off down the straight away. Lee started off with the front line but eased into the turn and fell off the main pack. She battled back up the hill eventually overtaking sometimes-pink but racing DMOS orange Laura K. Lee and Laura battled it out for a fun finish with Lee showing her year's experience in beating Laura to the line.
Newcomer Melinda showed up and made this her first race. What a tough course to battle through. Congrats and continued success to Melinda! She makes Pink proud.
Meghan finished 7th in the Cat 4 with Laura behind her. Lee took the podium with a 2nd place finish in the 35+.
Your Roving Race Reporter,
Thanks to Joann for the photos and her support!!!!