Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Pink Gals Shine at East Village Crit

A spectacular Saturday came after the the dark thunderstorm and VeloRosa showed up to sponsor this crit and to race.  The final turn was manned by ladies and men in pink attire cheering on the competitors and keeping order as the bike whizzed by quickly.

The opening women's race was the Cat 4.  Five pink clad ladies toed the line and shot off with the start.  The hard work put in on Monday evenings certainly paid off as two of the regulars broke out with the lead group.
Heather O and Lisa C
held with the leaders to place fourth and fifth.  The course is comprised of a killer down hill where it is not uncommon to hit 25 mph then a 90 degree right turn to a block of flat pavement.  The next three blocks are a climb.   The first block is deceptive with the race not really realizing that there is an incline.  After a sharp left the climb is short and steep.  About the time that your legs are screaming at you to stop, there is the 90 degree right turn to the crux of the climb.  A long block where the climb never seems to end.  That is where the teammates cheering helped push the pink racers over the top.

Lee hung on to place in the money by taking 10th with Ali in 11th and Abby in 13th to round out a great showing.

The CAT 1/2/3 race featured our stellar races Dee and Megan.  This race was packed with elite racers but no other teammates worked together more efficiently than these two.  The pack of the first three were off like a shot.  There was a gap, then an Mercy racer and then Dee and Megan.  They worked together lap after lap slowing tracking down the Mercy gal.  With two to go, Megan put on her game face and picked up the pace.  Dee held with her and they
passed and moved into 4th and 5th.  After charging up the last hill, Megan beat Dee to the to take 4th.

What a testament to team effort this was as five VeloRosa racers took home money, the entry and swag tables never had a hitch and corner #5 was safe throughout.

Your Roving Race Reporter,


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