The annual battle under the lights took place at the Night Cap Cyclocross on a crisp fall evening. The air was cold but the racing hot. The added vibe was provided by fans, some three deep, cheering and jeering the riders along. The course packs a lot of distance in a small patch of land behind Mullets.
When around 40 women take off in one bunch, it is quite a scene. Nestled in the group was a contigent of pink racers including Ali, Michelle, Erika, Dee, Kim, and Joann. The race spread out a bit and the real race was in the Master's 45+. Lap after lap three ladies exchanged the lead. Kim held it at the start but Dee and Joann were working to hunt her down. Pretty soon it was clear that this category was a VeloRosa race. These seasoned bike racers were putting on quite the show. There was little time for plucking dollars or grabbing a chug of beer. They put on quite a show in the multi-lap race. In the end, Dee came out on top with Joann second and Kim third. What a great showing for the pink racing gals.
In the 35+ race, Erika held on for fourth place. She has been tearing up the courses this fall prior to a break to rest her body. She came back with a full charge and showed it at this race.
Ali and Michelle took on the super large Cat 4 race. Both ladies put down a superb effort and represented VeloRosa in fine fashion.
Even with all of these racers, the crowd contained tons of pink-clad teammates. If there was one certainty on this night, VeloRosa is the premier women's biking team in Iowa.
Congrats to all that raced and cheered!
Your Roving Race Reporter,
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