Posted by: marissaridesbikes | February 15, 2011

PODIUM! CCCX Circuit Race #2, 2011

Monterey, California;  February 12, 2011

 

Beautiful sunny skies, not too much wind, and a good number of woman racers were on hand Saturday to tackle the hills of Fort Ord. Local resident Beverly Chaney was there for her first race in the Touchstone Climbing kit and raced smart to take second place on the day.

Women's 1/2/3 Podium

 

The women’s 1/2/3race was scheduled for 75 minutes – likely six laps of the challenging 4.3 mile course. The first two laps were fairly uneventful and without incident; it seemed that most of the field was working out the early season jitters and there was a lot of looking around to see who would “bring it”.  As we past the start/finish line on the third lap the field was told from the sidelines that they would combine with the 35+ group who had just come up on the tail end of the 1/2/3 field. At the same time, the number of laps was reduced from six to five.

It is always challenging to make changes like this on the road, and many racers were left scrambling as pre-race strategies were thrown out the window, and several racers in both fields discovered they now had teammates they didn’t have before. The combined group increased to 22 riders, with the 35+ pack mostly staying together at the back of the group.  A few riders launched attacks on the climbs but as often happens in combined/picked separately fields, they were quickly shut down.

Bev raced smart, knowing that she did not have the advantage of teammates. She did have the home court advantage, however, as she rides in the area often, and made sure she was protected before the killer headwind sections and near the front going into the climbs. She did take the lead to keep the group safe when three groups – the men 35+ 1/2/3, the women 4, and the women 35+ and 1/2/3 combined – all hit the same stretch of road at the same time. That’s quite the sticky situation, but fortunately with the help of experienced riders like Bev everyone made it through safely.

The pace really picked up on the final lap’s climb and Bev came down the final descent in 3rd position. A few women were able to pass her coming out of the final turn, but Bev knew that it’s a long uphill finish and sure enough, during the sprint she came back around all but the 1/2/3 winner, Jennie Phillips of Wells Fargo.  The overall race winner was Michelle Heaton of Team Bicycle Trip.  All in all, a very nice day and great start to the season!

 


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  1. Congrats, Bev!


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