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Philly Naval Yard has infamously narrow and numerous corners, and in general if you’re not in the top 20 people of the pack, you will likely get dropped.

I lined up with Kristie Nichols (WHO HAD WON FARMERSVILLE RR THAT MORNING – SSSIKKKKWUTTTTT) for the W123. It was a super stacked field with showings from Peanut Butter & Co / Human Zoom, CAWES, Farm Team, Fearless Femmes – basically ALL THE STRONG WOMEN in the area. (No pressure.)

For about the first 5 of the 28 laps, I mingled in the pack with Kristie: realizing I need to learn how to corner again (such dumb lines …), but otherwise doing a reasonably good job of staying with the field. Unfortunately, then the prime hit, and the pack strung out, leaving me dangling and then eventually dropping me.

At this point, I could have given up and dropped out. I could have let myself get pulled, and I could have moped for the rest of the day mourning my once amazing fitness. But that’s not my style. I was a cat 3 woman in a W123 field for a PA BAR race, meaning points were at stake. At this point, I no longer raced for myself, but for my team and my team standings. I would get my team bar points, giving everything I got!

So every lap when I passed the finish line, I sprinted. I pedaled through every corner (Red Hook Crit trained!), I aero’d out in the head wind, and my one thought was: “DON’T PULL ME!” I was amused that people watching were actually cheering for me. I certainly appreciated it 🙂 For 22 laps I was out in the wind alone until finally the pack passed me and I reintegrated with them.

I not only finished my race but also got PA BAR points for QCW Cycling pb Breakaway Bikes. Nuff said.

Meanwhile, Kristie stayed with the pack and succeeded at a solid mid-pack finish of 18 out of 27 finishers  in a field where most of the women were cat 1’s and 2’s! I smell an upgrade!

In other news:

Farmerville W3/4 RR (pre-reg: 21 riders)
  • Kristie 1st
  • Melissa Hiller 4th
Naval Yard W4 Crit (21 riders)
  • Sam Orskog 8th (field sprint)
  • Phoebe 9th (field sprint)
  • Lauren 13th (field sprint)
  • Melissa Paquette 19th
ECCC Penn State Women’s A RR
  • Monica Volk 1st
  • Travis Rabbitt 7th
ECCC Penn State Women’s D RR
  • Emily Singleton 1st

Boston Marathon 2014 (We have strong runners too!)

  • Ritanne O’Brien finished in top 100!
  • Melissa Tabas has a strong sub 3:30 time!
  • Gretchen Millspaugh Cooney requalified with a strong finish!
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