A few of us girls ventured south for
the LA circuit race. There were actually 7 SB area women in the women's
3/4 race today--a great showing by the locals!
I was feeling quite organized--I even left the house on time (ok, 1
minute later than planned) this morning. However, due to a little time
loss picking up Marian (new cat 3 in the area) I was late getting to
Olivia's. I knew I was in trouble when Olivia called me on our way
there, and there was no salutation to be had, only a terse "where are
you." Oops...we weren't THAT late! Anyway, we did finally leave the SB
area, after our much needed Starbucks stop. In Starbucks, I asked
Olivia if she was nervous, and got "no....(small pause here), well, only
about not getting there in time!" Oops again. On a good note, we
managed to fit 3 people, 3 bikes, 3 trainers, 3 duffel bags o' random
stuff all in one small VW Golf! We were probably the only ones who
actually followed the directions on the race flyer which said "please
prevent global warming and consider carpooling to the race in cars of 3
Anyway, we did get there, and got out of the car only to be nearly blown
over by the wind! Hmmm. It was going to be a chilly day at the races.
Turned out that the riding direction was exactly perpendicular to the
wind...pure crosswind the WHOLE course. As I was getting readyW3/4 ,
Olivia was following me around like the paparazzi--I felt so famous.
On to the race....the race was about as interesting as one could expect
from a flat road with a U-turn at each end! There were about 30 women
in the 3/4 race. Susan Farber was also racing for Chicken Ranch, and I
had "stealth teammates" Olivia and Marian. As Olivia said...(based on
her inability to fit into the new kits), "she is just too big for the
chicken ranch britches," but can still be a "stealth chicken rancher."
(note--Olivia is a lot smaller than I am...so I'm not sure that this is
quite accurate) And stealth teammate she was! She attacked on lap 2
because "the race was too slow" and I got to see who was strong when
they chased her down. I was happy to block for her, even if she was
wearing the frog colors of Echelon :) . The race really came down to
the final sprint. Marian attacked on the final corner, which was too
early, but managed to string it out a tad. I had a pretty good wheel
going into the sprint, managed to time it better than I have all season,
but I still have some work to do. The wheel I picked didn't quite get
me where I needed to be so I had to do some dancing and managed to get
3rd, still accelerating at the line.
The rest of the Ranchers...
Susan Farber 8th
(stealth racer) Olivia Walling 14th
(stealth racer) Marian Hunting 18th
We stuck around just long enough to hear the race results and pick up
the cycle computer that I managed to win, and then it was back home,
with a nice stop in Malibu for lunch. Good times...next up, San Dimas!
How'd everyone else do this weekend?