Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Not Quite DFL

The course was the best that Augusta has ever been run! It was run backwards from the previous years. We started on the pavement, to the dirt, a right hand turn up a steep hill with two barriers. Then it turned and made a long parade around a soccer field. There were three 180 degree turns up and down a hill. A short flat section was followed by the turn into a very steep but ridable hill. The course came back out on the pavement, which was slightly downhill and then went down by the rentention pond to a double set of uphill barriers. It finished with a
slight uphill the the road start/finish.

What a difference 24 hours makes! My legs felt good preriding the course. I took it nice and easy on my 3 warm up laps. It was a good course with a few places to really open up the throttle and some technical elements for those of us that like them. There were only 4 of us as some of the A Women opted to stay in Hendersonville, NC for the second day of the NC Grand Prix UCI Cyclocross races. I lined up with Holly Longley, Ellen Carroll, and Kari Linder. At the start Holly took the holeshot with Ellen and I right on her wheel. We stayed together through the barriers, and then they poured on the speed. I pushed myself around the soccer field and through the turns. The steep hill was no match for me, and it felt like I was dancing on the pedals for the first time all cyclocross season. I put my head down and got into tt position on the road and pushed the largest gear I could. I flew through the grass and up the barriers. I never let up on the pavement each time I came around. I would recover a little bit after the barriers and push the road. After the first two laps, I could barely hop over the uphill barriers even with my bike shouldered. Being short and having 40 cm high barriers makes it difficult to get over. I looked at my speed each time through the soccer field and never let it get below 13.6. If I saw it
wavering, I clicked down a gear and pushed myself harder. The one place I kept bobbling was the first 180 degree turn. I kept taking an outside line when I should have been staying in the middle. I rode the steep hill each time. I had a great race and felt really strong. I was very happy with third place although I know it would have been lower if we'd had a full field. Still, a great race where I felt fantastic!


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mosovich said...

Good job Trish! Glad you liked the course..