I really like this race, but I could be changing my mind ( see last paragraph). It seems like you can get the maximum “ bang for your buck” in a 50 minute race. There is approximately 300 feet per lap elevation gain and it comes the hard way at 8-12%. I normally don’t look to see who has pre-registered for a race, but I did. Then, I got nervous. Laura Charameda and Jane Despas along with many other tough local racer chicks were signed up. I was also told the gal from British Columbia was a former Canadian National Champion. Oh boy. Gonna be fun.
20 gals lined up and as soon as the whistle blew, Jane took off with Laura on her wheel. I mean..from the get-go. Zoot! The rest of us bear down and with Lauraleen Fenech in the lead, we catch the two prior to the first time down the corkscrew. But, that effort along shelled 9 gals and we had a good group of 11. The next 7 laps were carbon copy of each other. The climbers at the front of the hill pushing the pace up and over into the corkscrew with a mass re-grouping on the backside.
I did not want to go to the line with 10 other gals and try my hand at sprinting, so with 2 to go, I got to the front on the climb and set a hard tempo to see who I could get rid of passengers. Other than stringing the peloton out, I didn’t seem to do much damage. Double Zoot! But, I got to lead the group into the corkscrew and I have never done that before.
Last lap climb: Jane punches it at the front, Laura jumps on her wheel and 3 of us dig deep to hold their wheels. So, 5 of us go over the top of the climb and are heading for home. I can’t tell how far back the others are, but they are coming. On the backstretch, 3 more bridge to our group. Coming into the sprint, Jane takes off a LONG WAY OUT. Laura goes after her and it is every women for themselves to fight out 3rd – 8th. No one is catching those two. Laura gets her at the line with Jane coming in second. Jennifer Kalich comes in for a solid 3rd, then it is really close for 4th -8th. I have no idea where I placed.
In typical Sea Otter circuit racing fashion, it takes 4 hours to post our results and, of course, they are wrong. After written protests are placed and reviewed, the results are still not changed. Offical results have 4 almost lapped gals from our field in 1-4th place. The winner of our category, Laura, is in 5th with Jane 6th, etc. Just so ridiculous at an event such as Sea Otter to have blatant disregard for the cyclists and what we have to say regarding the correct placings. Oh well..guess that is bike racing!
Last edited on Mon Apr 23rd, 2012 11:49 pm by bunny