Kat, Mark and Scott getting ready for some gravel grinding.
Warm and very windy conditions prevailed at the 12:00pm start. The course was mostly gravel in all the big headwind sections which also contained a series of serious rollers. The tail-wind section - about 1/3rd of the course was on blacktop. The women had a solid turnout with 15 lining up - everyone grouped together. Nothing happened much for the first part of the first lap - sticking together on the headwind sections. Short report on the women's race (25 miles 4 laps) from Kat:
Towards the end of the gravel on the first lap Cassandra Kessler (Mercy) make an attack - took Kim Hopkins (Velo Rosa) with her. I saw them go and no-one chasing until Amy (Q7) went to bridge. I should've followed her but didn't thinking others would. They didn't and I tried to bridge back up during the paved section at the end of the first lap; but with Mercy and VeloRosa teammates in the 2nd group there was no reason to chase I sat back down and stayed with the group. Kept the 3 in sights - with a group of 5 of working together (Andrea, Joan, Cara, Shari). Eventually Kim dropped off the leader group and by the last lap our group of 5 caught her. Hitting the pavement and tailwind - Kim, myself and Andrea picked it up - and we were racing for 3rd. Going into the Downhill and hard right turn on to gravel and the headwind to the finish line Andrea made a move for 3rd; Kim and Kat followed finishing 4th and 5th respectively.
here - just scroll down past the race information. Congratulations to Waterloo hometown guy Kevin Tempel on winning the Pro123s. An outstanding young racer.
Next Up - Twisted Spokes' Spring training camp in Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain. Hopefully will be able to send pictures and reports.
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