Kat's report: I lined up behind the first row of racers one of whom was Alijah who is now racing the W3s.The day started out with snow and it didn't let up until mid afternoon. Lots of snowflakes continuously fell sticking to the grass and dirt and mostly melting on pavement. It wasn't too cold - low 30s which made for heavy wet snow. On a pre-ride - the snow covered grasses were surprising easy to ride - at least the bike felt good. The whole course was set up pretty much the same as Nationals last year with the snow making the tight sections slippery and muddy.
Off to a great start - 3rd off the pavement and on to the wide open field which winds around some before heading to the first hill climb.
|Kat heading for the long uphill.|
|Awesome picture from Kim Pierce|
|Kat at the top of the barriers with the Snowman Sentinel.|
|Still snowing - and keeping it up right.|
|Snow Starting to build up on the road to the finish line.|
Good racing effort for the majority of the race, happy with my bike handling and finishing the race in 9th. Really it was fun racing hearing all the cheers by other Iowans. Results can be found here. Now focusing on the training going for Nationals - come what may.
Thanks to Tara Coady and Kim Pierce for some spectacular pictures of the races and all the cheers!.