To finish up the weekend, one last road race. Only 40 miles. Only 3400ft of climbing. Did I mention I’m not made for climbing? I’m a trackie, the biggest hill I have to deal with is getting up the banking. How did I end up here you ask? “It’ll be fun!” they said. “You’ll do great!” they said. “It’ll make you a better cyclist!” they said. The thoughts that went through my mind that last race, when after 10 minutes I saw the big girls disappearing off into the distance, never to be seen again, included what excuses I could come up with to only do one of the two laps (20 miles seemed doable). However, I had to put those thoughts aside and convince the others that were chewed up and spat out by the big girls to work together and help ease each other’s pain. We started with 4, and throughout the first lap picked up more and more riders. By the time we hit the start/finish for the first time, the group had grown to 8 or so. The Sorella tent was bright, unmistakable and just the spark I needed to keep going. I couldn’t dwell nor bask in the beauty of the tent because I needed to focus on picking up a bottle, having come to the realization that I hadn’t actually done a bottle pickup on the fly before and that I really needed to get rid of one bottle in order to pick up a new one! Bottle exchange complete, and off for lap 2! By this point we had a decent rhythm and more of us to share the load. Around halfway through someone decided to pick up the pace and the group split and I managed to cling on to the finish. It was a windy slightly uphill finish but there was the tent, all bright and beautiful and cheerleaders adding some noise to push me through the finish line, fighting for an unknown position as we had no idea how many cat 4/5 ladies were ahead of us. Finishing with nothing in the tank, 6th behind a former Sorella. Sylvia finished up 10th and Diane 11th (despite Diane taking a wrong turn somewhere along the way and getting in a couple of extra miles. Because she hadn’t done enough for the weekend.) Despite that, Diane had a great weekend:
"I would like to say that it was so nice to have our Sorella tent at the race over the weekend, it was awesome. It created an atmosphere of team spirit and was the gathering location of teammates and supporters. Thank you Michelle and everyone else involved in arranging this each day at 3 different locations over the weekend."
Big thank you to our cheerleaders this weekend, Michelle Hollberg, Libby Brown, Lea Rolfe, Peanut and significant others. Could not have made it through the weekend without the cheering, encouragement, bike holding, feeding and everything else ya’ll did for us! A big thank you to the other racers this weekend for being badass and representing the club.