Your Turn to Hurt :
by Kristabel Doebel-Hickok
Devil’s Punchbowl Road Race, situated at 3500 ft with 1500 ft of climbing each lap in 80-90 degree heat, ALWAYS hurts. It hurt last year, it hurt this year. It hurt for my teammate, Kirsten Darley, who attacked to get away and suffer alone from Fort Tejon on Lap 1 through the descent on Lap 2. It hurt for everyone that had to chase her, particularly Erin Lamb who was relentless in her efforts. And it hurt for me when I attacked at the base of the climb on the third and final lap and found myself alone with 14.5 miles to go.
Laps 1 and 2 were not my time to hurt. They were my time to hydrate, conserve, and follow those who chased my teammates that attacked and counterattacked with Kirsten staying away for almost a lap.