13th Annual Anger Management Criterium
by Jennifer Whalen (Ritte Racing) #WSWC
There was a hearty turnout for the Women’s 3-4 field for the first criterium in the CBR series on Sunday. I was very happy about that,since women’s cycling has been cut a fair amount this year in SoCal. This was my first race of the 2013 season, as well as the debut of the Ritte Women’s Cycling Team. Exciting stuff!
The pace stayed consistent and moderate at 20-25mph for most of the race. My teammate Shelby and I both took a prime. I love Kool ‘n’ Fit and couldn’t help myself when they announced it as a prize. Things started getting stirred up with six laps to go. A couple breakaway attempts went, but the field reeled them in each time.
At the last lap there was a near crash that shook everyone a little bit. Fortunately, I was in front of it. Coming around the last turn, I was second wheel behind a Catalyst Racing Team rider. At about 100m to go, I went wide to the right of the approaching field and sprinted for the finish. I could hear my teammates screaming down the entire straightaway to the finish line.
Thank you to all who support the Ritte Women’s Cycling Team. This is a good way to start the season!