by Joanie Caron (Primal Pro Women p/b BH)
|First race of the season, first one with the team, new teammates, different focus (criteriums and NCC series). A lot to expect for the first weekend. After weeks and month of preparation, here we go, the show must go on! That being said, despite all the training and the preparation, there is always excitement coming into the first race of the season. More so when it’s the first of the National Race Calendar and when you are in a leadership position with a new team that already has lots of confidence in your abilities. But I was ready, and we were ready to break the ice and race hard!|
Our race expectation was for our team be an important factor and to race positively, not only to sit and wait for a bunch finish. We knew that the Optum team had enough good cards to play and that the race would be aggressive. Early on, attacks were launched. One of our girls covered the first one. I jumped in the 2nd move, which did not go far. But the 3rd attack, with a solo Optum rider, got a quick gap from teammates doing their job at the front. We tried to get as organized as possible, but it was just a little too late. The race was still on and we kept the focus on the later game. I did my best to save energy and give it back only when needed. In the last 5-6 laps, I could count on my teammates to get me to a good spot, which saved me energy for the late surges happening in the last 2 laps. With one to go, I was 3rd or 4th wheel, which was fine. In the last corner, I was 3rd wheel and I gave it my best, which was good for a 2nd in the sprint and 3rd in the race.
Overall, it was a good start to the season! Thanks to my teammates, who did an awesome job even before the race started, doing the majority of work at the clinics and teaching groups in the morning. Don’t forget that Primal ProWomen pb BH is holding women’s clinics to teach the basics of cycling. Being part of that team gives you wings, so that race is just the beginning. Thanks to Bobby the mechanic, Susan the host, and everyone helping us out. Congratulations to the Old Pueblo Grand Prix race for having put on such a wonderful event as well!
Next stop: Delray Beach Twilight, March 23rd! We’ll be ready and hungry for more!