Showing my Poker Face at Spooky Cross
By Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna Pro Team)
Spooky Cross started off with a fast start from pavement to packed dirt. I found myself immediately battling for a spot at the front, trying to establish myself early in the race. Within half a lap, there was already a front group of four of us who broke off from the rest of the pack.
Because there were a number of drafting opportunities on the course, it became imperative to stay together for as much of the race as possible. The other women in the group were all strong riders and we continuously launched attacks on each other. I felt comfortable taking my time to make a race winning move. I kept saying to myself, “Just be patient, ride smooth, and be patient.”
After two laps, one of the women in our group broke off the front and created a gap. As the other three of us chased her down, I sat on the front of the group to help lead the chase. She made a couple small mistakes and we were able to close the gap. Once I passed her, I had about a lap and a half left so I attacked on the grass section of the course up a small gradual uphill. Once I had a gap I pushed hard to open it up more and give myself some security. It was challenging to maintain such a hard pace all the way to the finish line, but I rode smooth and managed to stay in the lead all the way to the end.
Though the women’s field was small, it was competitive and fast and it made for a really exciting race to participate in. And all the spectators dressed in Halloween costumes were great. During the race I wore my “cyclist” Halloween costume, but I got to break out my Lady Gaga costume for the podium presentation