by Tayler Wiles
Merco was the first race with my new team (Specialized-lululemon) and it was a pretty incredible start. I was really happy to see the women’s 4-day stage race return with the MID road race as stage 1. Two years ago, this was my very first race as a professional. This year, I was able to cross the finish line 1st, with teammate Evelyn Stevens taking 2nd, and it was some of the most fun I’ve ever had racing my bike.
We wanted to get Evie and I in a break, which happened on lap 2 as Alison Powers went hard up the climb to get the QOM points and caused a split. We got a break of 6 rolling with Evie, Andrea Dvorak, Alison Powers, Lauren Hall, and me. The last time up the climb, Evie attacked and got a good gap. Powers chased her and I just sat tight on her wheel. After the descent, I looked back and noticed it was just Powers and me. We’d lost the rest of the girls in the break. I sat on Powers until we were about 30 feet from Evie, and then I attacked Powers on a small kicker and bridged to Evie. Then came the fun part, as the two of us time trialed to the finish. [Read more…]