Snowball Criterium #1, 2011
pictured above: Julie, Leslie, Erika, Avanell, and Emily
17 women showed up to battle it out for the first women's race of the season (at least in Virginia). It was a nice day and we were especially happy to have so many of our own team present, a mix of the Elite and Developmental squads with a huge variety of experience ranging from 1st crit ever (Julie H.) to many years of racing.
So here is what happened... after many attempted breaks, and six primes later, the group held out and the race ended in a sprint. Taryn (Celerity) went to the front on the last lap and pushed a nice pace, Ava got right behind her, followed by Emily. Before we got to the straight away Ava jumped hard and Emily followed her. Ava won the sprint and made it look easy, Emily took second, and Amanda (FF) came in third preventing a sweep (Leslie got 4th). Taryn hung on and came in 5th overall (1st cat 4, pictured below).
Proudly, Erika won a prime and Julie H completed her first crit. Thanks to VBV for promoting the race and giving women an early season racing option!
Many thanks to the companies that also supported the race (and also the next one on March 6): East Coast Bikes, Sock Guy, Polar Bottles, Sport-Wash, Udderly Smooth Chamois Cream, In Motion, Terry Precision Cycling, and Bike Beat.
Thanks also to the women who came out to race, hope to see you again at #2 on March 6.