Snowball Criterium #2
Back row = Emily, Patty, Erin, Julie K, & Julie H Front row = Avanell, Leslie, Amanda, & Erika
The elite riders from up north traveled to VB for a weekend of training and fun. After a great ride with the team on Saturday, we all went to Snowball Crit Sunday for the race. Since so many team riders were there, we were pretty excited about the race... even though it was rainy and cold. We lined up at the start line just long enough to start shivering. I was surprised by how many people were there to watch the race despite the weather.
The pace was kept fast from the start by the strength of team VA Asset Group p/b Artemis/Trek (and yes, our fans were shouting the entire name as they cheered for us). Attacks were pulled back by the three other teams represented at the race, but mostly by Jen (VBVK) and Mary (Traveler). Eventually, one of our riders, Patty, got away on her own. She was followed by Mary and shortly after by Julie (VA Asset Group). Back in the field several other attempts were made but none stuck. With 2 laps to go Erin (VA Asset Group) gave a monster lead out for her sprinters and dropped them off to watch Avanell (VA Asset Group) edge out Jen for the sprint.
Thanks to all those who supported women's racing at Snowball- East Coast Bikes, Sock Guy, In Motion, Udderly Smooth, Bike Beat, Terry Precision Cycling, and Sport-wash.
PS- The women's race had more people show up and race in the rain than the men's A race, just sayin'.