report by Amanda Watson
Julie and I went to NC this past weekend for the French Broad Classic - a sweet little 3-race omnium that has been on my to-do list for several years.
|Amanda on the 3rd place at the end of the weekend|
The last battle was Sunday's criterium in Asheville, which was a rather short, triangular-shaped lap with a descent into a hair-pin turn, followed by an up-hill sprint. The race was at 1:40 pm, so the temperature was significantly hotter than the previous 2 stages and my legs were feeling it. The fact that there were tons of primes made it even harder to relax in the pack. But Julie chased down numerous attacks and I prayed for mercy from above, and that a brewing storm didn't blow in before we finished. The field stayed together until 2 laps remained, and the gambler's prime set the stage for 3 racers to open a tiny gap. I couldn't muster the strength to bridge up, but managed to get to the front of the pack so that I could take my own line through the wicked turn, and then unleashed every ounce of energy that remained for the up-hill sprint. I managed to get across the line 4th, which secured 3rd place for the omnium, and Julie came in 12th. It was a great weekend!!! :)