On Sunday 6/29, Emma and I (Maureen) headed to Skyline Park for the annual race. We were worried that it might be too smoky, but it turned out to be a beautiful day. This year the Pro and Expert womens fields were combined, which meant I was racing Emma and she had to do 3 laps of the 8-mile course. Rachael, Athena, and Sarah were present, which meant it was going to be a tough race! I haven’t ridden really hard for over a month, so I was feeling a little nervous at the start. The first climb was tougher but shorter than I remember, and the descent sketchy fun. It is so rocky that is seems like your wheels are going to explode. But they didn’t, and I guess that’s what makes Mavic one of the best! I was battling Sarah on the first and second laps, but on the third lap she threw in the towel and took a DNF for some reason. I didn’t know she quit, so I kept on pushing my pace on the third lap. I had to slow up a little though, because I thought my chain might be on the verge of breaking on the climbs; I also slowed up on the descents because I was getting very tired. After 2.5 hours I was done, and Emma showed up 30 minutes later after her own battle with Jackie. I ended up 2nd, and Emma was 5th. Rachael killed us all, finishing 14 minutes ahead of me. We were glad we came and happy we didn’t wuss out (Saturday night we thought of all the other things we could do with our Sunday morning). Later in the day Emma and I created a Facebook Fan Club for Lost Coast Brewery!! It will be fun to see how long it takes us to catch up to New Belgium’s fan base.
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