Welcome to the 2009 MM Racing Team newsletter.
As summer comes to an end and the fall weather moves in, we are gearing up for another busy and exciting cyclocross season.
This past weekend we traveled to Breinigsville, PA and Baltimore, MD for the first UCI races of the season. Thanks to Jen and Josh and Kris for generous host housing!
Saturdayís race course was set up on the grounds of the famous Valley Preferred Cycling Center track. It was a hot sunny day and the course was flat and fast with a few technical corners and a motivated field of riders. Off the start line I moved into second place around the first few turns and quickly found myself on the front pushing the pace in an effort to pull the field apart a bit. My legs were feeling fresh and I was able to keep the pace high. There were 2 other riders sitting on my wheel and with a few more accelerations, it was just one other rider by the 3rd lap. Unfortunately, she is a great sprinter and I knew that if I didnít keep pushing the pace, her teammate in 3rd place could join us again and make it a two against one race that I didnít want. Coming into the final lap I held the lead until the very end when I was outsprinted at the line to get 2nd for the day, pretty happy with how I felt overall. We then hopped in the car for a 2.5 hour drive to Baltimore for the next dayís race.
Sundayís race was at Druid Hill Lake Park in Baltimore. It was a huge park with multiple recreation areas and a very spectator friendly layout to the race course. The course itself was rolling terrain with a set of stairs, a natural barrier, standard race barriers and a small sand pit. I was pretty excited for the challenging course. The start was fast and flat and 6 riders were able to break off the front with four of us taking turns pushing the pace at the front. Although there were no real attacks to break away from one another, I continued to move to the front and push the pace at the dismounts in hopes to get a gap on the group. I was definitely feeling the effects of being on the front the day before and was not feeling as snappy as I would have liked. On the lap last it was most important to be in the front over the last barriers to keep ahead on the final uphill sprint. I was with two other riders and pushed into 2nd place into the final corners and just didnít time things well enough to take the lead position when I needed to, finishing the day in 2nd.
Next up, we head to the Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston, Vermont for the first races of the Verge New England Series. See the calendar below or at MMRacing.org for our full schedule. Donít forget the MM Racing Cyclocross Season Kickoff Party on October 1st at Belmont Wheelworks! Invite your friends. If you canít make the party but would like to contribute to MM Racing, weíve got a PayPal account for donations: email@example.com. Weíd be grateful for any contributions! We’d be grateful for any contributions! You can also by raffle tickets online (we'll mail you your prizes!) at BikeReg. Also, please take a moment to check out our new sponsors. They are an integral part of the MM Racing Team.
Thanks again for your support,
MM Racing 2009 Calendar of Events:
9/13 Quad Cross Bedford, MA
10/1 MM Racing Cyclocross Season Kickoff Party@ Belmont Wheelworks
10/3 + 10/4 NACT Great Brewers GP Gloucester, MA
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