Happy New Year to All! We’ve got one final race report coming at you with the end of year wrap up. Thanks for reading all season long and stay tuned for what MM Racing will be up to next heading through winter into spring training.
The end of the 2008 cyclocross season was a whirlwind of travel, racing and adventure. Our original plan for the end of the season was to participate in the final two races of the Verge New England Cyclocross Series in Rhode Island and then head to Kansas City for the National Championships.
We arrived in Portland and settled into the hotel for a bit before heading out to check out the racecourse. Portland is notorious for its rain and I was hoping for some messy races. However, Portland had been having a very unusual dry season and the sun was shining brightly with very little rain in the weekend forecast.
It was dry, warm and mostly sunny and the course was relatively flat with one section of the course set up on a motocross venue. The motocross section was the most fun with bumps and burms and some leftover mud puddles. The remainder of the course was very fast and smooth and would require a lot of power.
The skies had opened up with pouring rains all morning and stopped just on time for my race start. It was enough to create some mud and slippery corners, but not enough to slow the course down very much. The race played out almost the same as the day before, but I had a better start and spent the race riding a few spots ahead of the day before. I finished in 7th place and in 5th place overall in the USGP Series!
We were able to spend a little time in Portland with college friends of Matt’s having some great dinners, checking out a few local spots, and playing with Addie and Dan’s pets. Then we packed up everything and headed off to Kansas City for Nationals.
We arrived in Kansas City and quickly located our hotel. The roads were snowy and it was cold so I had high hopes for another messy Nationals (like last year).
I had contemplated not doing the Masters race this season after last year when I lost the title due to an ineligibility rule and just focus on the Elite race. However, this was the last year I could compete in this age group before I would have to move up to the next age bracket and I thought it would be fitting to earn back what I had lost the year before.
Elite Women's Race
Strangest weather ever! We left the hotel with the temperature around 60 degrees and headed to the course. We arrived about 10 minutes later and the temp had dropped to 42 degrees! The weather channels had warned about this weather change, but they also said it would happen late in the afternoon, not in the morning!
After all these years, I have learned a few things about my self;
So, with teeth chattering on the start line, we all lined up in the miserable cold and proceeded to race. I had a decent start and six of us pulled away from the rest of the field on the first climb. My hands were completely numb and my feet felt like bricks on the pedals. The top 3 riders pulled away and I was in 6th place closing in on 4th and 5th. I was able to catch them and we spent the remainder of the race riding a steady pace but I felt as if I was unable to really move any faster. By the last lap I could feel my fingers again but my legs were moving like a robot. Unfortunately, I think I could have been able to get 4th place, had my body and brain not been clouded with cold. I took 6th place and was satisfied to be in the top group with such an elite group of riders.
That about wraps up the 2008 season for MM Racing. We’d like to thank all of the friends, family and sponsors who supported, helped and cheered us on this season. A special thank you to all of our new and continued sponsors for the amazing support and friendships. There’s no way we could do this without you!
Thanks again for your support,
Photo by Matt Roy
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