Cody, Emily, and guest rider Beth Newell lined up with almost 70 women in the capitol city on Sunday, May16th for the Sacramento Grand Prix. The ladies raced for 60 minutes and the 4 corner, flat circuit kept the group together for a final, bunch sprint won by PB&Co rider Coryn Rivera.
Sunday, was Mom's day -- thankfully, we all have fantastic mothers that understood we would be spending the morning at a bike race. We know you are some of our biggest fans and probably our most loyal blog readers. Thanks mom - for some great genes and all of your support over the years.
Sunday's 72 mile Berkeley Hills Road Race started out in cold, wet, and windy conditions. Rain, in May - seriously? We all looked at each other under the overcast skies as the rain drops got bigger and more steady...........and then the race started and we were fine. When the group hit the main climb, Olivia from PB&Co set a good pace and Susannah and Annie were able to stay with her and a few other riders over the climb. Metromint missed this first break and their team chased hard and the group was back together on the rolling sections. Catherine, Cody, and Annie stayed near the front to keep the pace high and cover potential attacks. Emily launched an attack and was followed by a Metromint rider and they stayed away until the 2nd time up the main climb. This time, Olivia meant to get away and Heather Pryor from Touchstone was the only rider able to keep pace with the her. Susannah and Emily made it over the climb in the next chase group with 4 other riders and this group worked together for the next 2 laps, eventually hitting the final climb together. Despite Emily's best efforts to keep Susannah well-rested, the final surge for the finish was too much for SBB's tired legs and she rolled in 7th and Emily 8th. Cody and Annie finished in the next group in 11th and 14th and CRG rolled in not long after. Not SBB's best day, but the team rode a good race and went home with lots of goodies.
The highlight of the day was Francesca's 3rd place in the cat3 race (oh yeah, and she won the cat3 Wente RR too). Way to represent, Francesca! Here is FB with Jennie, winner of the Master's 35+ W1/2/3 race.
This past weekend, Emily was in SoCal visiting family and decided to fly the team colors at a few local races. On Saturday she raced the Barrio Logan Grand Prix, finishing 8th. On Sunday, she finished 4th in the Mark Reynolds San Luis Rey Classic. Together, these finishes qualified her for the Nature Valley Pro Ride! The Nature Valley Pro Ride program is a selection of 6 individual events that take place across the US. Finishing high in one of these designated events gives amateur racers an opportunity to compete against professional cyclists in the Nature Valley Grand Prix in June as part of a composite team. We are very proud of Emily's recent accomplishment and we look forward to seeing her results from Nature Valley later this season.
Annie took on the 2010 SRAM Tour of the Gila last week. Riding for a composite team, she made the trip to Silver City, New Mexico with fellow NorCal rider Heather Pryor. Annie and Heather flew directly to New Mexico after the Wente Road Race and spent some time training in Silver City in the days before the start of the race. Tour of the Gila is a NRC event, meaning 75 of the best female riders in the US and their teams would be competing in the race.
The race includes five stages and covers 264 miles, all with lots of climbing at elevation. This year the riders battled extreme weather conditions, including ferocious wind and snow flurries on the final stage! Annie finished the event on Sunday and showed her dedication to teamwork as she rode in support of Heather, who finished an impressive 13th in the final general classification for their composite team, TriSports Cycling/Eclipse Racing.
We are so proud of Annie - and we are glad to have her back in NorCal.