What Happens in Snowmass

August 15, 2007

stays in Snowmass

August 12, 2007

Esparto Time Trial, CA
12th, Erika Donald, Women 1/2/3
16th, Linda Locke, Women 1/2/3
9th, Katie Norton, Women 4

San Luis Obispo Downtown Criterium, CA
5th, Ryan Hostetter, Women 3

August 11, 2007

Patterson Pass Road Race, CA
7th, April Hamlin, Women 4
2nd, Monica Neilson, Women 30+

Podium Time: Sisquoc Road Race

August 9, 2007

By Ashley Erickson
San Luis Obispo, California

One of the exciting differences between bike racing and triathlons is that bike races tend to start later in the day than triathlons; I happily slept in until 7:30 am on Saturday instead of my usual 5 am triathlon wake-up time. I woke-up excited to race and a little bit nervous. Sisqouc was only my second road race ever, and all of the women’s categories were racing together.

Ryan, Tyler and I carpooled down to the race. While Ryan and I registered for the race Tyler kindly took our bikes off the car and set them up on our trainers – thanks Tyler. Ryan and I warmed up together, chatted with people we knew, and I tried to stay calm.

At the race start I instantly remembered that mass bike starts make me rather uncomfortable. “Just breathe,” I told myself. The race began and I tried to focus on being safe in the group; bike racing is far more mentally strenuous than time-trialing in a triathlon. At some point during the first lap of the four-lap race the group split in two. Ryan and I were in the front group.

For the next two laps we sprinted up the few little hills on the course, rode a decent pace on a few flat spots, and cruised along at about 13 miles per hour along the back part of the course. I struggled to make myself relax and sit in the group when the pace slowed, but my patience ended up paying off. Sometime during the second or third lap a couple of women attacked off the front and I went with them. Attacking hurt and we were immediately caught, but it was fun.

The pace notably increased on the final lap. My goal was to stay near the front of the group. I am not a sprinter, so was hoping that the group would split up more before the finish so that I would have a better chance of finishing well. With the increased pace the group splintered.

Less than a mile from the finish I heard a horrible sound and watched as a rider in front of me hit the pavement, bounced up, and slammed back down. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but I guess she crossed wheels with someone in front of her and crashed. Ryan and I saw her in her car after the race and she appeared at least semi-okay.

I quickly tried to turn my attention from the crash to the finish. I sprinted into the finish with about nine Cat 1,2,3 women, and one other Cat 4. I finished 2nd among the Cat 4 women and 7th or 8th overall.

I enjoyed the race and was very happy with my finish. Thanks Ryan and Tyler for driving me to the race, taking a podium picture, and giving me nutrition and racing tips.

August 5, 2007

Timpani Criterium, CA
4th, Natasha Perry, Women 1/2

August 4, 2007

Sisquoc Road Race, CA
2nd, Ashley Erickson, Women 3/4
11th, Ryan Hostetter, Women 1-3

Ada Criterium, MI
2nd, Monica Tory, Women 4

Concord Criterium, NH
17th, Ivy Luhrs, Women 30+

Fort Ord Road Race, CA
1st, Laura Sanchez, Women 30+
2nd, Erika Donald, Women 30+
3rd, Sue Lovecchio, Women 30+
4th, Linda Locke, Women 30+

bridge go boom!

August 2, 2007

I think all Bellas accounted for.

There actually were a good chunk of us out riding and unfortunately crashing (stupid potholes) when it happened.

Sorry about the silence of late. Home demolition has wound down, and I’m back from Portland, OR… so more updates, and copy-ed race reports from weeks previous here…

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