31 Dec 2013 Racing Wrap Up
Since I am on Thanksgiving Break/Winter Break, I FINALLY have more free time to write a blog post. And I want to apologize that my last blog was from the Sparkassen Giro this summer, but once my first Junior semester started at Marian University, I have been non-stop with papers, exams, and collegiate racing and traveling.
For a quick wrap up on racing for the year:
I wont my first and last crit of the year. My first being Sunny King NCC and my last being the final day of Gateway Cup, where I was off the front for most of the race and won solo! What a great way to end my non-collegiate racing season – I’m happy with that.
US Collegiate Track Nationals:
6th in Individual Pursuit
4th in Match Sprints
3rd in Points Race
4th in 500m TT
3rd in Scratch Race
1st in Team Pursuit w/ Allie Dragoo, Emily Elbers, CJ Karas
1st in Collegiate Team Sprint w/ Stephanie Torres, Kaleb Koch, Matt Gittings, Zach Carlson, Josiah Chalmers
I’m not entirely happy with my results, but I had every intention to do well at Track Nats. I’ve had a long year with collegiate racing, summer racing in europe, plus traveling – so maybe it all added up, plus taking about 8 months off last year. But I’m happy to be a part of the winning team pursuit and team sprint races. Those are special kinds of races and they take a special effort to win.
US Collegiate MTB Nationals:
8th in Short Track
4th in Cross Country
1st in Team Relay w/ Drew Dillman, Allie Dragoo, Josh Johnson
I made a more or less, last-minute decision to race MTB. I hopped on a Marian team Raleigh MTB and tried out the trails. I had fun and I thought it would be better to end my season with some fun. I raced enough collegiate MTB races to qualify for Nationals, so I ended up traveling to Beech Mountain, NC to race MTB Nationals. It was a completely different atmosphere of racing and I enjoyed every bit of it. Not being much of a mountain biker at all, I learned from my teammates around me. I went out of the gate a bit hot during the short track and managed to be in 2nd for a little bit, but then I blew and drifted back to 8th and next thing I knew, the race was over. In the cross-country race, I had the opportunity to get 3rd, but I unclipped during my sprint to the line and narrowly missed the bronze. I was pretty surprised with myself with my mtb skills! I would not have thought that I would podium! In the team relay, I was the 3rd leg and created a 13 second gap for our team. Once again, the team events are special and this one especially since it was the first time it was ever held. Marian University marked history as the first ever D1 team to win the Team Relay, and we also placed 2nd in the Team Omnium. This weekend marked my very last race of the season – and I was very happy with it. And that helped cap my US National Title count to 51!
Special thanks goes out to Marian University as they have supported me to even more US National Titles and also supported me in non-collegiate races which helped expose collegiate support and Marian University to the non-collegiate cycling world. They were fully supportive of my racing and created a fun and positive environment for me to grow in. And they helped propel me to an emotional win in my first pro crit since my break as well as my last pro crit of the year where I unexpectedly won solo off the front! I cannot thank everyone at Marian University enough!!!