Mutual of Enumclaw Stage Race May 21-22 2016
If one word could sum up this race it would be WET! It literally rained almost nonstop on all 3 stages and with my main goal being Nationals in Winston-Salem I just wanted to get in some good training and not lose any skin. The field was pretty Canadian strong with Trek-Red Truck having 4 strong riders at the start. Steph and I raced in the 1/2’s and Nicole was in the separate 3’s race.
Stage 1 Time Trial
The race started with a 6.2 mile time trial on road bikes in the pouring rain on a fast, flat course. After a big training week block my legs were feeling pretty deadened to say the least but I still felt pretty content with my power output over the course and quickly gained and passed my 30 second girl. Sara Bergan who started 30 seconds behind me passed me with about a mile to go which was a bit concerning but she ended up having the fastest time by 19 seconds. I ended up 5th at 43 seconds back.
Stage 2 Crit
The rain continued to come down for the evening crit in downtown Enumclaw on an 8 turn figure 8 course. Plenty of sewer and water grates right at the apex of corners made for a pretty sketchy race as we started hard from the start whistle. The race was single file for almost the entirety of the race while the pack shrunk with every lap. Every lap coming out of the last lap my back wheel kept sliding out which gave me zero confidence for the finish. About a 1/3 of the way into the race I had pretty much made up my mind that I wasn’t going to contest the finish and just ride it in and not lose any time. I ended up finishing 6th on the day and slipping a spot in the GC down to 6th because of finishing bonuses. Steph kept it upright as well and would live to fight another day.
Stage 3 Road Race
The final stage consisted of 4 laps around a 14 mile course with one main climb. The climb rolled up before a final 1k sustained pitch at the top. Weather was actually dry at the start until heavy rain returned on lap 2 and onward. With Red Truck having 3 riders in the top 5 they were not going to let anything get away. I tried a few attacks on the flat windy sections of the course to try and animate the race a bit and get others involved in attacking the red truck train but everyone seemed content with just doing 4 hill repeats. Third time up the climb the real fireworks started with the race leader attacking hard with her teammate being the only one who could follow. Me, Brenna from Olympia and one other Canadian girl went over the top of the climb about 10 seconds back and began our chase. Unfortunately we were caught by a masters men group on the road over the top of the climb who then decided to slow right after passing us and the race officials wouldn’t allow us to pass them back. So away went the break and our chase group swelled to about 8 riders. Eventually they slowed the breakaway as well but our chase group had lost its motivation and rhythm. Poorly timed neutralizations seem to be happening much too often in races this year (Montinore, Tour de Bloom) and there were a lot of complaints out there but there was a not a lot we could do. After the final time up the climb there were 6 of us left and we headed to the line racing for 3rd. I ended up completely misjudging where the finish line was and started my sprint way too late and ended up 5th on the day while maintaining my 6th GC spot. It wasn’t Steph’s day but she hung in there and still ended up finishing the race under some tough conditions.
Overall, I felt pretty content on a good training weekend and more learning experiences under some not so ideal conditions.
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Mikayla is a tall cyclist living in Portland, OR. She is a vegetarian and animal lover. Mikayla is tall and uses her long legs as leverage.
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