The weather for Calabogie Classic was sunny, clear and crisp with just enough wind to help races develop. Presented by Cyclelogik, the classic took place at Calabogie Motorsports Park on a twisting, undulating 5.05 km car racing loop.
Biggest race highlight was seeing my long distance sister and hanging with her and Pembroke folks post race :) Look, her hair is even team colours!
|Sara & Katie Byers at Calabogie Motorsports Park.|
In the Elite Women's race of 76km's, the field numbered thirty with a strong showing from Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery and Infinit Canada/Cyclepower. Shortly after the start a handful of riders took their position toward the front to be ready for what was to come, a barrage of attacks and attempts to string out the pack on rises and exposed, windy sections. Karol-Ann was a machine on the front in attempts to power away while others did their best to make a selection with her. Even more racers were ready to chase down, regroup and launch attacks of their own. The action reached a creschendo just after the midway point before taming as riders began to consider their chances for a group sprint.
With only a few laps to go a crash in men's field ahead meant that the emergency crew blocked half of the road until the women's last lap. A brave PK-Express/HNZStrategic.com rider attempted to gun it to the finish solo and was gradually reeled in as the pack gained speed approaching the line. Scanning the pack for expected lead-out lines, there was nothing obvious and with confidence that our track legs would carry us to the line first, Invita-FCV made the jump. Eyeing the sprint group for tag-alongs we drove it hard across the line well enough ahead of the pack for 1st by Candice Vermeulen, 20th by Antje Thamm for a hard fought race and I came in 2nd.
|Sara Byers, Candice Vermeulen, Julia Bradley at Calabogie 2013|
Special thanks to Invita Sport, Forest City Velodrome, Alex Sanna of SRS and the family that is Invita-FCV for supporting athlete development, celebrating successes and having fun together!
Oh, and Perth! Thank you Perth, ON for being the cleanest town ever! Streets, hotels, restaurants and washrooms were almost suspiciously clean. Tay Hotel is recommended.
|This is my motorpacing machine attacking the Elite 3/Junior field like a mad man.|