Altoona Downtown Criterium
August 6, 2000
The final day of the Tour de Toona is always the crit. This course is one of
the hardest we do all year - fast, technical, with time bonus sprints every 5
laps of the 30 lap race. Our goal was to retain our 2nd place in the team
competition and to move up those of us in the top 20 by taking some of the
About an hour before our race, rain dumped on us. The cat 4 men's race was
postponed because of lightening and we all got off the trainers to wait it
out. Once the race was scheduled all the women were amped up and nervous
about the start - notoriously fast. Not in the top twenty, I didn't get
called to the line and ended up with a really bad start spot, behind most of
the 95 women left in the field. I just didn't have it in me to fight for
position. Catherine, Katrina, Leigh and Laura were called to the line and
Marie pushed and showed.
Attacks went right from the gun. Lyne and Sarah ended up with a break.
Sarah looked to be doing all the work while Lyne sat on her. The rest of the
field shattered. Leigh, Catherine and Marie were in the front large group.
Laura and Katrina in the next. I was behind everyone, again letting gaps
open up ahead of me until it was too late to make it to any of the larger
groups. I worked for a while to do so, catching small groups, but making
little time on the big group I could see a couple of turns ahead of me. I
ended up pulling out.
Laura and Katrina doing lots of work ended up catching the group ahead of
them. Marie, who has been doing a great job all week despite feeling less
than zippy, was no longer our third rider for team GC placement, and could
relax a bit. The fight for bonus seconds went on despite Sarah and Lyne
grabbing the first two spots from their break. The two of them looked very
strong, barely breathing and pedaling smooth while the field looked like
death warmed over.
Sarah won the final sprint by many bike lengths. Lyne retained the overall
lead. We finished as the 2nd place team. Laura led out the finish sprint for
third place from the corner and ended up 6th. Mostly she wanted to stay out
of trouble in the final corner and thought taking her own line the safest