Prologue, Tour of Willamette
April 11, 2000
The first day of this stage race is an evening 1Kilometer uphill prologue.
After a tiny debate with myself I decided on the TT bike because 1) it's the
greatest 2) it's light 3) it's fast 4) the small ring was a good size to be
in the entire climb. it's nice to ride the bike on occasion, particularly
since I just did some position work on it. While, my time wasn't in any way
spectacular, I believe the TT bike was the way to go. I even ended up in the
bars a few times.
The course was gradual in the begining, steepens a bit, then kicks a big
punch in the last 200 meters. The key to these races is to know how to pace
yourself from start to end - too hard in the start means blowing at the end
and too a slow time. Too slow in the start means energy left over and too a
slow time. Laura chose the former, I chose the later. She's a sprinter and
I a TTer, if that means anything.
Only rumor tells me that Lyne Bissette (Saturn) won, Anna Wilson (Saturn)
2nd, Tracey Gaudrey (Timex) 3rd. Nope, later we learn it was
7. Sarah Ulmer @6sec
1. Tracy Gaudry 2:23
2. Lyne Bessette @1sec
3. Mari Holden @2sec
4. Sandy Espeseth @4sec
5. Tina Mayola
6. Anna Wilson
8. Katrina Berger
9. Stacey Peters @7sec
10. Erin Carter @8sec
My guess is the race is going to be wicked hard. Again, all the teams are
here and all with mega squads. Saturn has eight. Autotrader, the same,
800.com the same. We have five. Timex and Elita their full teams.
Eugene is great. It's a nice little town with a great natural food store I
remember from last time I was here in 96. Unfortunately, I am far out from
downtown. Catherine and Sandra, in another host house, picked me up this
morning to take me to the store. We went to Trader Joe's becasue it was much
closer. There are tons of bike paths and running trails. It's really cool.
All over the city are designated bike lanes. Much of the time the lanes are
totally separate from the road. Downtown Eugene has coffee shops,
restaurants, and little shops, and office buildings. I believe it has gone
through some sort of revitalization since I was last here.
Finally, the sun has been out since we arrived. You can't beat that.
EE, from sunny New Mexico, not snowy NYC
Stage 1, Tour of Willamette
April 12, 2000
Today's stage was over hill and dale for 66 miles ending on a 2 K climb. The
biggest event of the day was Petra Rosner's attack early on. She had a gap
of four-minutes at one point. It was, in fact, at that point, Timex started
to concern themselves. They were the ones defending the leader's jersey.
Saturn was in second overall and in the driver's seat. Timex was in third
place also. To bring the time down they went to the front and did a team
chase, which worked. On the QOM climb, we all saw Petra, then caught her.
She had been away many, many miles.
On that same climb, a group of 20 or so, including Catherine, got a gap. I
was right behind them with a group of five others. Behind us was a large
group, including Laura, Marie, and Sandra. They caught us and we all caught
the lead group. Attacks went off some more, with nothing getting away. In
the final two kilometers, the race was made. I have no rumors to tell you
I can tell you, I felt terrible terrible. Even as we were chasing the lead
group after the climb, on the descent and flats, I felt stinky - lead legs,
no zip. In the words of the great Craig Cook, "Legs, no power". I lost a
good set of seconds in just two kilometers.
Now, there are wonderful moments for the day. Charles Schwab rode well as a
unit. Catherine Cardwell climbed like a demon into the first group and a top
15 finish. Laura VanGuilder, our sprinter, climbed super and really showed
that her great riding continues past the Spring California races. Marie
did some great covering and came back after a flat at an extremely
unfortunate time. Sandra rode just spectacularly and did major strong work
in the chase group back to the front.
At my host family, I've been watching many of their any videos. I recommend
Mulan. Go girl!