Stage 2, Tour of Willamette
|The Big V
This is from Pam Schuster. She rode an awesome race. Now of course Autotrader has aome work cut out for them. Read more on her site
"I thought for sure we would get caught on the climb but much to my amazement after Andrea and I traded off attacks we summited with Andrea going for the QOM clear by about 20 sec followed by Julie Hansen towing me and the others had fallen off. Andrea lit up the slick descent and motored on. Julie Hansen fought back hard bringing me up for a counter attack and I ended up soloing home for the big V." -- Pam Schuster
On the QOM Andrea got away solo. Next were Julie and Pam close behind with me leading the rest of us up. On the flats, after the mossy descent, the three groups merged. Just before this was happening, Pam attacked and opened a gap. She did get a gap. Karen got to the front to pull her back in. It was clear that Pam was really pushing hard and we were gaining no ground. Our group didn't work together. I tried to bridge up to Pam with no success.
On the finishing climb Julie made a go of it early on with no success. We all stayed together. I tried to leave the group at 500 meters with no success. Pam won with a good gap and beautiful success. I ended up 5th. The main pack was large, some large number of seconds behind our small group.
Our team rode well, ensuring Charles Schwab representation in every break. Catherine got a flat right before the climb and did a great job catching back on. I felt better than yesterday and made use of that by attacking frequently, staying up front, and finding the opportunity to get in a good break. Thank goodness a bad day only lasts a day.
I stand corrected. It was the great Toan Phan who said it. And what he said was "no legs power."
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