Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Chico Stage Race - Podium!

Beth Newell - 2nd
Beth raced in Chico, California over the weekend with a group of cat2/3 women. Despite the smaller field, Beth started the road race by constantly attacking the group but was unable to get away. Metromint had the most riders in the field and they kept everything under control. The course contains a 4 mile gravel section that the group hit together and unfortunately Beth lost some time, as the other women charged ahead. However, she was able to catch most of them by the finish, ending up 1:20 behind first place.
Sunday morning in the TT, Beth won by 50 seconds - making up valuable time going into the afternoon criterium. Beth needed 36 seconds to win the overall, so she started attacking early to try to get away. Metromint responded each time to protect their riders overall placing, until finally Beth got a good gap with one of their riders. Despite only a small gap, Beth was committed and the other rider was also looking to move up a spot in the overall so they worked well together. Unfortunately with only 1.5 laps to go, Beth overlapped wheels and went down. Thankfully, she wasn't hurt and finished the crit, her 2nd place GC finish intact.

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