12th in final race for Harriet

Well, that’s the end of 10 days straight of crit racing and what a race to finish it. Today the weather was back to being super hot and that doesn’t help much when you hit the 10th day. I didn’t know what to expect myself going into this final day, my legs hurt just rolling my pedals over! The race was interesting to say the least, lots of solo attacks from big teams early on which were then chased by the other big teams.

A group of 5 got away after a prime with about 6 to go which got about 15-10seconds. Unfortunately there was a big crash which just spilled all across the road with two laps to go (which I managed to just avoid), so the race got neutralised and then restarted. When the lap board hits 2 to go you’re pretty tired so the thought of restarting the race is pretty daunting. The race got restarted about 10 minutes later, we basically had a 5 lap race and the break was allowed to start 10 seconds earlier than the peloton. The break away stayed away and a few tried to bridge across but you can imagine what those 5 laps were like in the peloton (it was crazy!), I managed to pull together some final energy to get 4th in the bunch kick but I only managed 12th as there were breakaway riders.

I never quite reached the podium I wanted but I can go away from these 10 days knowing I gave it my all.

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Harriet Owen

Downtown West Bend Concourse

So by now most of you already know by now that its super hot here and the racing is tough, today was not an exception! It’s day 4 and everyone that has done the full 4 days, their legs are pretty tired now and this showed in the whole peloton today. I tried to make a few moves early on but they just left me out hanging and then the big hitters just went straight over the top of me, so I quickly stopped doing that!

Today’s course had long shallow gradient climb that had three turns on meaning you lost some speed so that made that tough for everyone. I was pretty far back with 3 laps to go let alone 1 lap to go so I had to be ballsy going into the final few corners and even though I didn’t move up that much, coming out the final bend in about 15th place, I sprinted the complete opposite side as the peloton today and managed to make up some ground to get 5th on the line.

I’m saying to myself, ‘What if you were up there in the final bend’, but honestly I was pretty tired today and I couldn’t have done more than I did. Onto the next day, we’ve got two courses coming up with steep climbs in for the next two days so we’ll see how it goes, you never know what could happen, I might even finally podium. Over and out….

 

RESULTS

1 – Kandelle Hodges
2 – Tina Pic
3 – Peta Mullens
4 – Laura van Gilder
5 – Harriet Owen
6 – Kaitlin Antonneau
7 – Christina Gokey-Smith
8 – Laura Jorgensen
9 – Tabitha Sherwood
10 – Vanessa Bothero

Carl Zach Cycling Classic

It’s not often you do more than two crit days in a row so I knew the third day would be hard with my body trying to adjust to doing crits day on day.

Harriet Owen report from Race 3 in the USA:

It’s not often you do more than two crit days in a row so I knew the third day would be hard with my body trying to adjust to doing crits day on day. Today was HOT, 33-34 degrees and there’s only so much ice you can put down your jersey before you start your race. Our game plan today was for me to wait for the sprint and for Kristen, Cynthia & Jen to try and get in the moves after 30 minutes.

Unfortunately, a break went in the first 5 minutes of racing today and the bunch did not want to bring it back. We all tried to try and bridge the gap throughout the race but we couldn’t get away so we had to settled for the sprint for 9th place. I didn’t feel great today, I think the heat really got to me today but managed to get 13th with my slow motion sprint. We will all learn from our mistakes today and come back stronger in the next 7 days.


RESULT

1 – Christina Gokey-Smith
2 – Laura Van Gilder
3 – Irena Ossola
4 – Laura Jorgensen
5 – Jennifer Sharp
6 – Lucy Bechel
7 – Kendelle Hodges
8 – Madison Kelly
9 – Peta Mullens
10 – Jessica Munday
13 – Harriet Owen

 

5th Place -Giro d’ Grafton

Today was the second day of Tour of Americas Dairylands. We all went for an easy spin this morning to try and flush away yesterday’s race out of legs, I’m still trying to beat jet lag so this helps my body get going for the day. I’m also still trying to figure out how it’s best for me to race these American races.

Today’s course had flowing corners with a slight drag on the back straight and then a downhill corner into the finish, which always makes for an interesting finale. I felt good early on but maybe got a little excited, as our game plan was to wait for the finish and hope it stays together. Because the course was so wide I was able to drift back in the peloton and stay out of trouble without exerting more energy.

I managed to move to the front with 2 laps to go and had to fight to stay at the there and then got a good wheel going into that crazy downhill final corner coming out of it 4th/5th wheel. I hesitated too much in the finish and should’ve gone when I thought but it was almost like I was waiting for others to start their sprint. I started to tie up towards the end but I was also catching the riders in front of me.  I took the wrong line in the sprint and got boxed behind the riders going for the podium. I’m quite happy with the improvement on yesterday but still hungry for that podium spot. More to come!

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RESULT

1 – Tina Pic
2 – Jessica Mundy
3 – Kandelle Hodges
4 – Peta Mullens
5 – Harriet Owen
6 – Laura Van Gilder
7 – Kristy Glover
8 – Cynthia Frazier
9 – Irene Ossola
10 – Christine Thirnburg