Nature Valley Grand Prix Stage 3: Cannon Falls Road Race

21 Jun

 

Today’s stage started at 5:30pm.  We went for a short spin in the morning to get the legs moving.  Then we sat around all day resting.

The Course: The race was 65 miles of rolling Minnesota country side.  I always forget how hard some of the climbs are, and they catch me by surprise.  There was some wind, but not enough to really do damage to the peloton.  At the end of the big loop, we did 5 finishing circuits.  The circuit was pretty straight forward.  It was through a neighborhood.  There were a few technical corners, and a small kicker for the finish. 

The Race: Game plan for the day: try to get the yellow jersey.  We were all extremely aggressive the entire day.  A break of two went up the road right away, with two non-GC threats.  PB & Co. was content to let it go for the beginning of the race.  Once the break was caught, we started to be aggressive.  We tried to use the minimal wind to cause a separation in the group, but it didn’t work.  Heading into the circuits was a gravel road section.  It was pretty soft and sketchy due to the recent rain.  Chloe hit the gravel section on the front.  The group came into the circuit pretty shattered.  We all stayed up right and got onto the circuit with the main group.  From there, it was all out.  Amber and Evie sent of some very dangerous attacks.  This put the yellow jersey and her team under pressure.  PB & Co. had done a ton of work prior to hitting the circuits.  Unfortunately, none of our attacks stuck.  We settled into “sprint” mode.  Evie did an amazing lead out for Chloe coming up the hill for the finish.  Chloe was able to get 2nd in the sprint to current World Champion, Giorgia Bronzini.  It was a very good race.  We weren’t the only team trying to be aggressive, so it made for some very fun (and fast) racing.

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Today’s stage started at 5:30pm.  We went for a short spin in the morning to get the legs moving.  Then we sat around all day resting.

The Course: The race was 65 miles of rolling Minnesota country side.  I always forget how hard some of the climbs are, and they catch me by surprise.  There was some wind, but not enough to really do damage to the peloton.  At the end of the big loop, we did 5 finishing circuits.  The circuit was pretty straight forward.  It was through a neighborhood.  There were a few technical corners, and a small kicker for the finish. 

The Race: Game plan for the day: try to get the yellow jersey.  We were all extremely aggressive the entire day.  A break of two went up the road right away, with two non-GC threats.  PB & Co. was content to let it go for the beginning of the race.  Once the break was caught, we started to be aggressive.  We tried to use the minimal wind to cause a separation in the group, but it didn’t work.  Heading into the circuits was a gravel road section.  It was pretty soft and sketchy due to the recent rain.  Chloe hit the gravel section on the front.  The group came into the circuit pretty shattered.  We all stayed up right and got onto the circuit with the main group.  From there, it was all out.  Amber and Evie sent of some very dangerous attacks.  This put the yellow jersey and her team under pressure.  PB & Co. had done a ton of work prior to hitting the circuits.  Unfortunately, none of our attacks stuck.  We settled into “sprint” mode.  Evie did an amazing lead out for Chloe coming up the hill for the finish.  Chloe was able to get 2nd in the sprint to current World Champion, Giorgia Bronzini.  It was a very good race.  We weren’t the only team trying to be aggressive, so it made for some very fun (and fast) racing.

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