Stage 4: Hump Day Road Race
Written By: Liz Chabot Allen
today’s stage being the one I was looking forward to the least, it
wasn’t all that bad. I was actually grateful towards the end of the
course to see that there were only roads left.
we’d gotten yesterday carried over into the morning, and we knew
we’d be facing some sloppy conditions out there. Of course, if we
were going to have to deal with a rainy race day, today was probably
the best for it.
of racing on the Kona, I went with the hard-tail today because there
were going to be a lot of
the course was going to be muddy and destructive, and my butt needed
to be in a different saddle. I’m glad I made that choice (even if
the 1x10 was a little rough for some of the climbs).
started off way too fast for my liking, and I decided to just settle
into a pace that felt kind of awful but wouldn’t destroy me. I knew
I’d have to grab a wheel and do some drafting, but I was having a
tough time finding a group that wasn’t going harder than I could
handle at the start.
just say that I think breakfast was weighing me down.
is served at 7:30 and the stage started at 9:30.)
me awhile to come around, and I watched a lot of people pull away
around halfway, I met up with Ellen, and after that, we spent a good
portion of the race together. Despite suffering, we kept each other
motivated, and as we made our way up the long climb out of the
valley, I thought I spotted one of her U25 competitors in the
distance. I told her she had 8 miles left, that she was riding
strong, and to keep it up and race smart to the finish.
holy shit. That’s just what she did! She dropped me like a bad
habit and kicked some serious butt to the finish line! (Nice
and I both spent some time with one of the male duo teams (Mike and
Rory – spelling??) who took some pulls for us and followed our
wheels as well (they were both on singlespeeds).
were a few notable moments of today’s stage…
fire-road enduro segment that went on forever and ever. I
almost ate shit but somehow stayed upright, and by the time I got to
the check-out station, I was completely incapable of picking a line.
olde train tunnel. This thing was dark, wet, and AWESOME. There
are pictures of it on the internet somewhere. It was so
cool, and there were some super rad supporters there handing out
final long climb of the day. This didn’t look like much on the
elevation profile, but let me just say, that shit was WHACK!!! I
seriously came close to crying as turn after turn of this slimy,
peanut-butter-coated climb brought more and more elevation into my
line of vision. Early on in the climb, there was a pickup truck
sitting on the side of the trail with two shirtless men who informed
me that I was about halfway up the climb. They lied. They
lied SO HARD.
really glad that stage is behind me, and I’m looking forward to
tomorrow’s "primitive” terrain.
8th place for today’s stage and 5th for
today’s enduro segments. 10th in the overall GC and
6th in the overall GC for enduro. There were no east
coast rocks segments yesterday or today.