A stormy Friday night drive preceded the weekend's festivities. The brave soliders, Kira and Emily, feared a repeated drenching for the race, but held out minimal amounts of hope for the weekend's weather to turn better. It must have been the power of Flame the cat that helped the weather to turn out for the better. Or perhaps the optimistic spirits of our fantastic hosts, Robin and Russ Frydenborg! Upon arrival, we were treated to a delicious helping of taco casserole. The team fell asleep to the ominous but relaxing sound of rain on the tin roof of the Frydenborg Botannical Gardens.Early morning breakfast.
Early rise to a damp and foggy morning...but at least it wasn't too cold. A quick dose of caffeine for everyone, and then into the cars.
The ugly weather was followed by a stressful start for the Men's A's, including Beck Frydenborg. "Despite a [slow] registration table, they decided to start on time, meaning about a quarter of the field almost missed the race. Course was rolling, not too hard. We had some rain, and just generally wet/dirty conditions. I, afraid of getting dropped, decided to sit in and not go with any breaks. I think 11 people (2 groups) got up the road, so we rode easy and talked for a lap, then sprinted. I didn't do great in the sprint because you're supposed to train for that."
It warmed up and dried up a bit for the women's and men's races, but was still foggy enough for clear lenses. The ladies had a great race, despite a couple close calls, and despite Anna chasing down what she though was a B, but actually just had the wrong number. "No wonder she kept attacking so much!" Three A's did finally get away, but Kira finished strong in the field sprint, with Emily almost out-sprinting the other Emily from Florida, and Anna following 6 seconds behind for a decisive 1-2-3 finish in the B's. Joanna was not too far behind, finishing in the field sprint for the B's (first race on a drop-shifting-everything-loose steel road bike nonetheless). Liam's race went well, without too many problems, and he finished strong in the field sprint.
Beck, soigneur Camille, Anna, and Joanna got out to the warmth and dry while soldiers Emily, Kira, and Liam braved the conditions for another few hours for some extremely chilly and wet time trialing. At least their efforts were not in vain as they all had great finishes. The evening finished with more delicious food Casa Frydenborg, and a viewing of 'Eurotrip' while Liam passed out flat on the hardwood floor and the ladies took turns with the foam roller and 'balls.'
Sunday brought about the long awaited beautiful weather. Anna, Joanna, and Beck were feeling righteous and holy as they warmed up by the Ten Commandments, watching the morning races. We had some awesome top 10 finishes, including another decisive 1-2-3 finish for the Women's B's. Kira, Emily, and Liam, once again hung around for the category races - with some serious success - as the others headed, sadly, back to Athens. Nobody was ready to leave the bliss of the Frydenborg hosts and get back to real life, but supposedly, school is important for some things.Happy cyclists :)
HUGE thank you to Robin and Russ for hosting us!
And a good time was had by all.
Men's C: 3rd - Liam Ainslie
Women's A: 1st - Kira Maicke *
Women's B: 2nd - Emily Cox
Men's A: 23rd - Beck FrydenborgMen's C: 25th - Liam Ainslie
Women's A: 5th - Kira Maicke
Women's B: 2nd - Emily Cox, 3rd - Anna Zuver, 11th - Joanna Keen
Men's A: 34th - Beck Frydenborg
Men's C: 13th - Liam Ainslie
Women's A: 9th - Kira Maicke
Women's B: 2nd - Emily Cox, 3rd - Anna Zuver, 10th - Joanna Keen
Liam Ainslie: 5th in Cat 5 Crit
Kira Maicke: 2nd in Cat 3 Crit
Emily Cox: 3rd in Cat 4 Crit
UGA is still fourth in the conference.
Other top 10 conference placements:
Austin Ulich - 10th, Men's B
Liam Ainslie - 6th, Men's C
Kira Maicke - 2nd, Women's A
Emily Cox - 4th, Women's B
Anna Zuver - 6th, Women's B
Check out seccc.net for full results. GO DAWGS.