Ronde Mullica Race Report by Susan Duff

Ronde Van Mullica Sunday, April 3, 2005-- This was my first race of the ’05 season. Sarah Charlesworth and I represented Tri-State Velo in a field of about 15 (not really sure). I had all of the usual first race anxiety (”Have I done enough miles/intervals/etc…”), compounded by some knee pain that I was trying to resolve.

It was a relatively flat loop that was just under ten miles. The biggest challenge it offered was the strong cross- and headwinds that are typical of South Jersey.

The Woman’s Open class did 3 laps, and started with the 55+ Men. Most of the women’s field complacently rode along behind the men, who made several attempts to breakaway. While the pack was mixed, none of the moves stuck.

On the last lap, the two fields split; the 55+ men accelerated away to contest their own finish. I was very happy about that, as my tactics for the finale were now much more simplified.

Sarah put n a late attack that carried her solo through the final 2 turns. With the pack bearing down on Sarah, with about 500m to go, Nonnie attacked. I followed her, and past her to lead out the sprint. I was able to accelerate all the way to the line, and most importantly hold off Caroline Hacker to take the win!

The only problem now is figuring out how to improve on this…hopefully TSV can keep the streak going at the Philly 2-Day.

Susan Duff.