After coming off of my win at Attleboro, I was feeling reasonably confident, but knew that there were other strong racers in the field. I was determined to go out and do the best I could, and see what happened. NEBC was well represented this year, with 5 women starting in the 3/4 field (of 17).
All went well for me until the KOM climb. Instead of shifting into my small ring on the front going into the hill, I thought I could do the whole climb in the big ring. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case, and I lost quite a bit of time trying to grind up the climb. I crossed the finish line (behind some traffic that I was nervous wasn't going to get out of the way in time) in 16:22. I was disappointed since this was 30 seconds slower than last year's time.
I had done my best (except for the the loss on the climb), and now had to wait and see how the results turned out. The team all did really well last night, and here are the final results:
1st - Cathy
2nd - Katherine
4th - Clara
7th - Julie
13th - Kathy M
Tonight is the circuit race, and NEBC will be working to defend both the jersey, and the high placings of all of our team members!