March – April Race Report

Seattle may be having a record wet winter/spring, but we’re still out riding!  Here are some highlights from the past few weeks:

Dash Point Mountain Bike BuDu Series – 4/9/2017

A brief spot of sunshine made for a delightful trip to Tacoma.

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2017 Dash Point. Photo credit Woodinville Bicycle

Maura – 4th, Cat 2 ladies 19-29
Chelsea – 2nd, Cat 3 ladies 19-34
Heather – 2nd, Cat 3 ladies 35-49
Anita – 3rd, Cat 3 ladies 35-49

Mason Lake #2 Road Race – 4/9/2017

On the same day as the Dash Point race, Barbara and Linda carpooled down to Shelton, WA for another great road race, placing 10th and 12th, respectively.

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2017 Mason Lake #2

Wednesday Night Worlds – 4/19/2017

Despite a wet forecast, the rain held off during the actual race to allow Meg to cruise to 2nd place in the season opener of the popular summer mountain bike series.

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2017 Wednesday Night Worlds. Photo credit: NW Multisport

Early season racing in 2017

Spokeswomen Racing has been active despite record rainfall in February and March.  Tracy, Barbara, Heather, and Tara tested out their legs at some early season road races, while Maura sought out some wet dirt (aka mud!) for some off-road bike racing.

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Feb 25. Women’s Road Racing Clinic and Races at Pacific Raceways

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2017 Icebreaker Time Trial

Maura placed 5th overall (Cat 2) in her first mountain bike race (Henry’s Ridge by BuDu Racing). She followed this up with a 2nd place overall (Cat 2) the following weekend at the very muddy Port Gamble race. Awesome work, Maura!

Woodland Park CX Grand Prix

We had buckets of fun at the November 13, 2016 Woodland Park cyclocross race (season finale for the MFG Cyclocross season).  The course featured mud, twisty turns, technical descents, barriers, run-ups and loads of cheering and support from fellow team members.

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Muddy post-race smiles.

Congratulations to all our ladies who showed up to brave the mud:

Rachel Hovel – Cat 3, 3rd place
Tara Mixon – Cat 4, 2nd place
Linda Nalis – Cat 3/4 masters, 10th place
Tracy Chen – Cat 4
Cathy Downs – Cat 4

And thank you to all our teammates who came out to support and cheer!

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Racing is always more fun with teammates!

Muddy Magnuson CX

A few days of wet and stormy weather culminated in a fabulously muddy day of cyclocross racing at Magnuson Park for the MFG Cyclocross #4.

 

 

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Congratulations to Spokeswomen Racing for some outstanding performances:

Rachel- Cat 3, 3rd place
Heather – Cat 3, 4th place
Alexie – Cat 3/4 Masters 40+, 3rd place
Linda – Cat 3/4 Masters 40+, 16th place
Cathy – Cat 4, 5th place
Lisa – Cat 4, 30th place (and on a mountain bike with a shoulder injury!)

And thanks to all the friends, family, and teammates who came out to cheer us on!

July-August Recap

It’s Labor Day weekend, and the days are getting shorter… and Spokeswomen Racing has been busy!  Here’s an update of what the team has been up to during the past two months:

July: Jubilee Dinner
Barbara, Tracy, and Linda cooked up tacos for the Jubilee Women’s Center

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2016 July Jubilee dinner crew

July – August: Wednesday Night Worlds!
Multiple Spokeswomen members have been practicing their dirt skills at North Seatac Park this summer, with representation in the beginner, sport, and expert categories.

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2016 Wednesday Night Worlds — Delia’s in the zone.

August: Track Racing
Linda’s been checking out the track racing scene at the Marymoor Velodrome on Wednesday night.

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2016 Track Racing at Marymoor

August: Women’s Cyclocross Festival
Spokeswomen took advantage of women’s only clinics and races at this year’s festival, held at St. Edward’s Park. Shout out to the Washington Women of Cross for putting on another excellent event!

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2016 Women’s CX Festival

August: Meet-the-Team Dirt Ride
Our team showed up en masse for our annual Meet the Team Dirt Ride at Duthie Park.

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2016 Meet-the-Team Dirt Ride

Race Report: Skagit Flats 2016

On Saturday, June 25, four members of Spokeswomen Racing lined up together at the start of the 2016 Skagit Flats Circuit Race in Stanwood, Washington. Spokeswomen Racing was ready to put up a fight!

Spokeswomen worked hard for the first few laps, pulling the women’s pack along.  By the fifth and final lap, Lori and Tara were in a small group a short bit behind two ladies who had managed to break away at the end of the 4th lap.  As the finish line approached, Tara reported:

“As we headed to the finish it was one girl, another girl, Lori, and me. As we approached the 200m it became clear to me what to do. I have a teammate! I can make this happen!!  I pulled up next to Lori.  ‘Come on’ I said in a whisper. First behind me, then past me…     Third!!!”

Results:

Lori Surges – 3rd
Tara Mixon – 4th
Linda Nalis – 8th
Tracy Chen – 11th

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2016 Skagit Flats Circuit Race