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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
2016 Magnuson CX
Cathy, Kristen, and Lisa pre-race (And pre-mud)
2016 Magnuson Park CX
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!
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
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.
August: Track Racing
Linda’s been checking out the track racing scene at the Marymoor Velodrome on Wednesday night.
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!
August: Meet-the-Team Dirt Ride
Our team showed up en masse for our annual Meet the Team Dirt Ride at Duthie Park.
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!!!”
Lori Surges – 3rd Tara Mixon – 4th Linda Nalis – 8th Tracy Chen – 11th