Climbing the Hills of New York

By: Katherine Maine

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Ellen, Emily, and I headed down to Syracuse, New York this past weekend for 3 days of hard racing.

We arrived on Friday to race the first stage, which was a mass start hill climb later that afternoon. The course started off with a descent and a very long neutral start so that the race began at the base of the 4km climb. It went very well for the team with Ellen taking the lead in the GC.

The next stage was the TT, bright and early the next morning. This 17km TT course featured an uphill rolling beginning, before making two 90-degree turns and heading back along a gradual descent with the help of a tail wind, meaning a very fast return. This too went very well for the team keeping Ellen in the lead.

After the TT, we headed straight to the crit, which was a very nice course around a park. Filled with plenty of attacks, this was an exciting race to be in.

The last race of the weekend was a 96km road race that was two loops around a circuit. In the middle of this race, there was a grueling climb that really separated the pack. Emily finished second in a break about ten minutes up the road, Ellen came in just ahead of the next group in third, and Katherine won the sprint for fourth.

This past weekend proved a success for the team with a gold for Ellen and a bronze for Emily in the GC.

Editor’s note: This week Katherine was named to the Canadian National Team squad headed to the Track World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan in August.

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