Percrime wrote:I hate to say it and I hope (but doubt ) that I am wrong but I think I saw PDL on the deck at some point in the 30 secs of coverage the womens race got. I,ll await worriedly to hear confirmation.
Didnt look bad.. just two riders tangled up
Nope PDL didnt go down but about 5 of the SKCC girls and a few others got caught up in a very slow speed fall as they came around the first round about within the first 750mts of the start. Apparently, with the hill just 1km from the start, everyone was a bit antsy about moving forward and the inevitable happened.
I was driving the SKCC A team car behind the race so only caught the tail end of the girls getting up. Then we had to go past the stragglers as they rode up the hill. I felt really bad for leaving them.. Worst point for me all day was having to drive past and leave my wife (PDL) after she was dropped by the peloton. Major guilt!
Interesting experience being in the team support caravan and listening into the race radio. Couldn't actually see very much being the 8th team car in the line (plus commish cars) but was able to follow who was attacking via the radio.
Into the final corner, around a roundabout in the wet after a fast downhill, the race radio guy commented that he would be amazed if all got through that corner upright. No one fell so all's good!
Mary Rodgers, Christie Foster and Erin MacDonald finished with the bunch (about 40-ish in that group), then a bit back was the next group of about 6, then PDL (solo) then another group and then some stragglers (I think). I think a few DNF'd.
We didn't stick about to watch the men start as it was raining and the women were all cold and wet and just wanted to ride back to the accom. Then, me and the mechanic had "fun" cleaning all the team's bikes, repairing some crash damage, tuning some bikes up, etc. Sally Robertson was the only puncture for the SKCC A team but the SRAM neutral guys sorted her out super quick apparently (she was at the back and i had to go past her). So given that she has tubs and no spare, she'll be riding on my wheel tomorrow for the TT.