Pics, and good luck wishes too! Well, here is a little longer than usual ride report
Thanks SKCC for this opportunity and skills session. It was terrific. And notably lots of folks from the forum were there today for some of the proceedings, Commi, Percrime, Vidman, Blybo and Roxy together for the skills with Freckle Sachamc Kathym Weg Elefunksoup, and PDL, Freckle, Elefunksoup who also raced. (sorry if I missed someone)
1. Skills session
There were approximately 30 women riders at this morning’s skills session. I was very fortunate to be in a working group both times supervised by the exceptional and inspirational Pip . The volunteer men were also doing a great job, with supervising instruction from Rob. From the outset, I was so excited to be in such a large group of women all on road bikes I found myself saying hello to women I have seen on the road (each notable for riding with real strength and power).
The skills sessions covered points of race strategy, how to manage and use the corners at the Port Melbourne circuit in a race context, and general “to dos” and “not to dos”. The groups I was in also developed a good culture of talking about what was going on and what we were planning to do next, which helped us to push our own boundaries in a safe setting.
I really value the safe introduction this has provided me to racing. I had planned to race afterwards but at least one friend who was not sure went ahead and raced in E-grade with me. A big thumbs up and thank you SKCC.
2. Race report
As to the race report, it was a blast from the start simply because of the encouragement “Go Eliza” from the sidelines. This really made me smile and was perhaps the most rewarding part of the whole experience, feeling part of a team.
The field seemed very large, 20 or more. We were kept in close check for about the first 15 minutes. However it was clear that a few riders were feeling very ready to give the bunch a nudge. I for one was looking forward to a “Race” rather than a “This is not a race guys”.
The good folks in pink kit let us have a play for the last 10 minutes or so. We lapped quite a few who rode off the back of B-grade. I was having fun, and aware of the men in this front of the bunch (about 4) but pegging myself in my head against the girls. After 25 minutes of “Go Eliza” as we came around the final corner and into the strait I heard “Go Megan” and immediately thought “Who is Megan?” and more importantly “Where is Megan?”. Megan nudged me on the line and we had a good laugh and chat afterwards.
All up, my count of new bike rider mates is growing exponentially. Perfect!
Thanks SKCC. See you next week!