Sunday, March 16, 2008

Yokohl Ranch Exeter Time Trial

Saturday's Podium, complete with oranges for each winner (l to r):
Katharine Carroll (Aaron's), Felicia Gomez (Aaron's), Kristin Armstrong (Cervelo-LifeForce), Alex Rhodes (Team High Road), Anne Samplonius (Cheerwine)

Spent the afternoon covering the first day of the Sequoia Cycling Classic yesterday in Exeter. The depth of the women's field was incredible, with current world champion time trialist, Kristin Armstrong burning up the course, as well as a number of national champions and Olympic hopefuls.

You can read my article here.

The women were impressed with the difficulty and length of the course, as well as the $10,000 purse. Definite kudos to friend and race director, Sheri Clark, and her organizing committee. They work very hard on the race, and it's nice when the racers recognize and appreciate their efforts.

While there were many highlights of the day, one big one was seeing friend and Fresno State prof, Felicia Gomez of Aaron's, take the podium in third place. A Canadian citizen, she's on sabbatical this semester to focus on her training in the hopes of representing Canada in Beijing. She was all smiles regarding her performance, and knowing how hard she works, it was really fun to see that.

I did take some photos -- a few are even in the article! -- and though I'm clearly meant for putting down words and not images, I'll post more later. No time now, though, as need to get to Visalia to cover the criterium. It promises to be incredibly fast and exciting, with another $10,000 purse on the line!

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