I started my race this morning at 8:48am, one minute after Catherine, two minutes after Val. In order to keep the gold jersey for another day, I had to stay in the female lead cumulatively, so the pressure was on. I have never been more nervous at the start of a race!
When it was my turn to start, I headed down Sawmill Rd, seeing both women in the distance in front of me. The course is on three roads, all long and straight sections, which is great for keeping on eye on where everyone is.
I wanted to close the gap a bit, but didn't want to do anything too crazy and potentially wreck tomorrow's race. 30K is a long stage and a lot can happen there.
|Around 11ish? maybe km. High 5 with Joanne on her birthday.|
I finished the stage in 1:02:00, first Ultimate female, 3rd female including guests and relay.
I am still in the gold for tomorrow. There was no change on the men's side, either.
Cumulative: Ultimate Females , Ultimate Males