Coach Serena has been busy busy training and competing in the Ontario Cycling Association (OCA) O-Cup Road Race Series. Serena also took part in the P2A / Paris 2 Ancaster 70km event. Its great to see racing on again, as it marks the first time in 2 years that there has been any events on due to the hiatus that the Covid pandemic brought upon us all.
OCup #1 / The Mosport Classic was a definitely cool spring day with a few flurries mid way through the race. The 4 km loop in Durham region provides a 50m vertical providing opportunities for the pack to split up. Add in a blustery wind and you have everything for a challenging course. Unfortunately, a dropped chain on lap3 meant Serena lost contact with the main pack. She worked hard on her own riding solo for the most part yet still posting a personal best average speed of 29.6 kph for the 50+ km event.
Paris 2 Ancaster provided a spectacular day with sunshine. Although the course was dry mostly, the mud shoots were still muddy. By the end Serena had at least another 5lbs of mud caked on her mountain bike but that didn’t slow her down. Serena won the 16-19 category, and amongst all 118 female competitors she placed 7th. With a pulled pork sandwich in hand post race, she was definitely pleased with the day. Not to mention, holding an average of 26.2 kph was the fastest Serena has held on her MTB. Sweet work!
OCup #2 / The Calabogie Classic took us all the way out to the Ottawa Valley region to yet another race car track but like P2A, the weather was gorgeous with the sun shining and temperatures well into the double digits. The women’s Elite 3 peloton stuck together for the entire event until the last corner where the bunch sprint started. Unfortunately, a crash in the last corner pushed Serena almost out onto the grass but she managed to stay on the tarmac and stay within reach of the leaders. A final push yielded a 7th place finish and an average speed of well over 35kph for 50km! Yet another personal best.
Amazing work Serena!