Sunday, June 29, 2008

Two more state championships for Silke

Hot on the heels of the CT championship road race came the CT championship criterium. Silke Wunderwald and Michele Smith joined two fields (30+ and P/1/2) at a swoopy course, designed specifically for bike racing, in New Britain’s Walnut Hill Park. In the 30+ race, which was only 10 miles long, the pace was quite high from the start. IF and NEBC were active, with Silke and NEBC's Rebecca Wellons escaping with two laps to go. In a close-fought finish, Rebecca just edged out Silke for the win. As the top CT finisher, Silke got the gold medal and the winner's jersey. Michele finished 14th.

In the second race, strong teams from NEBC and North Atlantic Velo kept the pace high. There were several attacks but ultimately the pack entered the final lap together. With no team large enough to control the front, the pack swarmed the final time up the short hill and spread across the road for the finish. Silke was boxed in and finished 8th, though again was the top CT finisher. Michele was 15th.

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