Day 2, Madera Stage Race
9 March 2013
Alison Tetrick (Exergy TWENTY16) went out for a prime and ended up with a gap she would never relinquish. The Women’s P/1/2 race saw Tetrick take the lead a few laps in. Despite a couple of efforts to bridge the gap, Tetrick kept her head down, pedaled hard, and went on for the win.
The race started off calmly with the field remaining intact. A few laps in, the officials rang the bell for a prime. Tetrick was the racer to watch given her time-trial strengths and she reached the finish line first for the time bonus prime. “I was just trying to go for the time bonus and practice planned attacks,” said Tetrick, “I saw a gap and I took the opportunity to make the race hard. I put my head down and kept going.”
It was evident very quickly that Tetrick would hold on to the lead with resolve. First Sara Clafferty (Pinnacle p/b Argon 18) made an attempt to bridge. Later Molly Van Houweling (Metromint Cycling) did likewise. However, the gap to the Exergy rider grew first to 20 seconds and then close to half-a-minute.
At two-to-go, the field clearly had given up on chasing Tetrick and the competitive race was left for second place. A couple of ‘Mints were at the sharp end of the field receiving the bell but Emma Grant (Pinnacle p/b Argon 18) took second place in the field sprint. Rikke Preisler (Metromint Cycling) was third for Women 1-2-Pro, just a bike’s length behind Grant.
“I was poorly positioned when [Tetrick] went,” described Grant, “I wanted to keep the gap small enough to bridge across but Tetrick motored away. There was tons of room on the fast sprint. I just whacked it into a pretty big gear and managed to hold it off until the end.”
Despite a car crashing into her just 20 minutes before the race, Grant went on to say it “never crossed my mind not to race. I’m fine. It was a bit of an adrenaline boost.”
Alison Tetrick later went on to post the fastest time in the Sharon Time Trial at 22’43.9″. Her own hardest critic, Tetrick had hoped to put in a better time. Nevertheless, she holds a 1’53.6″ advantage in the overall standings. Tanja Meyer (Pinnacale p/b Argon 18) holds second place after posting a time-trial time 1’10″ seconds off the mark by Tetrick.
Metromint Cycling hold the next two general classification places with Joanna Dahl at +2’26.2″ and Molly Van Houweling at +2’31.8″. Team leader on the day, Jane Despas (Pinnacle p/b Argon 18) is fifth overall, 2’45.3″ off the leader’s pace.
Results for Women Pro-1-2
1. Alison Tetrick (Exergy TWENTY16)
2. Emma Grant (Pinnacle p/b Argon 18) +14″
3. Rikke Preisler (Metromnint Cycling) +14″
4. Sara Clafferty (Pinnacle p/b Argon 18) +14″
5. Jane Despas (Pinnacle p/b Argon 18) +14″
6. Korina Huizar (Metromint Cycling) +14″
7. Lucia Mokres (Los Gatos) +14″
8. Kimberly Keathley (SPY/GIANT/RIDE) +14″
9. Cristina Hughes +14″
10. Adrienne Belliveau (CyclesFANATICRacing.com) +14″
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