Amy Charity won her first race of the season this past Saturday at the Louisville Criterium in Louisville, Colorado. It was the perfect chance for any last tuneups following her recent bout of European racing before heading to California with her teammates for the Redlands Cycling Classic which begins this Wednesday.
Read Amy’s report from the race
It’s great to be racing back in the states after spending 3 weeks in Holland and Belgium with the National Team. My perception of space has changed since returning (there simply isn’t any in the 180 rider fields on narrow cobbled roads in Europe!). The European Spring Classics are extremely aggressive, chaotic and positioning is everything.
Racing the Louisville Criterium last Saturday was the last tuneup before joining my teammates in Redlands. There were several strong local sprinters, so I knew I had to shake things up, and went on the attack halfway through the race. 3 of us stayed clear for 2 laps, but the field eventually brought us back. The backside of the course had a slight hill and I attacked just before the hill with 2 laps to go. It was an aggressive move, but I had to give it a shot. I saw my coach on the start/finish line and I heard him shout ‘commit’. It was all I needed to go for it and managed to stay away for the entire last lap.
I’ve come back from Europe with a ton of grunt and it’s great to be feeling strong. I can’t wait to put it to good use and put in some good work for my teammates racing in Redlands
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