It was hot. And the hills were unrelenting. But that didn’t stop the BRR women’s team from SWEEPING THE PODIUM at the Giro di Coppi road race! Amelia, Ashley, Ellen, and Leah were the BRR ladies at the start line for the combined Cat 1/2/3/4 field.
Not long into the race, a group of Cat 1/2/3 riders escaped into a break. And not long after that, Ashley and Ellen formed a second, two-woman break off the front. Amelia tried to follow, but the well-organized NCVC squad shut down any attempts to bridge–they wanted to protect the position of their Cat 1 rider in the first break. With NCVC controlling the peloton with no interest in chasing, both breaks stayed away.
That means Ellen and Ashley took first and second in the Cat 4 race! And back in the peloton, Amelia outsprinted the rest of the Cat 4s on a tough uphill finish to take third! What a fantastic finish! Amazing job, ladies!
Ellen won a sweet bobblehead as her first place prize, and Leah, after enjoying a beautiful ride in the countryside, was more than pleased to serve as team podium photographer.
Unfortunately, though, Lady Luck was not shining on the BRR Cat 4 men. Homer drove all the way there, but wasn’t able to start, and Matt F was well-positioned in the bunch, but flatted and wasn’t able to rejoin. Ahmed also ran into some trouble on the course, but was ultimately able to finish. Better luck next time!
Finally, congratulations to Sam, who completed his last Cat 5 race with a 15th place finish at the Giro di Coppi. See you in the Cat 4 field next time, Sam!
Congrats to all the BRR racers who conquered this tough course on a toasty, humid day, but especially to our podium-sweeping Cat 4 women Ellen, Ashley, and Amelia. Yay!