Every course is so different and unique. In Colorado the course was dusty, rocky, hot, and fun, but a challenge for everyone. At the start, the ten of us in the cat 1 15-18 category started with all of the cat 1 women. We headed off the line and into the steady road at the start.... four laps to go. I kept a steady pace and caught up to the two leaders. We entered into the single track and there was a group of us in the lead. I followed behind two racers, but we ended up running most of the climb. We were towards the end of the course when the leader began running again. The racer in second and I hopped of and ran past first. We entered into the dirt road, Ksenia went past me, and I followed behind the two riders. We began the second lap and headed back onto the road. I was back on Sofia's wheel as we entered into the feed zone. I grabbed the cold water, splashing it down my back and on my chest.... perfect. When we reached the dirt decent Sofia slid out and crashed into the sand. I rode past her and focused on pacing myself for two more laps. Heading into the third I could see Sydney behind me, but I just focused on how I felt throughout the lap.
Finally I was on my fourth and final lap. I gave all my energy, watching out for Ksenia and Sydney. A little before the section where Sofia crashed, I stubbled and fell. I hopped on as quickly as I could with burrs all over. Soon I noticed that my handlebars were majorly crooked and my shifters where rotated down. I adjusted to the new setup and focused on the finish. Pushing up every climb, flat, and decent I reached the finishing stretch. As I crossed the line, I was happy with how I played the race and my win. It was such a fun race!