Right after Bonelli I had my sights on Fontana, but also was looking forward to lots of fun in the beautiful California weather. Throughout the week, my team and I spent lots of time wandering on the great trails right out our backdoor and relaxing. It was so incredible to spend time with my team and get ready to race in such an amazing area.
All of a sudden race day was right in front of me. I was so stoked to see how the second race of the season would turn out and to get some UCI points. After pre-riding, I felt confident on the rocky, loose, and fun course. There were a few hard climbs and I knew it would be important to pace myself right and stay smooth on all the descents.
At the start, I was surprised to see only three other girls on the line, including my teammate Kelsey, for the UCI junior 17-18 girls. When we took off, I decided to see what the other girls pace was like, so I followed them off the line. Right away I noticed that this was not the pace I wanted to go and I went into the lead right as we reached the next dirt road. When we got onto the steady long road climb Kelsey took the lead and I followed her into the single track. Going over one of the rocks she stumbled and I squeezed by her. I settled into a steady pace and realized the I had built a gap. There were lots of junior boys out on course and I was able to ride with a group of them throughout the two laps. This way I could work with them on the long flats and I could follow some of their lines on the downhill. I felt very smooth and strong on the course and was able to stay ahead of the other riders in my category. I finished the race happy with the win and how I raced.
The first two races of the season and great week of riding was absolutely incredible. I can't thank my amazing family, team, sponsors, and supporters enough for making everything possible. I am excited for the season ahead and hope to make more dreams come true. Ride on!! :)