All of the current riders (uninjured and not pregnant) made the trip east from Nashville to Oak Ridge this weekend for the state road race, a time trial, and a crit. The road race was first, and Parri, Lee, Kailin, and Anna raced first with the other Cat 1/2, 3 racers. The women were broken down into 8 Cat 1/2 riders and 6 Cat 3 riders, but all 14 of them raced the 45 miles together. The field stayed together for much of the first two laps and into the third, until a few attacks happened leading up to a 1-mile climb 7 miles from the finish line. This last time up the climb separated the field, and from the help of Lee’s pace-setting leading into the climb, Parri was able to stay with the leaders and come across the finish line 2nd overall and 2nd in the state. Lee finished 9th (7th Cat 1/2), and Kailin finished by herself in 11th (3rd Cat 3 and within sight of the first 2 coming into the finish). Anna finished 12th (4th Cat 4), so we had two podium spots in this first race of the weekend (Parri 2nd Cat 1/2; Kailin 3rd Cat 3).
Catherine, Kiki, Valerie, and Shelly began their 30-mile race shortly after the Cat 1/2, 3 women left, and there were 11 Cat 4 women on the road. Similar to the other women, these ladies stayed together for much of the first lap before Catherine attacked leading up to the 1-mile climb and stayed away for the remaining 7 miles, winning the race. That hill separated the field, and nearly all 11 women crossed the line by themselves. Kiki was 4th overall but 3rd from the state, so we had two women on the podium: Catherine took 1st and Kiki took 3rd. Valerie came in 5th overall, and Shelly came in 10th.
The time trial was later that afternoon and, for the women, began immediately after a huge downpour. The rain couldn’t keep Team Belladium from shining, though. Anna finished 3rd overall, just 6 seconds behind the overall winner (15 Cat 1/2/3/4 women). Catherine was the 1st Cat 4 and 5th overall, just 21 seconds behind the overall winner. All Team Belladium riders finished in the following times:
- Anna: 3rd, 20:06
- Catherine: 5th, 20:21
- Parri: 6th, 20:32
- Shelly: 8th, 21:53
- Kiki: 10th, 22:11
- Kailin: 11th, 22:38
The crit was the final race of the weekend, and the Cat 4s race began early Sunday morning. Eight women lined up: 4 from Team Belladium and 4 from Team Mystique. Valerie helped control most of the race, and with 7 or so laps to go Catherine attacked the field and stayed away to solo in for the win. Shortly thereafter, Shelly and Kiki attacked again and only 1 Mystique rider responded. Those three chasers stayed in the middle, and Shelly and Kiki sprinted in to take 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Valerie finished 5th with a strong sprint of her own, coming from the rest of the field.
Kailin was the only Cat 1/2/3 woman to line up for Team Belladium, and she had 7 competitors to contend with. Six riders stayed together until the last lap; no rider in that group had a teammate with them, and there was not much racing going on other than riding around the course. After a long sprint, Kailin finished 3rd overall and 1st Cat 3. This was a fun and successful weekend for Team Belladium!
We raced this omnium in 2011 as well; here is a race recap and the results from that weekend, but in summary Anna won the Cat 4s omnium, Parri finished 3rd in the road race, and Kailin won the crit. The races this year were not an omnium because it included the State Road Race.
Our final race weekend of the season is August 25–26 in Chattanooga, TN, for the River Gorge Omnium.