The women - Theresa O’Sullivan, Austin Thompson, Emma Langley, Danielle Clark, and guest riders Kristina Vrouwenvelder (Colorado USA) and Edwige Pitel (France) - all rolled to the line to start the race. Behind them in Car 11 DS Alder Martz, Driver Ben Turits, and Mechanic Bryan Dubuc. In the feed zone Merrill Thierman, out with illness, and friends of the team Jeff Montgomerie and Ben Spain. Success and challenges in this race can be measured in more than one way. For example, showing up, starting, laps completed, KOM points, TV time, winning, finishing with the field, or some other team-inspired measure like helping a teammate or getting into a breakaway.
As for TV time - Emma won the day working the back of the field for the first half of the race where the only in-race camera on the USACrits.tv broadcast was working - and she owned the screen and dialog for a better part of an hour while riders shuffled back behind her getting dropped from the field at a rate of 10-15 per lap. Great results for sponsors, Emma, and the rest of the team.
See you next time as this now UCI raced team comes out more experienced and in search of even more impressive races and results. Next up is Tour of America's Dairylands (TOAD) the largest competitive road cycling series in the US. It hosts 11 straight days of racing throughout Southeast Wisconsin. And then the Junior Tour of Ireland for the Juniors.
American DORNIER, Keffer Mazda, Keffer VW, Charlotte Knights, Freedom Financial Solutions, Unknown Brewery, Unknown Bike & Brew, Hincapie Sportswear, BikeSource Charlotte, B-LINE Natural Energy, Weldon Weaver, and Veristor Systems. And finally, Sterling Swain and Alexis Batista for getting the team invited to the event.