Race recap from Placid Planets inaugural race weekend in Wilmington! By Stephanie Tashjian.
Saturday morning we woke up to a beautiful morning and I couldn't have asked for better race conditions! I raced in a combined field on 3/4 women, masters, and juniors. 10 ladies rode the 30 mile circuit around quiet roads in Wilmington. The group stayed together the first lap and during the second a few of us were dropped. Overall the course was a great loop with a nice downhill section and some light climbing.
Today we road again in the Wilmington Whiteface Road Race which had some really great climbing. We really lucked out with the weather this weekend with the sun out and no crazy winds.
The pack stayed together on the stretch out to the main loop of the course but I was able to work together with a few ladies along the way to the finish. The course itself was unbelievable with some amazing views. The climb just outside the turn back to town for the finish was pretty tough but once I made it past that there was a nice six mile decent with a few rollers that was welcomed before the final climb to Santa's workshop. Honestly I thought the final climb was going to be pretty horrible but there were a few breaks in the climb to break it up a bit. 1.6 miles up the road to the top of Whiteface I crossed the finish line. The decent back into town was definitely worth the climb up!
I have to give props to team Placid Plant on a organized and well run race. The volunteers on the course were amazing wether you were in first and last and did a great job keeping racers safe. I'll definitely be back again next year!
(P.S. I owe a very special thanks to Marsha for letting me tag along this weekend while she officiated! Thanks Marsha!)