BC Superweek MK Delta Crit: Just Keep Attacking

 Denise comfortable at the front driving the pace - Photo: Tour de Delta

Denise comfortable at the front driving the pace - Photo: Tour de Delta

Arguably the MK Delta Crit this is one of the hardest races of BC Superweek.  The circuit is rectangular with a fast down hill into a tight left turn.  The backside of the course is a grinding climb.  The start finish is directly after the final left.  Due to the close proximity of the line, the race for all intensive purposes is a race to that final corner.  This is because it is next to impossible to come around a rider in the last short fast stretch.

Go For a Break

In the past the Trek Red Trek Women’s Team has had success with Denise winning this race from a break.  The race plan was to be aggressive and force a break, with world class sprinters in the field we needed the race to be hard and make all the sprinters work as much as possible before going to the line. 

After an aggressive attack from Denise, I countered and then she countered again.  We must of done at least 4 back to back attacks before we got a break. This break of 2 went really early with another larger group of about 10 bridged up to this move.  I was happy to see Denise had made the selection and was in this large break.  With the 2 of us in the move we now needed to keep the pressure up and launch someone into a solo move.   

Denise and I went at it again attacking and countering; however, the break was too large for us to get free.  Our moves were getting absorbed into the large number of racers.  During the race Denise and I both spent several laps off the front of the group, in our attempt to break up the group and exhaust our competition.  Despite our best efforts one of the sprinters we were watching launched a lethal counter attack on the last lap and finished solo to take the win.  I was able to scape together enough energy to sprint for 4th – just shy of that podium.

TRT Teamwork Makes the Race 

Despite just missing the podium, the team could still hold our heads high.  This was a great first race of BC Superweek.  As a team we did what we had to do.  We raced aggressively, animate the race, and give ourselves the best shot at the win.  After the race was over the race organizer came up to me and introduced herself.  She thanked Trek Red Truck for racing so hard and making the race immensely exciting to watch.  She commented that the Trek Red Truck Women made that race and as such next year the women’s race deserved the prime spot.