Thursday night the hubs and I took the redeye from the 801 to the home of the Red Sox, Pats and Celtics...We arrived on Friday morning pretty worked over. The most awesome-est race organizer offered to let us use her car so we could transportate ourselves the first part of our trip which was totally huge. We took a cab to her place in Jamaica Plain and loaded up her 1990 Honda Civic with BOTH BIKES and all our crap. Those are such bike racer cars--I can see why teammate Lins and others *heart* them so much.
We made our way to Acton, where one of my best high school buds lives--TEEJ. The hubs and I rode bikes to a local bagel shop and the collapsed on Teej's couch in her awesome house...We eventually regained consciousness to go for a little pre-dinner spin in beautiful Acton. We rode past some farms and around a cool lake...all basically in Teej's backyard. Friday evening we had a lovely dinner with Teej, her husband Chris and their 2 awesome kids Thomas and Maura. We kept making Thomas say dump truck (as he loves all trucks... This awesome kiddo unfortunately pronouces "tr" like "f"--so we were snickering at the unintended profanity out of this super cute 2 year-old's mouth.
Saturday morning we had another lovely ride to Concord and around the neighbs. You gotta love the northeast. Good luck planning a route. Better to just ride around with a general idea of where you want to go and you'll probably end up there somehow. Those roads are ridic.
Teej's parents drove up from the Cape that day. It was so great to see Pat and Gar (which Teej called her parents in high school)--they are such great people--an awesome family. We had a lot of laughs and more fun times with the kiddos before heading back to Beantown to meet up with the rest of the fam.
We made our way to the Marriott on Fisherman's Wharf where my parents were staying and were Randypants was waiting for us. Let's just say the 1990 Honda Civic--which has been ridden hard and put up wet--was SLIGHTLY out of place in front of the Marriott. As my 'rents rolled up in their Mercedes my mom was laughing...my dad commanded "don't park that thing anywhere near me."
Pretty soon we were joined by Steve's bro Dave and our non blood bro Aussie Drew. The hubs 'rents George and Kathy also detoured from their vacation in the northeast to come join in the fun. We strolled along the water and then reconvened for dinner. Teej and Chris came in from Acton and my sister Mary also eventually rolled in after her rugby game in Albany. Her partner Rachel also appeared after HER rugby game in Boston. After dinner we walked to the North End for some dessert treats. I don't know if anyone was aware that I *heart* cannolli?
It was a fabulous night with some of my favorite people in the whole world.
After a great night's sleep at the Marriott (thanks mom and dad), the hubs and I grabbed a bagel on Quincy Market and I got ready for the race--the Boston Mayor's Cup. I rolled over in time to meet up with teammate Kat--bruised and battered from a crash the previous weekend--but ready to roll nonetheless.
Yeah urban bike race!
The race was held at City Hall circling a total downtown block. Olympian and former pro Nicole Freedman works for the city and puts on the race--so there are equal purses for men and women--so awesome. While rolling around the course, I flatted about 15 minutes before the start. Luckily the superstuds at Sram hooked me up with a wheel and I made my way to staging.
There was a good field. Tibco and VBF had teams with Colavita and Peanut Butter also represented. Many of the best sprinters were there like Laura VanGilder and Jen McRae along with the large number of strong riders that live in the northeast...
The race was pretty active and a lot of fun. There was a midrace crash that neutralized our race for 5 laps. That was a slight bummer because it would've been cool to see if a break might've happened. It was a major bummer because a girl was taken off the course on a backboard--yikes. Really hope she's ok. There were a ton of $$ primes with a sprint line on the front and backside. I snagged a $300 prime (yippee). VBF definitely did some serious cleanup in the primes department. They just kept sending people. In the final laps, things got a little hairy. The course was definitely technical with some sketch pavement and tight corners. On the last lap I made my way into position and then got caught up in the shuffle--I re-made my way into ok position on the backside...Lauren Tamayo, Jen McRae and LVG jumped right at the corner before the slight bend to the finish. We were still in a group, I jumped to the left and was in my full on sprint but had to slam on the brakes when a leadout person satup right in the middle. It was like a brick wall shooting up in the final 200 m when you are in your full on sprint. Several people passed me but I still managed to get 9th (which is an improvement from last year's 10th). Lauren Tamayo held off Jen McRae and Laura for the win with the other 2 finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively.
It was an AWESOME RACE. Great crowds and it was really special to have family and friends there to cheer me on. It was a really fabulous way to end my road season--and what a season its been!!!
Bella cena in Northampton.
But don't sit back just yet...After the race, I headed back to the Marriott and spread out all my crap (again) to repack for the upcoming week--which will see the hubs, Dave, Drew and I riding our bikes to my parents house in Rochester (about 450 miles). I had to switch my brakes and wheels and pack the little pack I'll be carrying with everything I'd be needing for the week. We said goodbye to Randypants and my parents and then my rad sister drove us (5 people and 4 bikes in a Pontiac Vibe--hell to the yes) to Northampton. We had an awesome dinner at Viva Fresh Pasta and the left the boys to stay in Northampton while my sister and I made our way to Albany where she lives.