The Aarons Team Diary 2006
Bank of America Criterium
Charlotte, North Carolina
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past weekend the Aaron’s Pro Women’s Cycling Team met in Charlotte, NC
to race the Bank of America
Criterium. The women had gone home for a very short period following the
Altoona Stage race allowing them to get some much needed rest.
The team was excited about the race as they had heard that a number
of the Aaron’s employees would be in attendance.
The action started with a brief pre-race media event on Friday that
was attended by Shannon, where she had the chance to speak with local TV,
news and Aaron’s employees. Later
on in the day Mackenzie, Catherine and Rebecca arrived to the host house
while Candice stayed at a friends’ house in nearby Winston-Salem.
Candice met the rest of the team at the course Saturday and the pre race discussions began. Shortly following the team started their warm-up as more Aaron’s employees stopped by to visit. The racing action was fast right from the start. In the first few laps of the race a crash happened that took out Shannon and several other racers. Luckily the rules allow a free lap until the last 5 laps of the race and Shannon was able to get back into the race. Right after Shannon rejoined the race a very select group of riders including Aaron’s own Catherine, rolled off the front of the race and stayed out there for 6 laps before being caught by the rest of the field.
women were looking incredibly comfortable and were racing well together.
As the race came to within 5 laps to go (no more free laps!) the
Aaron’s women found each other so they could stay protected and at the
front of the race. All was
looking great until a rider lost control in a corner on the backside of the
course and went straight into Candice taking her down and in the process
taking Shannon and approximately 10 other racers down as well.
Without the free lap Shannon and Candice were out of the race and the
job at hand was left for Catherine, Rebecca and Mackenzie.
All three were placed towards the back of the pack after the crash as
Team Lipton was at the front driving the pace.
The Aaron’s women again found each other in the final laps as
Catherine worked to bring Rebecca and Mack towards the front for the final
sprint. Candice and Shannon cheered their teammates on trying to
encourage them in any way they could. The
pace was high and the time left short, Catherine was just able to drop
Rebecca and Mack off in roughly tenth position. Rebecca took over and pulled Mack up a couple of more spots
going into the final stretch where Mack kicked it in and clawed back several
more spots to bring the team a top five spot!
Rebecca and Catherine followed with 11th and 13th
Pro (38.69 km/h)
Tina Pic (USA) Colavita/Cooking Light
Laura Van Gilder (USA) Team Lipton
Gina Grain (Can) Colavita/Cooking Light
Jen Mccrae (USA) Conex Train
Mackenzie Dickey (USA) Aaron's Pro Women's Cycling
Laura Yoisten (Can) Victory Brewing Cycling Team
Anne Samplonius (Can) Biovail
Sarah Uhl (USA) Home Depot Center-Serotta
Sarah Caravella (USA) Team Lipton
Brenda Lyons (USA) Victory Brewing Cycling Team
Rebecca Larson (USA) Aaron's Pro Women's Cycling
Leigh Valletti (USA) Travelgirl Magazine
Catherine Powers (USA) Aaron's Pro Women's Cycling
Robin Farina (USA) Team Kendra Tire
15 Katharine Carroll (USA) Victory Brewing Cycling Team
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