Boulevard and Red Trolley were the team's season openers. The weekend started wet and with a small field at Boulevard, only 10 finishers. The race was reduced from 3 laps to 2 by consensus of the field. Kathryn Donovan and Dotsie Bausch finished 1st and 2nd respectively with Treads.com rider, Lindsey Bradshaw-Sandoval, coming in third.
Sunday the course was dry and in much better attendence for the women's race, with 36 finishers. The race was aggressive and fast. All of the teams worked hard to avoid a dangerous break from going up the road. Many local sprinters were out for one of the first crits of the season. Becky Quinn, Kendal Ryan, Maria Lechuga, Jule Hines and Dianna Del Fante to name a few. Our team attacked often throughout the race to keep the pressure on. Dotsie Bausch attacked the field in the last lap and Becky Quinn is right with her. There is a small split between them and the rest of the field. Dotsie holds off Becky for the win and Paramount racing's Hilary Crowley comes in third.
Below is the race report as told by Dennis Gonzales, the teams representative to SC Velo and team photographer.
The SC Velo women's team puts on a racing clinic at Red Trolley. With instructions, "Attack the field.", the team controlled the race from the start. Attack and counter, setting a fast pace on every lap, the women sent a very strong message in their first race as a full squad. It was pretty impressive even from the sidelines; I haven't seen this level of racing in the local women's field in a long time. The girls were relentless, leaving the competition wondering "When will this stop?". If today is an indication of things to come, this will be a great season.