The first stage of the Sea Otter Classic women’s stage race, the 50-minute criterium came down to a final sprint won by Alison Powers (Now and Novartis) ahead of Lauren Rowney (Specialized-lululemon) and Emily Collins (Vanderkitten).
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Racing solo, with no teammates, the Australian sprinter had to adjust her strategy. She was banking on threatening moves to come from riders of the TIBCO/To The Top, Exergy Twenty12, Primal/MapMyRide and Now and Novartis.
“Obviously you can’t cover everything, you have to ride a bit differently sometimes, I was just trying to pick the right moves I thought would stick.” Rowney told podiuminsight after the race.
She did cover a few of the numerous attacks during the 50-minute race held on -km section of the Laguna Seca Raceway. “Whenever a sprint or time bonus, after that something would go off the front and I would go there.”
The field was still together coming into the final lap. Rowney continued, “Towards then end I knew that I had to be the first couple of wheels coming into the last few bends, to jump before. But Alison just got the jump before me, I was just chasing her down the straight. The team obviously had it planned out, they’re very organized.”
Not only was Rowney at Sea Otter to support her sponsor but to get ready for coming races. “Sea Otter is a great event, Specialized is here and I’m here to support them. It’s a great prelude to Gila and the big tour in Idaho.”