TGH is out in full force this road season, attending races throughout the state and getting some great results.
Washington State Road Race Championships
In June, the ladies of TGH picked up some hardware at the WSBA State Championship Road Race in Bellingham.
Held again on the challenging North Shore course, it was a rough day on the bike for many as the road claimed many flats, mechanicals and DNFs.
Not for our Cat 4 squad however. They rode strong and it was first-year-racer Moriah Patashnik, who crossed the finish line first, claiming her first win and State title of her cycling career. Congrats champ!
For the Pro 1/2 and Cat 3 field, it seemed like an especially tough day in the saddle as the first riders started dropping in the first few miles of the race. By lap two, the pack was shattered, leaving little chase groups and singletons throughout the course.
Thanks to great teamwork, defending State champion, Anne-Marije Rook, was able to get back to the lead group after a minor mechanical and ultimately sprint to a second place finish, taking home the silver medal.
Nice work, ladies!
Washington State Criterium Championships
The State Championship Criterium race was held in the Georgetown neighborhood in Seattle in July. In the Cat 4 race, Moriah Patashnik fought her way onto the podium again, this time coming a little short and going home with the silver medal.
The Pro 1/2 race was a full hour of action-packed racing. The attacking started at the sound of the whistle and barely eased up. TGHer Anne-Marije Rook bridged over to a two-person break, which continued to expand until it was six-women strong. Together, the break worked hard and lapped the field but remained on the front to keep the pace high and the sprint clean. The sprinting for primes continued to be fierce before the -cat-and-mouse game started with two laps to go. The finishing sprint was a close one, and Rook won by only a wheel-length thanks to a bike throw.
The Cat 3s raced with the Cat 1/2 but were scored separately. Racing smartly and using her 1/2 teammates to her advantage, Lisa Coyne was the first 3 to cross the line, earning herself another State Champion title.
Anne-Marije Rook won the Pro 1/2 race by only a bike wheel