Anna is one of two super star juniors we have on the team and brought home a couple state championship jerseys to boot!
Today I raced at Junior states. I woke up at 5:30am to get to the track by 8:00. My family came to watch since this was my last track race of the season. We got to the track at 8:15 and went straight to registration, I signed up for the sprints. Pat (the owner) said that the day was to start off at 10am. I got there extra early to make sure what happened at nationals didn’t happen to me again. I went to set up and the juniors from BlackSheep cycling invited me to set up with them, so I did. I had to build my bike because I haven’t ridden my track bike for a month. After I was done with that, I started to warm up. I can’t tell you how happy I was to be on my bike! I started out slow then did a few jumps and was ready to go. The 200m TT was first I got to the ready area with two riders in front of me and was ready to race. As the guy was holding me I just thought about how this was my last track race of the season and I wanted to go out with a bang. The official gave me a push and I was underway. I moved up the track immediately. I stayed on top of my cadence and managed to get an amazing time for me. I rode a 13.22 a hole second faster then when I started this season! I’m very proud of this time! I ended up getting 1st place in this race.
I had to race Kimberly Nuffer as a match sprint so we could do some extra racing. My brother Arie was my holder. He gave me a push and Kimberly and I were racing. We were going around 10mph on the top of the track for just about the entire race. With 200 meters to go I started to sprint. Kimberly managed to inch me out but I was ok with that because I was able to keep up with her.
My final race of the day was the 15 lap scratch race. I didn’t know I was going to do this race until 20 minutes beforehand. The women were to race with the Master 55+ men. There was about ten men on the rail and three women including me. The eve started out with a neutral lap and I made sure I was on a good wheel. With 12 laps to go Kimberly went off the front, I decided to go with her. After she realized I was on her wheel she slowed up so the group could get back together. One of her teammates attacked and we were all on his wheel. Mrs. Lawrence got dropped with this attack and so did Kimberly. So it was me against the men. At two laps to go the men started to sprint they managed to drop six men and me. I kept my speed for the next two laps and came in 4th overall and 1st in the women’s.
I have to say I’m very proud of my two state championships and how the day played out! Here are a few photos from today.