Global Relay National Road Championships – July 3-5, 2015
Erin Attwell, who finished her first Global Relay National Champs with a 3rd TT, 4th Crit and 4th RR, was congratulated by many at the championships in Thedford Mines, QC for riding aggressively and well. Here’s how her weekend went:
Time Trial 14.2 km – Erin finished in #3 spot at 24:18, after Gillian Ellsay (BC) 23:27 and Emiliah Harvie (AB) 24:11 despite a challenge with gears. A great start!
Road Race – 80 km – Erin attacked on the technical descent about 2-3 km out, missing a crash that took out several contenders; Gillian Ellsay (BC) and Emiliah Harvie (AB) and one Quebec rider caught her about 700m out; Gillian tried to lead Erin out but Emiliah (who went to Jr worlds in 2014) had the front and held them off. According to coach Lister Farrar, Erin was happy with being aggressive and her late attack. She place 4th in 2:20:24 after Havie (2:20:22), Ellsay (2:20:22) and Laurie Jussaume (QC) at 2:20:23.
Criterium – 25.4 km – According to her Dad, TS rider Dave Attwell, “Erin worked hard upfront, pulling in some breaks and mashing it but there was a lot of marking and watching the other riders, so they were fresh. Erin led with two laps to go and was pushing the pace. Erin led that lap – she didn’t want to and tried to get the others to pull through, lots of head turning and watching – with 400m to go the 3 riders who were tucked in behind Erin burst for the sprint and passed Erin. She gave chase and the four crossed the line close together – Emelian Havie (AB) took the win in 0:42:27, Maggie Coles-Lyster (BC) 2nd in 0:42:27, Katherine Maine (ON) was third in 0:42:27 and Erin placed 4th in 0:42:28.
All in all, the 2015 Nationals were a success with 3rd in the TT, 4th in the RR and 4th in the Crit….and she can ride at Nationals for two more years.