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My first Road Season

This year I wanted to start learning to race my road bike. I got my USAC license as a cat. 3. More about Road categories here.

I would have to work my way to cat. 2 before Tour of America's Dairyland to be able to race the pro field. So I started racing regional races, mainly crits, to get experience, points and results. The fields were pretty small, usually racing cat 1/2/3 together.

Following races and results let me quickly reach my upgrade goal:

  • LaCrosse Omnium 2024 1st place overall elite women (New course record on iTT mountain)

  • Battle on the Border Crit 1st place overall elite women

  • Muskego Park Crit 1st place overall elite women

  • Hollander Hustle Crit 1st place overall elite women

  • Snake Alley Criterium 1st place overall elite women

SNAKE ALLEY was definetely a highlight for me, since it is a very challenging course and the field of racers was great.

Unfortunately the following races of that weekend I had multiple mechanical problems and wasn't able to race to get notable results. It showed a great need for support, partnership and sponsorship.

YAY! Upgrade and here we go into cat. 2. Tour of America's Dairyland: 11 days of racing in a row coming up, in a pro field, in a large group. This year's "bootcamp".

Read a little more into how the races went here.

In summary, so far, it's been a great learning and starting season. With the results at ToAD I am happy yet hungry for more.

Now it's time to debrief, set goals, look for sponsors and support and as always spread the goodness of cycling!

Thanks for following my journey,

-Gabriela



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