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T-Mobile International Women's Race Diary
 
By Marianne Werz O'Brien
Date: 9/13/2004
T-Mobile International Women's Race Diary
 

Report by Scott Gerrie, Manager Team Biovail/Cervélo
The cool mist on our sunglass turned to a steam which quickly fogged our vision, as we faced the monstrous climbs. From the bottom it looked like a staircase about a hundred stories high. It was so steep, that the climb seemed to eat the riders at each step. An amazing sight, I’m sure for the spectators!

This race was like a giant criterium with “a few” big hills. The reflectors all over the road, the potholes, and the corners worked wonders for taking your mind of the impending climbs!

The race starts with two ‘parade’ laps of approximately 1 mile each around the start finish area. Then the women headed out for 5 big laps, up both the Fillmore and Taylor climbs, followed by one short lap, which includes only the Taylor climb. The race was fast right from the gun, and the parade laps flew by at 45-plus kilometers an hour. For many this was a sense of things to come! The pace did not slow until the climb up Fillmore, an 18% grade, which seemed to cause an instant separation of the field. Leigh, Jen S., Jen M. and Rhonda held their own and maintained their position within the field. However, the fast downhill leading up to the next 18% climb did not give much time to recover, and this seemed to take its toll on the field.

In the last few laps a select few made up the final group that finished together. Any early attack from Manon Jutras of Quark Cycling would be the first move of the day. There were several other small breaks during the race with Webcor, Victory Brewing and Versicherung/Lietzsport plus a few others all taking turns. It was not until the last time up Taylor that Nicole Cooke of Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan made her final and deciding move; Lynn Bessette of Quark tried to follow but was unable. A group of 16 riders followed close behind the winning rider. The largest group left on the road included Biovail rider, Leigh Hobson who finished 24th overall and was the 7th Canadian on this grueling course. Jen Stephenson finished well with the 3rd group on the course which contained riders from Victory Brewing, Webcor, Genesis Scuba and Palo Alto Bicycles.

Biovail riders worked well together, in the toughest race in North America, with an Olympic Medalist and National Champions present. It was a great race to end a great year, congratulations to all. A special thanks to our feeders Judy Quillin and Nicole Gilinsky and to John Winman, Mark Davies and Ken Villazor for all your help in getting bikes ready, to helping out with the photo shoot and making this a great weekend.

Thank you to our sponsors; Biovail Corporation, Cervélo Cycles, DapaSoft, Clif Bar & Shots, Verge Sport, ProNet - Selle Italia, Giro Helmets, Port Credit Physiotherapy, Tri-Flow, Velomax Wheels

Team Biovail - Cervelo for T-Mobile
Bib #81 - HOBSEN Leigh (CAN)
Bib #82 - STEPHENSON Jennifer (CAN)
Bib #83 - MAGUR Jenn (USA)
Bib #84 - GUZDA Rhonda (CAN)
Bib #85 - GARNETT Anna (CAN)
Bib #86 - FARRELL Julia (CAN)
Bib #87 - DODMAN Nanci (CAN)

 
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