City Park Criterium – Denver, CO – Sarah Lukas

Finally. While all of the SBR Quantum boys have been out racing every weekend, I finally got my turn to get into a criterium. With a mix of bad weather, new job, and being sick, the sun finally came out and I was able to get my racing legs back out there.

City Park Criterium is a classic in the Denver area. Everyone in Colorado raved about it – and I’m all about a good time! The course was a 2 mile long, fairly sweeping, open course. Typically, my strengths lie in a very tight, technical course, or a course with some slight elevation to increase the suffering. This course, in my opinion, was none of those things. For my first (and kind of late) crit this year, that was just fine. It allowed me to smooth out the kinks, and really remember what it feels like to crushing pedals again and get a feel for tactics. The women’s Pro ½ category was a good size, with pretty much only full teams present. With around 20 women, this was a great group of women to get full tactical practice. Being a solo rider, and recovering from illness, I wanted to race conservatively. The goal of this race was to figure out my fitness, learn the local riders, and get in some good training for some bigger goals and races later this season. I accomplished just that. Attacks were made, chases were sent out, and I was able to get in a great tempo workout with some jumpy sprints out of the corners.

There really isn’t anything too thrilling to the race. The finish came down to a bunch sprint. I sprinted in for 10th. Now…after the fact, I am well aware I could’ve positioned myself much better for that sprint. But it was a learning day, and I didn’t want to put myself in a position where I would be out for longer than I was. I came away pretty happy with how it went. Nothing like a criterium at altitude to whip you into shape!!City Park Crit FullSizeRender 2 FullSizeRender Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 12.33.06 PM