Devo & Cannondale pb Fortius - Enumclaw Race Recap
What a fantastic weekend in Enumclaw. The classic event has been around for ages and featured the same classic courses. This year the weather was gorgeous and the turnout was massive for all categories.
The Devo and Cannondale pb Fortius teams had great representation in nearly every category. In the Women's racing, there was Astrid in the Junior C category, Caitlin, Maia, and Kate in Cat 4, and Bronwen, Elizabeth, and Elle in Cat 1/2/3. One the Men's side, there was Manu and Campbell in the Junior C, Ethan, Mike, and Evan in Cat 4, and Quinn and Sean in Cat 3.
The stage race began with a short Merckx style TT through the local farm roads. Everyone was able to throw down some great times and set themselves up for the rest of the weekend.
The evening criterium started with a bang as Campbell and Astrid won their Junior C races. In the Cat 4 women's race, Catlin and Kate sprinted to podium spots in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Ethan showed his sprinting power to place 2nd in the Cat 4 men. Our Cat 3 men and 1/2/3 women rode fantastic on the fast and technical course, and finished safely within the bunch.
The final day road race was setting up to be a scorcher, with a solid climb on the course and some toasty weather rolling through. Manu showed up with his climbing legs on and sprinted for the win in Junior C. Astrid rode super strong as well, finishing close behind the winner for 2nd place. Caitlin and the Matsons raced strong together and came into the final sprint where Caitlin placed 3rd, Kate 8th, and Maia 11th.
In the CAT 4 race, the pack shattered – Ethan was able to make it into the fast chase group, finishing 11th. Evan had a great ride, finishing only a few minutes behind Ethan's group. Mike unfortunately got caught in a crash early on in the race, unhurt but struggled to regain his rhythm. In the Cat 1/2/3 Elizabeth and Elle were on fire climbing with the Pro 1/2/3 women. Coming down to a final sprint, Elizabeth powered to 4th place. The Cat 3 race decimated in the heat, both Quinn and Sean rode strong and placed well against the powerful adults.
In the overall classifications the top finishers were Manu in 2nd, Astrid in 2nd, and Caitlin in 3rd. Another amazing weekend of racing, and great performances by all the riders!
To see results from the race, visit the MOE Stage Race site