Three years ago Pi Phi qualed 33rd on their 4th attempt. Today they won the race. If anyone has ever ridden with Caroline Brown you'll known she is a excellent hill climber but she showed her form on the track today (hinted at during MissNOut) as she destroyed the lead pack in a 5-up sprint for the win. In the weeks leading up to the race she also played down the form of her team-mates but they were clearly all riding great as they delivered Caroline the chance at the end.
Anyone who saw Caroline sit second wheel for the final 5 or more laps knew that they were gonna win. They stayed out of trouble and under the radar until the very end and pulled a huge surprise victory!
Other teams on the lead lap were DSP (2nd), KD (3rd- who for some reason led the final 5? laps), Kappa Kappa Gamma (4th, never ever rule them out) and Theta (5th- who rode very aggressively). Rounding out the top ten were DG (6th), Teter (7th- a couple of crashes hurt them), Wing-it (8th), Army (9th) and Athena (1oth- Olivia Yeagy rode like 4 girls!).
Full results are here.
The race was run in very windy conditions that likely contributed to a first lap wreck in which 4-year vet Caitlin Coar (Team Rev) broke her collarbone. Not the way she would have liked to finish her L5 career. Please spare a thought for Stephanie Dohman (Alpha Phi) who crashed very hard onto her face and did not immediately move (always a a bad sign!).
But wow, Pi Phi!
Photo Credit- VeloNews
3 days ago