It's on TV (HDNet) and the IDSnews are hopefully/apparently streaming it live but this is the place for your post-race analysis of the Womens race!
How the race was won, 2012 Womens Little 500 edition.
From words and sounds it seemed like a great race, I'm sure the pictures made it even better. This is what I pieced together, please offer corrections below:
Laps 1-25. Teter know Theta would follow them around like a little puppy. Therefore they mixed it up with a looong opening set by Emma (Teter) that kept Kath (Theta) on the bike for way longer than she expected...which might have been critical later on. Following exchanges, Teter only had KKG, Wing-it and DSP for company (I think DG had dropped off(?) and Theta crashed their first exchange).
Laps 30-60. Should have Teter pressed their quarter-lap advantage over the other big favorite? By this time Lisa had barely ridden so maybe could have blown it all apart. I don't know if there was any coach-chat but I doubt KKG and Wing-it would have contributed to an effort to bury Theta (and DG?...they didn't get mentioned much in the radio broadcast). Some shades of what happened in 2008 but to be fair it is a big ask for Teter to take it on for 60 laps without a Rieke or CvK. Therefore Theta claw themselves back into it to leave a lead group of Teter, Theta, DG, DSP, KKG and Wing-it
Laps 60-90. A phoney way, a few little attacks but no-one committed.
Laps 90-96. The critical decision. DG exchanges before Teter and Theta to get Kayce on the bike. When Teter exchange (to put Lisa on) she smashes it and continues to do so when Theta swap (to put Kath on). Kayce leads for 4 laps but it's a big ask to keep the field at bay that whole time. If she had a 1/3 of a lap then I think DG would have exchanged to try and win it solo (like in 2008) but as soon as the pack regrouped then Pam/Kelsey (DG coaches) decided to keep it in the legs of their best rider.
The End- Theta seemed to lead it out for a final couple of laps. Kayce recovered fantastically as she must have been breathing out of her ears at that time. She found better position than Teter and came around Kath out of turn 4 for a remarkable win. Maybe Teter's early strategy to tire Kath served to aid DG in the end, somewhat like in 2008.
I was surprised Coach Knapp didn't insist on 'shorts + baby oil' for all the Theta riders. I feel wearing shorts in cold weather is a statement of 'we are here to race' whereas leg warmers may say 'I'm here to keep warm'.
Kudos to KKG and DSP for always being there at the end and especially to Collins who finished 7th with all rookies. Nice to see Chi-Omega back in the top ten for the first time in a decade!
Lets hope the mens race is as exciting.
4 days ago