Carolyn Defoore

My Sports
Cycling
Speciality
Puncheur
Road Category
1
Nickname
CD4
Home Town
Houston, Texas
Carolyn D
Bio
Carolyn is a Category 1 road cyclist and 2017 Masters Road National Champion.
 
Goals
She would like to defend her title as Masters National Champion and also do well for the team in the USACrits series.
 
Highlights
  • Masters National Champion Road Race (35-39)
Reports & Blogs
The temperatures were amazing; nice and cool, yet not uncomfortable... but somehow, the rain managed to follow me.  I got my second shot at a call up, this time calm, collected, and ... moreconfident. (Thank you LVG 💚)

The field was about 50 deep, including many of the greatest of women’s cycling. The race venue was 8 corners, featuring a short steep climb on the back side and a long drag gradual uphill finish. Wet roads made for a tricky day on an already challenging course.

I was able to take two of the four primes!!

I was just barely off the front by myself when they rang the bell for the first prime, and I convinced myself to stay on the gas for a full lap. You can actually flow through the corners much smoother by staying off the brakes, especially on a wet course with a couple of nervous riders... managed to stay away long enough to take a prize!

The second prime was all about rolling the dice and being the first to jump from the group in the finish straight.

There were a couple of crashes, and they happened in the most technically demanding part of the course: 7th turn headed into the 8th. I got caught up in one, but I wasn't hurt, and was able to get back into the race from the pit with several other riders.

I finished 9th overall, and regret not placing myself towards the front sooner since my legs still felt really good in the finish and I ended up passing a lot of riders but ultimately got boxed in on the right side. Still, ultimately very excited with a top 10 finish in such an elite field!

Wilmington, Delaware Grand Prix was a phenomenal event, and I will definitely be repeating this race in the future!
Cyclist:
Report Date:
Saturday, 19 May, 2018
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My Bikes
  • 2018 Specialized Tarmac SL6 Expert
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