8bar Crit - Full speed, Have fun, Podium included

Autor: Lena Vogl | Pictures: Joshua Meissner | 03. 05. 2019

Friday evening. The last e-mail sent and after work jumped directly into the car - at 7:00 pm was finally meeting place in Munich - we went (as so often) to Berlin. At the same time at the University of Hamburg. The final preparations for the math course on Monday completed, Marion jumped motivated in the ICE. Finally FEM weekend, finally full speed in the circle again!

Friday evening. The last e-mail sent and after work jumped directly into the car - at 7:00 pm was finally meeting place in Munich - we went (as so often) to Berlin. At the same time at the University of Hamburg. The final preparations for the math course on Monday completed, Marion jumped motivated in the ICE. Finally FEM weekend, finally full speed in the circle again!

The 8bar Crit was due, this time with a completely new format - 2 days, 3 races. In addition to the classic 8bar Crit, there was a time trial and a points race this year. Looking at the women's start list, we paused briefly: in addition to the usual suspects there were a few top Red Hook Crit riders reported and we quickly realised that none of us alone had a chance against this competition - not alone, but together! The dream team teamwork was in demand, our speciality, to be honest.

After the start time slots were extended at the time trial and the first points for the overall standings were taken, the points race went right to the point. Sofie was able to pull away while the team held the field together and thus won the first proper race. With the points from time trial and points race, we were in second place after day one both in the team and the individual standings.

From the finish line, we went straight to the next highlight: Marion's presentation at the VELO about the Transcontinental Race last year. A great way for every insider to get tips and tricks for long distance cycling races. And anyone who still had doubts about whether he should not even try it himself was convinced by the pictures at the latest.

Of course, we had to celebrate such a successful day and where would that be better than with Pizza and Aperol Spritz in the L'Osteria.

Sunday morning. It would not be a FEM weekend without our legendary picnics or snacks. No matter where - no matter when. Because next to the bike and the jersey there is always food on our packing list. Everyone brings something from home and we are already provided for the weekend. Our Sunday breakfast took place again on the floor between the sleeping bags and mattresses. There was also discussed the tactics for day two. How can we hold the place or maybe even improve it to number one?

It was clear that "driving away" was our only chance to beat the sprint-strong competition once again. As it turned out in the race, it was much more difficult than the day before, as everyone had the lotus coloured jerseys on the screen. Despite many attempts, we have not made it, that one of us settles. The team tactics did not go up, but we still gave full speed until the end, because who brakes lose and so we still got valuable points for the team ranking.

Showered with bubbly, it went back again. For Marion to Hamburg and for the rest of the crew to Bavaria. Arrival at 3:15 am at home in bed in the morning. 3 hours of sleep had to be enough before the first e-mails at work were answered again at 7:00 am or the math students in Hamburg wanted to be taught ... and in the evening the next bike ride was already on.

It continues in the coming weeks with Marion's home race, the Waterkant Crit in Hamburg and end of May with the Fixed Nations Cup in Dijon, France.

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