Taking It To The Next Level
By; Anna Grace Christiansen
Back on a rainy, gray day in February 2010, I lined up with two teammates for my first road race and we had a plan. I remember almost every moment of that bike race, sticking close to my teammate. It was almost like a choreographed dance, I was told exactly what to do when and how to do it. I was to attack and try to stay away for the finish. Before the race, we practiced this attacking maneuver and all of my questions were answered. I felt prepared and confident lining up with my teammates for the race. I knew what was expected of me and I wasn’t afraid to fail, because if I gave it everything and still got caught, I had two strong teammates back in the pack ready to jump into action. I will never forget this as my first feeling of going all-in in a bike race and feeling so powerful together with my team.
I stayed away to the finish and I truly felt that it was a team win. I was lucky enough to be the representative of our team to cross the line first, the symbol of all the smarts and hard work of my teammates that day, but we won the race. I knew this sport was special. It was one of the most powerful collaborations I had ever been a part of and I was completely hooked, this sport made sense to me and I was hungry to learn more.
And here I am now, wrapping up my first full season of racing at the NRC level. How did I make the jump [...]