Amy Frykman WINS Rocky Mountain Roubaix! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Amy Frykman   
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 11:19


Amy Frykman Wins Montana Roubaix 2012No matter the weather, the Rocky Mountain Roubaix is one of those races that always draws a crowd. Maybe it's the sweet trophies, or maybe it's the dirt, the crazy potholes, and the unpredictable, early-season conditions. Either way, you can always count on good fields with riders coming from Bozeman, Helena, the Flathead, Coeur d'Alene, Spokane and elsewhere.

After two days of snow in Bozeman, I questioned my sanity during the three+ hour drive to the race. But, if I was insane, I knew I was in good company. Ten GAS riders made the trek, with most of us packed in the Team Muleterro van. The roads were horribly icy until Drummond, and we all breathed a collective sigh of relief when we got to Missoula and there was no snow accumulation and the roads appeared dry.

We had a good showing for the women's field, with 15 riders at the starting line. The race started cold and sunny, with temps in the high 30s. GAS/Intrinsik was well represented, with me, three-time champion Lisa Curry, Megan Lawson and Julie Zickovich. We had good competition, though, with a very strong Lindsy Campbell and several teammates from NRO and The Cycling House. With four strong riders representing GAS/Intrinsik, we tried our best to soften the field with a series of attacks and counter attacks. About seven or so miles into the race, the race began to live up to its reputation as a race of luck. Julie suffered a flat, and then, several miles later,  Lindsy raised her hand for the wheel car after also getting a flat. At that point, me, Megan and Lisa went to the front to pick up the pace. We hit the main stair-step hill on the lollipop loop and all hell broke loose. A rider from The Cycling House put in a fierce attack, and we all struggled to keep pace. The field broke up. I moved my way up the hill and started passing people here and there. I pulled up alongside the Cycling House rider and then moved past her. And then I was alone out front. I figured I'd do my best to put in a good gap and then make the rest of the girls work to close it. I had nothing to lose: If they caught me, I knew Lisa and Megan would be ready to counter attack. I put my head down and pushed the pace as hard as possible. When I hit the pavement after the lollipop loop, John Curry and Dave Hoffman (both who couldn't race due to injury) pulled up alongside me and told me I had 45 seconds on the chase group. The last few miles along the frontage road were windy and brutal, but I still had a good gap when I hit the finish climb and managed to finish alone. Lisa and Lindsy Campbell sprinted for 2nd and 3rd, with Lindsy narrowly taking Lisa at the line. Megan took 4th, and Julie, who due to her flat had to chase the entire race, ended up 6th.

-Amy

You can find results at Montana Bike Racing Association.

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