Granite Bay Grinder - Lauren Desrosiers

            As a cyclist, spring and the month of April always seem to indicate that race season is kicked into full gear. And I for one, have been one busy bee these past few weeks. Last weekend marked my first pro race down at Fontana for the first US Cup of the year as well as a key race for the Cycling Development- SCOTT squad. A successful weekend of fun and racing jazzed me up for another great week of training to come in addition to an exciting week of senior activities at school, called “Senior Survival Week.” Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures to share but it was definitely a fun week coming into our Saturday race at Granite Bay.

            Friday rolled around and we were greeted by gray skies and 100% chance of rain on race day. I was definitely happy to hear that due to knowing my home course so well and the course throwing more challenge to racers in a bit of slippery mud. My excitement for race day grew more and more knowing that this race would be epic! (This photo was taken at Granite Bay over 2 years ago)

                        Racing at home is always an advantage because who doesn’t like to sleep in their own bed and come home to shower after a race? These were definitely things I planned out as I walked downstairs at 6am to eat breakfast and take a little extra time rolling out to the venue in the morning. I made my way over to the team tent to dial in my bike with the perfect air pressure on my schwalbe rocket rons and made up some GU bottles before beginning my warmup.

On the line I was to surprised to feel close to no pre race nerves as I was called up to the line second behind points leader Mina Ricci. Calm and collected thoughts were the only thing on my mind as the countdown began and we were off. I sprinted off the line feeling confident to take my pull in the lead from the beginning.

In the winding woods section I had Cycling Development teammate Emily Harris close on my wheel, and we had already made a little gap on the girls. I hit the top of the section to then see that Emily was out of sight. I was feeling good and decided to pick up the pace as and experiment with different lines during this lap. Lots of puddles, mud sections, and washouts from recent rain. Sweet! Since the race was only three laps instead of the typical 4 laps the race seemed to fly by! I was having so much fun conquering the tacky downhills and grinding my way up the muddy ups.

However, my most favorite part of this race and this race win were the cheers and love I received from my family and friends. My heart was full to have them all there at one of my last high school races ever.

ready for another week of training at home with the luxury of spring break before heading off to Sea Otter next Thursday!