Payten Maness - Cyclist

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Erpe-Mere Race Report

Erpe-Mere Race Report

Todays entry is a bit of a traditional race report, but given that I finally won one over here, I thought I would share—

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Saturday we loaded up and headed to Erpe-Mere (Erpe-Mere, also known as Erondegemse Pijl, as the name suggests takes place in the Erpe Mere municipality, to the west of Brussels) for a 60k Junior race. In these races, the 15-16 and 17-18 race together, but are scored separately. This gave Sophie and I a chance to race together again, and as the only 2 Americans, we were out numbered by the large teams from Belgium and the Netherlands. It was about 50 against 2, so I liked our odds.
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I just kind hung in for a couple laps, got a little bored, and then made a couple attacks that didn't stick. I then followed an attack, and that one failed as well. There was a lull after we were caught, so I decided to go again, I was joined by Gabby Geiskens (15-16 rider from Netherlands) and then Brenda Goessens (17-18 rider on ISOREX from Belgium) joined us. Once we had an ISOREX rider in the group, I knew we would most likely make it, as ISOREX is a large team that likes to block when they have riders up the road and we had about 4 laps left.


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With half a lap to go another rider from Gabby’s team joined us, but she wouldn't work so that caused some chaos and slowed us down a little. I was stuck in a bad position pulling everyone to the finish when gabby came around me and started to sprint with 150 meters to go. I was able to get
on her wheel, and came around her in the last 25 meters and barely nipped her at the line for my first win here in Belgium!

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The scene on the podium was amazing and one I will never forget, and I got a huge bouquet of Sun Flowers and a Giant Belgian Beer! It was an amazing day of bike racing!


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And what would bike riding be without COFFEE!