Women’s A/B: MIT Strategy Yields First and Second Place
By Tiahna Harris, with Martha Buckley and Yuri Matsumoto
The MIT ladies are no strangers to strategy and solidarity. After winning Saturday’s Team Time Trial by ten seconds, the Sunday Criterium was held in a Navy Yard with not four, but six corners. Six ninety degree corners made this quite possibly the most challenging Crit of the season, disallowing any rider from admiring the abandoned navy building’s that lined the path. The course was short, but the MIT ladies were sharp. Pre-race discussions regarding different situations paved the way for MIT snatching places 1 and 2.
In a course that favored stronger riders, being in the top definitely simplified things. The peloton was highly concentrated as both A and B riders displayed control on the course. Reflecting on the race, Buckley commented, “I hoped to get away from the pack, but was unsuccessful since there were many riders willing to be aggressive and pull any breaks in,” said Buckley.
On the last lap, Matsumoto grabbed onto Buckley’s wheel, who led her out of the concentrated pack. The duo turned on the power as other riders tried to hold on but eventually fell behind. The last sprint promised MIT sweeping the first and second places, but which rider was still to be determined. Both believing the other deserved the number one spot more, Buckley took the turn first and sprinted to the finish line.
Elated with the top 2 finish, Matsumoto commented, “I enjoyed being with my team mates and this weekend reminded me why I love racing with the team so much!” Ah, a mentality we could all benefit from.