We were pretty excited to be able to sponsor the first equal payout in Masters Women's cyclocross history this weekend. What got us more excited, though, was watching those athletes tear up the field on day one.
Erin Mascelli (Yukato Yoga p/b Sole Artisan Ales) and Robin Dunn (Cognition Coaching) combated for the holeshot, and both were able to get a very brief in the first few corners until the field rejoined at the staircase.
Joanne Abbruzzesi (Bike Line) was able to connect with the front group, and stuck on Mascelli's wheel for the first few laps as Dunn comfortably stayed in third.
MAC Series leader Jennifer Kraut (MidAtlantic Colavita Women's Team) led the chasing group, who included Lisa Most (Guy's Racing Club), Tara Parsons (CRCA/ Rapha Cycling Club), Lisa Vible (MidAtlantic Colavita Women's Team), and Tammy Ebersole (Evolution Racing). Kraut broke free of the rest on the riders, and started cutting into the time of the leaders as the race continued.
Abbruzzesi suffered a rough crash mid-way through the race on the off-camber before the barriers, allowing the duo of Dunn and Mascelli to lead off ahead. Kraut was able to fight her way into third place, and within a few laps to go, she was in sight of the leaders.
By the end of the last lap, Mascelli was able to create a few second gap on Dunn to take the win, as Dunn came in for second and Kraut third.
We were able to capture plenty of great shots of the action in the race. You can scroll through them with the right and left arrows. Feel free to share or use any of these photos of these women who came out and really put in a killer effort!