Lauren Hall

Professional cyclist from the state of Mississippi

Back from Bend

We left Boise early Monday(July 20) morning heading to Bend, OR for Cascade Cycling Classic, one of my favorite races that I haven't done in a year or so.  I love Bend, the people are always really cool, there is always a lot going on in town and the race is a fun race.

Heading out of town from Boise.... 

We arrived midday on Monday, went for a quick spin, grocery store run and then settled in to our host houses.  Tuesday we did a normal pre race ride, checking out one of the courses and getting final adjustments to our bikes.  Our mechanic(Tim) had a really great setup, right downtown and the host had beer on tap.  What more can a mechanic ask for?? 

The tap in the garage where Tim was staying.  It was the ultimate MAN garage.... 

I refuse to get a buggy.... 

This was also happening at the host's house...

Talking with Tim about gearing and wheel selection..

Host doggie...

MY host doggie...

Twenty16 mascot - Beatle... 

Dre in all her glory...

Breakfast bowl...

The race was a lot of fun, I made the break the first day with my teammate Andrea, she was third on the day and Kristin Armstrong won -day 1 = success. 

Day 2 - time trial, I saved a little bit in my legs this day for the next few days to come but I still had some fun pushing the pace. Kristin won = success. 

The man behind Kristin Armstrong... 

Day 3 - We climbed out of town and around the back side of Mt. Bachelor and finished near the top of Mt. Bachelor.  Again, I made the break and worked for my teammate, Andrea.  She won the stage = success.  

Andrea goofing around....we laugh 99% of the time....

Day 4 - downtown criterium, I won the race = success.

A couple of young fans wanting a closer look at Beatle...

Holding up the winnings from the crit... 

The green jersey is the sprinter's jersey.  Throughout each stage there are certain points within the race that one can race towards to gain points for a sprint jersey.  I won that competition, the race within the race.  So there is a yellow jersey - overall leader of the race, polka dot jersey - queen of the mountain(similar to the green jersey in acquiring the jersey but it's usually at the top of a mountain or a climb), green jersey and white jersey - best young rider in the race.  We won all of them from start to finish. 

Day 5 - Awbrey Butte circuit race, we secured the yellow jersey, I was third on the stage - semi success but mostly = success! 

Then we had a huge dog pile on top of Andrea since this was the first time she had ever worn and won the yellow jersey, it was a great team victory and I think she was pretty happy. 

It's hard to separate happiness and winning bike races.  I've had a real struggle this year and I've felt mostly happy but when we win, I'm really happy.  I do have to find a balance and I think that is what this year has really taught me.  It's not easy but life isn't meant to be easy and that is the beauty of it, the hard times make you really enjoy the good times.  

Finding happiness OFF the road:) 

So next up for me is Tour of Colorado(August 21-23) and then another team camp.  I can't believe July is almost to a close.... where does the summer go???? 

Reading: all my magazines from the past 3 weeks

Watching: NBC Nightly news

Eating: salad with beets, quinoa salad, radishes, chicken sausage, diced carrots, olives, avocado, corn and a little red onion. 

Listening: Roses by The Chainsmokers

Website: www.cascade-classic.org

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