By Marina Marcroft
Sunday’s criterium was at the Salinas Airport– a flat course with five left-hand turns. Nancy Vargas sprinted to third place and I got 9th. In the men’s B race, Alvin Garlejo finished 8th with the help of teammate Jason Covey. Zach Thompson crashed in a corner during the men’s D race but suffered only minor scrapes. He and Gilbert Marquez successfully competed in their first collegiate bike races ever.
The road race on Saturday at the UCSC campus had a tough climb up Hagar Hill and a pedaling descent down Coolidge. Each lap was 2.6 miles and took its toll on the field. Nancy and I raced in the women’s C category, finishing 8th and 10th.