We recently caught up with Lou Maltese Elite Women’s Race winner, Camie Kornely of Breakaway Courier. Here’s how the race played out from one of NYC’s most talented sprinters.
I was a little freaked about getting up at 3:30am! My body doesn’t respond well to things like that (but whose does, right?). I got to the park at 4:30am sharp and met up with my teammates to rock the registration table for the next hour – getting the CRCA Team Duty done! Suddenly, time was short and I ran to the bathroom (no really, I literally ran). I ran back while finishing dressing as they were calling everyone to the line…. and realized our only talk of a strategy was, “Hey, remember that one race? We should try to do that again.”
Then the whistle blew and we started fast. I looked down as I gasped for air to see we were doing 24 mph and we hadn’t even passed the museum yet! Then came the attacks.
Anna Zivarts and Cheryl Clark were really putting out power out front, but every team had someone jumping off the front: Radical, Craft, Rockstar, CityMD…. We were clocking sub 15 minute laps! I was thankful to have my teammate, Jodie Hein, who was all over it. She’d stay at the front and get on moves. If I started drifting back she’d slip in front of me and bring me back up and she worked so hard to keep us in touch with any potential break.