Hannah Takes Top Billing at Shippensburg

Three weeks into the 2013 season and DVR has it’s third podium.  Hannah Arem, taking a sabbatical from her time in in DVR blue and white, donned the blue and white (largely black because we all know that black is the new black this season) of her alma mater, Yale, and joined her college teammates in PA for a weekend of racing at Shippensburg.  When the final curtain fell Hannah had made two trips up the podium steps in the collegiate B field with a win on Saturday in the hill climb and a second place in Sunday’s road race.

The hill climb was a mass start event with the A and B fields climbing a challenging course at the same time.  Even though this was her first competitive bike race, Hannah held on to the leaders in the A group through much of the climb, shedding the other Bs and some of the As along the way.  Toward the end of the climb she lost contact with the few remaining As and only one woman from her field remained ahead of her.  True to the form displayed this Fall in WV, Hannah kept a stoic composure as if she was the Queen of England of herself.  Eventually her remaining competition faded and Hannah made the catch.  Through will and sheer driving determination Hannah eventually beat her opponent into submission.  Hannah’s reward was DVRs second “W” of the season.

Hannah reminding us that part of every good pre-race plan is some quality time for stretching.

Hannah reminding us that part of every good pre-race plan is some quality time for stretching.

Sunday’s road race was 54 miles and featured 4500 feet of climbing (87 km & 1371 m for those who have already realized we will all eventually convert to metric).  The course was dominated by a climb in the middle nicknamed “Horse Killer Hill” by the locals.  Another mass start event for the ladies, in her first road race start Hannah found herself mixing it up with veteran collegiate racers.  The climb proved pivotal in the race.  Each time up more and more ladies found themselves split from the leaders.  Hannah stuck it out with the As almost to the last lap.  Soon after cresting the climb the last time she found herself in a small group sprint with the one other lady from her field.  In the ensuing sprint, Hannah went just a touch too early and got passed on the line.

Hannah in her Yale colors detailing the importance of mid-race nutrition.

Hannah in her Yale colors detailing the importance of mid-race nutrition.

The perpetual student always eager to further her studies, Hannah reported some lessons learned after the race:  1) sprint harder; 2) climb faster and 3) don’t let your leg warmers slide down.  True veteran testimony from DVR’s racing phenom.

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