“On the heels of a stunning victory at the Missouri State Time Trial in July, MacRae goes on to score an impressive win in the opening race of this year’s Gateway Cup.”
10-yr old Mollie MacRae, that is! Yep, she did the MO State TT – her first bike race ever – and won a gold medal with a time of 44:44 on the 20-k course (her goal was to beat 45 minutes). She said, “but I was the only one in my race!” – to which I countered, “No, you were the only one that had the guts to show up and do it!” She liked that.
She definitely was not the only one in the Girls 9-10 race at Lafayette Square last night. She was nervous/excited all week about racing with other kids for the first time and me not being with her. When we got to the start line, I helped her get a spot in the middle of the 12-15 kids in the race and asked her if she wanted me to stay with her. She said no, she wanted me to be at the finish line. So I’m down there, and I realize in all the excitment I forgot to tell her about what gears to use. We’ve done quite a bit of riding together out here in far West County by now, so I just hoped she would get it figured it out. The announcer started the race, and I waited to see the kids coming over the rise. I don’t have my glasses on so I can’t see too well, but there’s a pink jersey and helmet leading the charge over the rise. It has to be Mollie! I start jumping up and down yelling, “Go, Mollie! Go!” The kids are pedaling furiously but she keeps her lead all the way to the line. She’s in the drops sprinting out-of-the-saddle – just like we’ve practiced – and has this big grin of exhiliration on her face as she crosses the line. Proud papa goes running out onto the course with his fist in the air and an even bigger smile on his face to greet his little champ! Action Images got this shot of her at the start line:
Dad didn’t do so well in his race – he got taken out in a crash in turn 4 with 3 laps to go. The diagnosis at the scene was a possible broken shoulder – news of which even made it into StlToday. However, X-rays after a short ambulance ride to the Barnes Hospital ER later revealed only a 2nd degree separation of the shoulder with no fractures – good news, indeed! So, while I sit here one-hand-typing this blog I can’t help but feel I dodged a bullet. The arm is immobilized, I’m in rather a lot of pain, and my season is suddenly over, but it looks like I’ve got a good chance to recover fairly quickly. With any luck, I’ll still be able to enjoy a good part of the autumn riding season before winter starts to set in.