Payten Maness - Cyclist

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Heusden - Race Report

Today's race was in Heusden, a municipality located in the Belgian province of East Flanders.

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It was another Dames Elite Race, with a large field donated by the big teams. Having watched videos of the last 3 years races, it seemed pretty clear that the group would stay together and the pace would be high.


I decided early on that rather than sit in and hope for a result, I might as well try for a break and see if we could get lucky!

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Well, the 1st one didn't work, so why not launch another!


And again we were pulled back by the group.

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I decided for 1 last effort….

….and agin was pulled back by the field. By this time I'd pretty much used all I had, but was able to hold on to the peloton and rolling with the main group. Another fun race here in Belgium!


Dudzele Race Report

Today was yet another beautiful day for racing, and today it was a Dames Elite 100k in Dudzele. Dudzele is a beautiful little village located in Burrge. The race was fun, with a break of 8 forming on the narrow roads. The large teams were blocking well, so the lead had grown to near 4 minutes. We were able to put pressure on the break, and in the end were able to get within 12 seconds of the break, but just ran out of road. It was a fun day, and I was able to get some work in and stayed with the main group. Now, time for a few off days before my last week of racing here in Belgium.


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Erpe-Mere Race Report

Erpe-Mere Race Report

Todays entry is a bit of a traditional race report, but given that I finally won one over here, I thought I would share—


Saturday we loaded up and headed to Erpe-Mere (Erpe-Mere, also known as Erondegemse Pijl, as the name suggests takes place in the Erpe Mere municipality, to the west of Brussels) for a 60k Junior race. In these races, the 15-16 and 17-18 race together, but are scored separately. This gave Sophie and I a chance to race together again, and as the only 2 Americans, we were out numbered by the large teams from Belgium and the Netherlands. It was about 50 against 2, so I liked our odds.
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I just kind hung in for a couple laps, got a little bored, and then made a couple attacks that didn't stick. I then followed an attack, and that one failed as well. There was a lull after we were caught, so I decided to go again, I was joined by Gabby Geiskens (15-16 rider from Netherlands) and then Brenda Goessens (17-18 rider on ISOREX from Belgium) joined us. Once we had an ISOREX rider in the group, I knew we would most likely make it, as ISOREX is a large team that likes to block when they have riders up the road and we had about 4 laps left.



With half a lap to go another rider from Gabby’s team joined us, but she wouldn't work so that caused some chaos and slowed us down a little. I was stuck in a bad position pulling everyone to the finish when gabby came around me and started to sprint with 150 meters to go. I was able to get
on her wheel, and came around her in the last 25 meters and barely nipped her at the line for my first win here in Belgium!


The scene on the podium was amazing and one I will never forget, and I got a huge bouquet of Sun Flowers and a Giant Belgian Beer! It was an amazing day of bike racing!


And what would bike riding be without COFFEE!

Herentals Race Report

Herentals race report - Today was a really neat race in Herentals, and like most of the races here was part of a festival.


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I had a really fun time bouncing around on the cobbles here with the Elites, and had a great time just trying to hold on on the wet cobbles. As the race went on, the cobbles dried and the scenery was amazing!


As you can see, the scenery here was amazing here was amazing! One rest day to follow and then back to back races! It's getting good over here!

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Belgium here I come

Loaded, packed and ready for my first trip to Europe…I can't wait!