Faulkner finishes third at The Mid South gravel race

March 17, 2020

This past weekend, and before a complete coronavirus shutdown of all bike races for the near future, Kristin Faulkner and Lauren Stephens took the start line for The Mid South gravel race in Stillwater, Oklahoma. They claimed third and fourth, respectively, in what Faulkner called "the hardest race I've ever done."

 

This past weekend, and before a complete coronavirus shutdown of all bike races for the near future, Kristin Faulkner and Lauren Stephens took the start line for The Mid South gravel race in Stillwater, Oklahoma. They claimed third and fourth, respectively, in what Faulkner called "the hardest race I've ever done."

"I finished the race a much better rider than when I started, and I have so much I am excited to work on," said Faulkner, who raced on her new Cannondale Topstone gravel bike for the first time. "Hopefully, next year, I'll come back with some cyclocross skills under my belt and see what I can accomplish."

Impressively, Stephens took the start of the grueling 160km race less than 24 hours after arriving in the US from Belgium. It was a frustrating start to the season for Stephens, who travelled across the pond early in preparation for Strade Bianche, a race canceled.

The grueling distance wasn't just a vast test in and of itself, thunderstorms made the course thick with sticky mud, and with temperatures at the start line hovering at 40 degrees, the epic conditions were new to Faulkner, who tackled the race after learning how to dismount in the mud the day prior.
 
"I had to learn a lot of skills on the fly, such as dismounting and pushing my bike through the clay mud," Faulkner said. "Even though I previewed the course the day before, it rained a lot overnight, so it was an entirely different course the next day. Mat (our mechanic) showed me how to dismount the day before but doing it mid-race while covered in mud was an entirely different experience, and much harder than I anticipated."

Tags:

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

RECENT POSTS

Please reload

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon

// Look Fabulous

Help support our athletes by proudly wearing Team gear. You’ll look great and love all our pro-level gear and apparel. Visit our pro shop.

// SUBSCRIBE 

Hear first hand how our season is going!  Sign up here and we will send our race reports and general news releases to you to keep you informed. 

© 2020 Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank