Harding 3rd at a muddy Millstone Grind in Websterville, Vermont.
The 3rd round of the new Kenda Cup East XC series saw some of best riders on the East Coast take on a muddy and challenging Vermont course. Continuing to build momentum in an already successful comeback season, Kathleen Harding put in a solid ride to finish 3rd behind winner Ellen Otter (Bicycle Express) and Karen Potter (Pivot / Epic Brewing).
“The preride on Saturday was dry and dusty and with rain in the forecast, I knew the next day we’d see an entirely different course. 12 hrs later it was 40 degrees cooler, and Sunday’s race was just what we expected. It was muddy, slick and cold. I was ready for the challenge nonetheless”. Harding was able to make the most of the deteriorating conditions, and after a strong start stayed focused on riding a consistent race.
“I fought to get into a decent place before the technical single track and continued to make up time as I picked my way through the greasy roots and slick rocks. It was a true picture of New England racing”. Harding battled for the entire second half of the race with Karen Potter. An untimely last lap crash gave Potter a slight edge with Kathleen finishing 3rd.
Harding, satisfied with her performance celebrated in fine Vermont fashion with a Heady Topper (one of Vermont’s finest, most sought after brews) compliments of the promotor. “It was the perfect way to end the day”.