By Kirsten Robbins in Carlisle, Pennsylvania
A successful trip to Europe to compete in the Koksijde World Cup round #4 brought Maureen Bruno Roy's (Independent Fabrications) game up a notch as she reaped the rewards of victory in the Carlisle Cross Classic's penultimate Verge Mid Atlantic Cyclo-cross Series, solidifying her series lead in the process. Catherine Walberg (Team Kenda Tire) and Betsy Shogren (Ford) rounded out the podium in second and third place respectively.
"I think that racing in a really hard race before this was good for my performance today," acknowledged Bruno Roy with regards to her unplanned trip to Belgium last weekend. "I was in over my head in the World Cup but I learned how to race past my ability which is great for the end of the season fitness."
The expenses to complete in the Portland USGP were more costly than flying to Belgium to race in the World Cup and Bruno Roy admitted that not only did she saved on travel expenses but she gained more UCI points by placing twenty-sixth in the World Cup than she would have racing in the east coast series while raising the bar in her late season fitness.