Gordon Earns 2 Back-To-Back CX Podiums in China!
Serena Gordon of the Liv Co-Factory Off-Road Team traveled to Beijing, China with Giant Factory Off-Road teammate Carl Decker, to kick off the 2018 Cyclocross season with the Qiansen Trophy Cup, a series of two C1 UCI races held in Fengtai and Yanqing, Beijing, China.
In a field of women representing four continents, Gordon stayed at the front of the race both days aboard her Brava SLR, and was narrowly edged out of the win by Belgian Joyce Vanderbeken twice, taking the second step on the podium at Fengtai and Yanqing.
Sunday’s race in Fengtai was dry and dusty, and the ability to corner was paramount. Moving from a lackluster start to the lead of the race over the first two laps, Gordon was able to use her technical cornering skills to close gaps and rest through the twists and turns, saving energy to attack on the two short climbs each lap presented. At the finish line, 6 seconds separated her from first place.
After a close battle a few days before in Fengtai, Gordon was more determined than ever to fight for the win at the second race in Yanqing. Held on a flatter, faster track, the course was dynamic and allowed for aggressive racing. After the lead group was formed, Gordon traded attack after attack with her competitors, leading for much of the race and narrowly missing the win, just one second back.
“The course in Yanqing was probably the most exciting and engaging track I have ever raced,” Gordon said. “Couple that with formidable competitors who were willing to push the limits from the gun, you have a race I will not soon forget. It wasn’t until the finish line that the winner was decided and knowing I gave it 100% left me feeling proud of my effort.”
Gordon heads home to Bend, OR for a few weeks of training before gearing up for a full season of Cyclocross racing in the Pacific Northwest.
Thursday, September 21, 2017