The wind was blowing so hard that they decided to cancel the Juniors portion of the race. For us women in the field, we were to be combined with the Men's Masters C to minimize the number of groups and support vehicles needed for this race.
As we prepared to go to the start line, the local women's racing team decided to pull out of the race before even starting due to the wind. Likely some politics going on there since they knew that if they didn't even come to the line then I wouldn't be able to get any upgrade points. This is one of the things l like the least about road racing.
If you look closely you can see the lean on my bike from the wind, I'm the one in all black.