Race Date: April 19, 2014
Race Type: Time Trial
Location: Long Beach Island, NJ
Riders: Andy Maher, Sue Seyboldt, Shannon Grieb, Nicole LaGorga, Erin Mandato
Team Riptides speedy time trialers took on the LBI ITT this weekend on the Jersey Shore. It was a cool but sunny and not overly windy day for our girls to take on the clock! AGAIN, Team Riptide singlehandedly made up a big portion of the women's fields and they threw down some really great times!
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Andy Maher: 4th
Sue Seyboldt: 4th
Erin Mandato: 1st
Nicole LaGorga: 3rd
Shannon Grieb: 4th
The alarm went off at 5 am on Saturday, April 19 and the girls (Old English Sheepdogs) jumped up on the bed indicating that it was time to get moving, they have to get outside but also it was time to put on the game face and head to Long Beach Island (LBI) for the time trial event. The LBI time trial is a pancake flat, approximately 10 mile, fast and fun course-if one can call pain fun. After taking care of the girls, packing my OGIO bike bag with GU Chomps and hydration, I headed to the car to load everything up: the OGIO bag, the bike trainer, the bike pump and my new time trial bike-The Cannondale Slice and I am off!
I arrive at the start location; grab a spot right by the bathrooms, yes, actual bathrooms and wait for my teammates to arrive-Shannon, Nicole, Andy and Sue. We quickly realize that the bathrooms have not opened yet and that one must stand online at the port-a-john for 20 minutes. After a few teammates, patiently waited, the real bathrooms opened up just in time before heading out to the course. After a team warm-up, we roll out to the start line, adrenaline pumping and ready to tackle the challenge ahead of us!
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 and we are off. For approximately 24-28 minutes, it is you pushing through the pain, the wind, and the voices in your head to ride for 10 miles at an all-out effort. When you finally cross that finish line that you thought would never come, you feel a sense of a relief and accomplishment. After a cool down and packing everything up, we waited patiently for the results. The team did great with Erin Mandato and Nicole LaGorga taking 1st and 3rd place respectively for the women’s Cat 4 with Shannon Grieb having a strong finish, Andy Maher taking 4th in the women’s 1/2/3 and Sue Seyboldt taking 4th in Eddy Women.
Apparently the need for speed for me did not stop at the finish line as I continued on my drive home, getting pulled over by a nice State Trooper for speeding! Oops. Of course, my wallet is in my OGIO bag that is in the back of the car and the trooper was not thrilled we had to go the back of the car to obtain my license. Luckily as I pulled out my license I pulled out my family member card (Thank you Hubbie!) and the trooper let me go. I pulled away and kept to the speed limit. Next time I’ll just have to ride faster on the actual race course to get all that need for speed out before getting into the car!