Location: Elwood, NJ
Date: July 19, 2014
Type: 40K Time Trial
Participants: Erin Mandato, Shannon Grieb, Nicole LaGorga, Andrea and Andrew Brennan.
A short sum up of the day from the perspective of 2014 State Time Trial champion, Shannon Grieb!
The annual state TT championships took place in Hammonton, NJ aka the blueberry capital of the world. The race was hosted by Pro Pedals bike shop and attracted time trialists from all over NJ and many from out of state.
The weather was perfect, low 70's and overcast with very little wind. The start proved to be a challenge for some which was a held start down a ramp. Despite a few racers panicking in front me, I managed to roll down the ramp with no problem.
It was a long course, mostly flat with a few overpass inclines and only blueberry farms to break up the scenery. I was able to pass a few women, pushing hard and ticking off each mile. Right before the turnaround the Brennan's cruised by on their tandem making good time. I'm still trying to figure out how they maneuvered that bike around the barrel .
I finally saw the 24 mile mark and used the rest of my energy to push hard and finish strong. Apparently the rest of the team pushed hard as well with 3 golds and a silver!
Erin Mandato 1st place 30+ women
Shannon Grieb 1st place 40+ women
Nicole LaGorga 2nd place 40+ women
Sue Seybolt 5th place Eddy category
Andrea and Andrew Brennan 1st place Tandem category