Race date: April 6, 2014
Race Type: Time Trial
Location: Cape May Court House, NJ
Riders: Erin Mandato , Nicole LaGorga , Teresa DiSessa-Johnson, Bobbie Mach , Sue Seybolt
It was a chilly day today down in Cape May Court House, New Jersey, but the cold didn't keep Team Riptide from showing up in force to the Cape May Time Trial. This is the second stop in the Time Trial Cup Series and Team Riptide was well represented! After finding a great parking spot, figuring out somewhere to potty since the potties weren't available, and getting dressed we completed our warm ups and got ready to race.
First up for the team was the Women's Eddy category and BOY OH BOY were we glad to have team manager and friend Teresa DiSessa-Johnson out with us today! Teresa is an amazing TTer but has been out for a good while from racing with injuries. Today was her triumphant return and it was absolutely wonderful having her back on the racing circuit with us today!!! Teresa was the first from the team to go off on her brand new (never been ridden) Cannondale Evo Di2 and she sure set a pace for the rest of us to keep up with! Such good of a pace Teresa brought home a podium spot in the very fast and very hotly contested Women's Eddy division. There was some possible discrepancies with the results, but when it was all said and done Team Riptide was a force to be reckoned with in the Women's Eddy category today without ANY question! Bobbie Mach pulled in even stronger data numbers than last weeks TT and came away with a 4th place and Sue Seybolt rounded out Team Riptide in the Women's Eddy category with 5th place despite some GI issues along the way.
Next up for Team Riptide in the Cat 4 Women's division was Erin Mandato and Nicole LaGorga!!! Today was the first time Erin had ever ridden her new Cannondale Slice and MAN did she look amazing on that bike. She was FLYING!!! She was flying so fast she flew herself to the top of the podium to take 1st place in the Cat 4 Women's division!!! Nipping on her heels was Nicole LaGorga who pulled in a 2nd place finish!!! This gave Nicole her 2nd podium in 2 weeks!! Shes on a roll!!!
Team Riptide also has to send a very special thanks out to Shannon Grieb for being our support today and helping us all with our needs during warm up, racing, cool down, and awards. Shannon is getting over a series of illnesses so she can not race with us, but we want Shannon to know we would be lost without her, but its time to be done playing support and time for Shannon to get out there and race with us :)
Overall it was such a fun and successful day for Team Riptide. We would like to sincerely thank our sponsors for helping us achieve such great heights so far this season, especially Brielle Cyclery, Cannondale Bicycles, and PowerTap Wheels!!! With this support and equipment Team Riptide is set to continue to have an amazing race season indeed!
Teresa DiSessa: 2nd
Bobbie Mach: 4th
Sue Seyboldt: 5th
Erin Mandato: 1st
Nicole LaGorga: 2nd