Event: Riptide-Cawes Annual Team Meeting
Location: Brielle, NJ
Rider(s): New and Returning members of Riptide-Cawes
NOTE: Sunday brought together women cyclists from 2 of the most respected and celebrated women's cycling teams on the East Coast! The ladies of EPS/CSS/Riptide Cycling team welcomed with open arms the ladies from Cawes Cycling Team at the 2016 season kick off meeting!! The ladies may have walked into these meetings feeling as if they were from 2 teams but they without a doubt left the days events bonded together as one amazingly talented team! TEAM RIPTIDE-CAWES! Please read below to hear about how the days events went and how a few of the riders think the merging of Riptide Cycling and Cawes Cycling went last Sunday at the Annual Team Meeting!
From Riptide-Cawes rider Sarah Iepson:
So, it's now officially official. The CAWES ladies have joined forces with the rippers of Riptide to create the most awesomest team of ladies this side of the Mississippi. Our kick-off meeting on Sunday was the first real team event bringing the two squads together and we're just so excited with what the bright future holds for us.
Getting to know the shop, the products, and the sponsors is such an awesome part of being on a team like this. And, of course, getting to know the team and the expectations are key to a successful unity and year of racing.
To say that the CAWES gals were all smiles is an understatement. We all feel as though this team combination is natural, comfortable, and 100% right. Plus, the new kits are HAWT!
We are grateful to the entire Riptide Cycling family for welcoming us so warmly into the fold. We can't wait to see what the 2016 season holds but we're absolutely certain that it will be awesome!
Bring it on!!
From Riptide-Cawes rider Alli McCabe:
Sunday officially kicked off the beginning of something great, Riptide-Cawes! It was the teams 11th annual team meeting and this year there were many exciting things to discuss. The day started out damp, drizzly and dark. That did not stop our new sponsor, Trek, and some of the amazing staff from Brielle Cyclery, from setting up our demo day at Allaire State Park. Trek provided us with many options from their extensive line of mountain bikes to their top of the line road collection. It was exciting to see what these monsters can do!
Next we moved to Brielle Cyclery, where the majority of our day would be spent bonding, going over contracts, meeting/discussing sponsors and hammering out the fine details of our soon to be new Trek bike babies. We officially met the amazing women from Cawes! This combination is bound to be unstoppable! Once our Castelli rep arrived and our new kit was revealed our excitement was uncontrollable! Riptide-Cawes is going to look sharp!
A huge THANK YOU to our new and returning sponsors!
Our title sponsor, Toni and the EPS / CSS Corporation, for supporting this team for 11 years and keeping women's cycling alive;
Teresa for your countless hours of time and sacrifices made to run this team and keep it alive! Teresa your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed by any of us;
Sarah for stepping aboard to help ease the load from Teresa and being an amazing person all around;
Shebell & Shebell Attorney's at Law, for helping us in times of need;
McCabe Denistry, for keeping our teeth clean, gum disease and cavities away, or fixing cosmetic issues;
Meg Moore, not only a teammate, but helps fuel this team;
Brielle Cyclery including Kathy, James, Clarence and the rest of the staff, for keeping our bikes in tip-top shape, working through our fit issues, ordering issues, etc. Your time and help is greatly appreciated;
Trek, for providing us with amazing machines, the quality of the bikes really reflects the companies love for the sport. (Might I add the amazing customer service. From personal experience Trek is loyal to their customers and will go out of their way to help fix any issues you may have!);
Bontrager for providing us with top of the line accessories;
Osmo, for keeping our muscles hydrated and our bodies recovered;
Honey Stinger for giving us an organic, non GMO, soy free alternative while on the bike;
Castelli for making quality kits that make us look fast and sharp!;
Lazer Helmets (with MIPS) for keeping our heads protected and our smarts saved!;
Ogio for their amazing line of cycling bags to keep us organized and prepared for race day;
Slick Lube for keeping our chains greased so we can moved fast!!
Stay tuned for our winter training updates and our team photo shoot when we will be sporting our new team colors!