2018 Road and Mountain Bike Team. Top Row L to R: Erin Healy, Alli McCabe, Sara Iepson, Beth Bonilla, Amanda Rinderer, Diane Elmore, Mckensie Walker, Jo Johnson, Cheryl Clark, Deborah Leedale-Brown, Shaina Kravitz Bottom Row L to R: Serena DeFelice, Katrine waterman, Sarah Hauze, Danielle Ferland, Andy Maher, Owners Teresa DiSessa and Jeff Johnson, Taylor Armstrong, Emily Underwood. (Not picture: Manger Bobbie Mach, Jessica Kutz, Meredith Ehn)
This is my first year as a rider on the Riptide-Cawes Team EPS/M3 p/b Brielle Cyclery, and the kick off meeting was incredible! It is clear that Teresa and Jeff care a lot about each woman on the team. They spent a lot of time organizing for a day packed with information. The meeting was at Brielle Cyclery (best bike shop in the land if you haven't heard already!). We were able to meet most of the women on the team, and were also introduced to some of our amazing sponsors, including Toni from EPS Corporation who has been with the team as a sponsor since the start in 2005, Mary Mease from Ocean Gate Yacht Basin as well as Dr. Majeski from Main Street Foot and ankle.
Next up, we met with Castelli clothing representative Phil Penman, and were able to try on samples for our kits. It will be difficult to choose which pieces to buy because there are so many incredible options, many of which are also worn by team Sky. A sample design of our kits was also revealed - they are going to be so awesome!
Next up, Steve Hawkins from Powertap/CycleOps/Saris gave a presentation on pedals and power trainers available to us, and I'm glad he did - it can be hard to navigate all the pedals and power trainers available on the market. It's good to know that the Powertap products are what DC Rainmaker compares other new products to, so the standard is obviously set.
Team group pictures was next up on the schedule. We are a great looking group! No we didn't plan the black Tee shirt and jeans, we are all just that connected. hehe
Right before lunch which was provided by Teresa's family place Bruno's in Neptune City we received our helmets, sunglasses and any other products we had ordered. This was pretty exciting - it felt a little like Christmas. Then (almost) all of the amazing bikes that had been ordered from Trek by teammates were revealed. Talk about some serious bikes. Teresa also received a new bike, which was a complete surprise to her, and it is a beauty!
After all this excitement, it was down to business talking about contracts (read it, follow it!), team ride dates, and racing for next season.
It was a lot of information to take in all in one day, but, fortunately all the documents and links are available to us online.
I am grateful to be a part of this amazing team with incredible sponsors and team owners that make it all happen!
Thank you again to Brielle Cyclery and their crew for hosting us, building all the team bikes in time for our meeting, and for treating us like family. We are truly lucky to have such an amazing shop who supports women cycling. Thank you, James Erb for all you do to make sure our team is on the best equipment possible.
Thank you to our sponsors. We couldn't be where we are or go as far as we do without the awesome support from all our sponsors and their commitment to women's cycling.
Thank you for believing in us and providing the resources to do what we love!
Thank you to Toni Musorrafiti from EPS Corporation and "Moose", Meg Moore "Goat", Greg Wright from John B Wright Insurance, Mary Mease from Ocean gate Yacht Basin, Dr. Majeski from Main Street Foot and ankle, Bruce Robinson from Miles Ahead Sports, Dr Dana Fallon from Dana Fallon Studio For Cosmetic Dentistry, and Sara Iepson "Flying Pig"!!