Race Dates: May 9th-11th
Race Type: Criteriums
Location: 5/9: Lompoc, CA
5/11: Buellton, CA
Rider: Colleen Gulick
Colleen had an amazing weekend out in California. Colleen took the win at both 805 Criterium events in Lompoc, CA on Friday and Saturday. Then she hustled up Saturday nite to Buelton, CA to get ready to participate in the AMGEN Tour of California circuit race around the California Capitol. The AMGEN Tour of California weekend of racing featured more professional women's racing than EVER before in the United States! Among the 109 of the top women's cyclists in the world, EPS/CSS/Shebell&Shebell's very own Colleen Gulick brought home a 12th place finish! 12 out of the top 109 women cyclists IN THE WORLD! Team Riptide is so proud of Colleen and all that she accomplished this weekend in California! To hear more about Colleen's thoughts on her amazing weekend click on the READ MORE link below!
805 Hancock Twilight Criterium
805 Avenue of Flags Criterium
AMGEN Tour of California Circuit Race
12th out of 109!!
California 805 Criteriums & Amgen Tour of California
May 9-11th, 2014
This past weekend was a whirlwind, and that’s putting it mildly. On Thursday evening I flew to San Francisco with a fellow racer to begin an amazing weekend of racing! The first race was on Friday evening in Lompoc, California. It was a 45 minute, women’s 1/2/3 crit around a police test track. The course couldn't get any more like a velodrome if it tried, which worked to my favor. The 20mph winds in Lompoc added a new element to the course. After 45 min of covering attacks and counter attacks I was happy to cross the line first and put EPS/CSS p/b Shebell & Shebell in the leader’s jersey after the first day of racing.
The next morning I raced in the second race of the series, a killer 6 corner course. I’m absolutely convinced that this area of California is a wind tunnel. It was another cross-head-wind finish and a U-turn about 400 meters before the line. The race was incredibly tough, with constant attacks on a course that was difficult to begin with. I was able to make the lead group and hang in to the final sprint. Everyone was spent but somehow the pace of the race was still fast. I was unusually patient and it paid off for me that day… placing EPS/CSS/Shebell&Shebell on top of the podium once again. Shortly after the race my two fellow racers and I drove the 6.5 hours to Sacramento where we stayed in a host house that was more like a mansion.
On Sunday we awoke for the big day... the AMGEN Tour of California Invitational Pro/1/2 women’s circuit race. There was a 109 women field, and everyone was an invited rider. This made for a star studded field of professionals and Olympians. I had the opportunity to guest ride for the BMW Developmental Team for this race. After being introduced on stage, our 6 woman team took on the 60 minute race with vigor. It was an incredibly fast race with crashes on almost every lap. Luckily, I stayed away from all crashes by staying in the top 30 of the field for the race. However, it was not easy to hold my position given the fact that almost every lap there were people being thrown in from the bit into the front of the field. At times there were groups of over 30 people being thrown in from the pit. The crowd was amazing and incredibly loud. So loud that on the home-straight you couldn't hear anyone else in the field… I loved it! Anyway, it came down to the last lap where everyone was giving everything they had for a shot at the win. I was sitting in perfect position, fifth wheel, and ready for the long drag race to the line. Unfortunately I got cut off in the last corner and had to make up ground as fast as possible. I managed a 12th place finish, which I am happy with out of an amazing 109 women field. Overall, it was an incredibly successful weekend and I am thrilled to be returning home with such great results.
I am extremely proud to have represented EPS/CSS p/b Shebell & Shebell during this trip. I owe a special thanks to Teresa, Toni, Cannondale Bikes (which worked beautifully during all three races), and Brielle Cyclery. Next stop is the Wilmington Grand Prix on Saturday.