This week we would like to introduce our friends and fans to Cheryl Clark. Cheryl lives in Scarsdale, NY and has been racing bikes since 2014!! Here are Cheryl's thoughts on a few questions we asked her about herself!
Do you have an embarrassing bike moment you can share with your friends and fans? Yes, yes, and yes. I fell over on a gravel road on my first professional team ride...I also fell over while riding a trainer, warming up for a race, but we won't talk about that one!
What inspires you? Seeing progression and improvement towards little or big goals, both in myself, and those who are close to me, or just becoming better and stronger at something that I am enjoying. All of this feeds on itself, and leads to even greater things!
Please share a little known fact about yourself not related to bike riding/racing! I am obsessed with drinking hot liquids...coffee, tea...anything hot and in a large mug. I also love my cats way too much.
What makes you feel accomplished? A solid, hard interval workout. Yes, may sound boring and painful, but that always sets up my day the right way. I also love knowing that I helped make someone's day better...in whatever form that may take!
Race: Santa Catalina Omnium, Historic Campus Crit/Criterium Race
Date: January 28, 2017
Location: Tucson, AZ
Rider(s): Jo Johnson
A quick, 30 minutes around the rectangle next to the mall on the University of Arizona campus. The course direction was reversed in order to make the last turn much safer, as it is a tight 75 degree turn from a merge lane onto the front straight. The direction is opposite the normal traffic pattern. From the S/F line it is a slight half degree downhill to the first turn then a quick continuous turn around the first and second corners leading to the back straight which is now slightly up grade and into the wind leading to the merge lane and the 75 degree last turn onto the front straight. All age groups lined up, 45+, 55+ and me in 65+. There were no 35+ gals. The race was off at noon and it was quick as expected. With a better clip in, I was able to hang with the gals for the first few laps, then as the fastest gals began to create separation from some of us, I began to hang with the gals off the back. Then at about half the race, I could hold the same gap from the group for a few more laps until I could not keep pace with them. Still came in tasting iron in my mouth and as I am getting over a cold, I was coughing a very dry throat when cooling down.
Date: January 22, 2017
Race: Avondale Crit #1/Criterium
Location: Avondale, AZ
Rider(s): Jo Johnson
Group of about 15 gals on the line in this 35+ group. I was able to pass a few gals at the start but ended up in TT mode most of the race. Trying to catch the 35-45 age riders is tough. A safe course and only one rabbit crossing in front of me. Working for the numbers on my PowerTap staying in AT range the whole time. Tasting a bit of iron in my mouth at the end. This course is a great loop in a civic center going clockwise this time. Next month will be counter clockwise direction. Road surface smooth, with 3 corners and one big swooping curve for the second half of the course coming back to the S/F line.
This will be the second year Team EPS/CSS p/b Shebell & Shebell does Rider Profiles on Wednesdays through the winter months. HOWEVER this year we are going to start off with a special story that developed over the course of the 2016 season for our team and one of it's members in particular. Let me introduce you to Barbara Statton. Barb is the best teammate anyone could ask for! Barb is the ultimate support for every rider on this team from the Cat 4s to Cat 1s! Barb is always ready to jump in and help the team in anyway possible and these are just some of the reasons Barb has won the Riptide-Cawes award (which is voted on by team members) a number of times over her time with the team! To say we all love Barb would not even come close to express how we feel about her.
In the early months of 2016 the team was shocked to find out Barb had been diagnosed with cancer. Barb had found a lump behind her ear a few months prior and her doctors said it needed to be removed immediately. Barb underwent a very successful surgery and has since recovered and is back on the bike and is back training with her teammates!!! We asked Barb a few questions about this moment in her life...
What helped you to stay focused on the positives of life?
Knowing that no matter what the situation, I believe staying positive and minimizing the negative get you through the tough times. It can be easy to get caught up in the negativity, but that doesn’t help you get to the finish line, it only make the line farther away.
What have you learned about yourself and others through this journey?
I have learned that the tremendous gift of friendship can get you through anything!
What motivated you to get back on the saddle?
I have always loved the bike, while I may not be racing, my love for the bike has not diminished. I have expended that to include mountain biking.
We love you so much Barb and we are so happy you are feeling better and back on the bikes with us!!!
Team Training Day #3
Date: Jan 21st
Attending Riders: Teresa DiSessa, Deborah Leedale-Brown, Sarah Iepson, Emily Underwood, Cheryl Clark, Alexa Gubinski, Barb Statton, Danielle Ferland, Andy Maher, Alli McCabe, Erin Mandato, Emily Smith, Shaina Kravitz, Gabby Longchamp, Sarah Hauze
It was a murky grey day in January but it was certainly a bright and energetic day for the ladies of EPS/CSS p/b Shebell & Shebell, it began with the distribution of new 2017 kits for our new recruits and returning riders and also thanks to Brielle Cyclery, it was a chance for some of the team to dial in their new and shiny Trek bikes. Before our scheduled team ride we had the pleasure to get aquainted with our Trek rep Jon Sherwood and chat about what is expected from us as a Trek sponsored team, this was useful on many levels as along with enjoying our bikes we are ambassadors for the bikes we ride and accompanying products.
Before recording some social media live stream rider and bike introductions,We then headed out on a 38 mile loop, this was a great chance to bond as a team with our many new riders for this season, although the weather was a little grey and damp the temps were favorable and in our bright kits and orange helmets, there was no missing our presence on the road. The ride was a solid pace, rotating pulls and ensuring we are all riding with solid technique for group riding. Once back at Brielle we then had a presentation by our Powertap/Cyclops sponsor Steve Hawkins, he kindly set up and demonstrated all the cool products we had access to this season, (Powertap wheels, pedals, CycleOps Hammer trainer etc). The day then concluded with some photo shots of our new 2017 Bontrager shoes and a late lunch.
We all can't wait for our next team training in February, our colorful team of riders and personalities certainly brightens up the darker winter months.
Date: January 21, 2017
Race: Picacho Peak TT/TT
Location: Picacho Peak, AZ
Rider(s): Jo Johnson
The course is on decent road surface heading North on the frontage road. Riding to the turn around I could hardly keep the bike in a straight line as the crosswind was in excess of 18-20 mph with gusts over that. Aero bike racers definitely had the advantage. My goal was to pace myself steady to the turn then try to push it on the second half. I was able to raise my speed average 2 mph on the way back. Still had wind issues on the way back but somehow I felt good with the higher pace and effort. Now rest up for a early morning drive 2 hrs to Phoenix for a crit.
Result: 1st in Open Merckx 60+
Date: January 15, 2017
Race: Verrado Crit/ Criterium
Location: Buckeye, AZ
Rider(s): Jo Johnson
A very fast and technical course. Course is like a square with a dog leg down to a jersey circle then back into the square. The start is on the uphill side of the square leading to the right hand first turn and level on the top of the square before descending after the next right hand turn leading to the short flat section then left and down the dog leg to the one lane jersey circle. From the jersey circle up to the top of the square it is a 3% grade. I was unable to close the gap to the leaders due to clip in difficulty on the hill from the neutral start and a neutral start lap that was not neutral which led to a whistle start, not a standing start. I chased all the way, and when the leader came by, I followed and found I was as fast on the downhill section but she was faster on the uphill and carried the speed through out. The gals put me on the podium as I "won my age group". I will race against these women again.