This past week, Cheryl and I had the pretty awesome opportunity to model for Castelli during their sales meeting in NYC. Our team’s Castelli rep, Phil Penman reached out to our team owner Teresa to see if anyone on our team would be available to model for their meeting. Luckily both Cheryl and I were able to make it to the city for this incredible opportunity! Upon arriving at The Park Lane Hotel on Central Park South, Cheryl and I chatted with the two men who were modeling the men’s apparel for the sales meeting. We all went up to the floor where the meeting was hosted and after entering the room I was immediately captivated by the breathtaking views overlooking Central Park from the 46th floor! We were first introduced to Melissa on the sales team who would help and direct us on what our job would be for the day. We were offered breakfast which we ate with the 20 or so buyers from the tri-state and New England area as we gazed out to the mesmerizing view of Central Park and the surrounding city.
After breakfast, it was show time. The first line we modeled was next year’s Castelli winter line and boyyyy did those clothes feel awesome and so warm!! We did several wardrobe changes modeling the different jerseys, jackets, bibs, gloves, neck gators, beanies, and socks to the buyers who inquisitively looked over each piece and occasionally asked us questions on how each piece felt. We then modeled Castelli’s custom team line which we proudly wear as a team! Putting on these kits was a familiar feeling but this allowed us to give more knowledgeable and experienced based answers if the buyers had a question. After eating a delicious lunch and talking to some buyers and the other male models about bike racing it was time to model another line of clothing for the buyers. This time we modeled the company Sportful’s next year’s winter line. Sportful is owned by the same parent company as Castelli so that is why they were included in the sales meeting. You could definitely feel the warmth that these clothes had as soon as you put them on! After we finished up with our last wardrobe change for the Sportful line, we were free to go as the meeting continued to go on with the buyers. Cheryl and I then walked down to Grand Central Station where she caught a train luckily at the last second and I met my sister who goes to school in the city. Overall it was an incredible experience and I couldn’t be more proud to wear Castelli products!
Saturday was a day of riding at Wissahickon in PA. We drove to Deborah’s house and began our adventure from there. With Deborah leading the way and her husband Damon accompanying us, we were off. Deb is super lucky to be able to just hop on her bike and be in the woods a moment later, no packing up and traveling to ride an awesome place has to be great!
We were all excited for decent temps and to sport our new kits. Once we were in the woods life was good!! It had been too long since we were out and this was a much needed day for us. Teresa, Beth, and I followed Deborah through the trails with Jeff and Damon in the back as we started out. It was great to ride Deborah’s wheel a bit as she knows the trails so well and tackles the rocks like a champ. It’s nice to have someone give you feedback of the terrain you are about to encounter and then prep mentally to do it.
After coming up a rock garden we regrouped a bit and all of a sudden Teresa saw a donkey just hanging out near the trail. We obviously had to go check it out. The owners were super nice and allowed us to get a picture with Smokey the Donkey and pet him before leaving. Fun fact—he is 13 and they can live up to 40 years.
We continued on our ride, each of us had some moments of awesomeness and that really helped drive our excitement and boost our confidence a bit. As we were cruising the trails we made a turn and to my surprise it took us onto a huge cement pipe that drops on each side and devastation/disaster if you make a silly mistake. There is a moment of telling yourself to just look straight and pedal. Once across you are like “YEA!”, it’s really not technical at all just a mind mess but still a cool check off the list of new stuff.
Since we haven’t had the best weather as of late it felt good to be outside and have fun with awesome friends. The trails were hopping with lots of people taking advantage of the beautiful day. There were families of hiker, bikers, runner, and pups…lots of people. We made our way through a nice loop and back to Deborah’s, got cleaned up and walked to The Market for a tasty lunch to cap off our day before heading back to NJ.
Date: January 21, 2018
Event: January Team Ride – Road Team
Location: Jackson, New Jersey
This past Sunday, the women of Riptide-Cawes kicked off 2018 in style. With the new team kits having arrived just in time for the first team ride of the year, and being able to officially represent the team properly as well as the wonderful sponsors that keep the team going, the emphasis on team on this team ride could truly be felt. After a quick photo session with the talented Amy Cutler, all the riders were itching to hit the road to take full advantage in the break from frigid temperatures and test out the new Castelli gear.
The ride was an organized 45-55 mile loop through Jackson New Jersey hosted by team owners Teresa and Jeff Johnson. The team warmed up for several miles as a whole then focused strengthening team tactics for range of abilities about the halfway point. Working in more concentrated groups allowed all of the riders gain confidence in their skills that will be crucial in races, not only as individuals, but more importantly, as teammates. With such a strong start to the year, there is so much excitement and high hopes for the upcoming season!
Stay tuned later in the week for a post about our super fun photoshoot and a peek at some of the picture we took!!