Race Date: 2/22-2/23
Race type: Collegiate Racing
Riders: Hannah Hayduk
This past weekend, I competed in the first race of the Mid West Collegiate Cycling Conference here in Columbia KY. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather (mid 50s) after ascending from the freezing temperatures and snow the week before…welcome to the ever changing weather here in KY.
On Saturday, I was unable to compete for the team in the team time trial as I was engaged in interviewing potential full scholarship candidates of the Begley Scholars. This is one of my duties since I won the scholarship myself last spring. The interviews ended late (of course) and I ran to my room, grabbed my bag, and drove to the race while eating the lunch I had packed the night before. I changed out of my business clothes and heels, into race kit and cycling shoes. Oh, the contrast.
I warmed up, going into this race with the mentality it was a training race. Our women’s A collegiate field is one of the best in the US and are always competitive. Road races are not my strongest suit and we have one of the toughest races in the conference. As we started the race with a smaller group of 15 girls, it was not as pressing of a matter whether we were in the front, back or middle because it was easy to advance back up. I took the front before our first technical downhill, because I knew it so well, I easily created a gap which allowed me to take the first half the upcoming hill easy. The group remained together, but the Marian team, including Coryn Rivera, put the pressure on the hills.
In the middle of the first lap of about 25 miles, they really pushed it up a hill. As I began to fall off the front 1/3 of the group, I looked back to realize, nobody was there and the seven of us were the group. I caught the girls on the downhill knowing I now must stay with them or die in the wind. We worked well together in a pace line till the big hill before the finish line. Known as Little Cake, it is a killer. Steep and decently long. Here I passed one girl as she fell back but remained in limbo, alone, in 6th place for the remainder of the following lap. I could see a Lindenwood University uniform just ahead, but it took me the majority of the next lap to slowly and steadily catch my prey. I did not want to finish in 6th, I wanted 5th, and if I had made it this far as a non-hill climber, I could do more. I caught and passed the Lindenwood Univerisity girl, made it up the horrid hill and finished. I am so proud of my effort to not give up and excited that I had such a great race finishing in 5th.
The following day was the criterium. I woke up with bricks in my legs, which decided to stay. After about 30 minutes of the 45 minute race, I fell off the group. There had been several attacks and my legs were tired from the day before, though my mind was excited at the possibilities of the future races. I can’t wait to return to race again and see what other surprises my mind and body has for me, especially as courses and crits more suited to my skills become my playground. As my advisor and teacher say, “Take try out of your vocabulary and you’ll make great strides in actually doing.”
This weekend the ladies of EPS/CSS p/b Shebell & Shebell gathered for their annual team party. Team owner Teresa DiSessa-Johnson welcomed over twenty guests into her home. Title sponsor Toni Musorrfiti and representatives from Shebell & Shebell were also in attendance. It was a splendid night of food, drink and conversation. Team riders mingled with our sponsors, shared personal highlights from the 2013 season, and caught up with old friends.
An awards presentation followed dinner. Teresa provided an overview of the Team’s nine year history by displaying multiple awards and trophies the team earned over the years. The crowning achievement was being recognized by USA Cycling as the Division III Team of the Year for 2013. Deborah Leedale Brown won the MVP award and Barb Statton was honored with the Riptide award. New teammates were introduced and veteran riders were welcomed back for another season. Sponsors were presented with gift packages and in recognition of her hard work and dedication, Teresa received a thank you gift from the Team. She will be visiting boutique 606 in Fair Haven quite soon. The merriment continued as desserts were savored and conversations turned toward the 2014 race season. Congratulations to all and heartfelt thanks to our continuing and new sponsors.
Title Sponsor- EPS/CSS Inc. since 2005
Co-Sponsor- Shebell & Shebell Attorneys at Law since 2010
Brielle Cyclery since 2005
Trek Bicycle Store since 2014
Miles Ahead Sports since 2014
M^3 since 2014
McCabe Dentistry since 2007
The Wilson Center since 2008
606 Clothing and Accessories since 2104
GU Energy Gel
Race Date: 2/15/2014
Race Type: Criterium
Riders: Jo Johnson
This is the first criterium of the season here in Phoenix area and everyone is excited. Approx 400+ riders on hand with lots of prizes and primes. My goals
were to 1) test my bike handling 2) stay with the 40+ age group pack 3) use energy saving strategies 4) finish as high up as I can in the 50+ age group.
In an 0.8 mile course, there are two 90 degree turns, a long gradual 5% rise around a pond and into a hill with the second 90 degree turn leading to the long straight with S/F mid way down the road. Once off, I stayed in the back of the group until the 3rd lap when I began to feel stronger, more comfortable with the pack pace and began testing myself on the course moving in and out of the pack at various sections. The other riders seemed to do the same so there was alot of movement but no one was able to break away. The pack remained tight throughout the 30 minute race so I figured it would come down to a group sprint finish. But with two laps to go, 2 riders went for a break and I went with them and carried alot of speed into the first 90 degree turn and proceeded to lead the remainder of the lap. Now on the final lap, I was leading through the first turn but was caught on the back side and up the hill. Through the last turn onto the straight it became a group scramble and dash for the line a long way out. I did not have a great sprint at the end so next race I do not need to be in the lead with 2 laps to go but use patience and wait for the group sprint. As for my other goals, my handling was not bad but I can tighten that up, I was able to stay with the group, and I need to conserve energy until the last possible sprint.
Jo Johnson: 4th
It is awesome to see Christina Cortes with her new Cannondale F29 Carbon 3! Another opportunity for Team Riptide to have some fun!
Race Date: 2/9/2014
Race Type: Criterium Pro123
Riders: Colleen Gulick
While the team was sweating in the basement, Colleen was once again racing in Sunny California at the Roger Millikan Memorial Cycling Race. The women Pro 123 field had a staggered start with the 55+ men. Unfortunately, the women's field was neutralized with two laps to go allowing the 55+ men's field to pass during their finish. Colleen was positioned well and finished 2nd for what she thought was the end of the race, however it turns out that the officials made an error and rang the bell one lap too soon. After wasting all of her energy Colleen still found enough strength for an 8th place finish.
Colleen Gulick: 8th
Winter training Date: 2/9/2014
Race Type: Indoor session
Riders: Dana, Barbara, Cristina, Andrea, Andy, Teresa, Sue, Bobbie, Erin, Stephanie, Sherry, Meg, Deborah, and Ken
On another cold winter weekend Team Riptide piled into Team owner/Directors Teresa's basement for another winter training session. The team rode a tough 2+ plus hour workout that had just about everything in there. We are missing the outdoors, but to have the company of each other is all we need to make it through these winter training sessions.
Race Date: 2/2/2014
Race Type: Criterium
Riders: Colleen Gulick
Colleen headed south to sunny SanDiego, CA where she represented the team in the Spy Red Trolly Classic. A stacked field of 60+ women started the line. Colleen finished 9th for the day for another top 10 result for the season.
Colleen Gulick: 9th
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