Race Name: Dare to Race Grand Prix, Women 1/2/3
Date: Feb 22nd, 2015
Racers: Colleen Gulick
Location: Ontario, CA
Race Type: Crit Women 1/2/3
The latest happenings in California include the second race in the Ontario criterium series. On a 6 corner 1.2 mile course the women raced 40 minutes. A full team of holiday rock riders provided plenty of counter attacks. With four laps remaining the solo breakaway rider was reeled in and left the race up to the sprinters. A headwind finish proved challenging and landed me with a 2nd place finish on the day. As always thank you to all of our sponsors for their continued support. :) next week is a break in SoCal crit racing so I will check back in with another race report in two weeks. :)
Date: Feb 15th, 2015
Race: ICE Sportswear Criterium
Race Type: Criterium Women 1/2/3
Location: Carson, CA
Rider: Colleen Gulick
This Sunday's SoCal Crit was in Carson, just a 15 mile ride from my apartment. So, I rode over in the morning and enjoyed a nice morning of watching friends race (and scoped out a few of the sprints too) ; ). The Women's 1/2/3 race was 40 minutes long and included a few premes and a bunch of counter attacks. It all came down to a sprint finish. I was proud to be able to represent EPS/CSS p/b Shebell & Shebell on the top of the podium for the week. : ) I owe a huge shout out to Lazer and our awesome orange helmets with the light in the back... when I was riding home it was starting to get dark and it was comforting to have some light coming from the back of my helmet to stay safe. My next update will come after this Sunday's race in Ontario, California. : )
Event: Meet Jens Voigt!
Location: Trek Store of Middletown, NJ
Participants: Carren Stika, Teresa DiSessa-Johnson, Barbara Statton, Deborah Leedale-Brown, Danielle
Ferland, Sue Seyboldt
A large showing of fans drove from all over, even as far as Lancaster, PA to see the one and the only Jens Voigt at the Trek Store of Middletown, NJ. Our sponsor shop hosted the professional cyclist as part of Jens’ new role as the Trek Ambassador and man is he good at it! It was standing room only and almost every attendee bought a t-shirt, hat or Trek jersey. In preparation, a couple Riptide ladies arrived early to help set up for the event. Nerves were high as we anticipated his grand entrance, but when he walked in, hand in hand with store owner Kathy Penna, everyone’s jealousy began and smiles went ear to ear. As a welcoming gift, Kathy gave him a lottery ticket for the $564 million jackpot and they agreed if he won, they would split the winnings 50:50 and he would take Kathy on his safari documentary adventure (a childhood dream of his), but if Kathy’s ticket won, she would give him “some.” Unfortunately Jens didn’t win.
The night included a question and answer session where Jens Voigt gave everyone something hilarious, something insightful, and something encouraging to remember. We learned how the man from East Germany first got into cycling (he was a super hyper kid and needed a proper energy relief) to what it’s like bringing his son to his own races. “People come up to chat and I just want to pin my son’s number on his jersey and pump up his tires. I just want to be a dad.” After having what felt like an intimate living room family heart to heart, Jens signed an autographed poster and took photos with every person in the room. He gave us each this awesome undivided attention and was an easygoing, down to earth kind of guy. The Riptide team was given some extra special attention during a team photo-op with the Pro, leaving most of us with our hearts fluttering for the man that is Jens Voigt. We want to thank the Trek Store for putting on the amazing event and for Trek Bicycles for loaning us Jens Voigt for the night and for especially Jens Voigt himself! You have many more fans for life here in New Jersey! Thank you for coming all the way from Germany for us!
Shut Up Legs!
Date: February 8th, 2015
Race: Gatorade Bici Rock 2015
Location: Caracas, Venezuela
Rider: Claudia Peñaloza
After months of specific training for this grueling mass-start uphill time trial, our Venezuelan rider Claudia Peñaloza, was able to secure the top of the Elite Female MTB podium. Clocking in at 1:03:43 (3'23" ahead of 2nd), Claudia came in 55th place overall out of 2500 registered starters. A race of this magnitude is an impressive feat of logistics, and although Claudia was swept down by a rookie crash in her mixed field early on, the surge of adrenaline helped her get back in and tear it up the 3+ mi, 9 % average grade climb for the win. A great start to the season for our "warmest" rider, who took home a big check, a beautiful trophy and a shiner ;)
Result: 1st Place Elite Female MTB
Date: February 8th, 2015
Race: Roger Millikan Memorial Criterium
Rider(s): Colleen Gulick
Colleen steps on the podium again for a 2nd place finish. An amazing finish battling it out with a very talented ride Coryn from professional team United Health Care (UHC). 30 women towed the line for this very hard race and our sprinter Colleen got in a break of 7 riders for a solid 40 minutes of the race. A hard race for our sprinter, but this sprinter got in a break and kicked some CA rear end!!!
Colleen is currently leading the Southern CA cup Series!!
Colleen Gulick: 2nd Place
Race: Red Trolley Criterium
Location: San Diego, CA
Rider: Colleen Gulick
The Red Trolley Criterium took place in San Diego at the Charger’s stadium. The race consisted of a 0.8 mile course in the parking lot and was 50 minutes long. By the way, I’m loving that I get to see different parts of the state via racing. : ) We had a pretty good field of teams that totaled just over 30 riders for the women’s 1/2/3. The race started off with an attack in the first few laps and continued with a series of counterattacks for the majority of the 50 minutes. The course was extremely windy with a headwind finish so breaking away was not an easy feat. I managed to test my sprint by earning an early preme. As the end of the race approached, with 1.5 laps to go, I jumped on an early flyer. She pulled for an entire lap and we had a small gap between us and the field. Unfortunately, our break did not last after the rider threw her hands up after the finish line thinking she had won the race… then the bell rang for one lap to go (which was a bit amusing for everyone who had counted the laps correctly). So I regrouped with the pack and settled in for the sprint on the correct finishing lap. : ) It was a long head-wind drag to the finish line. I was moving up on the left side just as a rider from San Diego was moving up on the right. It was an extremely close finish that went to a photo review. We both threw our bikes at the line so we left it up to the camera to decide the winner. The officials deemed Denise the winner and I claimed second place for the day, and a podium for team EPS/CSS p/b Shebell & Shebell. I hope everyone had a great Superbowl Sunday and I’ll be sure to check back in next Sunday after the Carl Dolan Memorial Criterium.