Type: Team Camp
Location: Gouldsboro, PA
Riders: Teresa DiSessa, Erin Mandato, Deborah Leedale-Brown, Colleen Gulick, Jessica Kutz, Dana Hanchin, Meg Moore, Sue Seyboldt, Andrea Brennan, Elissa Antelman, Cristina Cortes, Nicole Lagorga, and Andy Maher
Team support: Ken Walsh, Lisa Walsh and Tina Kutz
Gouldsboro, PA in the heart of the Pocono's played host to the Riptide Cycling 2014 team boot camp. Erin and Team Owner Teresa arrived early Friday to prepare for the busy weekend. Riders started arriving at Big Bass Lake on Friday afternoon geared up for a weekend of riding, yoga, team talk and camaraderie.
After a wholesome breakfast Saturday morning cooked by Jessica Kutz (perfect dippy eggs!) and Sue Seyboldt, the team was dressed and ready to roll. We headed out with Tina Kutz bringing up the rear driving the team SAG vehicle, as we were a large group of riders and this was paramount for safety. Beautiful scenery, rolling terrain, fast descents, windy conditions and some steep climbs provided a fun but challenging ride. With almost four hours in the saddle and over four thousand feet of climbing it was time to refuel over a pot-luck lunch before a yoga session led by Team supporter Ken Walsh's wife Lisa. Wheels, planks, downward facing dogs, inversions, we did it all! After a great dinner catered by Van Gilder’s Jubilee Restaurant, the rest of the evening was spent discussing the upcoming season.
On Sunday we awoke to temps in the mid 20's and a team decision was made to ride indoors. Trainers set up and rollers at the ready, Deborah Leedale-Brown coached the team through a tough workout with ride tunes provided by Erin Mandato! Our tired legs made the indoor session just as challenging as the previous days ride but we pushed each other to the end. Two hours and about 30 miles later it was time for our last yoga session. Lisa led us through another much needed practice focusing this time on gentle, restorative poses to stretch our tired glutes and hamstrings. After a much needed shower and a hardy lunch, the Riptide 2014 team boot camp was over...Let the season begin!
I know I speak for the entire team with the following HUGE thank you's: Erin Mandato for helping coordinate the weekend. Team Supporter, Ken Walsh for riding with us, providing us mechanical support and helping with trainer set up, Lisa Walsh for the fantastic yoga, Tina Kutz for tailing the team for the entire outdoor ride providing safe conditions and alerting us to passing vehicles, and finally Mr. and Mrs. Seppi for opening up their awesome house for us.
Race Date: 3/23/2014
Race Type: Criterium
Location: Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, OH
Riders: Hannah Hayduk
Results: 6th place
Last weekend I competed in the coldest weather I have ridden in, with some snow showers to top it off. By the Cleveland Browns football stadium, 7 collegiate A women rode some bikes. After the first preme sprint, which I sprinted and got points in, a Lindenwood University girl got off the front... And stayed off the front. Her two teammates blocked and with the wind, even though I attacked several times, we were unable to bring her back. The race ended in a field sprint and I got 6th overall. I look forward to warmer temperatures and a bigger field so I can do what I like to do best...hide in the pack and show my face for the finish!
Photo credit to Andrew Parson
Race Date: 3/22/2014
Race Type: Criterium
Riders: Jo Johnson
Results: 10th place
I must be ready for more fun. This was a Cat 3/4, Pro 1/2 race with about 20 women. I rode the course the day before both directions just to get a feel for the short loop, road surface and the two 90 degree turns. I also picked out my 200 meter spot to the line just in case I needed it.
Arrived around noon and parked in shade and rested with feet up after I had registered and pinned number on my new Castelli San Remo skinsuit that will feel great in the 82 degrees. Gotta plan a few minutes to change in the car. After warm up I am feeling really good and ready. I have a few minutes before the start so I can collect my thoughts.
The race will be fast, for sure, with all these younger women. I see two other women who would be in the master class, 50+, if they had one. We later talked with the club president/promotor who said if we bring the women, he will have a 50-59 and 60+ plus our own time slop next year. That will be grand.
EPS rider Shannon Grieb was all smiles today as she picked up her Cannondale Slice from Brielle Cyclery! Can't wait to see Shannon flying by "Slim Shady" very soon!
Race Date: 3/16/2014
Race Type: Criterium
Location: South Jersey
Riders: Meg Moore, Barbara Statton, Bobbie Mach, Cristina Cortés, Erin Mandato, Dana Hanchin, Andrea Brennan, Deborah Leedale-Brown
On Sunday many EPS ladies represented the Team at the South Jersey Spring Series in Woolrich, N.J. Temperatures were more reminiscent of winter with the 3/4s racing in temperatures in the high 30s. The 3/4 riders had a stacked field of 31 riders with 1/3 of the field being made up of by 1 team! Back for her first race of the season, after a long recovery from knee surgery, Meg Moore led the field on the final two laps of the race finishing in 11th place. This was the first criterium for Cristina Cortes in the USA and on a challenging course with a large field Cristina finished in the VERY impressive 16th place position. The remaining team finishers were Bobbie Mach in 14th, and Barb Statton in 24th. We anticipate great things from our 3/4 riders this year as they are taking full advantage of the training value in these early season training races to learn about each other in racing situations and to build teamwork. Dana, Deborah, and Andrea represented EPS/CSS in the Women’s Open field; racing alongside the 45 plus men. This race was fast and furious. Navigating a race in large fast field around tight corners helped blow out the winter cobwebs and proved that Deborah continues to be our resident crit expert. It was a great day for Team Riptide with all three ladies hanging in the pack. At the end of a grueling 40 minutes Deborah finished 1st and Andrea 3rd for our podiums of the day. Good times were had by all. ‘Comhghairdeas’ or congratulations to all our racers and winners!
Meg Moore: 11th
Bobbie Mach: 14th
Cristina Cortés: 16th
Barbara Statton: 24th
Erin Mandato: 29th
Deborah Leedale-Brown: 1st
Andrea Brennan: 3rd
Race date: 3/15/2014
Race Type: TTT, Circuit Race
Riders: Dana Hanchin, Teresa DiSessa, Barbara Statton, Cristina Cortés, Andrea Brennan
On Saturday the Team traveled to Fairmount Park in Philadelphia for the Philly Phyler. This event featured multiple races for both collegiate and USA Cycling athletes. The day started early with the individual and team time trial events. EPS had a four person team fielded by Teresa DiSessa, Dana Hanchin, Barb Statton, and Christina Cortes . What a thrill to see Teresa our team manager back on the road racing after a few years off due to injuries! Even Coach Ken was on hand providing race advice and encouragement. The time trial course was about 14 miles that started with a decent heading down to West River Drive, then head towards Center City before heading Back up the road for a final climb before heading to the finish line. We like to call today the "No Warm-Up TTT". It was an interesting start format. We asked the officials for our start time and the response was " you could start now!". We definitely were not expecting that response from the officials. Dana our leader of the day took a quick glanced at all of us as she knew we didn't have much of a warm up, but we all agreed to start. Dana took charge of the day and made sure to keep the group together and strong. We wanted to finish together and not leave anyone behind. Dana did an awesome job to make sure we did just that. We even had a great time suffering together through the roads of Philly! It was great bonding and most importantly we had a blast doing it!
Dana and Andrea took a brief lunch break and then headed back out onto the road for the 30 mile Pro 1/2/3 road race. The course featured some technical descents and challenging climbs. Both Dana and Andrea got their hill work in during this event. On lap two a break of six riders was established with Andrea Brennan representing EPS in the lead group. The blustery winds and hills presented a challenge for the peloton. The breakaway group, working together, was able to increase their lead with each lap. On the final climb an attack separated three riders from the group Andrea hung on finishing the race in 6th place.
Race Date: 3/9/2014
Race Type: Criterium
Riders: Dana, Andrea, Sue S, Bobbie, Barbara, Nicole, Erin, Elissa, and Sherry
The sun was out as so was Team Riptide in force. We had seven riders racing in the category 3/4 race and two riders in the Women open/Master Men. A good day for Riptide with our young rider Elissa getting her first podium of the season.
Elissa A: 3rd
Barbara Statton: 14th
Bobbie Mach: 18th
Andrea Brennan: 2nd
Dana Hanchin: 4th
Race Date: 3/8/2014
Race Type: Citerium
Location: Tucson, AZ
Riders: Colleen Gulick, Deborah Leedale-Brown
Collen and Deborah headed out to Tucson, AZ for their first race together representing Team Riptide. A great performance by our two riders. Colleen makes the break for a 6th place finish and Deborah keeping in the mix for a pack finish.
More to come...
Colleen Gulick: 6th
Deborah Leedale-Brown: 24th
Race Date: 3/2/2014
Race type: AZ Senior Olympics
Riders: Jo Johnson
Sunday was the AZ Senior Olympics 20k followed by the 40k on Pecos Rd where I have raced this race before. This day a whole bunch of Strada Racing teammates showed up. About 12 of them and 4 of the women were in the 50-59 group, none in my age group. One of the gals in this group I have raced against and we are fairly evenly matched.
We are called to the line really early and with a shortened warm up time this first race will be part of my warm up. Rider age groups start in waves, 2 minutes apart. The out leg has some downhill and a little tailwind, the return leg with uphills and about 5 mph head wind for first race, for second race, 40k, wind was more cross and slightly increased. My goal is to have fun and challenge myself to go for a podium place. In the past a group of 6+riders would stay together, sharing the lead then sprint for the finish. This day would be different.
Race Date: 3/1/2014
Race type: Criterium
Riders: Jo Johnson
A crazy weather day for Phoenix gave me a nervous, anxious feeling all day. Clouds and stormy weather moving in. This crit course starts on a 6% hill which takes about 45 seconds to climb then a gradual descent to a 90 degree turn, onto the flat with 2 more 90 degree turns before crossing the line and up the hill again. A lap takes a little more than 2 minutes. The race was shortened to 30 minutes rather than the 40 minutes scheduled. Rain on and off all day, course workers were brooming the corners. The dark black clouds kept moving closer as my race start time came closer too. My goal was to be safe and yet push myself, practice corners and become more comfortable on "white Knight", my Cannondale EVO. I geared up for rain with the new Aero LS jersey, cap and shoe covers. The tactics were simple; stay with the small group of riders, Cat 4, and the other 50+ women. The race quickly became "catch me if you can" so that made the back of the pack less of a place to sit in and efficiently save energy. NOT! I was able to move up to second wheel, then with 4 laps to go, I was able to pass for the lead. That lasted one lap as I was passed back and that is where the race finished. Following the cool down lap, I proceeded to the car to put bike away. As I start to take shoes off, the plop, plop of rain drops started, within 5 seconds it was a total monsoon deluge. Closing the back hatch and climbing to the front seat I got to watch and hear rain become ping, ping as ice about 1/2 the size of golf balls covered the car and ground. Then 20 minutes later it was over with plenty of standing water. Lucky to have finished when we did.
Result: 2nd in 50+