The ladies of Team EPS/CSS p/b Shebell&Shebell kick it into high gear this weekend with Teresa DiSessa-Johnson and Alli McCabe racing at the Gravel Grape Crusher 50 mile mountain bike race. Meanwhile, Doreen Bridgman, Sarah Hauze and Andy Maher kick off the time trial season at the Sandy Hook TT!! GOOD LUCK LADIES!
The ladies of Team EPS/CSS p/b Shebell & Shebell would like to introduce you to our newest team member Doreen Bridgman! Doreen has been racing bikes for the past 2 years and is going to be a super strong addition to our Cat 4 squad this year!! Check out some rider bio questions Doreen answered for us to learn more about Doreen on and off the bike!
Race: 2017 Delaware Valley LMSC Short Course Yards Championship Masters Meet
Date: March 26, 2017
Location: Upper Dublin, PA
Participant: Sarah - three events
So, with my cycling career having ended... many of you know that I've turned back to the water for physical mental health. And, things have been going so very well. I'm feeling great and really loving being in the water. But, I still felt as though I needed a goal. Some particular thing to work towards... to keep my intention directed. So, I decided to sign up for a meet.
Today was my first swim meet in 17 years. I was nervous enough in signing up early in February that I only signed up for three very short events... the 50 Fly, 50 Free, and 100 IM. When the day finally arrived, I was happy that I had selected those events, but also a bit bummed that I hadn't had a bit more confidence in myself and signed up for a few longer events (the 200 IM? 200 Free? 100 Fly?). Alas... I was resolved to put everything that I had into those races and have fun!
Warm up was much as I remembered. A gaggle of swimmers all piled into lanes laughing as they attempted to do a few laps and get ready. The sprint lanes opened, and I got a few starts under my belt. For some reason, going off the block after all these years just felt natural. I was feeling ready.
The 50 Fly was my first race. As I remembered from years ago, the butterflies in my stomach disappeared as soon as I stepped on the block. A few shakes of the arms, a "Take Your Mark," and we were off. I felt surprisingly smooth and strong during this first race. Perhaps a little too smooth. After I hit the wall, I realized that I probably could have put a bit more into it - but, I think I was worried about blowing up, so I raced a bit on the conservative side. Alas... I was THRILLED with a 30.13 and a National Cut! I'm convinced that I can break 30 seconds... maybe next time.
The 50 Free came next and I was excited for it. Definitely NOT my strong suit (sprint freestyle), but I wanted to just keep my form together and use my legs to power through. My turn was CRAPTASTIC - and I'm sure it cost me a few tenths - but, I finished strong and looked up to see a 28.35 on the board!! WHAT??? I was just hoping to get below 30! A 28 was really awesome to see. And, I found out later that it, too, was a National cut.
Finally, the one I was most excited for... the 100 IM!! It was SO FUN! I took my fly all out this time... no skimping. My turn to backstroke was rough - tons of water up my nose. But, I held it together and had a solid turn from back to breast. My splits were really solid, and I was again surprised and happy to hit the wall and see a 1:10.37 on the board. Nearly 3 seconds under the National cut for that event!
WHAT??? Three races... three cuts? No way.
I had an amazing time at the event. I met some awesome people and was inspired by amazing stories of perseverance.
50 Fly - 1st Place
50 Free - 2nd Place
100 IM - 1st Place
As a testament to how nice people are, I was able to get my events filmed! So, here's a little video for you to watch! Whee!!
Video link: https://youtu.be/O98tPFi7MLU
The ladies of Team EPS/CSS p/b Shebell&Shebell would like to introduce our friends and fans to Andrea Maher this week!! Andy hails from jolly ol' England had been with the team for a number of years now and has been racing bikes since 2010. Andy is a HUGE talent on the TT bike and road bike and she LOVES to climb hills!! Check out what Andy had to say in her rider bio questions below to learn more about Andy on and off the bike.
What inspires you?
What’s the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
Grilled Octopus, I'm not super adventurous
Please share a little known fact about yourself not related to bike riding/racing!
I'm VERY afraid of birds!
What makes you feel accomplished?
When a client or student tells me I've inspired them to get healthy or to try a race/event.
What is the craziest thing you have ever done and would you do it again?
Jumped out of a ski lift in Switzerland, NO!
The best season is yet to come! Watch out everyone, we have strength skills, ability, and personalities to attack anything and everything this year!
At the start of camp, we immediately started to hash out our team races for 2017. Following our race schedule, we jumped on the Computrainers and did some serious time trialing efforts. After watching everyone complete a 3 minute TT, a 5 miles two-person team race, and a 10 mile team time trial we realized we had some serious talent on the team.
Following an exhausting 3 hours altogether on the trainers, we headed up for food and beverages (for me that was a beer for replenishment). After showers, sandwiches, wings, and cake pops we all ended up in the family room watching the last 24km of Milan-San Remo, a race where Peter Sagan lost by just inches to Kwiatkowski from Team Sky!
Pizza, salad, and rice balls for dinner (we had to introduce half the team to rice balls). YUM! We ended the night with a few beers and lots of laughter!!
Sunday morning and the vote was in. We're riding outside! Warm in the sun we began our 40 mile journey around the Upper Freehold, NJ. The pace was strong and steady thanks to powerhouses like Cheryl, Alexa and Shaina. We accomplished the following:
~Told in the eyes of Emily Underwood
Race: 2017 Saddle Sore Criterium
Date: March 12, 2017
Location: Carneys Point, NJ
Rider: Danielle Ferland
This past weekend kicked off the New Jersey Cat 4/5 Women’s Cup Series with the Saddle Sore Crit in Carneys Point, New Jersey, as well as the 2017 season for rider Danielle Ferland. The course was a short 1/2 mile, four (4) cornered loop around Pennsgrove High School. The weather was frigid but it was great to see some familiar faces from the cat 4 racing scene, as well as getting to know some new ones.
Every race, win or lose, is another chance to learn and improve as a rider; this crit was no exception. All bundled up from the cold, the cat 4/5 women had a staggered start followed shortly after by the cat 5 men. Danielle had a very strong start and led the group through the 1st lap before settling into a comfortable position in the pack. Several laps into the race, the cat 5 men had caught the women’s field, at which point the organizers had made it clear that the fields were allowed to mix. Knowing that several of the women would attempt to make the jump in with the men, Danielle was ready to jump with them… until a mechanical mishap prevented her from shifting. Despite being stuck in a single gear for the remainder of the race, she still pedaled her legs out and finished the race. Best of all, the bike was easily fixed! Danielle was very happy just getting back outside on the bike finishing a safe race and hopefully getting the mishaps out of the way early!
This week the ladies of Team EPS/CSS p/b Shebell&
Shebell would like to introduce you to Daneille Ferland. Danielle has been with the team since 2015. Danielle brings the most amazing positive energy to the team and is always up to try something new!! Check out Danielle's answers to a few questions we asked her about herself below!
If you were a cartoon character which one would it be and why?
My sister says Lucy from peanuts, but I think I'd be more like the bird from up... I can be kind of a (lovable) troublemaker but I'm loyal and protective over those I care about.
What inspires you?
So this is going to sound really cheesy, but that life offers so much to do and see… I’m looking to take advantage of what I can, while I can, and have incredible adventures while doing so.
What makes you feel accomplished?
Setting hard, but attainable goals then achieving or completing the tasks I’ve set out to do.
What is the craziest thing you have ever done and would you do it again?
Skydive maybe? I’d absolutely do it again! Though I’m not sure what people think is crazy. If I think something will be fun, I’m game! Do a century the weekend after doing a killer stage race the previous weekend, why not! 6-hour mountain bike tag team duo, sign me up!
Race: Musselman Honda Circuit Crit/Crit
Location: Tucson, AZ
Date: March 10, 2017
Rider(s): Jo Johnson
March winds continue to blow across this one mile circuit. A great go kart track with smooth surface and different loops to challenge cornering skills. The inner loops are a small replica of the F1 Japanese course and would be a favorite technical course. However the 1 mile loop for today is a new outer loop with an off camber wide last turn heading up a slight grade to the SF line. The loop has a few turns from the SF line then sweeping up a slight grade to another sweeper to the back straight which leads to the tricky turn with a push to the line. The women are in different age groups and some are racing the 3 day Omnium. Represented are 5 year age groups from 45+. Registration arrives with 45 minutes before first race is scheduled which I am scheduled for. With a quick 20 minute warm up, I then head for the line. My goals are to hang with the main group as long as I can plus see how many younger gals I can catch and pass. The race starts off with a fast paced group which continues to accelerate each lap. I am able to stay with them to the 4th lap then fall off the pace as does several others. Now focus on catching those others. In another few laps, I am able to catch one of the gals on the back stretch. For some reason I can push the pace to about 25-27 mph into the crosswind on this stretch. Then set sights on another rider and pass her, then there is another spunky rider to reel in. I finally pass her with about 8 laps to go. I just stay ahead of her but loose a bit with 3 laps to go and she passes me back. I am unable to catch her. But finish feeling good, objectives met. And met a new friend from St Louis, MO.
Thank you to all our sponsors who make this fun possible and to Teresa DiSessa Johnson for keeping it all together.
Result: 1st in age group 70.
2017 race season really kicks off this weekend for the ladies of Team EPS/CSS p/b Shebell&Shebell!! We have three ladies racing in 3 different states!! Jo Johnson will be racing in Arizona at the Mussleman Criterium, Danielle Ferland will be opening her season at the Saddle Sore Criterium in New Jersey and Cheryl Clark will be racing at Grant's Tomb Criterium in New York!!! GOOD LUCK LADIES!!!
March 4, 2017 marked the 12th annual banquet for the Riptide-Cawes cycling team. The fact that a women’s team has been around for 12 years is a true testament to team owner Teresa and the long time support of sponsors (notably Toni Musorrafiti –EPS/CSS & Brielle Cyclery). The atmosphere was buzzing as team members, new and old, came together with sponsors at Teresa and Jeff’s house Saturday night. The combination of great food (holy cake pops), drinks, teammates and sponsors was the perfect way to celebrate last season while kicking off the 2017 season (season 13 for Riptide-Cawes).
Once everyone arrived, Teresa kicked off the awards. Our team would not be possible without our amazing sponsors and Teresa and Jeff who pour their heart and soul into making the team run successfully each year. Teresa paid gratitude to our sponsors and then moved into the yearly awards for the team. As a team, Riptide-Cawes took home the honor of the NJBA and PA BAR team awards and individually of awardees took home a slew of honors.
The first award went to Director Sportif Sarah Rieder Iepson for team MVP. Though Sarah could not join us in person she was present via Skype! Sarah’s MVP award was well deserved; not only did she walk away with a handful of 1st place and podium finishes but she is the 2016 New Jersey criterium state champion and she finished 5th at Masters Nationals in the criterium (35-39 age category).
Our second award went to Alli McCabe for the Most Improved Rider award. If you know Alli you are aware of her dedication not only to this team but also to cycling and improving herself. Alli was all over the podium this season on the road (those poor other Cat 4 riders), earning herself an upgrade to a Cat 3 rider!
The last team award went to Deborah Leedale-Brown who won the Riptide Barb Statton award (she was conveniently sitting next to Barb during the awards). This award is a significant honor on our team as it is given to someone who is always there to help the team and support where needed. Deb does so much in the development of other riders while also kicking butt on the road herself. Secretly (sort of), I’ve been trying to get Deb to race more on the dirt (she rocks on a mtn bike if you didn’t know) but when you have someone who wins the PA state championships for the criterium, road race and masters criterium; it’s hard to pull them away!
I would be remiss not mention the special first appearance of team mascot “the goat.” The goat (who is yet unnamed), if you are not aware, is the mascot for team member Meg Moore who acts as a sponsor for the team as well. Next time you see Meg, ask to hear her goat calling skills and you will understand why she got a goat for her mascot. Our current goat will be travelling to Meg in Louisiana BUT another team goat is on the way. If you have suggestions for names feel free to comment!!