WEDNESDAY RIDER PROFILE...Evelyn Korbich
Evelyn comes to the EPS/CSS p/b Shebell&Shebell with a long history of racing!! Evelyn has been racing since she was 13...that was 6 years ago!! Along with racing for Riptide-Cawes Cycling in the summer and off months Evelyn also races for her university team at Bucknell University!!! Learn more about Evelyn by reading some of her bio question answers below!
What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
Fried chicken feet. Turns out chicken fingers mean something different in China...
Your strength on the bike?
Endurance. The longer the better.
Little known fact most people don’t know about you?
I am in a substance-free, board-game-playing club at Bucknell University.
Date: April 24th, 2016
Race: Pedricktown Road Race
Location: Pedricktown, NJ
Rider(s): Sarah, Deborah, and Meredith
A HUGE field came to the line on Sunday for the 50 mile road race through the lovely farm country of south Jersey. Flat as a pancake, but always the site of headwinds galore, this race was one that I was really excited for. One thought just kept noodling around in my head: today is a breakaway day.
And it was.
The pace was kept pretty steady throughout the race, and was punctuated by attacks from us, ABRT, and H&H Racing. Twice, it seemed like a break was established. And, twice it was reeled back in by the peloton behind. But, thankfully, this idea of a break wasn't just mine, but was shared. Just after starting the 4th of 7 laps, an H&H rider took a small flyer with Meredith on her wheel. I allowed it to gap just a bit and some Action Wheels and CRCA/Dave Jordan riders came around me to close it. Just as they caught on, Lauren Dagostino launched and I was quick on her wheel. Ainhoa from ABRT came with us and as we got over the "hill" (highway overpass bump) we took a glance back and we had daylight! The perfect break had formed. Three major teams represented, strong legs from those teams, and only 2.5 laps to go! UGH! We used the head wind section to confirm the gap and ensure that we just had to stay upright and keep moving to lock up the podium.
We had time to play some games near the finish - which was kind of fun with each of us launching an attack to see if we could get a last minute run to the line. It ended in a 3-up sprint, with Ainhoa taking the win, Lauren 2nd and me finishing off the podium.
Back in the field, Deborah and Meredith patrolled the front to ensure that the break stayed clear and they were lined up well for the finish. When they came into the final stretch, Meredith led Deborah out and Deb held her sprint long enough to finish 2nd in the field, 5th overall. Meredith finished solid in the pack.
Another great day of team tactics and another podium for the squad. We're having such fun together and that naturally leads to strong results!
Result: Sarah - 3rd
Deborah - 5th
Date: April 23rd, 2016
Race: Quabbin Classic Road Race
Location: Ware, Massachusetts
Rider: Andy Maher
Cat: Women P, 1,2,3
This was my first time racing Quabbin Classic road race. The Quabbin reservoir is located in Belchertown/Ware, MA and is one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the United States with 181 miles of shore line. The course is one lap, 64.5 miles with 4,895 feet of elevation. After a thirty minute warm up I made my my to the staging area. It was a great turn out with about 65 women on the start line and I was happy to see a few familiar faces from NJ. At 10:05am promptly the whistle was blown and we were on our way. It was a neutral start as we descended for almost four miles until the first right turn onto Rt 9. The pace was moderate with lots of descending for the first 10-15 miles. The first long climb came around the 20 mile mark and I was feeling good moving closer to the front of the pack. There were no attacks or breaks to speak of and the field were together by the time we reached the feed zone at mile 31. As a rider a few bikes ahead of me reached out to take a bottle she missed and went down causing a domino effect. I managed to swerve far enough left to avoid a bike but unfortunately not the rider on the ground. I clipped her torso but somehow kept my bike upright. In those few seconds the main field pushed ahead and gap had formed. Myself and a few other riders were now working really hard to try to catch back on. Every time we seemed to be getting closer...another climb! After 15-20 miles of taking hard pulls, desperate to get back to the main field I felt drained and found myself slipping back, losing contact with the wheel in front of me. The last 10-15 miles were tough, especially knowing it was a two mile 5% climb to the finish line. I soldiered on and seeing the 200m to go sign came out of the saddle for one final push. Although not my best day of racing it was a great experience. I'll definitely be putting Quabbin on my race calendar next year.
Date : April 23th , 2016
Race : Long island Beach Time Trial
Location : Harvey Cedars ( LBI ) NJ
Riders : Danielle and Victoria
Results : Danielle Ferland - 9th cat 4 women's
Victoria Cotero - 1st junior women 15-18
It was a an amazing day for a TT race with no wind and the sun started to come out. It was a 10 mile flat course with a couple potholes located in the race. I was unfortunate and hit one and my front tire flatted at 3 miles left into the race. But I knew I couldn't stop there I sucked it up and rode it easy and was careful . I was determined to stop and call it a day but I saw my Father as soon as I got the flat tire and he told me to keep going and just push it through until I pass the finish line ! Danielle recently clipped TT bars on her road bike and rode the TT position the whole way ! I spotted her when I was riding to the finish and she looked strong , speedy and Confident !!!
Races: LAVRA Friday Night Track Series & Old Town Temecula Grand Prix
Dates: 4/22 & 4/23 Type:
Track omnium & crit
Locations: Carson, CA & Temecula, CA
Rider: Colleen Placings: 3rd & 1st
I'm officially past the half way mark on my triple-header weekend of racing. Friday night was my last track omnium in California. I placed top 3 in all events (Tempo, scratch, & 50 lap points race). Overall, I wound up with 3rd place and a good start to the weekend. On Saturday I drove down to Temecula, California (home of wine and olive oil). The course was a nice circle with one decent sized hill to keep things interesting. Given that we were in the valley the wind was a large factor in race tactics. The race started great, with me winning the first preme sprint. The race was "jumpy" and exciting. There were multiple break away attempts and one that stuck for an unsettling amount of time. In the midst of the excitement I wound up earning another preme about half way through the race. It all came back together just before the final sprint. The sprint was long and fast but I found myself crossing the line first... earning Riptide-Cawes the top spot on the podium. So, the first two days of my long weekend have resulted in two podiums... one race to go tomorrow in Carson, CA (knock on wood). More updates to come tomorrow evening.... : )
Date: April 17, 2016
Race: A.C. Daughtry Security H2H Race #2, MTBNJ’s Mooch Madness
Location: Allamuchy, NJ
Rider: Danielle Ferland
Women Cat 3 (19-39):
Danielle – 2nd
For the second race in the H2H Mountain Bike Series, Danielle couldn’t stay away from the trails at MTBNJ’s Mooch Madness presented by A.C. Daughtry. Weather couldn’t have been better for the two laps of just over 2 miles of challenging terrain for all Cat 3 riders. The course started and finished on a gravel road with a steep, but short hill before heading into the woods where it was mostly single track. Like the majority of the trails in Jersey north of Rt. 80, the course was had its fair share of rocks, rock gardens and hills. A stream crossing and a few downed trees added to the challenges to traverse but Danielle and her new shiny Top Fuel were able rock the course with a second place finish!
Date: April 17, 2016
Race: Time Trial
Location: Sandy Hook, NJ
Category: Senior Women, Junior Women 15-18
Rider(s): Andrea Maher, Nikki Ragonese, Victoria Cotero
Andy Maher – 2nd Senior Women
Nikki Ragonese – 6th place Senior Women
Victoria Cotero – 1st place Junior Women 15-18
It was a very calm and beautiful morning which was unusual for the normally windy and cold Sandy Hook time trial. The women’s fields have been growing in numbers at the time trials this year and Sandy Hook was no exception, even with Allamuchy being the day before. There was a slight headwind on the way out and a slight tailwind on the way back, but really the conditions were perfect for a flat out and back time trial. Out on course my legs felt good and were ready for a hard effort. Andy started about 2 minutes ahead of me and as we passed each other in opposite directions out on course she was looking fast! In the end Andy took second in the senior women’s category, I, Nikki took sixth in the same category and Victoria won her juniors age category and PRed by almost ten minutes on her brand new Trek Speed Concept. It was a great day for time trialing and for the team!
Allamuchy Time Trial
Date: April 16, 2016
Race: Time Trial
Location: Allamuchy, NJ
Category: Senior Women, Non-TT Women Junior Women 15-18 Rider(s): Andrea Maher, Sarah Iepson, Nikki Ragonese, Teresa DiSessa-Johnson, Danielle Ferland, Victoria Cotero
It was cold, but sunny morning in the farmlands of Sussex County NJ. A large contingent of Riptide-Cawes team members came out to race the third annual Allamuchy TT. The women’s fields were stacked with some very talented ladies. I personally had a rough start to my race with my chain dropping very early on and getting jammed behind my chain rings. After getting off the bike and some frustrated struggling, I was able to get the chain back on and decided to continue my race, just giving it the best shot I could, even with a bit of lost time. Mechanical issues are always frustrating, but once I got back on the bike I felt great and had a fun race. Andy and Sarah had storming rides that took them to second and third place on the senior women’s podium against some very strong competition. Victoria christened her new Trek speed concept with a speedy victory in the juniors 15-18 category. Teresa and Danielle faced the largest women’s non-TT field ever at Allamuchy and finished strong with Teresa in fifth and Danielle in eighth. It was a tough day of time trialing, but it was fantastic that the team had a strong presence and some great results!
Sarah Iepson-2nd place
Andy Maher-3rd place
Nikki Ragonese-8th place
Victoria Cotera-1st place
Race: Daniel Harwi Memorial, 29th Annual Lower Providence Spring Classic Criterium
Location: Lower Providence
Riders: Deborah Leedale-Brown, Sarah Iepson, Gabby Longchamp, Emily Underwood/ Alli McCabe (cat 4)
Results: 3rd Place Emily Underwood / 4th Place Deborah Leedale-Brown / 12th Place Sarah Iepson / 18th Place Gabby Longchamp/5th place Alli McCabe (cat 4)
As told by Deborah
So the unseasonal cold weather of spring loosened its grip for this weekend and presented us with cloudless blue skies and temps in the mid 70's, couple that with a stacked talented womens pro 1/2/3 field, and it made for some fun, fast, quality racing.
We were unfortunately missing our powerhouse Meredith due to illness, but we did not let that change our plans to use our newly formed women power to throw down some strategic attacks and careful monitoring of key riders. The goal was to entice or be part of a strong breakaway, or contest what would be a hot field sprint and either way earn a place on the podium. It was a relatively short race on a fast non-technical 4 corner course, only 19 laps! The pace started out strong for the first 8 or so laps team Riptide-Cawes made sure that we had the front of the race covered pretty much at all times and launched a number of attacks in the hope that something would stick for a breakaway. The pace seemed to slow a little in the last 3rd of the race but it was important that our riders kept up the work effort and made sure that nothing got away. As we headed into the final 3-4 laps it was evident that it would come down to a field sprint and so we had a plan to achieve a good position and form a lead out. As we rounded the 2nd to last corner we had our sprinters where we needed them to be as we approached the final corner before the sprint finish. A slight misjudgement on my part had me come off my team mates wheel a little too early and then have to work to get back on, this just stung my legs enough to then come around her at the line. 1st and 2nd place were being duked out by two quality top flight riders and our team was right there. I shouted to Emily to go once I knew I was staying in her slipstream and then just covered and came in behind her.
It was a fun race, and to see our merged team of riders all showing such a positive work ethic towards each other was amazing, and bodes extremely well for the season ahead. Can't wait for next weekend When even more of us don the Orange, Green & Blue and see what we can do.
Race: LA Circuit Race
Location: Los Angeles, CA
The LA Circuit Race was an interesting course…a 4 mile loop with a U-turn at either end. The women’s race was 24 miles and the field was full of talented 1-3 women. A few people took flyers and teams worked together to attack and counter attack each other but it ultimately came down to a field sprint. I worked to stay up toward the front since the head wind finish led to the pack bunching up. When it came down the final 250 meters I felt the pack starting to swarm so I pulled the trigger and made a dash for the finish line. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to win as someone was on my wheel and came around at the last minute. However, it was good enough to hold on for 2nd place and put Riptide-Cawes on the podium. Now it’s time to rest up and recover for a 3-race weekend next week, a 2-race weekend following that, then moving back to the East Coast for the summer! : ) I’m looking forward to an exciting next 2.5 weeks and seeing all of my Riptide-Cawes teammates upon my return