Date: May 31st, 2015
Race: NJ Masters Road Race Championships
Location: Elmwood, NJ
Rider(s): Andy Maher, Barb Statton, Maryanne Caruso
Elwood, NJ was the location for this years Masters State Road Race. The course was a 15.5 mile flat loop with five turns.The women were placed with the 55+ men and the distance for all fields was 4 laps, 62 miles.
After a short warm up we were on the line and ready to roll. Racing with the men in such a big field was a new and interesting experience for me and took me a lap to get comfortable. Barb clearly had no issues with the size of the group and was riding strong towards the front. There were a few attacks in the first two laps but no breaks were established and the race stayed together.
Going into the last two turns riders were jockeying for positions and the paced picked up. I moved closer to the wheel I wanted, just 2-3 bike lengths ahead but wasn't able to hold my position as the sprint started. Getting in the mix with the men was a little hairy! In hind sight I wished I was a little more aggressive but it was a great learning experience. Kudo's to Maryanne for her perseverance and a strong finish.
Andy Maher-3rd place
Maryanne Caruso-8th place
Date: May 25th, 2015
Race: Tour of Somerville-Criterium
Location: Somerville, NJ
Rider(s): Monica Volk, Colleen Gulick, Carren Stika
Somerville is an annually anticipated event, a prestigious east coast race always on Memorial Day. Having been apart of the spectating atmosphere for the past couple years it was exciting to finally be able to race it and I knew what to expect, a four corner crit and accompanied by hot weather. This was also the first race that all the elite members of the Riptide team were finally together with Colleen Gulick back from California. Deb, although not racing because of a crash couple days earlier, also came along with other riptide members to cheer on the squad.
Colleen was announced in call ups and the rest of the field shortly followed. The blow of the whistle started the race and the women were off. The long home and back stretches were where most of the action happened, riders shuffled their way into new positions and attacks were made. A head/cross wind in the back straight made it difficult for any breakaway to become very established, a notably hard feat on this course. I raced aggressively trying to close gaps to be in good position to lead out Colleen in the final sprint.
Even after crossing the finish line every lap the finish was still very deceiving. The finish was so long being about 400m from the final corner, the whole sprint to the line felt like slow motion. The team came out with two successful top tens for the day; this was a great showing for the New Jersey based team.
Monica Volk – 8th
Colleen Gulick – 10th
Date: May 23rd, 2015
Race: John Basilone Raritan Cycling Classic
Location: Somerville, NJ
Rider(s): Deborah Leedale-Brown, Monica Volk
Race summary from Monica Volk:
This crit was part of the Somerville series of races leading up to the renowned Memorial Day race - Somerville. I personally really liked this course. The corners were wide enough to carry most of the initial speed through them so the race could just flow. Deb was a great teammate in the race, a good wheel to follow with good position through out the race. With only two laps to go I was focused on position. I kept myself in towards the font so I could take the corners at speed and be ready for any jumps and the sprint. The last corner of the last lap, I found myself about 5th wheel from the front. I took the corner on the inside so I could cut in a couple places, the position I knew I had to be. Unfortunately riders in the rest of the field were caught up in a crash, which took about 10 riders to the pavement including my teammate Deb who ended up dislocating her shoulder. Knowing her strength and positive outlook I’m sure it won’t be more than a couple of weeks before we see her back in the racing game again!
Deb – DNF (crash)
Date: May 23rd, 2015
Race: East District 10 mile TT championships
Location: Tottenhill, UK
Rider(s): Bobbie Mach
Today I took part in the Cycling Time Trials (CTT) East District Championships! This race was a big step up for my racing here in England as the CTT racing series is racing on a regional/district level instead of the local level like I have been racing up to this point here in England! Bigger race brings out bigger hitters and faster times...I was nervous I was out of my league with these races but thought I would give it a shot anyway since the race was only 30 minutes from my village.
There was a pretty large field for this race of ladies in the East District and from other districts at this race was also a part of another Womens TT series cup! I was able to drive the course before the race and the route is gorgeous! I am glad I was able to view it before riding it completely oxygen deprived!
I was the 8th rider off and knew I had some fast ladies behind me so I was motivated to keep moving as I was being chased the entire race!! Overall this race went really well for me. There were a few minor hiccups but I pushed much harder than ever before in a race. I still had some left in the tank at the end so that was a tiche disappointing but now I know when I think and feel I am at my limit....PUSH HARDER there is more in my tank than I think! Much was learned in this race and had loads of fun! Overall I am very pleased with my 1st attempt at this level of racing and look forward to doing it again....next weekend!
Bobbie Mach- 3rd place East District
Date: May 20th, 2015
Race: Fordham 5 mile course
Location: Fordham, UK
Rider(s): Bobbie Mach
Well it was a typical day here in England and the decision to race tonight was literally made on the way to the race. Conditions were changing every 5 minutes. In hindsight I should have maybe made the decision to stay home :)! It rained all the way to the race which starts 3 miles from my house so I rode there. It rained heavily the entire 30 minutes before the TT started which led to very little warm up and a COLD wait. Finally got off on my ride and felt really good...untll the last mile when my asthma kicked in something horrible. Also road conditions were not nice so had to just about come to a complete stop at the one turn on this course because it is a very very sharp turn. Regardless of the tough conditions it was a learning experience, I finished, with a PB and 1st place female, 11th overall!
Bobbie Mach-1st place female
Date: May 18th, 2015
Rider: Bonni Schervone
Race/Ride: The Assault on Mount Mitchell
Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina
We started the day at 6:30 am in Spartanburg SC. The first 35 miles we got on a pace line train and enjoyed an avg of 20 mph. As soon as the real rollers started, our group had splintered. We entered Marion NC at mile 75. It was sunny, hot and 80 degrees. We had already climbed 5000 feet. We were told the last 30 miles would take us the same amount of time to complete as the first 75... 10 miles into our huge climb, the skies opened up. We had deluges of rain and thunder and 20 more miles up and up and up to go. It was a total head game not quitting and /or crying. There was no way I was quitting after all the training I had done with my friend Danielle. The slog continued. We finally reached the peak of Mt. Mitchell. 103 miles and 11,000 feet later. We were at 6400 feet of elevation- soaked, freezing, and totally content.
Date: May 17th, 2015
Race: H2H Race #3 Rumble in the Jungle - NJ State MTB Championship
Location: West Milford, NJ
Rider(s): Nicole LaGorga
Today's race was a 2-1/12 hour drive up to the top of the state in West Milford. When I arrived a friend and former teamate of ours had just finished her race. She was bleeding from multiple places, and talking about wet rocks and carnage. She was smiling though as she'd done really well in her race and had a lot of fun. Everyone around me seemed to be pretty beat up and I tried to tune out their crash stories as I got my gear on. I was nervous to race a technical course that I'd never ridden before, so I decided to go out to roll around a little before my start. As I was in the porta-potty, the cat- something Men went off. Within a half a second there was a crash that I'm glad I only heard in there and didnt have to see. People were yelling medic as I got on my bike, but I didn't look over. I got on the course for a little bit until I realized I was riding the cat1 section, and then i turned around and pedaled back to the start. Luckily the Cat3 course was shorter and less difficult than what the other categories had to race. It was still hard though. There was pavement, roots, rocks, logs, water crossings, rocks- did i mention rocks? And a gravel climb up to the finish. Y'all know how I love a climb. It's always worth it when you come home with a medal though, isn't it?
Nicole LaGorga-3rd place
Race: Upper Freehold TT
Riders: Barb Statton, Andy Maher, Sue Seyboldt, Maryanne Caruso, Nikki Raganese, Danielle Ferland, Audrey Wendoloski
Riptide had a strong showing at the Upper Freehold Time Trial. The team was represented in all categories and brought home impressive results including 3 podiums. As an added bonus, the weather turned out great – nice cool temps and the prediction of rain never impacted the race.
We all agreed that this is one of our favorite courses in the New Jersey Time Trial Series. It is an 11-mile circuit with great road surfaces, smooth rollers and a few fun descents. It’s the type of course that - while challenging - offered each of us a strength to help us power through.
This is the last time trial in the Cup Series until the end of June. It is great to see so many of our team members go into break with good standings overall.
Type: time trial
Location: Ashley, Cambridgeshire, UK
Race name: BS-35 Time Trial course
Rider: Bobbie Mach
Last night I took on the longest and hilliest TT in the Newmarket Cycling and Tri Club weekly time trial series I am participating in. This 21 mile course offered a bit of everything...steep hills, downhills, gradual but long hills, flats, villages, motorways, etc! It was a gorgeous course and I can't wait to back and ride it with my head up and not oxygen deprived so I can truly take in the beauty surrounding the course. I would normally do a hilly course like this on my road bike but am determined to become a better climber especially on my TT bike so I bit the bullet and did it on my TT bike. I felt very good about this ride as I had PR times on the toughest uphill segments, was able to stay in my extensions on some very rough roads during descents and ended up averaging .7mph faster than I my goal! Overall it was a great learning day on my TT bike.
2nd place female
Date: May 9nd, 2015
Race: Smoketown Airport Critterium
Location: Bird in Hand, PA
Rider(s): Deborah Leedale-Brown, Evelyn Korbich, Carren Stika, Alli McCabe
Alli McCabes recap of the day and the Cat 4 race:
The weather was looking iffy for Sunday's Smoketown Airport Crit, but luckily it held off for the Women's 123 and Women's Cat 4 race. The officials started the Cat 4 race 20 seconds after the Women's 123. The course was wide and surprisingly unforgiving. The one side was a long slight uphill into a turn where the course became downhill, but this day we were faced with a strong headwind leaving little to no room for recovering. At the bottom of the downhill was a tight 180 degree fast and fun turn. A few laps in one girl made an attack and started gapping. I decided to take off to get the break with her. There were 5 of us in the break for awhile. After I made an attack, I was counter attacked and I didn't have the legs to hold on to the pack. I fell off the back and found myself all alone for the remaining 6 laps. I held my spot and finished 5th.
Report on 1/2/3 race as told by Deborah:
Racing Smoketown is always a fun and interesting experience. How many times do you get to race on a smooth runway. This race is technically a little demanding usually due to the wind that always seem to blow and the uphill and downhill stretch, plus the 180deg corner.
Race day was dry for the afternoon races and for once there was a tailwind in the uphill section. The women's 1/2/3 set off 25sec before the cat 4 so both races were out there at once. (Please see Ali's report on cat 4 race).
This race was designated as the PA State Champs so it attracted a good field of strong riders. The first few laps went by uneventful and then one rider made an attack and got herself some distance. The pack seemed not to respond and with some major players still in the pack I did not see the need to panic. The solo rider was out there for a few laps and was slowly getting reeled in when another rider attacked and bridged the gap so now two had got away. With still half the race to go it was totally feasible that the pack could have brought them back, however there appeared to be few riders willing to put in the work and so it was left to a few to pull the peloton around. So this scenario meant the two riders successfully stayed away for 1st and 2nd and a 20 deep field sprint ensued for 3rd place.
Alli McCable-5th place
Deborah Leedale-Brown 3rd place
Carren Stika 18th
Evelyn Korbich 19th