Race Date: 6/29/2014
Race Type: Mountain Bike
Race Location: Casupito, Aragua (Venezuela)
On Sunday, June 29th 2014, our Venezuelan re-pat, Claudia Penaloza, threw some knobbies on and took to the dirt. She entered the 2nd race of the Venezuelan MTB Gatorade Circuit in Casupito, Aragua, a traditional format mountain bike race in Central Venezuela. The all-dirt, 3 x 4.3 mi loop, had a total of 2460 ft of climbing, to Claudia's advantage, but there were plenty of tight turns, obstacles, moguls, and a long descent that taxed her mostly on-road training. She started out strong in the "Expert Women" field, equivalent to a Cat. 2-3, and moved into 1st when the previous leader (Jenny Gomez) went down in the dry river bed. Maintaining her position throughout the first climbing section, Claudia soon dropped down to 3rd after skidding out on a sharp and steep left turn at the beginning of the singletrack. She raced the next loop in 3rd but reached the 2nd place woman (Annabelle Guitard) on the climb right before the descent... but Claudia had to stop at the water station because she'd lost a bottle in the fall and had ridden the entire second loop dry. She completely lost sight of Annabelle on the descent and didn't see her again until the start of the long climb, where she finally reached and passed her. Claudia was just able to maintain the lead in the descent and approach to the finish line, where two hairpin turns alerted her to just how close behind Annabelle was. With an unexpected 2nd place in a very friendly field, Claudia was ecstatic with her first MTB race in almost a decade.
Claudia Penaloza: 2nd
Race Date: 6/29/2014
Race Type: Criterium
Location: Central Park, NYC
Rider: Colleen Gulick
After a long Friday night of pro racing on the track that didn't stop Colleen from waking up with only 3 hours of sleep to head to NYC for a tough NYC Criterium in Central park. With two girls off the front Colleen knew she had to take the field sprint for that last podium spot. And she did just that finishing strong for a 3rd place finish.
Colleen Gulick: 2nd
Race Date: 6/28/2014
Race Type: TT
Location: Frenchtown, NJ
Rider: Andy Maher
What a beautiful summer morning for a Time trial. Andy headed over to the Rt 29 race series where she pedaled for the win. She also won an awesome prize, a case of River house beer.
Andy Maher: 1st
Race Date: July 22nd
Race Type: Criterium (PABAR)
Location: Bethlehem, PA
Riders: Colleen Gulick
What perfect racing weather for today's Emerick's Criterium. Colleen Got an amazing 2nd for another podium finish for the team. Colleen stayed off the front for the last 9 miles of the race with another amazing rider Kim Giest. Making the race an exciting finish to watch. Where the two riders dragged race to the finish! Kim just getting Colleen by a half wheel. It was an awesome effort and great finish by our rider Colleen.
Colleen Gulick: 2nd
Race Date: 6/15/20014
Race type: Criterium
Location: Lancaster, PA
Riders: Alli McCabe, Deborah Leedale- Brown
Race Avenue Crit This was the first time I had done this race and I arrived early to check out the course, it was a nice smooth 4 cornered Crit close to the campus of Franklin & Marshall College. The course was wide and it consisted of a downhill back straight and a long uphill drag finish. This race was a Women's Open so it consisted of all categories of riders with the Cat 4's being scored separately. Myself and team mate Alli Macabe rode around the course together to warm up and we were able to spot all the rough patches, holes in the road etc. The weather was perfect, cool with a little wind blowing. The race started and with 5 team Cawes riders I anticipated they would launch some attacks, they did not disappoint and a couple of them managed to take some flying laps. No breakaways were sticking and as the race was getting into its final 2-3 laps the peleton was all together, I made sure I was no further than 4 or 5th rider back going into the 2nd to last corner as there had been a couple of non serious crashes there during the race. As we hit the final uphill to the finish I looked to the Breakaway riders who were lining up a good lead out, I found myself a little boxed in and so had to work hard to get into some open space, this resulted in a 4th place finish for me. Ali unfortunately did take a spill on the final corner and so did not record a finish, luckily she was ok except for a little road rash.
Deborah Leedale-Brown: 4th
Date: June 21st
Race Type: Criterium (PABAR)
Location: Trexlertown, PA
Riders: Deborah Leedale-Brown, Colleen Gulick, Barbara Statton
This was another new race for me and as it was one of two PA Bar races that were on that weekend, it was an important one to do. Team EPS/CSS P/B Shebell & Shebell were well represented with myself, Colleen Gulick and Barb Statton in the Women's Open. The course was a superb smooth track that twisted its way through the trees of a park, it had a slight hill that was short and punchy and then the rest was downhill and flat with a slight rise in the finishing straight. Before the race started we had agreed that Colleen was going to work for me to win and that made me super excited and also a little nervous. The race set off and I actually went on the front so I could see how it flowed for a couple of laps, I must have ended us sitting there too long as Barb first of all came up and took a pull, then Colleen came up alongside me and told me to get off the front! There were a couple of attacks, surges in pace and even a two rider breakaway for a couple of laps, all of them however were covered with ease by my fabulous team mate Colleen. As we came into our final lap, I knew all I had to do was sit on Colleen's wheel and get taken along for the ride, I think a number of the other riders in the race had that idea too since I had to muscle in a little to get slotted onto her wheel, I don't often get an organized lead out in races so I had to be patient and trusting. Colleen accelerated like a demon, I glanced quickly at my Garmin to see 32mph, I just stuck to her wheel, not looking at what was going on behind and then with maybe 50m to go I pulled out of her slipstream and drove to the line for a 1st place finish, Colleen took 2nd, and Barb finished with the pack, so it was a successful EPS outing.
Deborah Leedale- Brown: 1st
Colleen Gulick: 2nd
Barbara Statton: 19th
Race Date: June 22nd
Race type: Mountain Bike
Location: Aragua, Venezuela
Rider: Claudia Penaloza
Our recently re-patriated Venezuelan, Claudia Penaloza, has been hitting the hills way down south. On Sunday, June 22nd, she raced and won a peculiar mountain bike race, called a "Pure Asphalt", where climbs are very long and steep, bikes are set up with narrow, slick tires, and the course is entirely "on-road". This particular one started in "El Consejo", meandered through beautiful farm valleys on rolling hills, and lead up to a punishing 4 mile stretch with over 2300 ft of climbing upto "La Colonia Tovar". Overall, the race was only 17.4 miles, but elevation gain was almost 4100 ft. More than 200 racers started all together, and quickly strung out as their abilities allowed. Claudia's race strategy was pretty simple, find a good wheel to follow to the foot of the climb and then "take no prisoners". She did just that and, while slowly passing a handful of other competitors, was soon informed by people at the water stations that she was the first woman to go by. She couldn't help the excitement BUT kept reminding herself that "the race isn't over 'till its over", so she pushed-on up the unforgiving mountain. After almost a full hour on "the climb", she finally reached the finish line, was greeted with great elation by the crowd, and was very happy to know the top of the overall female podium would be reserved for her (check out the full race profile, and Claudia's performance here www.strava.com/activities/156873790).
Claudia Penaloza: 1st
Race Date: June 21-22, 2014
Race type: Stage Race
Location: Augusta, NJ
Riders: Andrea Maher, Erin Mandato, Cristina Cortés
This past weekend, I and two other teammates, Cristina and Andy took to conquer the Giro del Cielo (“Giro”) in Northern New Jersey. The Giro is a two day stage race that takes a racer through Stokes State Forest for a grueling 4.6 mile uphill battle time trial that provides one with picturesque views of breath taking mountains but hoping to avoid the occasional bear sighting, to a 1.5 mile loop crit course that allows one to watch competitive horse racing to finally a 5.5 mile loop road race course that leaves you flying down hills after pushing through the pain of climbing to the top all the while taking in the beautiful scenery of forests and farms. Not only did we have a beautiful venue but the weather was cooperative and provided us with warm and sunny weather leaving the rain we have endured for days behind.
The Giro attracts top racers and teams from all over, so it allowed Team EPS to compete against some new talent that we normally don’t get to endure. The downside to this was the fact that there were only 3 EPS teammates while some teams brought teams of 7 plus women which put us at a disadvantage during the crit and road races when it came to strategy. However, Cristina, Andy and I all provided each other with the moral support that was needed to compete in each stage, cheering each other on. Each stage was rough, the crit and road race were fast but our determination kept us in-except for myself who had the unfortunate chain drop on a climb during the road race which caused me to pull out but regardless I kept going.
Unfortunately, we didn’t achieve results that were desirable but we had great team spirit, camaraderie and overall a lot of fun. We had smiles on our faces throughout the weekend even though our bodies were crying out in pain but we were all together and that is what counts.
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Race Date: June 21st
Race Type: Track
Location: Velodrome, PA
Riders: Nicole Lagorga, Jo Johnon
Looks like t-town decided to be nice to its Saturday sprinters today and gave us a 500m chariot omnium. Nicole LaGorga took 2nd place which gave her enough points to finish the day's omnium in 5th place. Chariot omnium winners shown in picture with their coach Kim Giest.
Race report to come...
Race date: June 14, 2014
Race Type: TT
Location: Frenchtown, NJ
Riders: Andrea Maher, Barb Statton (Women's Open), Elissa Antelman, Shannon Grieb, Nicole LaGorga, Erin Mandato (Women's Cat 4), Cristina Cortes, Teresa DiSessa, Susan Seyboldt (Women's Eddy), Ronald Araya (Men's Eddy)
The team came out in force for the Kingwood Time Trial, which is part of the NJBA Time Trial Cup and the Women's Cat 4 Cup. Andy is currently leading the Women's Open field in the TT Cup. Nicole is leading the Women's Cat 4 TT cup, with Erin sitting in 3rd. I (Sue Seyboldt) am holding 2nd in the Eddy category. Erin and Elissa are 1st and 2nd, respectively, in the Women's Cat 4 Cup. So this was a big race for many of us. After a week full of sudden downpours and random thunderstorms, we were treated to a beautiful day. The Eddy women were the first of our team to go. I was there to defend my position in the cup, and was joined by Teresa and Cristina. My goal was to hold off the Eddy leader Denise Bishop for at least 4 minutes, which is about when she usually catches me. As I was getting clipped in to go, my chain slipped off the ring. Oh no. I kept my cool and rolled out slowly enough to allow the chain to reconnect, then I took off. Five minutes passed before I was caught by Denise, and shortly after that I caught both my 30 second and 1 minute riders. After that, it was a long, lonely and painful race with Denise slowly pulling away from me and no one catching me. I saw the 1K to go sign and remembered that 1K feels like an eternity at the end of a time trial. I finished as strong as possible and met up with Cristina and Teresa to cheer the rest of our team on to the finish. Everyone came through the finish looking fast! Ronald even treated us to a show of his fine sprinting form.
Andy Maher: 1st, Women's Open
Barb Statton: 4th Women's Open
Erin Mandato: 1st, Women's Cat 4
Nicole LaGorga: 5th, Women's Cat 4
Shannon Grieb: 7th, Women's Cat 4
Elissa Antelman: 9th, Women's Cat 4
Teresa DiSessa, 2nd, Women's Eddy
Susan Seyboldt: 3rd, Women's Eddy
Ronald Araya: 4th, Men's Eddy