Date: June 28, 2015
Race: H2H Race #5, The Lewis Morris Challenge
Location: Morristown, NJ
Rider(s): Danielle Ferland
The day started off in a kind of panicked haze – it was one of those kinds of weekends where you’re feeling much less than 100% and the rain made things feel that much less appealing. Realizing I had slept through my alarms and had about a half hour to get my bum out the door, I made a mad dash to eat, get dressed, and head out for enough time for a decent warm up before the race. Unfortunately, forgetting to transfer my mountain bike shoes from my car to the car I would be riding in became the causality of my scramble, which I wouldn’t realize until reaching registration.
Without enough time to retrieve my shoes, my new mission became finding flat pedals and fix the front disc brake from rubbing on itself on my bike. The mechanic at the starting line was able to fix the brake well enough for the race, but no one seemed to have flat pedals. I contemplated just trying the course with the SPD pedals… but with the rain still coming down, my sneakers slipped around far too much. Thankfully, a Scott demo van was able to track down some flat pedals they had on a bike they were lending out, swapped them onto my bike so I could join the starting line and with about a minute to spare, off I went!
Having pre-ridden the course a few days before, I knew what I was in for. The majority of the course is a twisting single track with moderately technical portions. There were a few good climbs and descents, tight corners and some small logs to hop over. Roots and the wet conditions made for the most challenging bits of the race for me since my feet would bounce and slip off the flats, not being able to be clipped in. Apparently, my bike was also not feeling at its prime either – the chain popped off the gears twice. But! Drenched and covered in head to toe mud, I successfully completed the 6+ mile course with a huge smile.
All in all, it was a rainy and muddy day and although my shins were a little worse for wear, I had a blast. With all things considered, I was able to place 7 out of 10 in my category which is much better than taking a DNS like I was afraid I might have to do. Moral of the story: don’t forget your shoes!!!
Cat 3 Women’s 19-39 Results:
Danielle Ferland – 7th place
Date: 27 June 2015
Race: Brownstown Road Race
Location: Lancaster, PA
Rider: Evelyn Korbich
It was in the rain on a dreary, cold Saturday that I and 12 other women took to the roads to do 40 kilometers at the Brownstown Road Race. Since we would be doing five laps of the course everyone took the first lap at a pretty easy pace, just to get a feel for the wet corners and the two hills leading up to the finish. The second lap was very much the same but the pace was pushed on the hills. I had been floating around the middle of the pack for the first few laps, in order to avoid being in the wind, but halfway through the third lap I decided to help speed the race along. At that point we were climbing a slight rise, which was to my advantage and I was able to start stringing out the pack. As we reached the top of the rise, two riders came around me and jumped but gave me just enough time to grab a wheel before the pace really shot up. The first rider peeled off and let the second, future race winner Sam Fox, blaze through. I was on Sam’s wheel for only a minute or two before she pulled away but that gave me enough of a gap that I wasn’t in danger of being caught by the pack. While I watched Sam ride away, a lone flyer from the pack was in pursuit of me and was gaining until I reached the hills; then she dropped away and I was free to settle into a steady time trial pace. I spent the remaining two laps of the race alone save for a few Amish buggies on the road. However, my lonely, hard work paid off as I secured second place by almost a minute.
Results: Evelyn Korbich – 2nd
Date: June 20-21st, 2015
Race: Giro del Cielo Stage Race
Rider(s): Nikki Ragonese, Maryanne Caruso, Danielle Ferland, Deborah Leedale-Brown, Andy Maher
Stage 1 Time Trial
After pre riding the course the day before and getting up close and personal with mother bear and baby bear, I was excited to try this course out. As a non TT rider I was on a bike that I borrowed from my team mate Jo Johnson and after pre riding the course I'm glad I did, as although it was a hilly 13 miles (1250" elevation), it still had fast sections that would benefit a TT bike. Myself and Andy were 30sec apart so the fact that my team mate was chasing me down helped me to go faster I think. All in all the TT went well, I caught my 30sec and min person before the first half and then nobody came past me. TT is a mental game that I'm not totally familiar with, but I have to say I really enjoyed the intense pain and suffering and for this I was rewarded with 4th fastest time and Andy 6th.
Next up a few hours later and after a little breakfast refueling was a 1.4mile non technical crit course. The weather was looking iffy with some rain showers already falling. We did luck out though and for the most part the course was dry. This was a fast course with only one sharp left turn that required some slowing, and a little popper hill. The women's race began with one neutral lap and then was a 12 lap race. The leader of the race after the TT was very visible on her pink jersey and so was marked pretty heavily. A number of attacks ensued and the pace was kept high 22.8mph ave. Nothing was successful and so a bunch sprint was the order of the day. Positioning was vital going into the final sharp turn and hill then it was a short sprint to the line. I came across in 2nd place and Andy Maher finished 19th. Day one complete and the results left me lying in 2nd place overall in GC.
The final day we awoke to torrential rain but thankfully it was warm. The road race was 6 laps of a 5.2 mile course that was not too technical, an included a couple of rolling hills. A few extra people were lined up for the road race, but as a GC contender, my concerns were to closely mark the pink jersey. The rain was falling but had eased by the time we started and in fact as we professed through the race the sun came out and things started to dry out. The first lap was pretty uneventful except for another bear who decided to join the race for a short while. I can safely say I've never shouted "slowing, bear"!
On the second lap the attack that I was anticipating happened with the pink jersey leader riding away with the 3rd place GC rider who had won the TT by 4min! That had to be brought back and so a chase ensued that unfortunately had to be done by the few riders who had GC spots to safeguard. Eventually after an almost full lap chase they were brought back and the pack then stayed together for the remainder of the 4laps. With a narrow road and centerline rule in play till the sprint point on the final lap it meant for a lot of riders jostling for key positions as we went into the final uphill finish section. When eventually the road did open out I unfortunately still found myself boxed in with no clear road to launch a sprint. This meant I had a disappointing RR finish and crossed the line in 12th knowing key riders finished ahead of me. Andy had unfortunately had to pull out earlier in this race due to leg and back pain that she had been suffering with the day before.
Final GC result:
Deborah Leedale Brown 4th
Andrea Maher 13th
Date: June 20, 2015
Race: Victoria CC TT
Location: Saffron Walden, UK
Rider(s): Bobbie Mach
Last Saturday offered our rider in England another opportunity to race at the regional level so she took advantage. Bobbie Mach participated in the British Cycling Time Trial event, the Victoria CC TT. This was a 10 mile time trial on a very technical and undulating but beautiful course. The course ran right in from of the English Heritage sight, The Audley End house (http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/audley-end-house-and-gardens/).
Unfortunately Bobbie woke up on race today to pretty bad asthma symptoms and upset stomach but she decided to go ahead with to the race anyway knowing what a unique opportunity it would be to race on such a technical and beautiful course. She was certainly glad she made the effort to race as she was able to grit out a podium spot with 3rd place overall female!
Bobbie Mach-3rd place overall female
Date: June 21, 2015
Race: Race Avenue Crit
Location: Lancaster, PA
Riders: Evelyn Korbich; Carren Stika
The afternoon of Father's Day 2015 found Carren, myself and 12 other ladies toeing the line of the Race Avenue crit course in Lancaster, PA. The race started off at a moderate pace, with quick attacks happening that kept the speed higher. Towards the halfway point of the race things started to get interesting as the bell was rung for a preme and the pace really picked up. As we surged up the small, homestretch climb of the course I picked a fast wheel and ended up out in front of the pack with two other ladies. Unfortunately, the break didn't stick and we were quickly reeled back in. A few laps later a similar break formed except this time neither Carren nor I was in it so we worked together to close the gap. As the race wound down I was getting antsy as the pace slowed, because people were trying to avoid pulling, so I went to the front. I tried to keep the pace high enough that there wasn't much room for movement in the pack. This tactic seemed to work as it allowed Carren to hold her position near the front and I was able to drop into a spot right behind her. Our good positioning allowed us a slingshot into the final sprint and we crossed the line side by side to secure 6th and 7th place.
Results: Carren - 6th; Evelyn - 7th
Date: June 13-14th, 2015
Race: Air Force Association Cycling Classic
Location: Arlington, VA
Rider(s): Monica Volk
Last weekend was a tough weekend of racing in every aspect. It was hot, courses were technical, and the caliber of racers in attendance was high. Saturday’s course was especially technical; with two hairpin turns the race became strung out from the start. Three crashes happened in front of me, a constant reminder that I was too far back in the pack although it was hard to move up. The third crash created a gap for the back group of riders including myself. I finished 25th Saturday.
Sunday’s race was less technical but still fast. I kept myself mid-pack the entire race and tried to get behind one of the team trains for the sprint. I finished 15th on Sunday and gained a lot of experience from the weekend. After the tough weekend of racing I was left with a vision of where I need to get to and the incentives to reach goal. Ready for more!
Date: June 14th, 2015
Race: Iron Tour
Location: Phoenixville, PA
Rider(s): Teresa DiSessa-Johnson, Alli McCabe, Audrey Wendowloski andHonorary Riptide Rider Darin
The Iron Tour is an annual Fondo that benefits the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust which helps maintain and preserve the beautiful land in and around Chester County, PA. On Sunday June 14th, thousands of riders, recreational and racers alike, gathered to help support this cause by riding predesignated course ranging from 11 miles to 100+ miles; riders Teresa, Allie, Danielle, Audrey, and honorary Riptide Rider Darin were among the crowd. While previous commitments restricted Audrey to the 50 mile course, the others set out to tackle the 102 mile Gran Fondo.
The course looped around beautiful rolling terrain with clear skies. Armed with plenty of Osmo and Honey Stinger, the Riptide crew set off at a steady pace. Five rest stops were established throughout 100+ mile course allowing riders to rehydrate and refresh for a minute before setting back out, the first being just after 21 miles. Making it a quick stop, Allie, Teresa, Darrin, and Danielle set out again for the next 20 miles.
Still going strong with a steady pace, it wasn’t until around 50 miles when the crew encountered a technical problem – one of the many hills was no match for Danielle’s rear tire! Thankfully, the flat was fixed in no time at all (thank you Darrin!) and everyone was off to the next rest stop at 60+ miles to refill water and grab a snack.
The last 30 miles began to seem much harder. Temperatures soared to 98 and at times, feeling much higher. With enough water to continue and snacks to sustain, the group decided to forego the fourth rest stop and pedaled on. Now only 20 miles to go, each rider felt some sort of wall at some point. But they kept on and were soon reached the last rest stop at 91+ miles. Taking impressive determination and strength, the Riptide Crew crossed the finish line completing 102 miles and 7,000 ft of climbing in about 6.5 hours!
All in all, it was a beautiful day and a first for many – success!
Date: May 31st, 2015
Race: New Orleans Bicycle Club 2-Person Time Trial
Location: Laplace, LA
Riders: Meg Moore and Mignon Guerin (NOBC)
Hot. That's the only way I can describe it. So hot that before you're five minutes into your warm-up you're soaked through your kit. Welcome to Louisiana, Riptide Cycling! The TT was my first race since I moved down here last July. I paired up with a local gal with whom I've been riding during a few of the group rides. We're well matched and in spite of the fact that I do not even own a TT bike, felt that we could put up a challenge for some of the stronger TT women around these parts. And we did. Out and back 40km with a crosswind and no shade. Helped remind why I love track and crits, it did!! But hey, we put in a strong effort out to the turn around, caught two other teams of women, and made a bee-line back for a 3rd place finish. Not a bad start to my Louisiana racing career. Miss you all up there, though!
Meg Moore and Mignon Guerin 3rd place
Date: June 14th, 2015
Race: Historic Riverton Criterium
Location: Riverton NJ
Rider(s): Deborah Leedale Brown, Barbara Statton
Although this is a well established race, this is the first year that the promoter has put on a women's race. Even with many high profile women's racing happening all over this weekend, 26 women lined up for battle on this great technical tight course through a pretty leafy neighborhood.
The pace was high from the gun, with many of the seasoned racers eager to make this a fast race and positive spectator experience and with many of teams represented in numbers most notably Cawes, there were multiple attacks. Each attack was brought back and so the race culminated in a bunch sprint.
Deborah Leedale Brown 8th place
Rider: Colleen Gulick
Race: UCI Fastest Man on Wheels
Race Type: Track
This past Friday night was the second week in a row of UCI racing at the VPCC. My first race of the evening was a UCI Points Race (42 laps). Although this is not the particular event I am training for I figured why not give it a shot. : ) The race had 6 different countries represented and was a fast pace. I wound up earning points in a couple of the sprints and placed 8th overall. Only a few minutes later we were back on the start line with the entire field from the points race plus a few sprinters for the Miss & Out action... my favorite race. : ) A sizeable field of over 20 women was eventually whittled down to just 3 riders (by pulling out the last rider across the line each lap). The final three then have a sprint for first place. I made it down to the final three riders (continuing my streak of not being eliminated from a miss and out race for over 2 years, knock on wood). However, after I made it to the final three my legs were shot and I was forced to accept a third place finish. Overall, that placed me 5th for the evening in the omnium. The racing continues next Friday and Saturday with two more evenings of UCI racing at the Velodrome. I will be sure to send more updates at that time. : ) As always, thank you to our sponsors who help make the night of racing a success.
Placing: Miss & Out= 3rd, UCI Points race= 8th, Omnium= 5th