Race: NJ State Road Race 1/2/3
Location: Pedricktown, NJ
Rider(s): Monica Volk
Andy Maher, Deborah Leedale-Brown, Barb Statton, Carren Stika, Alli McCabe, Nikki Ragonese, Maryanne Caruso
Race Report Women's 1/2/3 from Carren Stika:
The NJ State Road Race was a great showing for Team EPS Riptide. We had 5 riders in the Cat 1/2/3, making a great time to execute teamwork tactics against some strong riders. The elite field had 21 racers heading into the 57 mile-long road race. The course was an 11 mile-long circuit with 2 very slight hills, so we knew the race would be more strategic rather than technical. Each of the teammates took turns at the front, helping keep the pace consistently strong. Monica came in feeling the best for the day so our goal was to protect and work for her. This race was Deborah’s first race back after a bad shoulder injury so this was her time to be an in-the-field domestique. Riders like Lauren Dagastino, Masha Schneider and other teams like CAWES and Action Wheels made the race very fast with attacks going off every couple miles. Carren worked at the front, driving the pace, chasing down attacks, and making attacks to wear the field down. 30 miles in, the race numbers started to dwindle and so did Carren’s gas tank. At 4 to go, an attack was made by Masha Schneider and Lauren Dagastino jumped on. That was the break of the day we all knew was coming and were hoping to get in. Unfortunately, we missed it and tried as we might, could not pull it back. Coming into the field sprint, Deborah drove through the last corner into the long uphill straightaway with a headwind yelling at Monica to get on her wheel. Together they made a valiant effort for the field sprint coming in just an inch behind Action wheels Katie Van Horn, getting Monica into 4th place for the team.
Monica Volk – 4th
Deborah Leedale- Brown – 10th
Andrea Maher – 11th
Carren Stika – 15th
Cat 4 Race Report
The 11.3 mile course was flat and fast with only had a few turns. 20 category 4 women lined up at the start, including 4 of our cat 4 riders: Alli McCabe, Maryanne Caruso, Nikki Ragonese, and Danielle Ferland. Questionable clouds loomed overhead as the riders took to their marks, but luckily, only a few drops of rain fell here and there throughout the 45 mile race.
The pace was fast yet steady as the cat 4 ladies made their way around the course. Team Action Wheels and EPS made up the majority of racers but all of the riders put up some fierce competition. Danielle helped out on the front taking pulls and keeping a steady pace. Action Wheels threw in a few attacks in lap 3 but the group seemed ready for it, preventing a breakaway. Alli decided to counter with an attack of her own, but was spotted before she could fully make the break. Deciding to use it as a way to tire the field out before entering the final lap, she settled back into the group waiting for the next chance to break away.
Just after the first turn at the start of the fourth and final lap, Action Wheels riders on the front took off and making a successful break. A group of 8 riders were able to lead a gap with Nikki making a great effort to try and catch it. Seeing Nikki in a solo break between groups, Alli pushed forward to assist Nikki to help block the wind and possibly catch the breakaway, but both riders ultimately settled back into the field. With the finish just a few turns away, everyone worked together to keep the intensity high until the end.
Alli McCabe – 13th Place
Danielle Ferland – 15th Place
Maryanne Caruso – 17th Place
Nikki Ragonese – 18th Place
Race: RT 29 TT
Location: Frenchtown, NJ
Rider(s): Teresa DiSessa-Johnson, Andy Maher, Nikki Ragonese
Today Nikki, Andy and Teresa headed to Frenchtown, NJ for the fast and flat 10 mile Rt 29 Time Trial. The morning weather was unexpectedly cold for a June day with the temperatures in the 50’s at the start of race. This made clothing choice not so ideal for Andy and Nikki who had already stashed there winter stuff away for the summer season. Teresa got lucky and still had her arm warmers and sleeveless base-layer in her race bag After numbers were pinned on and with one more stop at the bathroom the ladies used the 8 mile ride up to the start for their warm up. Today was a tough day for everyone as Andy was feeling her injury after yesterdays 57 mile RR, Nikki had super tired legs from her own RR and Teresa coming off being sick with a wicked cough all week. Despite the tough competition who showed up all three ladies all dug deep and gave it all that they had. Nikki finished 1st just 6 seconds ahead of the Famous Betty Tyrell from Team Somerset for the Women open category. Teresa and Andy took on the Eddy and finished 3rd and 5th respectively. The day that started cold ended up warming up to nice temperatures as we waited for results. Taking home two podiums for the day so despite challenges and difficulties today was a HUGE success!
Nikki Ragonese 1st place
Teresa DiSessa-Johnson 3rd place
Andy Maher 5th place
Race: Bear Creek Challenge, XC Mountain bike race
Location: Macungie, PA
Rider(s): Nicole LaGorga
I previewed this challenging rocky course last week and deemed it very difficult but doable. Racing it today proved harder than I realized it would be. The course was the same for all categories, just more laps for the bigger badder bears. Lots of climbing, roots, logs, bridges, and rocks/boulders. I was out front with a good lead in the first half uphill and then I fumbled through the first bigger boulder section and starting falling. I got caught on the next long as hell grassy climb up and I thought I could catch up on the downhill, but going too fast with all of that rock was too technical for me. I fell. A LOT. And I lost too much time fumbling getting back on the bike. I took second place today and I'm glad I raced the Bear, but the next time I show up to Beer Creek- I'll be on skis thank you very much. ;-)
Women's Cat 3 40+
Nicole LaGorga 2nd place
June 5th, 2015
Event: VPCC World Series of Bicycling Track Night
Location: Trexlertown, PA
Riders: Colleen Gulick and Monica Volk
Friday was a long day for team eps/CSS p/b Shebell and Shebell. My day of racing began at 10am with UCI sprint qualifiers. There was a stacked field of 24 women racers with the Dutch, New Zealand, Great Britain, American and Canadian national teams all present. The seeding began with 200m time trials, where the top 18 women were allowed to continue in the tournament with the remaining 6 riders packing up and going home after one short effort. I rode a personal best of 12.2 seconds, securing me a 15th seed and spot in the sprint bracket. The meat of the field was between 12.0 and 12.2 so I was happy to be in the range of competition after switching to sprinting only 5 months ago (& one of the few Americans that qualified). Unfortunately the bracket matched me up against the Dutch national team rider in the first round, who is one of the top sprinters in the world. I gave it a good run but, as expected, I fell a bit short in the first round, placing me in the repicage (or "second chance" round). With 3 riders in my heat I made an unfortunate tactical error, causing me to get second by a matter of inches. So, after 5 hours of morning racing my sprint tournament was concluded with a 15th place in my first UCI sprint tournament... Earning me valuable UCI points for World Cup qualification.
In the evening Monica and I had a 12 lap preme race, where we placed 4th and 5th respectively. Then the UCI 10km points race, with a field of almost 30 women. Monica and I were both in the lead group the lapped the field. Unfortunately after bridging to the break away my sprinter legs weren't having another effort so I finished 15th, while Monica's enduro self held on for a top 12 finish. :) overall, I am happy with my solid improvement in my 200 time, and Monica should be very proud to have raced such a good scratch and preme race. Next Friday will be another UCI track night where I hope to make my mark in the Keirin, my favorite event, and earn some of the 90 required UCI points for a World Cup event. :) as always, thank you to our amazing sponsors, while Monica and I both sported our matching ask a from miles ahead, and our orange helmets made it easy to pick each other out the pack. :)
Race Date: Saturday, May 30
Race Name: Masters & Rookies Track Racing
Location: Trexlertown, PA
Rider: Jo Johnson
Summary: The weather was great, small field of 6 women with a good spread in competition level. The day's races were all sprint focused. First race was an 8 lap point a lap. I was able to get some separation from one of the riders and finished 5th. Next race was a 10 lap Tempo and I could stay with half the field plus pass 2 riders to come in 4th. Received complement from Coach Kim that I passed the rider to gain 4th at the perfect time. Guess I can get something right. Next race was the 15 lap Points Race with a sprint every 5 laps. This was another fast race and with the sprints, made the effort harder. I managed to sprint and gain 3rd position for the first and second sprint, held the position until the sprint to the line. Came in 3rd plus won 4th in the Omnium. This was the best Saturday racing results I have had and was able to use some tactics. Still more learning to do. The track suits me.
Many thanks to the sponsors who help make this all happen: EPS/CSS pb Shebell & Shebell, Brielle Cyclery, Cannondale, Castelli, Honey Stinger, OSMO Nutrition
Results: 8 lap Point a lap, 5th
10 lap Tempo, 4th
15 lap Point Race, Sprint every 5 laps, 3rd
Date: May 30th, 2015
Race: Mount Joy Road Race, Cat 3/4 Women
Location: Mount Joy, PA
Rider(s): Alli McCabe, Evely Korbich
The morning of May 30th found myself, Alli, and nine other women ready to start the day’s event of four laps around the rolling, 11 kilometer course that was the Mount Joy Road Race. We rolled out of the staging area at an easy pace that soon picked up as we neared the back of the course. Luckily, Alli and I had pre-ridden the course and knew that the “backstretch” of the course contained a short, brutally steep hill that was sure to be a game-changer. Keeping this in mind, Alli approached the hill at the front of the pack and was able to conserve energy as she drifted slowly to the back towards the top of the hill. I stayed towards the front for most of the first lap because I was unsure if this would be a course where a breakaway would succeed and wanted to be on the lookout. As the pack headed into a second lap, the pace picked up and Alli found herself at the back as the pack began the steep climb. Unfortunately, the high pace caused Alli to fall off the back and finish the end of her second lap and the entire third lab by herself before the officials pulled her from the race. After the second time up the hill only 9 riders were left and we stayed together, with no major attacks, for the next two and a half laps. When the finish line came in to view on the last lap, no one was trying to get away, which would mean an all-out sprint finish. I wanted to avoid one of those, so a little before the 200 meter mark I jumped around the group. It turned out that one other rider had more to give than I did so she took the win ahead of the pack while I battled for second at the line and managed to grab it by half a wheel-length.
Results: Evelyn 2nd; Alli 10th
Cat 4 Women
Date: May 30th, 2015
Race: Watermelon Criterium
Location: Piscataway NJ
Rider(s): Nikki Ragonese, Danielle Ferland
It was very hot for the late morning start of the Watermelon crit. The field was stacked with many experienced cat 4 women which meant this was a going to be a tough race. Right from the gun the race was drilled up to a hard pace. This course is a short loop with one really rough turn, riddled with potholes which made it hard for both of us to go through it fast. Several racers went off into the grass going around this turn. Danielle and I are both relatively new to crit racing so we both had a tough time with this turn. We both continued to push on, trying to keep up at the high pace, but both wound up in small groups off the back, but eventually did make it through to the finish. This was a tough race, but a good learning experience.