Location: Somerdale, NJ
Date: July 19, 2014
Riders: Deborah Leedale-Brown
Deborah headed to Somerdale, NJ for the 1st annual Tour de Fish. Hosted by the Mambo Kings and the new Brewery Flying Fish. The course was technical and fun just the way Deborah likes it.
The women's field was small, BUT stacked with extremely STRONG and TALENTED riders. Deborah had a great time racing and finished 2nd.
Deborah Leedale-Brown: 2nd
Location: Stirling, NJ
Date: July 27, 2014
Participants: Deborah Leedale-Brown, Andy Maher, Claudia Penaloza, Alli McCabe, Erin Mandato, Shannon Grieb, Cristina Cortes, Nicole LaGorga, and Ronald Araya
1/2/3 race report as told by Deborah
This race became a stacked field if heavy hitters as the preregistration deadline came and went. It was a super smooth fast non technical crit in a lovely neighborhood. With the fact that it was a straight forward 4 corners I knew the women's race would be reasonably fast and would be full of attacks. I was not disappointed and the solo attacks started early and remained throughout the race. With two fabulous racers like Laura Van Gilder and Amy Cutler entered, it made for some tactical decisions and wheel watching. With two laps to go Sarah Iepson of Cawes took her chances and took a flyer off the front. With the peloton delaying a little on bridging her jump she got a good gap that almost held out to the line. It was a great race with many strong women racers, average speed for the race was 24-25mph for the most part. A big thank you to the race organizers for providing some solid women's racing and on behalf of EPS/CSS p/b Shebell & Shebell we'd like to thank our sponsors Cannondale Bikes, Lazer Helmets, Oakley, GU, Osmo & Ass Master for helping us achieve our results.
Category 4 race report as told by Erin
The women’s Cat 4 race started at 4PM just as the weather was at its prime-hot and humid but that didn’t stop us from racing. Luckily, due to the location of the race and where we parked, we were able to warm up on the road and even get a few laps on the race course as a group before the race started which is always preferred over the trainer. We were told by other teammates that the corners were fast and that you wanted to stay up front, so taking that information, we rolled to the start line. The whistle went off, I clipped in and I got myself sitting nicely up front. Just as I was told, the corners were fast and sitting up front allowed me not to have to put in such an effort to play catch-up at each corner. Actually, for once in my racing career, I was embracing and having fun with the turns. For the whole race, I was sitting in the top 5 and at times, which was not ideal, sitting out front. There were a few instances where I was in a break with a few other racers from other teams but a good breakaway never came to fruition. During one lap in the middle of the race, I noticed a teammate with a bright orange helmet sitting on the sidelines, not knowing until after the race, that a bee decided to interfere with her race. Thankfully, she is okay and hopefully the bee learned its lesson. The race was pretty steady the whole time with maybe one attack in the middle of the race but mostly, the racers kept a consistent pace and enjoyed the draft that I created for them from being up front. Coming into the last lap, I was sitting 2nd wheel, gearing up for a big move, but coming out of the 2nd to final turn, I got myself in front, not on purpose by any means. I was now out front by myself and coming out of the last turn, a few riders were able to use my momentum and fly past me but I was still able to finish strong landing myself in 5th place.
Deborah Leedale-Brown: 9th
Claudia Penaloza: 16th
Andy Maher: DNF
Erin Mandato: 5th
Cristina Cortes: 15th
Shannon Grieb: 19th
Alli McCabe: 20th
Nicole LaGorga: 21st
Ronald Araya: 4th
Location: Swedesboro, NJ
Date: July 26, 2014
Type: Time Trial
Participants:Andy Maher, Sue Seybolt, Erin Mandato, Shannon Grieb, Nicole LaGorga
From the perspective of Eddy category rider Sue Seybolt...
Five of us showed up for this time trial, which raises money to support the Honoring Sandrino's Sacrifice Fund. The day was cloudy and pleasant for this late in July. Nicole and Shannon nabbed parking spots right near the start line, allowing us to maximize our warm up time. Big thanks to Mark Curran for rescuing Erin when she blew her front tube while pumping her tires, and to Jan Curran for pinning my number.
I was the first of the team to go. There were six others in the Women's Non-TT field and I knew I had to keep the pressure on if I wanted a podium spot. This may be a lot shorter than last week's 40K state championship time trial, but it can still hurt. I caught three of the women in my field very close together, shortly after I was passed by the blazing fast Denise Bishop. At that point I knew I needed to better one more rider if I wanted a podium. The course is a simple 7.7 mile route on a flat road, no turns. I kept my focus on Denise as she slowly pulled away for me, and fought some bad patches where my legs were fatiguing. I rolled through the finish as strong as I could, gasping for air with my legs burning.
Turned around in time to see Erin, Andy, and Nicole finish strong. I missed Shannon's finish completely because I was still making my way back to the start.
My effort was good enough for third!
Erin was 2nd in the Cat 4 Women's field, with Shannon taking a well-earned third. Nicole fought hard for a 5th place.
Andy, after spending 17 days off the bike on a trip around Europe, managed third in a strong Senior Women's field.
The team donated all of our winnings back to the Fund. It felt good to be able to support a worthy cause.
Erin Mandato 2nd place Cat 4 women
Shannon Grieb 3rd place Cat 4 women
Nicole LaGorga 5th place Cat 4 women
Andy Maher 3rd place Senior women
Sue Seybolt 3rd place NonTT women
Race date: July 26, 2014
Race Type: Track
Location: Valley Preferred Cycling Center
Riders: Andrea Brennan, Laura Carlson, Jo Johnson
There was some concern in the morning since it was raining up in the Lehigh Valley, but the skies cleared, and the track was good and dry by the time racers started their warm-up. It ended up to be a perfect day for some fast races! Andrea and Jo got some good training in for their upcoming Master’s Track Nationals in August. Andrea held her own again against the Masters Men to get in some good speed work, while Laura and Jo raced the Women’s category. The format is three races per category, then a final Feature Race for the top placing riders in each category.
The women’s races have been a nice size this year, averaging twenty women per race. Jo and Laura started with a Points Race: 20 laps with a sprint for points every five laps. The second race was a Scratch Race (a standard mass start race) and the final race was a Miss-n-out. The Miss-n-out is a strategic race: the last rider across the line is pulled each lap, then the final five race for the win. Jo beat her personal goal in each race, and Laura finished solidly in the pack for the first two races, and held on in the miss-n-out with nine riders to go. Laura loves her new Ogio bag; the backpack straps make carting all the gear to and from the track so easy!
Location: Central Park, New York
Date: July 20, 2014
Participants: Colleen Gulick, Cristina Cortes, Ronald Araya Garcia
From Elite rider Colleen Gulick's perspective on the day...
The day began early with a 5 am arrival in Central Park for a 5:45 am start time. Even though the race is over a 2 hour drive from home I always love racing the Central Park races; they always draw a large, talented field of women with a great payout. The Mengoni Grand Prix was 36 miles around the 6 mile central park loop. The field was comprised of 52 women, which was amazing. Plus, there were premes on every lap but the finish, adding extra incentive for the sprinters and extra counter attacks for the enduro riders. Cristina and I took on a talented field of New York’s finest and came away successful. I was able to earn 2 of the 5 premes along with the race win! We happily departed Central Park (at a still early 9am) after a quick team photo and a position of EPS/CSS p/b Shebell & Shebell atop the podium!
A special thank you to our sponsors, who continue to provide us the means and opportunity to take part in such great races. We represent EPS/CSS p/b Shebell & Shebell with pride every race and are honored to earn our sponsors a spot atop the podium!
Colleen Gulick 1st place Women's 1/2/3
Ronald Araya Garcia 4th place Men's 3
Location: Bear Creek Resort, PA
Date: July 18-20, 2014
Type: Cross Country Mountain Bike Race
Participants: Jessica Kutz
EPS's very own dirt diva, Jessica Kutz, brought home a hard fought for 2nd place at the USAC Cross Country Mountain bike national championships today!! Stay tuned for a more detailed report from Jessica!!
Jessica Kutz 2nd place
Location: Elwood, NJ
Date: July 19, 2014
Type: 40K Time Trial
Participants: Erin Mandato, Shannon Grieb, Nicole LaGorga, Andrea and Andrew Brennan.
A short sum up of the day from the perspective of 2014 State Time Trial champion, Shannon Grieb!
The annual state TT championships took place in Hammonton, NJ aka the blueberry capital of the world. The race was hosted by Pro Pedals bike shop and attracted time trialists from all over NJ and many from out of state.
The weather was perfect, low 70's and overcast with very little wind. The start proved to be a challenge for some which was a held start down a ramp. Despite a few racers panicking in front me, I managed to roll down the ramp with no problem.
It was a long course, mostly flat with a few overpass inclines and only blueberry farms to break up the scenery. I was able to pass a few women, pushing hard and ticking off each mile. Right before the turnaround the Brennan's cruised by on their tandem making good time. I'm still trying to figure out how they maneuvered that bike around the barrel .
I finally saw the 24 mile mark and used the rest of my energy to push hard and finish strong. Apparently the rest of the team pushed hard as well with 3 golds and a silver!
Erin Mandato 1st place 30+ women
Shannon Grieb 1st place 40+ women
Nicole LaGorga 2nd place 40+ women
Sue Seybolt 5th place Eddy category
Andrea and Andrew Brennan 1st place Tandem category
Location: Rowan College, NJ
Date: July 6, 2014
Type: Cross Country Mountain Bike Race
Participants: Laura Carlson
This weekend's mountain bike race in New Jersey was in southern New Jersey, far from the rocky hills of the northwest part of the state where many of the races take place. This made for very different terrain: primarily small power climbs, roots, bridge crossings, and a lot of twisting turning single track. Surprisingly the race included one small rock section, and plenty of technical sections.
The category three race did not start until 12:30, so it was pretty hot. Typically the category three race is one lap, but since the course was short, this time it was two laps for a total of nine miles. Laura did not get a chance to pre-ride any of the course since racing was already underway, so she looked forward to the chance to do the lap twice. Once the horn sounded for the eight women in the pack it was easy to see who was in contention. Laura got into the woods third for a good start. Every turn had a surprise: a dip, quick snaky turn, short rooty climb or bridge! After almost completing a lap, Laura passed one of the women with a flat walking her bike. With about two miles to go, Laura was almost passed on a steep rooty climb by the woman in third, but succeeded in keeping the pressure on and not giving any room to pass on the remaining single track. They sprinted for the line, but Laura kept her second place finish!
Laura Carlson, second place category 3 women, 40+
Race date: July 5 and 6, 2014
Race Type: Various Track events
Location: Trexlertown, PA
Riders: Andrea Brennan and Jo Johnson
The Valley Preferred Cycling Center hosted this year’s North Atlantic Regional Track Championship and New Jersey’s State Track Championships. The weather was perfect for racing as Jo Johnson and Andrea Brennan geared up to represent team EPS/CSS in the masters 65 plus and 35 plus fields respectively. With over twelve states represented, racing promised to be fast and fun. Day one featured individual timed events and the match sprint competition. Andrea warmed up the velodrome winning State and Regional titles in the flying lap, match sprint, and 2 kilometer individual pursuit. Jo rode impressive PBs in all three events besting her past times by 2 and 3 seconds. Way to go Jo!
Racing began early Sunday morning with a packed schedule of mass start races and team events. The outcome of today’s racing would determine the overall omnium winners. A fifteen lap points race had the ladies sprinting every 5 laps. As the final bell rang Jo and Andrea racked up enough points for first place finishes. The 15 lap scratch race began with Jo leading the field for the first few laps. On lap 8 an attack was launched, but was quickly covered. On the bell lap both Jo and Andrea drilled it for gold medal finishes.
With the mass start races completed omnium results were announced. Jo and Andrea won Regional Champion jerseys and medals for their first place finishes. Andrea had little time to rest for her final event of the weekend, the Team Sprint. Riding with Gwen Afton of Virgina Andrea clinched another State and Regional Championship title. No better way to finish a great weekend of racing at the velo. Thanks to our teammates Hannah and Colleen for turning up at T-town to cheer us on and support the racers. After this weekend Jo and Andrea are ready to put forth their best efforts in Seattle at Masters Track Nationals.
NJ State Track Champion:
Masters 35 plus Women
2 Kilometer Individual Pursuit
North Atlantic Regional Track Champion (CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, PA, RI, VA, VT)
Masters 35 plus Women
2 Kilometer Individual Pursuit
1st Place Omnium Masters 35 plus Women
NJ State Track Champion:
North Atlantic Regional Track Champion (CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, PA, RI, VA, VT) ;
2 kilometer Individual Pursuit
Personal best in all 3 of her individual races.
Race date: June 29, 2014
Race Type: Cross Country Mountain-bike Race
Location: Kittatinny Valley State Park, NJ
Riders: Laura Carlson
Laura Carlson came back from a week of mountain biking in Bend Oregon on vacation after one day of rest, to test herself on another cross country course. The course started with an open, almost cyclocross grassy start onto a flat dirt path, then into the woods for a switchback, rocky climb. This first climb was the section that would likely set the order for the results, especially for the one lap category 3 races. Laura did well out of the start passing a number of women before the woods, coming into the climb in third place for the women, second for the 40+ women. The rest of the race was a mixture of gravel road, nice dirt single track, and some rocky sections. Laura traded places with the woman second into the woods for a few miles, and held second place for her category at the finish.
She did not realize until the podium that this was the State Championships, and since the woman in first place was from PA, this made Laura the state champion!
Laura Carlson 2nd Women's Cat 3 40+, Gold for State championship