Race: PA State Elite and Masters 40 Km TT Championship; Women cat 3
Location: Dauphin, PA
Rider(s): Evelyn Korbich
This time trial was a 24 mile, out-and-back TT on a shady, rolling road (I say rolling but it felt like so much more!). As I warmed up I planned out a rough pacing strategy and tried to prepare myself mentally for an hour of pain/exhaustion. When the time came to start I was ready and was able to start out at a moderate pace without burning myself out. I was feeling good until the 3 mile mark when my one competitor passed me. I tried to settle in to keep pace with her but she soon slipped out of sight. From that moment on I was in the “zone” and focused on keeping my cadence high and my speed even. At the turnaround point I had a surge of energy and was able to pick up my pace for the next few kilometers before settling back into my rhythm. I managed to finish the 24 miles in just over an hour and 5 minutes, winning me second place.
Results: Evelyn Korbich – 2nd
Race Dates; July 21-25
Race Name/type; Masters National Track Championships
Location; Giordano Velodrome, Rock Hill, South Carolina
Rider; Jo Johnson
A HOT week as temps reached over 100 for several days. Tents were available as cover and fencing for pit boxes were set up with a bench. Sharing a must as there is not much infield space available. My race order was Day 1 morning, 500 meter; Day 2 after 6 pm, 10k (40 laps) Points race with a sprint every 10 laps, Day 3 after 6 pm, Scratch race with the first rider to the line wins; Day 4, the Flying 200 meter in the morning and the match sprints after 6 pm, Day 5 morning was the 2k Individual pursuit.
Lots of water, cooling techniques helped with the acclimatization and luckily I was doing well with that aspect. Being in a bowl of concrete does make for higher temps. The racing all week seemed fast and furious. Some of the speeds the men reached was over 38 mph. The banking was alot of fun and the Flying 200 meter provides a great thrill. One of the most exciting races was the Scratch race with the 55+ age group of about 15 riders. After a few laps, I jumped to reach the fast group ahead, rode with that group and when the group slowed after an attack, I counter attacked and then chased after the leader. I held the group off for about 10 laps and now coming around turn 4 to the finish I was caught but finished 2nd in age group but lost my 2nd overall position. One of my best races ever. Next morning is the Flying 200. Wind up really important then the dive down turn 4 banking for the right spot between turn 1 and 2 where the timing starts then hang on and go fast all the way around. What a great thrill. Result great. I am first for the first time. The match sprints were just a sprint to the line just missing out both times as this was best 2 of 3 races. And last day of racing, the 2 k Individual pursuit. This time 8 laps of all out effort in 90 degree heat. Although I came in 2nd, the time was a new PBR so this was a nice end to the week. I learned more things to practice and more items to put on my training list.
500 meter; 2nd
10k Points race; 1st
5k Scratch race; 2nd
Flying 200 meter; 1st
Match Sprints; 2nd
2k Individual Pursuit; 2nd
Team Result; 16 of 132
Date: July 25, 2015
Race: Honoring Sandrino's Sacrifice Time Trial
Location: Mullica Hill, NJ
Women's Open: Deborah Leedale-Brown, Andy Maher, Barb Statton.
Women's Cat 4: Nikki Ragonese
Women's Eddy: Sue Seyboldt
Honoring Sandrino's Sacrifice is always a good race, and this year proved no different. The course is a flat, one way 7.7 mile course in Mullica Hill. We were lucky to have very pleasant weather: sunny and warm but not humid or windy.
In the Women's Open, EPS/CSS took the top two spots on the podium, with Deborah taking the win and Andy only 13 or so seconds behind her. Barb hung tough for a 5th place in a fast field. Nikki Ragonese continued to capture podium spots with a 2nd place in the Women's Cat 4. Sue had to deal with some random cyclists on the course, playing leapfrog with her (and getting her way), while offering unsolicited advice about her position on the bike. She tried to stay focused despite this, and hung in for 4th place in the Eddy field.
As usual, our winnings were donated back to the Honoring Sandrino's Sacrifice Fund.
Race: Freedom Crit Women’s 1/2/3
Location: Sterling, NJ
Rider(s): Monica Volk, Deborah Leedale Brown, Carren Stika and Andy Maher
EPS/CSS Riptide Cycling showed up in full force at the local Freedom Crit in New Jersey with 3 of its elite riders and the support of Andy Maher, a strong cat-3. It was a fairly small field so the pressure was on Riptide and we were excited. Freedom Crit is a perfect 4-corner crit, with very few hazards and a great USA Cycling set-up with an announcer and everything. Payout went 10-deep with premes going off every couple laps! To our surprise, Laura Van Gilder came back from racing in Chicago to show us just how strong she is. The girls worked together well to keep the pace up and then the preme’s started flying. First one went to Monica. Then on the second one, LVG used the preme to catapult an attack leading to a solo breakaway. Then Masha Schneider got away and Riptide tried joining her with our fiery Monica, but Masha had gotten too much of a heads start. Andy, Deb, and Carren all worked to block the other riders in the peloton from chasing down the solo breakaway riders who never linked up. Those 3 had hard solo rides the rest of the race in the grueling sun and heat, making the blocking all that more impressive. One more field preme was won by Deborah. At one point, Monica was in sight, giving the peloton a hunger for chasing, but the Riptide defense kept her at bay until she was out of sight again and secured the 3rd place position on the podium. Coming into the final lap, Andy and Carren set up a pain train and brought Deborah in with a solid 4th place, holding off the other sprinters.
Monica Volk – 3rd
Deborah Leedale Brown – 4th
Carren Stika – 10th
Andy Maher 11th
Guy's Bikes Neshaminy MTB Classic CX
July 25, 2015
Rider: Nicole LaGorga
Category: Cat3 womens 40+
Results: 2nd place
Today's race was a rain date from a month ago. Back then I took a drive over to the trails to see what they were all about. I wasn't thrilled with what I'd found. But today I realized I hadnt really even found much of the course at all. At first I was annoyed with my inability to ever find and preview a course correctly, but then as I was in the thick of it, I thought of what a friend of mine had written in her blog last year-- sometimes its better not to know what's coming next and just race it. Today I agreed with her. The course was a challenge and there was a lot of climbing again, but not really knowing what was next sortof helped me mentally. This course was actually a lot more enjoyable than the last few I've raced. Technical enough to be a really good challenge, but not so difficult that it wasn't fun. Lots of high log piles and manmade stuff to get over, rocks, roots, bridges, flat flowy twisty stuff and long climbs. I took a few tumbles and kinda got banged up, but I'm happy with my overall performance today. Second place for me.
3er Reto a La Colonia Tovar
Date: 12 July 2015
Race type: Puro Asfalto (mass start uphill TT on MTB)
Location: Aragua, Venezuela
Rider: Claudia Penaloza
Last Sunday, I raced the Reto a la Colonia Tovar for the second time... but the course was the only part I did twice. A few hundred riders gathered early for number pick-up and pre-race warm up.
We'd again have a controlled start for the first 5 km while we wound our way through rough, and often congested, downtown La Victoria roads... but it was a lot faster, important, and dangerous to maintain position than last year, and therefore decisive.
The pace was extremely variable in the pack and I ended up losing ground from being cautious. Once they let us go on the foothills, I had a good deal of chasing to do to catch up to Elsa Peñaloza (unrelated), a frequent rival in MTB races. When I finally reached her, I let up to approach the mountain together thinking we were the competition to beat... but as we started the climb found out there was a woman up ahead.
Elsa didn't believe it at first, when people at the hydration point called out I was second on the road. I clarified "You mean 1st and 2nd or 2nd and 3rd? 'Cause there's two of us here"... Second and third was the answer, Elsa said they must be wrong. She set her pace, I followed slightly behind but kept her in sight. It took about 30 min of grueling climb to corroborate the spectators were right, Walnifer Candiales, had maintained a better place in the (out of) "controled" pack, kept it going in the foothills, and started the 6.5 km (4 mi), 701 m (2301 ft) elevation difference, 11 % grade climb, before us. All of a sudden, I was fighting for third.
I reached Walnifer with about 3 km to go; we passed and repassed each other like in slow motion (sections at 25 %, remember?) so many times I lost count. I was barely holding on... very hot, and very thirsty. She passed me again as I ransacked a hydration point, so I just kept her close thereafter.
At some point, I looked up and recognized the final stretch of the climb. I saw Walnifer and decided it was now or never; she was at least 10 m ahead and there were less than 50 m to the finish.
I dropped the gear, stood up, and used every last bit of weight I could put on the pedals. I creeped up and passed Walnifer, she stood up and did the same. You could hear our gears falling, our lungs gasping, and our hearts set on reaching the line first. We barreled in like two trains. Innocent, unsuspecting men ahead were overtaken left and right, some almost fell victim to our drive. We were matched, but the final inch was hers. Dizzy, trembling, and seeing stars I had obtained one of the best 3rd places I'd ever fought for.
Final times were 1:15:53 for Elsa Peñaloza and 1:16:15 for Walnifer and Me.
Race: Blueberry Time Trial-NJ State ITT
Weather Perfect; cloudy, temps in the mid to upper 70’s
Course 40K TT, 12 miles out to turn around 12 back.
Riders: Sue for the Eddy, Andy for 40 plus, Nikki for 30plus Barb 50Plus
This time trial is the state championship, a 40k course, it’s the longest ITT of the year. I have never race a TT of this distance before. but I wanted to challenge myself. My plan was to try and get in under 1hr 15min, and not to loose my focus and blow up. We started on a ramp, nice way to start the legs going. I finished in 1:12,05 goal met, I was able to keep my focus through the entire course, goal met, and was able to capture first place and earned some bling bounus!!
Barb 1st place W50+
Andy 1st place W40+
Nikki 2nd place 30+
Sue 5th place WEddy
Race: tour de fish
Type: Criterium-Womens 1/2/3/4
Location: Sommerdale, NJ
Riders: Colleen, Deb, Evelyn and Barb
Team EPS/CSS p/b Shebell & Shebell was represented in New Jersey this morning at the Tour de Fish criterium. The course was one mile with 8 corners and it was a cool 90+ degrees. Over the course of the race the team picked up a preme and Evelyn drove the pace for a bit at the front. With a little over a lap to go in the race a rider took off the front. A few riders including Deb and Colleen were in hot pursuit and contention for the sprint finish. With a few hundred meters to go the sprint began with Colleen on Deb's wheel. With great teamwork Colleen finished 3rd, Deb 5th and Evelyn 15th. Thank you to our sponsors who make all of our racing and teamwork possible! The team will be back in NJ next weekend for the Freedom Tour Criterium.
Date: Saturday June 18th, 2015
Race: Team Cambridge TT (10 mile TT)
Location: Cambourne, Cambridgeshire UK
Rider(s): Bobbie Mach
Well this race did not pan out to be all I wanted it to be but the results were good regardless. The day started off very rough when the GPS coordinates to the race brought me to a tiny village 25 minutes from the races start so from there I had figure out where I was and how to get to where I needed to be without a SatNav that would help me. I eventually showed up the race HQ 20 minutes before my start time which gave me just enough time to pull my bike off my car, get my kit on and ride to the start. No warm up, no prerace nutrition or hydration, nothing. The course itself was on a dual carriage way (2 lane high way with median inbetween for those of you state side) which was a 1st for me and very very nerve wracking considering it was very windy and my start time was 2:04pm and there was lots of traffic and LOTS of lorries (semi trucks). This race was a simple out and back with the wind at my back going out and in my face coming back. I think due having to rush to my start time I just didn't have time to get my head in the race like I needed to in order to compete well at this kind of race. I started out the race WAY too hard and had very little to give on the return trip headed into the wind. I wish my head was more in the game so I would have been able to push myself both mentally and physically on the return half of this race. Regardless I finished this race with a PB by 1:15 minutes. This race had a high pay out for the ladies which is rare over here so there were some VERY big hitters in this race (former national champions, many current national level riders, etc) so the times were FAST!! I am not disappointed in my results...just disappointed knowing it could have been so much better than it was.
Bobbie Mach- 6th overall female
Race: Cat 3 W40+ To Granogue & Bach
Location: The Dupont Estate, Wilmington DE
Rider: Nicole LaGorga
Today's race was tough. I say that after every race, but as the year goes on, mother nature continues to crank up the heat, and everyone has their race legs under them. So ya. It's tough. The course was a giant muddy slip n slide today. No preride was allowed so the wet roots and rocks on off camber climbs and river crossings were sortof a suprise. The gradient was in your face the whole time. We lost a couple of girls to the course by the end, and the Action Wheels crew gave me a run for my money today so I was grateful for third place. Good peeps. Good racin. Funds for Music programs. Good stuff.
Nicole LaGorga- 3rd place Cat 3 W40+