Race: Cycledrome Criterium
Riders: Evelyn Korbich, Gabby Longchamp, Deborah Leedale-Brown
Results: Evelyn – 3rd
Gabby – 10th
This Saturday Evelyn, Gabby and Deborah toed the line at the Cycledrome Criterium with a large field of Cat 1/2/3/4 ladies. It was hot and humid when the pack started off at a quick pace for their 20 mile race around the Bob Rodale Fitness Park. Deb started out pushing the pace at the front and when she pulled off, Evelyn took the lead and pulled away from the group, forcing them to chase her down. The pack caught her quickly but Deb was soon off the front in a breakaway with a few other riders, only to be chased down. The next moment, Gabby was on the front controlling the pace. This continued for about half of the race; as soon as one Riptide rider had been caught, another was at the front to keep the pace high. Then the rain started. At first it was just a light sprinkle but it grew into a steady rain that soaked the course and made everyone shy away from the slippery, painted white lines. The rain didn’t deter anyone’s speed much though and riders continued to fly off the front of the group and get pulled back in. With about three laps to go the group slowed down to take a breather. For two laps the pack cruised around the course and everyone kept a sharp eye out for sprints to happen. But none did until a ½ lap to go. The Liberty Cycles racer jumped off the front shortly after the descent and Evelyn followed her wheel. As they came around the final turn, the clatter of bikes meeting pavement was heard from the middle of the pack and unfortunately Deb was taken out! Deb was able to walk away from the crash and finished at the back of the pack. Gabby, who was close behind the crash was able to avoid it and take a 10th place finish while Evelyn was ahead of the crash and was able to hold onto her lead over the pack to take 3rd overall.
Results: Evelyn – 3rd
Gabby – 10th
Race: Velo Shop Criterium
Rider: Evelyn Korbich
It was brutally hot when women’s open and women’s 4 lined up on the loop of Rodale Park for the Velo Shop Criterium. We had a lot of day-of registrants so the field of 14 we had been expecting grew to almost 25. I started off in the front, just sitting on wheels and waiting for a move to be made. Then, just a few laps into the race things got fast and the strong riders, including myself, were busy pulling back moves on the front. One of the moves stuck and I watched with dread and heavy legs as two international riders got off the front and were caught by two more of the pack’s strongest riders. Then one more rider bridged up to them and I thought that we were toast for sure. But the pack worked together really well and with under 10 laps to go in the race we pulled them back. From that point on we hung together fairly well, with just a few jumps occurring as people got ready for the sprint. We went into the final lap as one group, just waiting for the final sprint to occur. I was sitting mid-pack but wasn’t able to pull anything out for the sprint so I just hung on and gave it my all to end up in 7th in the women’s open and top 10 overall.
Race: Freedom Tour Crit
Location: Stirling, NJ
Womens 1/2/3 race report:
It was a HOT Sunday at 2 p.m., of course we raced the hottest part of the day! We came into the race already having a plan. The field was very small and we knew everyone would be watching us because we were the big team to watch. At the start line we were lined up side by side with hunch backs filled with ice cubes. The gun went off and we had 40 minutes to go. Sarah started to lead the race with a high pace. Andy, Gabby and Sarah traded off turns attacking off the front so people would use energy to chase us down. Deborah kept a strong eye on one of our high competitors. There were about 4 premes on our race and Deborah successfully sprinted to the line for the largest preme of the day! With a couple laps to go Andy and Gabby sat at the front and began to speed up the pace then with one lap to go, after a preme lap, Sarah got to the front and lead out Deborah as far as she could up until the top of the small hill about 100 meters from the finish and Deborah was able to get around her and sprint into second place.
Race: Grandview - PA State Championship Crit
Location: Lancaster, PA
(As told by DLB)
This great technical course started off a hot weekend of racing for the team, in more ways than one! This was marked as the Elite PA State Crit Champs and so having won the Masters a month earlier this was also on my plan. Although the field was not super large there was a number of strong ladies who were also going to be vying for the title. Having strength in numbers meant that are plan was to be attacking from the whistle and make the rest of the field have to use their reserves to chase. This went to plan for the first half of the race. When the bell was rung for a preme I decided to go for it and stretch out my sprint legs. I won the preme then eased off to let the field re-group and for Sarah to launch her counter attack. Sarah got away easily and there was hesitation from the pack to chase, thus allowing Sarah a nice gap. As Gabby and I sat in with the group, obviously not chasing our team mate down there were some attempts to increase the pace and pull her back, but they all seemed short lived and I made sure I covered all moves. Sarah stayed away for the 2nd preme and she was thinking that we will catch her as she was worrying about how to be my lead out when she's not in the pack with me! Sarah's TT mode kicked in and she was gaining more open road so there came a point in the race when it was clear that she had done enough to stay away and that it was up to me to plan my field sprint and secure 2nd and the PA State Championship. Gabby came to the front with one lap to go to inject some pace around the technical section and then pulled to the side up the final hill. I was in a good position watching the wheels of the key sprinters as we rounded the last fast corner that lead to to the slight downhill finish. It was always the plan to launch my sprint and not wait, therefore getting a jump on my competitors, it proved successful and I secured the 2nd podium spot and the PA State title. Teamwork was the essence of the day even if it was not executed with plan A!
Sarah Iepson 1st
Deborah Leedale-Brown 2nd
Gabby Longchamp 12th
Hammonton was the location for the Blueberry TT, 10th stop in the NJ State Time Trial series. With temps already in the 80's it was going to be a hot one!
The course is a 15.5 mile flat circuit with 4 turns, the longest TT in the series. Riders Victoria Cottera, Beth Bonilla, and Andy Maher were representing Team EPS today. Beth has been dealing with a knee issue all season so we were happy she was feeling up to racing.
Victoria was first up in the junior category. Today's event had a start ramp which made some riders nervous so they opted to start along side it. Victoria was a little apprehensive but brushed her nerves aside and used the ramp. I was off next for our team in the open women's category followed by Beth just 30 seconds behind me.
I got off to a good start pushing a comfortable pace but holding a little in reserve for the later few miles. After the second turn I noticed a significant change in the wind and watched my speed start to drop. I pushed on watching the mile markers pass and picked up the my pace for the last mile. I crossed the line happy with my effort. Beth rolled in right after me and had also had a great ride. Victoria won her category by a huge five minute margin. A great day for Riptide with all three of us on the podium.
Andy Maher: 2nd
Beth Bonilla: 3rd
Victoria Cotero: 1st
Date: July 9, 2016
Race: Masters and Rookies / Track Race
Location; Trexlertown, PA
Rider: Jo Johnson
On a misty and windy day the start was delayed which meant a shortened warm up period. About 10 women came out to test themselves and this weekend would be the final race I have before National competition in Indianapolis early next month. First race was a very quick Miss and Out where the youngsters go off very quickly. Second race was a 6 lap Scratch where I faired better and hung in with the group. The last race a 15 lap Points Race with a sprint every 3 laps was more to my liking. The pack separated into 3 groups and I worked in the 3rd group very aggressively to join the second group. This was a good effort to become more efficient with my energy. In the end I was able to join the middle group then sprint ahead at the line coming in 6th but just out of BAR points.
Miss and Out, 10th
Scratch Race, 10th
Points Race, 6th
Date: July 9-10th, 2016
Race: Giro del Cielo Stage Race
Location: Augusta, NJ
Rider(s): Cat 1/2: Sarah, Deborah, and Emily
Cat 3: Andy, Gabby, and Evelyn
Cat 4: Alli, Nikki, Danielle, and Victoria (for the TT and Crit)
This is the Cat 1/2 race report, from the persepctive of a Porkchop!
The Giro del Cielo is a great three stage race in North Jersey promoted by Skylands Cycling. A hilly 13 mile time trial is followed by a crit race at the local fairgrounds. The next day, we take on the rolling road race course. There’s a lot of tactic at a stage race, especially when the promoter is offering not just individual GC awards, but an overall Team GC award! We had our heart set on high finishes in the individual GC and we really wanted to try to take the Team GC home for Riptide-CAWES. We had our work cut out for us with large teams from CRCA/CityMD and CRCA/Dave Jordan Racing. Not to mention just a generally strong field.
Deborah, Evelyn, and I pre-rode the course on Friday night. It was a reminder of how difficult the course actually is, with one big Category 5 climb at the start and quite a few bumps on the way back home to the finish, it’s difficult on this course to find the rhythm on which a lot of us TT racers rely.
The morning of the race was cool and overcast - a rather perfect day for a race. As the course is up on a ridgeline and in the trees, wind is really never a factor.
Those of us who had raced this event previously spoke about wanting to better our times on the course, those of us who were new to it wanted to do their best and push their limits. With some really talented riders and time trialists on the start list (Leslie Timm, Lauren Dagostino, Amy Cutler), it was going to be a close race.
I started off and felt pretty good when I hit the Category 5 climb. It felt hard to climb it, and my heart rate jumped up as I crested the top, but I managed to settle back in and find some semblance of a rhythm after that. I knew that the 2nd half of the course was tougher than the first, but with riders in sight in front of me, I found myself riding quite hard on the first half as well. As I rounded the big curve that brings us back around to head back to the finish, I set my sights on climbing the remaining poppers relaxed, but with power. And, I kept reeling in riders that I saw in front of me.
At 9 miles to go, I was worried that I’d pushed too hard. I suddenly felt rough and exhausted. But, the next time I looked down, I was at 11 miles and realized that I was ahead of my time from last year and just had a little push to the finish. In the last mile I passed a few more riders and sprinted up the final bump to the line. I stopped my Garmin and was shocked to see a time nearly 2 minutes faster than last year. I was even MORE shocked to find out a few hours later that I had, in fact, WON the TT and would be starting the Crit in the leader’s jersey.
I have never worn a leader’s jersey before, so this was a pretty cool experience for me… and I’m so glad that I got to share it with my amazing teammates… all of whom, by the way, improved their times from last year or had really awesome races.
In the end, the Cat 1/2 ladies finished 1st, 6th for Deborah and 7th for Emily in the TT – setting us up nicely for our goal of winning the overall Team GC competition.
The Cat 3 ladies were 2nd for Andy, 17th for Evelyn, and 22nd for Gabby.
The crit was a few hours later, so we were able to return to our trailer in the woods, relax for a bit, eat a nice lunch, and get our feet up before heading back out to the crit course.
I had a target on my back – literally, it was a big bright pink “Leaders Jersey” target! – and knew that the sprinters who were just behind me in the GC would be gunning for me in the finish.
The course is pretty non-technical, with two real turns, one small uphill bump, and a few sweeping turns. In the past, breaks have tried to go, but haven’t been successful. More than a few attacks were launched by Lauren Dagostino, Leslie Timm and her teammate Danielle, and us… but, a field sprint was meant to be.
With strong pulls from Andy, and Evelyn… the last few laps were steady and fast. Emily took to the front on the last lap to string out the field, and Deborah and I tried to make our way to a good position for the sprint. It was a swarmy bunch with a lot of argy-bargy and elbow bumping. As a non-sprinter, I get easily spooked by that stuff, but just tried to hold Deborah’s wheel as she made her way through the group.
After the last turn and up the hill, I managed to pass nearly a dozen riders to get to the line in 8th with Deborah right in front of me in 7th.
We weren’t super thrilled with the results, but were happy to make it through the day happy, healthy, and upright.
The morning of the road race found me sitting in 3rd in the GC between Amy Cutler and Lauren Dagostino. And Deborah slotted into the standings just behind them.
Once again, we knew that we’d be targeted in the race, but just hoped that maybe we could get a break away at some point during the race.
The attacks were consistent and persistent throughout the race. Just a few laps in, Amy flatted coming through a corner. After that, the pace really intensified, and the race was on for the remaining 20 miles.
Again, Emily came to the front in the final stretch to lead out the rest of us – Andy was still holding a strong position in the Cat 3 GC and Deborah and I were trying to hold our spots (or move up) in the Cat 1/2 classification. The pack again swarmed and a lot of bumping and yelling could be heard as we took the final few rollers to the line.
The sprinters launched and this time, Deborah was able to weave her way through the pack to take 2nd behind Lauren Dagostino. I got boxed in and hit the breaks just before the line, but still managed a respectable 7th place finish on the day.
In the end, we nabbed 4th and 4th in the Cat 1/2 GC, and the overall Team GC – which was really our biggest goal for the weekend.
And that was the end of another fun weekend of racing for the Riptide-CAWES team!!
Date: July 3rd, 2016
Race: Course de Evesham-Marlton-Evesham, aka Greentree
Location: Cherry Hill, NJ
The weather was perfect for racing, with temps hovering just above 70 degrees when we started. A small but determined field of women set out for a race around my home course!
As usual, I went to the front at the start and set a nice tempo... riders pulled through and we did the first few laps at a nice status quo. After about 5 laps, I launched one attack after the first turn. Jen Rhodes of Team Skyline and Robin Wahl from Pro Pedals came with me, and the other riders soon chased back on. We settled back in for a few more laps.
As we saw 9 to go, I decided it was time for another attack. I waited until right before the final corner and launched on the uphill headwind section of the course. I got some daylight and saw a rider coming across to me. Iliana Rabun-Wood from Pink Rhino Racing got up to my wheel and we committed to the move. We shared the work for the remaining laps, building a solid gap over the chase group. With two to go, I began to plan my final attack of the day - I wasn't sure of Iliana's sprinting ability, but I wanted to make sure that it didn't come down to that! Just before the final corner of the last lap, I launched again and was able to open up a gap to the finish line for the win.
I then hopped in the Men's 45+ race and felt great up until there was a little crash in the first corner of the final lap! Ugh!! I pedaled in for a finishing place, but wasn't happy with not having the chance to go to the line with all the boys! Next time!
Thanks to Annette Weaver and BikeRace.pics for the photos!!
Result: Sarah - 1st in the Women's Open
50th in the 45+
Race: Somerdale Tour de Fish (Crit)
Location: Somerdale, NJ
Rider: Evelyn Korbich, Alli McCabe
This 8-corner crit began in the 9am summer heat with a strong field of ladies inthe Women’s Open, ready to tackle the 40 minutes of racing ahead of them. Alli and Evelyn had goals to sit at or near the frontof the pack so as to watch the sprinters that they knew were inthe field. The race started out at a decent clip as everyone settled into their positions and the higher categories attempted to shake off some of the cat 4s. Luckily, Alli wasn’t shaken off and was feeling good enough to go for the first preme about 6 laps into the race. But her effort was for naught as one of the sprinters sat on her wheel and came around on the line, then kept the pace high into the next few corners. This high pace didn’t let Alli catch back onto the group and she was left time trialingthe rest of the race by herself.
Evelyn was just able to hang in and sat towards the middle of the paceline for the next few laps, only changing position on the preme lap when she followed a sprinters wheel to the front. This was a mistake as she had very few matches left but she was able to recover and position herself well with two laps to go. Except that when the pack came around again for the bell lap it was two to go again… That threw everyone off and Evelyn was shuffled to the rear of the group when the bell rang and she had to claw through the riders in the back to pull out a 7th place finish. Alli was able to stay strong and pass enough of the dropped riders to secure her a 10th place finish.
Results: Evelyn ~ 7th
Alli ~ 10th
Race: Emrick Boulevard Criterium
Location: Bethlehem, PA
Rider: Evelyn Korbich
The morning of the Emrick Boulevard Criterium dawned sunny and hot as I warmed up for my 20 mile race around the flowing, 3 corner course. A fair number of Women’s Open and Cat 4 racers were racing so it started out fast, with the higher categories trying to slim down the field a little. Since I was racing without teammates in this event I decided that it was wisest to sit in and let other riders do the work at the front. I was following my plan pretty well until I found myself on the front for the fast downhill corner at a moment when I was feeling good. I pushed the pace just enough to accidentally let a few very strong riders separate from the pack and wasn’t able to follow their speed when they passed me. Within seconds they had a clean break from the pack. There were four away originally but one dropped off the break and came back to the group. There we sat, holding between eight to ten seconds of gap between us and the break for a few laps before they picked up the pace again and stretched the lead to near 30 seconds. At that point we had about five laps to go and it became a race for fourth with a few teammates testing the sprinting waters and keeping the pace high. I was trying to stay towards the front to make sure that no lead out trains got away without me but was unsuccessful at catching hold of the one that did form. In the final stretch I took the inside line but misjudged a riders speed and ended up getting forced to come around the far outside to sprint for 9th overall and 7th in the Women’s Open.
Results: Evelyn ~ 7th