Location: Wilmington, DE
Date: September 14, 2014
Participants: Laura Carlson
Granogue is a legendary event held on the 400 acre Dupont Estate in Wilmington DE; the fact that it was not held for a couple of years probably has made the race even more legendary. Laura Carlson was convinced once she heard there was to be a Mater’s Women’s Category, so she signed up for the 40+. The 40+ was combined with the 50+ women’s field, starting one minute before the Women’s 3-4 field.
The day was perfect, although a little warm for cyclocross, but the race was in the morning when the grass was still damp and the air not too hot for racing. The course included two hard climbs, one that ended up to be a “run up” for most (too steep and rutted to ride), lots of off camber switchbacks, barriers, one mud section, and everybody’s favorite photo opp, the turn around the tower.
Laura had a decent start and did well at the first hill, but lost some time on the wet off camber grass. She made up time on the run up, opting to ride as far as possible, the dismount on the “wrong” side of the bike for a quicker re-mount on the steep slope at the top. She did her best to stay with the three leaders who were in the 50+ category, and held this position in the Master’s field for first place in the 40+ category!
Team Results: Laura Carlson 1st Women's 40+
Laura Carlson 1st place 40+ women
Laura Carlson 8th in a combined field of Masters and 3/4 Women
Jessica Kutz....was in the lead of the Elite UCI race...until she got a flat :(
Location: Brielle Cyclery, Brielle, NJ
Date: September 28, 2014
Type: Team ride and kick of team meeting with sponsors
Participants: 2015 Team Riptide team members!
Location: Bucks County, PA.
Date: September 14, 2014
Type: Criterium Pro 1/2/3
Participants: Deborah Leedale-Brown
It was a beautiful crisp blue sky morning for this inaugral Bucks Co/ Doylestown Hospital women's invitational Criteruim. Although this town has many years history putting on a UCI men's race weekend this was the first opportunity for the women. The promoter indicated that with a good turnout this year the women could earn a road race too for 2015, so lets hope this comes to fruition.
Even though this was a late in the season race a strong women's field turned out that included the infamous Laura Van Gilder, Amy Cutler, Amber Pierce from Optum and a pack of Fearless Femmes looking to control the race.
The course was a technical and narrow 8 corner circuit that had steep descents and a long uphill finish. It was the sort I course that was going to encourage a breakaway and with 5 Fearless Femme riders a constant stream of attacked were expected. The race did not go off super fast but the tight corners and the long uphill saw many attacks and injections of pace. This was pretty much the order of the day as the race approached the last lap. A Fearless Femme rider was out front but was quickly being reeled in as the final corners approached. It ended in a tight bunched up field sprint as the Fearless rider was caught. With Laura Van Gilder taking charge, Amy Cutler and Colleen Hayduk were hot on her heels. It was Amy who crossed the line just ahead of LVG and Colleen in 3rd. The uphill separated the field sprint but all riders over the line were in bike contact of each other.
A great location and course, plenty of spectators who enjoyed the show the women put on, so here's hoping it becomes a fixture for 2015 along with a road race too.
Written by Deborah Leedale-Brown
Deborah Leedale Brown 12th
Location: Morristown, NJ
Type: NJ Gran Fondo/Medio Route; 2 timed climbs over a hilly 62-mile course
Participants: Teresa DiSessa, Cristina Cortes, Erin Mandato, Andy Maher, Alli McCabe, Nikki Ragonese and Maryanne Caruso
From the perspective of Maryanne Caruso
On Sunday, September 7, we pulled together for a true team effort in the 4th Annual NJ Gran Fondo.
To give some background, a Fondo is a recreational ride where participants are timed on several climbs (usually 2+ miles long) over the course. Results and rankings are based on the cumulative time on the climbs.
Team Riptide entered the QOM competition on the medio route and effectively strategized an approach that allowed us to work together and dig deep in conquering the timed climbs. Our approach paid off – with the team landing in first place by a margin of almost 30 minutes! This year’s NJ Fondo drew 2,000 participants, with close to 800 in the medio competition.
It proved to be a great day of fun and bonding along a scenic, yet challenging, route, while still providing a platform for a little competition.
EPS Elite rider Colleen Gulick has had a busy couple of week between Elite Track National Championships and now headed towards Collegiate Track National Championships. Read below to hear in Colleen's words what she has been up to...
"Well it’s been a crazy past three weeks. After Elite Track National Championships I hit the road for Fullerton, California. The drive cross country took 5 days. The day after arriving at my new apartment and unpacking I jumped right into the racing scene at a local crit. It was a good, quick race and I earned 2nd place. I started my new job, and school the next day. The following week I did another crit right across the street from the week before. This time I am happy to report that I got to the top step of the podium. I took some time to get settled into school and learn the new riding areas, which I’m still getting used to. Then, this Thursday, I headed out to Las Vegas, NV… a 4.5 hour drive from my apartment. There was a crit on Freemont street in Las Vegas on Thursday night. I love downtown crits on city streets and was very excited to race in a new place. The race was a technical 8 corner crit on a slight rise. I was fortunate enough to be off the front with a Vanderkitten rider for a few laps. Unfortunately, a pedestrian stepped on the course in front of the pack and was hit. All riders walked away from the crash unscathed. However, the pedestrian was spine boarded and taken away in an ambulance. While this pedestrian removal process was going down our race was neutralized then it was decided that they would cancel the rest of our race and the remaining pro men’s race due to lack of marshals and, thus, an unsafe course. So… we packed up the car and headed out to explore Vegas. The next day was Interbike. For those of you who don’t know, Interbike is (I believe) the largest cycling expo in the world. I had never experienced the colossal event before but found myself reliant on friends and a giant map to not get lost…. And I still got lost… a lot. Haha. Overall, the past couple weeks have been a little chaotic but I am finally settling into my new home in Fullerton, California. I’m almost 1/5 of the way through my first semester of grad school (not that anyone’s counting) and am extremely excited for the next 2 years. I owe a huge thank you to Teresa, Toni and the EPS/CSS p/b Shebell & Shebell team for their amazing support from back home. : ) Next stop… Collegiate Track National Championships in Indy in less than 2 weeks. : ) "