Event: Riptide-Cawes Annual Team Meeting
Location: Brielle, NJ
Rider(s): New and Returning members of Riptide-Cawes
NOTE: Sunday brought together women cyclists from 2 of the most respected and celebrated women's cycling teams on the East Coast! The ladies of EPS/CSS/Riptide Cycling team welcomed with open arms the ladies from Cawes Cycling Team at the 2016 season kick off meeting!! The ladies may have walked into these meetings feeling as if they were from 2 teams but they without a doubt left the days events bonded together as one amazingly talented team! TEAM RIPTIDE-CAWES! Please read below to hear about how the days events went and how a few of the riders think the merging of Riptide Cycling and Cawes Cycling went last Sunday at the Annual Team Meeting!
From Riptide-Cawes rider Sarah Iepson:
So, it's now officially official. The CAWES ladies have joined forces with the rippers of Riptide to create the most awesomest team of ladies this side of the Mississippi. Our kick-off meeting on Sunday was the first real team event bringing the two squads together and we're just so excited with what the bright future holds for us.
Getting to know the shop, the products, and the sponsors is such an awesome part of being on a team like this. And, of course, getting to know the team and the expectations are key to a successful unity and year of racing.
To say that the CAWES gals were all smiles is an understatement. We all feel as though this team combination is natural, comfortable, and 100% right. Plus, the new kits are HAWT!
We are grateful to the entire Riptide Cycling family for welcoming us so warmly into the fold. We can't wait to see what the 2016 season holds but we're absolutely certain that it will be awesome!
Bring it on!!
From Riptide-Cawes rider Alli McCabe:
Sunday officially kicked off the beginning of something great, Riptide-Cawes! It was the teams 11th annual team meeting and this year there were many exciting things to discuss. The day started out damp, drizzly and dark. That did not stop our new sponsor, Trek, and some of the amazing staff from Brielle Cyclery, from setting up our demo day at Allaire State Park. Trek provided us with many options from their extensive line of mountain bikes to their top of the line road collection. It was exciting to see what these monsters can do!
Next we moved to Brielle Cyclery, where the majority of our day would be spent bonding, going over contracts, meeting/discussing sponsors and hammering out the fine details of our soon to be new Trek bike babies. We officially met the amazing women from Cawes! This combination is bound to be unstoppable! Once our Castelli rep arrived and our new kit was revealed our excitement was uncontrollable! Riptide-Cawes is going to look sharp!
A huge THANK YOU to our new and returning sponsors!
Our title sponsor, Toni and the EPS / CSS Corporation, for supporting this team for 11 years and keeping women's cycling alive;
Teresa for your countless hours of time and sacrifices made to run this team and keep it alive! Teresa your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed by any of us;
Sarah for stepping aboard to help ease the load from Teresa and being an amazing person all around;
Shebell & Shebell Attorney's at Law, for helping us in times of need;
McCabe Denistry, for keeping our teeth clean, gum disease and cavities away, or fixing cosmetic issues;
Meg Moore, not only a teammate, but helps fuel this team;
Brielle Cyclery including Kathy, James, Clarence and the rest of the staff, for keeping our bikes in tip-top shape, working through our fit issues, ordering issues, etc. Your time and help is greatly appreciated;
Trek, for providing us with amazing machines, the quality of the bikes really reflects the companies love for the sport. (Might I add the amazing customer service. From personal experience Trek is loyal to their customers and will go out of their way to help fix any issues you may have!);
Bontrager for providing us with top of the line accessories;
Osmo, for keeping our muscles hydrated and our bodies recovered;
Honey Stinger for giving us an organic, non GMO, soy free alternative while on the bike;
Castelli for making quality kits that make us look fast and sharp!;
Lazer Helmets (with MIPS) for keeping our heads protected and our smarts saved!;
Ogio for their amazing line of cycling bags to keep us organized and prepared for race day;
Slick Lube for keeping our chains greased so we can moved fast!!
Stay tuned for our winter training updates and our team photo shoot when we will be sporting our new team colors!
Presenting the 2016 RIPTIDE CAWES CYCLING TEAM kit design and sponsors!! Thank you to all of our amazing 2016 sponsors for supporting us in the upcoming racing season!!
Dates: September 12th and 13th, 2015
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Race: Pensacola Subway Classic
Rider: Meg Moore
What?!? I’m going to race my bike in Florida the day after I take my Surgical Critical Care boards? Yes. Yes I am. In fact, I can’t think of a better way to decompress. So there I went. Bikes on the roof of the MINI Cooper all the way across the rest of Louisiana and Alabama and on into Florida. I got there just in time to catch up with an old friend who now owns the Trek Bikes store in Pensacola, Robbie Mott, and get some last minute mech work done on my ride before heading over to registration. The race was the next morning and we kicked things off with a 3-mile TT out on Pensacola Beach. It was a great day. Not too hot and just a wee bit of a cross wind. I set out on my friends Cervelo TT bike and managed to pull out a PR, doing my 3-miler in 6.39 and taking 3rd in the Women’s Cat 3. Not bad for an old lady who spent the week before boards in Vegas, eh? But wait, there’s more! Following the TT, I hopped back in the MINI with the bikes on the roof and drove an hour up to Milton, Florida, home of NAS Whiting Field where I went through primary training in flight school. Ahhh, a trip down memory lane… The next race was a 50-mile road race and was hilly by Florida and Louisiana standards. It started off like most women’s races…a bit slow with the Cat 1’s in the back and the less-experienced riders at the front trying to get something going. I got a bit bored with the pace myself, so I can’t say I wasn’t one of those riders trying to stir things up a bit. But then came this hill…and it was actually a hill. And with that hill, came the anticipated attack by the ladies in the back. I went with it as well as I could, but couldn’t quite hold that 3-man break. The next lap was spent once again trying to stir things up because the pace had slowed down even more with the break off the front. This time, however, when we hit the hill, I attacked it and managed to get away myself for a little bit, but couldn’t stick it. I was reeled back in and found myself in the sprint for the line, taking 4th for the Women’s Cat 3. Again, what was that part about Vegas and Boards the week before? Back down to Pensacola I went for some shut-eye in anticipation of Sunday’s Criterium downtown. Sunday was also a beautiful, blue-sky day with minimal wind. But I slipped a pedal on the line and got behind the wrong person in the first turn, forcing me to chase for 5-laps before finally grabbing back onto the field. Ouch. I managed to hang on for another three laps before getting popped again and then never quite got back on. Oh well. The trip and the racing in Pensacola was still worth it and was definitely a fabulous way to decompress after the last couple of months. Thanks Riptide and hope to be racing with all of you again soon!
TT-3rd in the Women’s Cat 3
Road Race-4th for the Women’s Cat 3