Race date: April 5, 2014
Race Type: Criterium
Location: Newark, NJ
Riders: Erin Mandato and Elissa Antelman (Cat 4 Women), Andy Maher (1/2/3 Women)
Team Riptide headed up to Newark, New Jersey on Saturday to take on the Cherry Blossom Challenge! This is the 1st stop in the Cat 4 Cup series for our Cat 4 girls and we had 2 ladies attend this event, Erin and Elissa.
Here is Elissa's views on the day...Erin and I took one lap on the course before the first race and then did a half hour warm up on trainers. Andy Maher who was doing the Women's 1/2/3 race came to talk to us while we were warming up and then warmed up on the road because she didn't have a trainer. We all lined up together until they separated the cat 4s from the womens open race. We were all on the course at thee same time but their race was 2 minutes ahead of ours. Erin and I were next to each other a few times during the race and I drafted off of her a few times since she is a good wheel :-) The race mainly stayed together the entire time, there were a few jumps but no breaks. The first 3 laps were pretty calm and the pace sped up in the last 4 laps. Erin and I attempted to plan a lead out but we were unable to execute it when the field split up into a half mile long sprint after the last corner. The race came down to a 5 person sprint and a field sprint of the other 6 riders. After the race Erin and I did a cool down lap and communicated with Andy when she was racing her last lap on the course. We all gathered when we were done racing and discussed what happened to everyone during their race.
Elissa Antelman-2nd place Cat 4 Women
Erin Mandato-9th place Cat 4 Women
Andy Maher-8th place Women's 1/2/3