Race date: 3/15/2014
Race Type: TTT, Circuit Race
Riders: Dana Hanchin, Teresa DiSessa, Barbara Statton, Cristina Cortés, Andrea Brennan
On Saturday the Team traveled to Fairmount Park in Philadelphia for the Philly Phyler. This event featured multiple races for both collegiate and USA Cycling athletes. The day started early with the individual and team time trial events. EPS had a four person team fielded by Teresa DiSessa, Dana Hanchin, Barb Statton, and Christina Cortes . What a thrill to see Teresa our team manager back on the road racing after a few years off due to injuries! Even Coach Ken was on hand providing race advice and encouragement. The time trial course was about 14 miles that started with a decent heading down to West River Drive, then head towards Center City before heading Back up the road for a final climb before heading to the finish line. We like to call today the "No Warm-Up TTT". It was an interesting start format. We asked the officials for our start time and the response was " you could start now!". We definitely were not expecting that response from the officials. Dana our leader of the day took a quick glanced at all of us as she knew we didn't have much of a warm up, but we all agreed to start. Dana took charge of the day and made sure to keep the group together and strong. We wanted to finish together and not leave anyone behind. Dana did an awesome job to make sure we did just that. We even had a great time suffering together through the roads of Philly! It was great bonding and most importantly we had a blast doing it!
Dana and Andrea took a brief lunch break and then headed back out onto the road for the 30 mile Pro 1/2/3 road race. The course featured some technical descents and challenging climbs. Both Dana and Andrea got their hill work in during this event. On lap two a break of six riders was established with Andrea Brennan representing EPS in the lead group. The blustery winds and hills presented a challenge for the peloton. The breakaway group, working together, was able to increase their lead with each lap. On the final climb an attack separated three riders from the group Andrea hung on finishing the race in 6th place.