Location: Swedesboro, NJ
Date: July 26, 2014
Type: Time Trial
Participants:Andy Maher, Sue Seybolt, Erin Mandato, Shannon Grieb, Nicole LaGorga
From the perspective of Eddy category rider Sue Seybolt...
Five of us showed up for this time trial, which raises money to support the Honoring Sandrino's Sacrifice Fund. The day was cloudy and pleasant for this late in July. Nicole and Shannon nabbed parking spots right near the start line, allowing us to maximize our warm up time. Big thanks to Mark Curran for rescuing Erin when she blew her front tube while pumping her tires, and to Jan Curran for pinning my number.
I was the first of the team to go. There were six others in the Women's Non-TT field and I knew I had to keep the pressure on if I wanted a podium spot. This may be a lot shorter than last week's 40K state championship time trial, but it can still hurt. I caught three of the women in my field very close together, shortly after I was passed by the blazing fast Denise Bishop. At that point I knew I needed to better one more rider if I wanted a podium. The course is a simple 7.7 mile route on a flat road, no turns. I kept my focus on Denise as she slowly pulled away for me, and fought some bad patches where my legs were fatiguing. I rolled through the finish as strong as I could, gasping for air with my legs burning.
Turned around in time to see Erin, Andy, and Nicole finish strong. I missed Shannon's finish completely because I was still making my way back to the start.
My effort was good enough for third!
Erin was 2nd in the Cat 4 Women's field, with Shannon taking a well-earned third. Nicole fought hard for a 5th place.
Andy, after spending 17 days off the bike on a trip around Europe, managed third in a strong Senior Women's field.
The team donated all of our winnings back to the Fund. It felt good to be able to support a worthy cause.
Erin Mandato 2nd place Cat 4 women
Shannon Grieb 3rd place Cat 4 women
Nicole LaGorga 5th place Cat 4 women
Andy Maher 3rd place Senior women
Sue Seybolt 3rd place NonTT women