Date: 11 January 2015 and 24 January 2015
Type: Team meeting, ride, photo shoot and 10th Annual Team Party
Location: Jackson, NJ
Participants: Monica Volk, Nikki Ragonese, Danielle Ferland, Evelyn, Nicole LaGorga, Shannon Grieb, Carren Stika, Jo Johnson, Deborah Leedale-Brown, Barb Statton, Sue Seyboldt, Alli McCabe, Maryanne Caruso, Cristina Cortes, Teresa DiSessa-Johnson
Riptide Cycling has kicked off 2015 with a very active January. The began with a team gathering where new sponsored goodies including Castelli Race Kits, Castelli Anniversary Kits, Lazer Helmets, Vittoria Shoes, Ogio International Bags and more were distributed to the team. The goody distribution was followed by a team photo-shoot by former teammate and cycling photographer Jan Curran. Individual head shots, group shots and some fun photos of the team were all captured. We are thankful for our former riders who stay committed to this team even after retirement, special thanks to Jan for taking the time out of your weekend for us! A quick team meeting to discuss plans for 2015 season followed by a structured 2 hour indoor trainer session finished off a very productive and successful day.
This past weekend the team was back together at the owner's home for the 10th Annual Riptide Cycling Party. The team is all very excited about this milestone and what better way to celebrate it than spending time together. Two of our dearest sponsors EPS/CSS and Brielle Cyclery joined us on our very special night, thank you Toni and James for your support and involvement from day one, the team loves you! As for our other sponsors who were not able to make it, we missed you all and hope that you will be able to make it in future years, we are thankful for your support. In addition to partying, awards honoring the accomplishments of 2014 riders were distributed. Congratulations to Colleen Gulick our MVP, Erin Mandato our Most improved Rider, and Bobbie Mach our Team Riptide Award Winner. Honorable mentions to Deborah Leedale-Brown, Shannon Grieb and Audrey Wendowloski, Audrey has been with the team since 2005! Memorable videos of Team Riptide over the past 10 years were shown and how can we forget the food! Dinner and dessert was a team effort and the end result was a work of art! A great night was had by all! We can not thank our sponsors, friends and family that make this team possible enough, our dreams to pursue cycling wouldn't be a reality without you!
Colleen Gulick-2014 MVP
Erin Mandato-Most Improved Rider
Bobbie Mach-Team Riptide Award