Saturday, April 19, 2014

Early Season Races and Stuff

Hi!

The Choppah here... giving you a little rundown of what we've been up to so far this year.  Sorry to pack it all into one quick post... I promise that we'll get our act together to post more often soon!

And now, please bear with me as I speak about myself in the 3rd person...

OK... so here we go.

South Jersey Spring Series:

Borda, Choppah, SaraB, and BChan all kitted up in the freezing tail end of winter to race the South Jersey Spring Series.  Held through the month of March, the race included a crit each weekend with points contributing to a series podium.

Borda and SaraB practiced their pack riding, cornering, and attacking-like-bats-outta-hell skillz in the 3/4 race.  In the final day of racing, Borda picked up a wicked awesome 4th place finish.

Choppah and BChan spent their time gasping for air while trying to hold the wheel of some super fast 45+ men!  Choppah finished the series with two 3rd place finishes and one 4th place finish.  This was enough to earn 2nd overall in the series and to earn some fast miles in the legs to prep for the "real" races ahead!

Meanwhile... Badger was spending time in SPAIN!!!  That lucky little mammal got to ride some of the most gorgeous roads in Europe with our dear friend SaraZ!  She came back with legs like these from all the climbing:


But, don't stare... she's worried that her muscles got too big.

The team lined up en masse last weekend at Chantilly and Dolan for some wicked racing with the ladies of MABRA!

Mitch captured a 3rd place podium finish at Chantilly on Saturday.

Dolan was a great race - we were in every move that went off for the day... unfortunately, we didn't have the firepower for the finish!

But, there's this that you can watch:



Fun stuff.

OK... that's it for now.  More soon, we promise!!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Dawg Days

It's touted as the "End of Summer" race.

It's a fun circuit in Bowie, MD.

It rains... Every. Single. Year.

It may be one of our favorite events of the season!

It's DAWG DAYS!!

This year, 5 of the CAWES ladies lined up to race against a VERY strong field of MABRA riders.  BChan, Little D, Badger, Borda, and Choppah ignored the overcast skies and the constant threat of rain (which eventually happened, beginning during our race and coming down heavy at the start of the Men's 1/2/3) to start the race alongside the beautiful chicas of ABRT, the super legs at NCVC, and a few one offs from Artemis, EPS, and Colavita (it was great racing with you again, Lindsay!!).

It was a pretty fast race, all in all, with a nice tailwind helping us up the dragger of a climb leading to the finish.  We tried to be very active in the race, hoping to get Little D off in a strong break.  We attacked, we countered, we watched, we waited... but, it was not to happen.

BChan on the attack

Little D being SUPER attentive

With two to go, they offered a Gambler's Prime.  A Gambler's Prime is presented late in the race - with 2 laps to go, usually - and is exactly what it sounds like... do you take the gamble on winning a nice prime (in this case, $100 for first and $50 for second), or do you save your legs for the final sprint?  When we came up toward the line, an NCVC rider leapt for the prime.  Choppah was sitting near the front to position for the final lap leadout and expected others to follow suit.  But, when there was only one rider between The Chop and a $50 prime, she went for it... and got it!

Choppah grabbing the 2nd place Gambler's Prime

With only one to go, Borda and Little D got into great positions in the field.  There was a little argy-bargy at the final curve coming into the finish that bumped Borda back a few spots, but Little D held on for 3rd in the Cat 3s (PODIUM!!!) and 8th overall!  

We had so much fun at this race...it was great to all be together for a wonderful event!  

With the season drawing to a close, the Wasabi Warriors will be spending some down time in the mountains for an end of the season riding weekend and hitting up some Fall Cross races! 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

South Jersey Weekend

It was a South Jersey weekend.  To some, I suppose that means big hair and Bon Jovi.  for Team CAWES it meant celebrations and bike racing!

The weekend began with a party to celebrate the newly crowned Dr. Porkchop.  We ate lots of good food, drank some delicious libations, and just had some quality time together!

And, then... the fun started.

Sunday found us down at Mullica Hill (where the South Jersey Spring Series got our season started) to race against a small, but VERY strong, field of women!  BChan, Little D, Borda, and Choppah lined up against Amy Cutler, Jackie Paull, and Meg Moore for 35 minutes of pain!

The race was fast and, with the little popper hill before the downhill finish, it was also pretty painful!  We launched some attacks and finally managed to get Little D off the front with Amy.  Unfortunately, the move didn't work and Little D came back into the pack while Amy pulled away.  While she soloed the rest of the race, we contemplated tactics for the finish.

With several good sprinters in the field, we knew that it was going to take some wicked speed to make it on the podium.  Little D launched after the first turn of the last lap and kept up the speed up the final hill.  She snuck in behind Jackie and Meg and managed to cross the line 2nd in the sprint and 3rd overall!  PODIUM!


We think it might have been the Unicorn Magic that made Little D sprint that fast.  Just a thought!


It was a fun weekend with the team and we're looking forward to a HUGE field of women coming out for Dawg Days down in Bowie, MD on the 18th!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Cycedrome (AKA: Slip and Slide) Criterium

BChan and I lined up at the Cycledrome Criterium on Saturday.  While I managed to avoid the rain at the Freedom Tour in NJ last weekend, the clouds seemed to stall just above the Rodale Fitness Park this weekend!

It was dry the whole ride up to T-town... as soon as I turned into the parking lot, the drops began to fall.  Sigh.  While I normally don't mind riding in the rain, I have to admit that this race was terrifying.  The course, which is notoriously safe due to it's soft curvy turns and lack of curbs, was a giant slip and slide.  The painted lines that separate the lanes were like mini-ice rinks and the soft curves became perfect locations for a wheel to lose contact with the surface.

This was all made a little worse by the speech that we got on the start line about being careful not to wipe out.  While speeches like this are welcome, they should best be left to generalized statements like, "It's a little slick out there, so please be cautious." Rather than, "Don't take that last curve too quickly, or you'll definitely slide out."  Ummm, yeah... for a "sprinter" like me, that just turned my "dash for the line" into a cautious "lope for the line."

But, I digress....

With a field full of sprinters (Colleen Gulick, Jackie Paull, Emily Elbers, etc.), the vibe was VERY attentive and steady.  Any attacks (of which there were few) were immediately covered and no one got more than a few feet off the front.

Of course, that didn't stop me from trying!  ;)

I launched a few half-hearted jumps toward the end of the race, but knew that they weren't going to let me slip off the front.  Alas, it ended with a field sprint for the line.  As the group fanned out across the road, I saw BChan running up the right hand side.  I stayed left and passed a rider or two before the finish.

We ended up 7th and 9th on the day.  While it wasn't the best day in the saddle, I was SO happy to be back out there with a teammate!  The last few months have been full of ups and downs and this weekend definitely counts as a major up - rain and all!!

Watch for quite a few of us to toe the line at the South Jersey Crit race next weekend!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Feeling HOT HOT HOT!

It's one thing to gradually get used to increasing heat when you're training and racing from May into July.  It's another thing entirely to be completely off the bike due to a major injury only to decide to jump back into training and racing when it's 90 degrees in mid-summer.  Yep, that's what I did this year.

It would have been an awful experience, except that I have a secret weapon...

CERASPORT!!

This stuff is pretty amazing.  It keeps me majorly hydrated even when it's super hot out!  And, since my body didn't really get the chance to adjust or adapt to the heat, it's been a godsend to have Cerasport in my bottles.

You should totally give this stuff a try... if you're looking for a new drink to sample, go to Ceraport's website and use the coupon code "CAWES" to get a little friendly discount!

Thanks to the awesome folks at Cerasport for making wicked delicious products!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Don't Call It A Comeback!

It's been a while since there's been a Porkchop post on the team Blog.  That's mainly because I've spent the last few months laid up with a rather debilitating back/hip/leg/nerve injury.  I spared all of you the gruesome details of my injury, therapy, and recovery, though you're more than welcome to read all about it on my blog here, if you're so inclined.

Now, on to the reason for my post today...

I have recently been back on the bike.  Thanks to many people for getting me out there, for riding with me, for encouraging me, for reminding me to take it easy and listen to my body.  There are too many of you to count, but you know who you are.  Thank you.

I decided that, since I was feeling better, I would try to hop in a race.  I thought that any race with the wicked fast women of the typical 1/2/3 field would leave me popped off the back and pulled.  So, I decided to hop into a 65 mile Master's State Championship Road Race in NJ...in which all of the women's master's fields raced with the Men's 55/65+.

Let's see... no racing since April, barely any riding except for the past two weeks, enter a 65 mile road race.  Yep, sounds like something I would do.

The saving grace was that it was flat.  Pancake flat.  

Mmmm.... pancakes....

Sorry...

Anywho... it was a good day.  I managed to comfortably cover all of the accelerations, confidently sit in the middle of a 50 rider pack, stay in the top 15-20 the whole day, and... finish 15th overall, 2nd out of all of the women, and FIRST in the 35+!

So, my first race back included a podium and a shiny new State Champion jersey!  Wahoo!!!

Now, to get back out there with the rest of the team, kickin' butt and takin' names!!

Thanks, as always to Specialized for making the wicked fast and ever maneuverable Amira!  And, to Rudy Project for protecting my baby blues with their awesome shades!!


Friday, June 14, 2013

Grandview Grand Prix

You guys can you believe it's Friday already? Bad Kat here to report and if I don't get this race report out soon it will get lost in this weekends racing. Saturday was Grandview Grand Prix a Women's Category 123, 20 mile criterium race, part of the Pennsylvania BAR series. The Grandview race is a technical course located in a shady neighborhood in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

I'm partial to this race since I live in the neighborhood. For me it's like being a kid, riding over to "Sally's" house where everyone hangs out and getting the bright idea to race around the block with everyone. The fact that I get to do this in my neighborhood as an adult is just well, awesome.

We had a nice team ready for the race with BChan and Little D. The course was shortened slightly and run backwards than previous years. This made the backside mostly downhill with a bunch of corners. The finish was slightly uphill with enough but not too much real estate from the final corner. 

Little D and BChan helped make sure the race stayed together. Near the end BChan joined Little D near the front while I tried to get in good position for that final corner and sprint. Things got a little chaotic for a moment on the back side during the final lap. Everyone else was trying to do the same thing to get in good position for the sprint. I did my best but looking back 5th wheel into the final corner was probably too far back. I was happy I could round out the podium for the team with 3rd. 

Team results for the day Kathleen Wulfkuhle 3rd, Rebecca Chan 7th, Diedre Ribbens 9th.

Big shout out to Rudy Project for keeping our eyes covered on and off the race course. It seems like every race we get complements on our matching bright green sunglasses.