Friday, February 26, 2010

Without Further Ado - the 2010 CAWES Kits !

Despite the fact that we gave everyone a sneak peak on the CAWES website, we've all fielded many a curious email wondering exactly what the 2010 kits were going to look like. Well, thanks to some huge efforts by Grizzly (with an assist from Badger and Carlos) and a very helpful and expedient Verge staff, the CAWES ladies had our new look on full display last Sunday in DC.

To start, Badger and I played it safe on Saturday by jumping into a computrainer class at Conte's. We chose the Columbia Tri-course and joined 3 other participants for a good hour and a half of suffering ... I mean fun. About 20mins into the session, a gunshot went off. Er, no, that was my rear tire blowing up in a grand fashion. The mechanics at Conte's acted like a NASCAR pit crew, changing the flat and getting me back in action in no time. By the time I was back in action, Robin had taken a sizable lead over our "compu-competitors", all but deflating the two guys who were trying in vain to keep up. We didn't look so faux pro yet since we were awaiting delivery of our 2010 kits ... I think we surprised them.

While Robin and I were killing ourselves to move those tiny bike characters across the screen, Alaina and Sarah were en route from NJ/PA. They arrived at Casa de Meidhof shortly after our computrainer win ... but Grizzly wouldn't let any of us even THINK about peeking at the kits until the rest of the team was there. Give a girl a little power and she uses it like there's no tomorrow. FINALLY, JenCheng, Goat and Chicken showed up for dinner. We decided on sushi and ordered enough to feed a small army. Or just enough to feed 8 cyclists. Either way.

FINALLY, the kits were unveiled. And all I can say is WOW. We had some surprises with the kits - suffice it to say that we'll all have a little mojo with us every time we put the kit on and lululemon makes an awesome pony-tail hat thats perfect under your helmet (and happens to have a color to match our kits!).

We donned our kits and took a few pics for posterity ... unfortunately, Mitch was out of town and so missed out on the kits, the sushi and the fun. Merdhot was kind enough to tolerate the chick-fest and even offer to take pics. Wait a second - that doesn't sound right. I mean that in the most innocuous way !

Without further ado - hereyago ....
did someone say "pictures" ? Plain-Jane, Grizzly and Goat

All smiles in new kits ! L-R, Top to Bottom:
Chicken, PlainJane, Goat, Badger
Grizzly, Sarah, JenCheng (missing: Mitch)

No idea what was happening here ... if this is any indication of the upcoming year, we're gonna have some fun !

Thankfully, Sunday was a gorgeous day for a ride - our first outdoor team venture in at least a month. We set out at a nice, civilized pace ... we wanted to make sure we were going just the right pace to be fast, but not so fast that our new look couldn't be appreciated. Thanks to Merdhot and a few of his fellow DC Velo teammates for letting us tag along for a portion of their ride ... oh and double thanks to Jason for setting Robin's shifting right and trying (in vain) to fix my shifting and chain issues. There was no saving that chain and Conte's hooked me right up when we visited after the ride. I didn't realize how annoying it must've been to everyone riding with me until I got a new chain and adjustment ... it's a whole new world !

Getting to know CAWES #2

Episode #2: Getting to know CAWES - the Sonja Evers edition!

What first drew you to race your bike?

When I lived in Colorado I rode a MTB for fun. Some of my neighbors asked me to join them for a ride, but little did I know that a serious sufferfest was about to ensue. We ended up doing some crazy 4 hour ride up the back side of Pikes Peak on “trails” that are barely discernable as such. I had such a great time that I ended up

going with them 1-2X per week. They suggested that maybe I should race, so I did. We ended up doing a 5-person open at the 24 hours of Moab that year and got on the podium in 2nd place, missing 1st by a mere 2 minutes! What a blast that was.

What motivates you to get on your bike each day?

Well, it serves as one of my main modes of transportation, so that helps. I can’t say that I’m always motivated to do scheduled workouts,

but I like to get out into the woods and ride with Chicken and the dog. I also enjoy good group rides on the road. I think it’s important to mix it up and keep things fresh. It may mean that I’m never quite as “fit” on the bike as I’d like to be, but I’m not burned out.

What is your #1 goal for the 2010 season?

My number one goal is to be a good teammate. I want to improve my ability to execute team tactics and communicate well during key rac

es. My personal goals include making the podium at Iron Cross and doing well at the Shenandoah 100.

What is your favorite bike related word?


What is your least favorite bike related word?


What professional cyclist (living or dead) would you most like to meet in person and why?

Cycling may be the only sport in which you get to meet and race with the riders you admire most. I have been fortunate enough to meet and race with Sue Haywood, Evelyn Stevens, Katie Compton (although she came in 10 minutes ahead of me at Fairhill!), Alison Dunlap (I remember getting lapped by her in a Mountain States Cup race), Laura Van Gilder (also leagues above me in talent), and so many

others. Hmmmm…. I can’t really think of someone I would like to meet that I haven’t, maybe Jeanie Longo.

What cartoon character are you most like and why?

I don’t know. I always liked the old Warner Brothers road runner and coyote cartoons. Mostly because they remind me of Moab and Canyonlands and the super rad towers. Great climbing. And great mountain biking.

What is your racing style? Would you consider yourself a Crit rider, climber, etc?

Aggressive if I am in shape. Conservative if not used to be a climber, but I am better at crits now.

*editor's note: don't let her fool you...she's our Mountain Goat! :)

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Climbing guide, forest ranger, greeter at Walmart, dog trainer, heavy equipment operator, bartender, lumberjack.

“The greatest achievement is selflessness.

The greatest worth is self-mastery.

The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.

The greatest precept is continual awareness.

The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.

The greatest action is not conforming with the world’s ways.

The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.

The greatest generosity is non-attachment.

The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.

The greatest patience is humility.

The greatest effort is not concerned with results.

The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.

The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.”


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Getting to Know CAWES

In order for all of you to get to know the team a little bit better, we've decided to embark on a little interview series.

Episode #1 - Getting to know CAWES, the Jen Cheng Version!

What first drew you to race your bike?

The GW Cycling Team needed women to help the team score points. It was my first taste of misery on the bike. It was also my first taste of collegiate cycling camaraderie. I thought to myself, “I want that!!!” I trained for the next 10 months, and got what I wanted.

What motivates you to get on your bike each day?

I get on the bike every day (even in a snowstorm) because I think about how wonderful it is to get to eat all of the foods I cook and bake without gaining any weight! My friends and family also remind me that I get increasingly sarcastic, smug, and short when I do not ride for a day. All in all, life without my bike would simply not be the same!

What is your #1 goal for the 2010 season?

My goal is to jump into some NRC races, be competitive in the MABRA races, and to represent CAWES through my involvement with the community.

What is your favorite bike related word(s)?

"Shelled" and "Punched it"

What is your least favorite bike related word?

“Catted up”

What professional cyclist (living or dead) would you most like to meet in person?

Jacques Anquetil

What cartoon character are you most like?

Road Runner

What is your racing style?

Crit monster

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

I want to own a pizzeria in Italy and create pizzas based on the customers’ moods – kind of like in the movie “Chocolat.”

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Jencheng, welcome to the world of food, bike and sex.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Announcing Official CAWES 2010 Roster

CAWES powered by Specialized is proud to announce the official 2010 team roster!!

Hitting the road (and trails) this year to compete in
MABRA, PA Bar, NRC, mountain bike and cyclocross races,

Christina Briseno
Jen Cheng
Sonja Evers
Alaina Gurski
Michelle Hart
Sarah Iepson
Leslie Jennings
Robin Meidhof
Wendy Ulmer

With team members in DC, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia,
the girls in lime green will be ripping it up along the eastern seaboard,
across the continental US, and maybe even Europe in 2010!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Announcing the 2010 CAWES Sponsor Line-Up !

CAWES cycling is proud to present our 2010 sponsors !! 

First, we welcome back our illustrious returning sponsors:

We are Specialized.  For the second year in a row, the CAWES ladies will be competing on coveted Specialized machines.  For now, you’ll see us out on the roads of MD, DC, VA, PA, and NJ on our new Amiras, the newest and fastest women-specific ride out there.  Specialized shares our community service mission by promoting wellness on bikes and providing bikes designed for all ages and level of athlete.  Specialized is helping our communities get fit, and that’s something we want to be a part of.

Teaism, a fabulous tea house and restaurant with three locations in the metro area.  Michelle Brown and Linda Neumann opened their first location in 1996 and have expanded both in locations and menu ever-since.  The CAWES girls love to meet at Teaism for lunch (bubble tea and bento boxes …mmmm) or for a snack (we covet salty oatmeal cookies).  Teaism has been a long-time supporter of our women’s-team.

CeraSport keeps the CAWES ladies hydrated … we especially like the EX1 product for long team rides and long days at the races.  Founded by Charlene and Esko Riikonen, Cera Products aren’t just for athletes – their products are recommended for travelers to prevent GI problems, for children and seniors to replace electrolytes lost due to illness and for the US Military to keep our troops hydrated and to help them recover from illness due to travel and change in environments.  We’ve also heard the product is a fantastic recovery drink after one too many libations the night before.

 GamJams keeps us all in the know and sometimes even gives a shout out when we've done something noteworthy ... Entrepreneur Mike May has taken a fledgling website and turned into THE place to check on news, updates, results and general knowledge from interviews to product reviews to who's got pics from that weekend's race.  And lord knows we all love to see ourselves in pics. 

And now, CAWES is proud to welcome our newest supporters and sponsors:

Conte’s Bikes and Fitness will be our one-stop-shop for bike related parts, accessories and services.  Conte’s of Arlington and Conte’s of Bethesda are owned by Jody Bennett and Scott McAhren, feature everything from bike tune ups to Computrainer classes.   Those Amiras we’re getting?  They’ll be assembled and tuned at Conte’s, of course !!

To sweeten the deal, CAWES and Conte’s share a community service mission and we already have plans to partner in rides, clinics and other events to help inspire and encourage new riders.  The ladies of CAWES are excited to have Conte’s on board for 2010.

Maxxis will supply the CAWES squad with training and racing tires for 2010.  Maxxis offers tires for every cycling discipline from road training to MTB racing, and everything in between.  As an added bonus, I hear some of their road tires come in our lime-green.  Talk about a match made in heaven !

Over half of our squad answers to the Slavedriver … my nickname for Coach Mike at Mid-Maryland Coaching.  Mike keeps us honest and helps us to prepare for our individual and team goals … from winning the town-sprint-line to winning some hardware at National and World competitions.   
Dr. George Rhodes has also come on board after helping new-teammate Alaina go fast again after an injury took her out of competition.  If Alaina’s results are the “norm” for Dr. Rhodes’s treatment, maybe we don’t want to advertise to our competition ? 

Sports and Spinal Physical Therapy has also joined our ranks to help keep us healthy.  SSPT specializes in treatment for injury and dysfunctions, offering services from injury prevention and performance enhancement to pain management and rehabilitation.  SSPT also shares the CAWES mission of community service by encouraging employee volunteerism, offering free screening assessments, promoting educational outreach and by sponsoring or participating in wellness clinics, classes and seminars for the community. 

A big thank you to all of our new and returning sponsors - we couldn't do what we do as well as we do it without you.