Monday, April 19, 2010

Carl Dolan Circuit Race

Another good weekend for the CAWES team.

Mitch took 2nd at the Chantilly Crit by winning the field sprint!

The Carl Dolan Circuit Race was on Sunday and this video may say it best...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Getting to Know CAWES #3

This episode of getting to know CAWES focuses on Wendy Ulmer!

What first drew you to race your bike?

I used to run and got talked into doing a sprint-tri. Seeing as I hadn’t been on a bicycle since I was 16, I had to learn how to ride a bike again ! So, I got a boy to help me. He was a road racer, so I went to see him race at Binghamton. I stood in the first corner and watched the pro-boys lean through that turn going super fast and inches away from each other. Right then I knew – I want to do that !

What motivates you to get on your bike each day?

Motivation changes from day to day – some days it’s a stress relief, you know, to blow off steam. Some days it’s because I want to feel that burn, feel the progress and know it’ll help me play with the big-girls and be there for my teammates. Sometimes it’s the weather and I just want to be outside enjoying the sunshine. And sometimes, I’m not gonna lie, it’s because of that bowl of ice cream I know I want to have later that night!

What is your #1 goal for the 2010 season?

That’s a tough one – I think racing w/o injury would be a no-brainer as everyone’s first goal. Beyond that, I want to be fit enough to race with my girls at Philly this year and to enjoy L’Etape du Tour in July.

What is your favorite bike related word?

“Criter”. Short for a Criterium Specialist. Come on, it makes you giggle just a little bit.

What is your least favorite bike related word?

“Catted Up” Drives me nuts. You upgraded. You got your “insert category number here”. Catted up just sounds silly.

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

I don’t follow pro cycling as much as most amateur cyclists do, so I have limited answers here. I don’t really dream of meeting pro-cyclists in particular – that whole star-struck thing doesn’t work for me. I had the pleasure of hanging out with Jonathan Vaughters a couple years back – he’s hysterical, by the way. I’m sure meeting Lance would be interesting.

What cartoon character are you most like and why?

I’ve got nuthin’ on this one. I asked Badger and she said Velma from Scooby Doo. I disagree.

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

D – an all-arounder. On any given day I can be decent at crits, hills or TTs … The one thing I am NOT is a sprinter. Thank goodness I have a few good sprinters on the team!

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

I’d love to write – most of my teachers/professors throughout my educational career have commented that I should be a writer. Actually, they marveled that I’m doing numbers for a living instead of writing.

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

On your left. Hopefully he provides a good draft on the way through !


Before I even talk about the race, I have to send a super special "Thank You" shout out to Nicole and Andrew! They were the most amazing hosts we could have dreamed of! Providing us with some WICKED digs to stay in, cooking us an AMAZING dinner, and having a massage therapist on hand. Absolutely incredible. You two are AWESOME!!! You made the weekend great for us...really great!

Now, on to the race itself. Wow...

As expected, it was a tough race. We got really lucky with the weather. What started out looking like Jeff Cup Part Deux, ended up being sunny and in the low 50s. We did, however, have some wicked winds that really ripped up your legs if you were off on your own.

The field, as expected, stayed together until the first big climb. Then, it essentially shattered. The pace of the front group was quick down the back side and though Goat and Eeps got close to catching on, we couldn't quite get our group going strongly enough to bridge the gap. Goat eventually managed to do so on her own later in the race, only to have the favorites attack again and blow the remaining group apart. Eeps was lucky enough to get into a small chase group for most of the last half of the race. Grizzly and Jencheng TT'ed their way to strong finishes at one is undoubtedly one of our toughest races of the season. Chicken ripped it up in the Cat 3 race finishing mid-pack and having a good day in the saddle! While we all may have liked to do things differently, better, or smarter, it was a great day of racing and a fun and challenging course. One thing is for certain....we were all smiles and we looked DARN good in our kits!

photo courtesy of Dave McElwaine at Cycling News

Thursday, April 1, 2010

CAWES is biggest threat to the Tour of the Battenkill

As the ladies are getting ready to race the Tour of the Battenkill in Cambridge, NY next week, they sat down today to discuss tactics, strategy, and post celebratory alcoholic beverages. Eeps and Grizzly took the day off of work to drive down to D.C. to meet with Goat, Chicken and Jencheng to discuss the biggest race of the season: Battenkill. With five ladies lining up next Saturday, CAWES expects to dominate the 62 mile road race that is a cross between Poolesville RR, Lost River Barn RR, and the Kelly Acres infamous rides (which should really be called a race because everyone seems to be hammering on that ride - maybe we're racing for KA chili...).

CAWES feels extremely prepared for this race - especially since they previewed it once and didn't die. Although past winners of this race include Evelyn Stevens, results don't faze the CAWES girls; the green will conquer!!

Grizzly: "We had a great race at Jeff Cup last week, and I think the team has had lots of time to train together this winter. The weather really afforded that."

Chicken: "Cyclocross season and cross country skiing in D.C. during Snowpocalapse really prepped me well for this race."

Jencheng: "I think all of the MABRA crit racing that I've been doing for the last 4 years prepared me well. I'm fully prepared to attack over the course of the 62 miles the way I attack in crits."

Eeps: "I'm gonna bring my video camera and take pictures - by on the lookout for videos!"

Goat: "I think we're prepared for this race. I've got my K-tape, but we'll see what happens."

Well, there you have it. Other topics of discussion included how many people we should send off the front during the last 15 miles of the steep gravel climbs. Jencheng will initiate the first attack. Champagne will be served at the end of the race upon winning, so please feel free to stop by and say hi when we roll through like the Astana team with champagne glasses on the bike. Our champagne may be green...