Monday, April 25, 2011

New Steeds!

A HUGE thank you to Mike Abrams and Specialized for outfitting the team with some amazing machines this year. We are so happy and so proud to be riding the new S-Works Tarmac SL3 for 2011!
An additional enormous shout out to the crew at Twenty20 Cycling! Thanks for fielding dozens of phone calls, building bikes, doing fits, and just generally treating us like VIPs! We promise to always walk through your door armed with cookies, beer, or other delicious and tasty treats!
Here's to a great 2011 season!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ninj-uries

Can't click, can't draw, and it appears that the bonk to the head has compromised my design skills too...

I can go home and haz a ice cream now?


- Elbows

Monday, April 18, 2011

Top Secret, Super-Special Kits!! REVEALED!

This weekend's racing included a windy, off-and-on rainy day at Chantilly and a sunny day with riders at Carl Dolan in Maryland and Lower Providence in Pennsylvania.

All in all, the Ladies in Lime had a great showing...hitting the podium on both days and scoring 4 top 5 finishes! We're still working on getting the kinks out of our leadout train - but we are working together more smoothly every time we hit the road!

Weekend results...

Chantilly Crit:
Mitch 2nd - PODIUM
Kacy 4th
Robin 6th

Carl Dolan:
Mitch 3rd - PODIUM
Arley 5th
Ky 8th

On Sunday, the girls revealed our top-secret special kit!! For those of you who weren't out and about at the races...here's a peek!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Maxxis to the Max

I've been rolling around all winter on Gatorskins. It is, afterall, quite nice to have nice thick tires on your bike when you're out on ugly winter roads. But, unless your racing Battenkill or another Roubaix style race, they are not the most ideal.

So...the morning of the Naval Yard Crit, I switched my Gatorskins out for Maxxis Cormets. I figured that they were the perfect tire for the day - a little heftier for an urban crit that could have some debris on the course (there wasn't much), but still built for speed. Little did I know how AWESOME these tires would be.

These tires hugged the road like Elmyra embracing a cute little bunny rabbit.

These tires were smooth and light and racing and riding on them was a dream!


Monday, April 11, 2011

The Battenkizzle...

Looks like Canada is already sweating the Wasabi. Peanut Butter & Co. is next!!

Race Goal: Top 20 and finish in the front group
Plan A: Let the course whittle the pack down. Don't go with any break unless Anna McLoon is in it.
Plan B: If the pack stays together, sprint like hell.

I expected the mileage and climbing to break up the field more than they did. Juvederm had a bunch of riders at the front controlling the pace and occasionally launching failed attempts at breakaways. Lots of people crowded the yellow line, and I had to give a few riders the ol' stink elbow to defend my space. McLoon attacked on the 3rd hill (paved road) and broke up the pack, but the group came back together on the descent. The next hill was a dirt/gravel stair step in 3 sections. It was easier to spin up it in the saddle to keep traction. I hung on Anna's wheel and hoped she would attack on the dirt descent. Yes! She went screaming down the dirt with me and a Cyfac rider in tow. We had a gap and I was committed. Anna and I pulled through several times, but Cyfac lady blew up. It wasn't going to stick so we sat up and waited for the pack. The final dirt sections whittled away some of the strong riders, but the swarm behind us was still bigger than I expected.

The last 10 miles and final climb were a total clown show. Really slow. Juvederm kept attacking and then sitting up. Crap, this was going to come down to a field sprint. I couldn't figure out who Juvederm's designated sprinter was, so I decided to avoid them all lest they sit up and block. I sat in somewhere around 8th wheel, took the inside corner on the final 2 turns, and passed everyone but Lex Albrecht (Juvederm) to take 2nd. Holy crap. Peter came rushing up with a hug and kept telling me that I sprinted like a missile. Finally when I asked how his finish was, he was all like, "Oh yeah, I won." Holy Crap. Congrats to Pedro on winning by 40 seconds as a newly minted cat 4!!!

Finally, instead of trying to TT away like a hyperactive monkey on coke, I accomplished the goal with the secret weapons of 1. Elbows, 2. Brain, 3. Spring. I can't believe how much I'm already learning from the team, Mike, and Bob.

Congrats to all on their great races this weekend!

-Kacy "Elbows" Wander




3 States, 2 Days, 1 Wicked AWESOME Podium

The Wasabi Warriors were out in force this weekend, taking on races in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Whether it was a technical and flat crit, a hilly road race, or the unyielding gravel roads of the 'Kill...the Grrls in Green made it a point to put their stamp on the races.

With 2 top 5 finishes, 6 top 10 finishes, and a great amount of teamwork at the Naval Yard Crit, CAWES had a great weekend of racing!

Brief summary of the weekend's results:

Cherry Blossom Crit:
Becky Chan - 8th place
Kacy Wander - 12th place
Alaina Gurski - 15th place

Fulton Road Race:
Ky Hunter - 9th place


Naval Yard Crit:
Arley Kemmerer - 5th place
Becky Chan - 8th place
Sarah Iepson - 12th place
Ky Hunter - 13th place
Alaina Gurski - 18th place
Robin Meidhof - 19th place

And...

Tour of the Battenkill:
Kacy Wander - 2nd PLACE!!!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Every Clime and Place


The Marines' Hymn may say that Marines fight in "every clime and place where we could take a gun," but resident Marine Ramba takes it a step further. Proving that every climb and place is more suited to riding than fighting she found herself (with wasabi warriors, of course!) on top of a snow covered mountain and, less than 48 hours later, in shorts riding around the DC Cherry Blossoms in 80 degree sunshine. With options like this, Ramba may be trading ooh-rahs for cries of wwwaaaassssssaaaaabbbbiiiii!!!!!


Camp CAWES

The team headed to Virginia this past weekend for Camp CAWES! It was destined to be a great adventure, and with the mountains still covered with white caps of snow, we were not disappointed.

A quick stop at Twenty 20 (I hope Kris shared the cookies!!) on the way south led to a great collection of goodies from our favorite bike sponsor Specialized!! We can't thank Mike Abrams and Specialized enough for the amazing shoes, helmets, and saddles.


Friday started out on an interesting note with the Porkchop being hit up by a nasty stomach flu! Not to be outdone by the Porkchop, Mike, Arley and BChan got a bit turned around while out on an evening ride and had to be rescued by the Sheriff from the far side of the mountain. Needless to say, it was an interesting start to the weekend!



We enjoyed some great riding on Saturday, with a team tactic clinic in the morning and a jaunt up Reddish Knob in the afternoon. We celebrated the Ramba's birthday Saturday night with a fantastic birthday dinner of short ribs, wasabi mashed potatoes, and daikon radish cole slaw. It was a very nice end to a tough day on the bike! Sunday was a simple, quiet ride about the valley (Porkchop actually joined in that day and had a smile on her face the whole time!).

All in all, it was a fun weekend of riding, bonding, and (of course) eating!! We can't wait to get some racing underway this upcoming weekend - the Wasabi Warriors will be hitting the road in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania this weekend!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Desert Diva


So unfortunately, work interfered with my attendance at the team training camp this year. I found out with a couple day's notice that I had to head out west to Tucson, Az for a series of meetings. Fortunately, there is an awesome shop out there that takes really good care of me and Tucson is one of my favorite places to ride. My trips here usually start and end with a visit to Miles Ahead Cyclery where Geoff and Todd always make sure I'm ready to ride.
After my meetings ended for the day I was able to make it over to Mt. Lemmon before sunset for some great climbing, even better views, and one of the best descents ever!!


The roads in Tucson are great for cyclists. There are bike lanes on almost every road and there is great climbing and great views right outside of the city limits.

However, there is one very important lesson to remember....When you are used to riding in 30-40 degree weather, don't go try to climb a desert mountain at 1pm in 100 degree heat! If you do, your face might just end up matching your brand new Miles Ahead hot pink water bottle!