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!


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 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...


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 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....


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.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bunny Hop Race Recap

After the conclusion of Speed Week and the subsequent drive home, I decided somewhere near the North Carolina/Virginia border at about 11pm on Saturday evening that I would race Bunny Hop regarless of how tired I was or how I was going to get to the race.  This decision definitely toes the edge of reason, but I was sticking to it!

We rolled into Baltimore at about 3:30am, I went to bed at 4:15am and woke up at 8am to lead the Specialized Women's Ride Day sponsored by Twenty20 Cycling Co. (more on that later!).  After wrapping up that lovely ride, I dashed home, packed up, and left for the race.  With 30 minutes to spare, and having a decent warm up after the earlier ride, I pinned my number, talked strategy with Little D, and we rolled up to the start line.

Compsed of wide lanes and three turns, Bunny Hop is your classic MABRA office part crit - not the most exciting of courses, but good for sprinters and the potential breakaway.  There were about 20 ladies in the field, including a strong Artemis contingent, NCVC, and ABRT ladies.  D and I made sure to stay in the top half of the field at all times, chase down any breaks that went, and even picked up a prime.  With 3 laps to go the pace started to ramp up, and with 1 to go a small gap was established with about 5 girls, including D and myself.   From there, I railed the last turn and jumped and was able to stick the W!  Adding to the excitement was the fact that Little D finished with a strong 9th place, and 3rd in the Cat 3 field!  A great way to end an awesome week of cycling.

Thanks to Artemis for putting on a well organized race, Diedre for coming out and racing that crit like a champ, and Bass Wolf + Red Thunder for getting me to the race!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Turkey Hill Country Classic

On Saturday Little D, Hulk Borda and myself (Bad Kat) toed the line at the Turkey Hill Country Classic in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It was a Women’s Category 3/4 52 kilometer Road Race.  The course is about a 10km loop in farm country with some big rolling hills. There is also a short punching “wall” climb thrown in the last lap of the women’s race. Some of the other races had the wall climb on multiple laps.  It is a full day of events with running races in the morning and Turkey Hill on hand all day handing out their famous free ice cream and iced tea drinks.

The field contained a number of the Mid-Atlantic women’s teams represented with many category 3’s hungry for upgrade points.

Little D patrolled the front ready to get into a break should the opportunity present itself. Hulk was gaining some valuable race experience in a mixed category field. That left me to play the sprinter card. I floated along mid pack, stayed out of trouble and kept an eye on things at the front.

The challenges on the course besides the terrain were to not get caught out having to chase back on after some of the corners and a cross wind that made drafting in places a little tricky.

On the last lap when we reached the wall climb Little D punched it. Stephanie Gonzalez of Equipe Vitesse was able to follow. They got a gap and started to work together up the false flat that follows the wall. I made it up the wall unscathed, but suffering, and waited for the second group to form.

Stephanie of Equipe Vitesse put in a dig to secure the strong women move and rode it in solo for the win. The chase group caught up to Little D. At that point I was dangling and had a serious gut check moment. I let out a tiny roar, okay it was more like a blah, but that gave me the extra little something I needed to get onto the wheel I as dangling off.

We turned onto the road with the big rollers as a group of seven. After the last hill Little D put in a pull that kept things moving. The finishing sprint had a headwind. I reminded myself to be patient and go late. Katherine Klausing of North Tek Gear played the early sprint card. I held her wheel. I was a little too patient. Out of the corner of my eye to the left I saw Lauren Festa of Peanut Butter & Co./Human Zoom starting her sprint. So I jumped, but it wasn’t enough. Lauren ended up 2nd and 3rd for me.

The team results for the day; Kathleen Wulfkuhle (Bad Kat) 3rd, Diedre Ribbons (Little D) 8th, Kristin Borda (Hulk) 26th.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Ladies' Ride at Twenty20!

This past Saturday was the Twenty20 Ladies Ride!

While Ze Badger continued to hone her reffing skills and Little D was ripping it up at the Tour of Page County, a few of us gals headed to Twenty20 to lead a "ladies only" ride!

We were worried that we wouldn't have a great turn out, but we ended up with a solid crew of women on the ride!  Led by the fantastically awesome BChan, we enjoyed a gorgeous morning on the roads of Baltimore.

One lovely lady on the ride hadn't been on the bike since she was a kid.  There's no doubt that she was nervous...she didn't want to hold anyone back, she didn't want to be a bother to anyone, she just wanted to ride her bike.  Grizzly and I worked with her along the way with her hand position on the bars, gearing, pedaling, cadence, etc.  By the end of the day, her confidence was up, her skills were vastly improved, and she had a smile that simply wouldn't quit!

See??  Look at that SMILE!!!

We are so happy that we could do this ride.  We are so glad that we had absolutely PERFECT weather for it.  We are so geeked that the ladies who came out had a great time and, hopefully, learned something new!

Next weekend, we'll be back at Twenty20!  This time, we'll be riding on behalf of the shop, the team, and our FAVORITE bike sponsor, Specialized!  We'll be leading another ride as part of the National Women's Ride Day!

So, come on out to Twenty20 on Sunday, May 5th, 2013 for the ride.  Please be at Twenty20 at 9:00am.  Butts on the saddle for departure at 9:30!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Race Recaps... The Abbreviated Version!

So, the ladies of CAWES have been out and about lately...we've been here, we've been there...we've been racing our SWEET Specialized bikes - though, I think Choppah's ride may be a few sizes too small...

We've been proudly displaying our new Verge kits... both the standard green and the fantastically special white versions...

And, we've been posting some pretty good early season results... if we do say so ourselves.

So, here's a quick rundown of the last couple of weeks.

Salisbury Road Race: Bad Kat launches into the 2013 season with 5th place!

Morgantown Road Race: Little D has a strong showing for 7th place!

Soyoco Circuit Race:  Bad Kat brought home a podium with a 3rd place finish!

Chantilly Criterium: Little D takes 3rd in the Cat 3 field and 6th overall.
                                 BChan is 4th in the 1/2/3 and 7th overall.  
They brought home some dollahs...

Carl Dolan Circuit Race: 
      Women's 1/2/3: Bad Kat was 6th followed by BChan, Little D, and Choppah in 12-14th!
      Women's 4: Borda took 7th

All American Road Race: Choppah took 3rd in the field sprint for 9th and Little D was 12th

Lower Providence Criterium: 
       Women's 1/2/3: BChan took on the big dawgs for a 4th place finish in the sprint with Choppah and Little D in 18th and 21st.
       Women's 4: Borda took 6th in a full field sprint!

Needless to say, we've been busy little cyclists.  We hope to continue racing hard and enjoying our time on the bikes together.

On Saturday, April 27th, we're super stoked to be taking a bit of a racing break to join our sponsor shop, Twenty20 and Specialized Bikes in hosting a Women's Ride!  Please join us at Twenty20 in Hampden, MD for either the beginner or the intermediate group ride.  Both rides will leave the shop at 11am.  But, please be there by 10:30 so we can meet everyone and get organized for the rides.  

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Amazing Amiras! And the Naval Yard Crit

This past weekend, we had our first official team event at the Naval Yard Criterium in Philadelphia, PA.  It was also the debut of BChan and Little D's Specialized S-Works Amiras!
BChan railing through turn 1 on her hot new ride!
Hulk and Lemming raced the Women's Cat 4 race, which turned out well for Hulk as she got in a break and took 5th place!

The Women's Cat 1/2/3 race boasted a tough field, including the Fearless Femme squad with United States National Criterium Champion Theresa Cliff-Ryan.  The CAWES squad stayed tough, however, and Porkchop, Bad Kat, and BChan stuck through to the finish.
The peloton, including some familiar Wasabi Warriors!

Everyone agreed that we are glad to be getting back to racing, but we definitely need a few more crits in our legs!

The best part of the race was getting to ride my sweet S-Works Amira!  Specialized knows how to build an awesome bike, and the Amira is no exception.  Light as a feather, but super stiff, this baby accelerates faster than I can believe.  Plus, she's not a bad looking little bike, either.
Little D's beautiful Specialized S-Works Amira.
A big thanks to our sponsors, Specialized and Twenty20 Cycling Company, for helping me and BChan get our bikes up and running for the race.

In addition to new bikes, we got to model our sweet Verge kits and Rudy Project Noyz sunglasses.  Not a bad looking bunch, if I may say so myself!
L to R:  Hulk, Bad Kat, Little D, BChan, and Porkchop.
All in all, I really enjoyed my first race as a CAWES rider.  I'm looking forward to racing Chantilly and Carl Dolan this upcoming weekend!

-Little D

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Its All Good

Friday afternoon I burned rubber in the parking lot at work and set my compass south.  BETHESDA BOUND!  I made record time and met Badger and Choppah for some quality time in Maryland.  We decided to start out our evening with a relaxing, beginner-level Power Yoga class.  Power - definitely.  Relaxing - not so much :)  Kudos to Choppah for being able to hold "Tree" pose with her eyes closed -without putting a foot down.

Sore from all of the Planks and Chaturangas, we set out on Saturday for some miles on the road.  Nothing like quality time with a group of awesome women.  I was so excited to meet and ride with two amazing ladies who have deep roots with the CAWES team: Sara Zeigler and Leslie Jennings.  After the ride, Leslie, with her new baby in her arms, even hosted us for a yummy lunch.  Amazing conversation and lots of laughter ensued :)

Today was the last of the South Jersey Spring Series races...and the second race of my 2013 season.  Like last week, the ladies were racing with the Men's Masters 45+ field today.  I was honored to be in the race with a bunch of other female racers, especially many ladies from the EPS/CSS/Riptide Cycling team.  Last week I couldn't quite hang in with the field after the first few laps;  therefore, my primary goal today was to finish the race with the main group.  Luckily, I was able to snag a few goodies from Badger.  So, I was rocking my new CeraSport bottle and was able to hydrate using this awesome product.  I'm new to the team and have never before used this awesome drink mix.  What a great product - good flavor without being sticky or overly sweet.

I had plenty of time to do my full warm-up, so I was feeling great at the start line.  Lap-after-lap, there I was...with the main group.  I felt confident and strong, gaining positions on the one hill of the course and not giving up anything in the corners!  Although I did gap on the hill at the bell lap, I still met my goal.  I finished with the main group!  I am so happy that these Spring Series races were available for me to get my legs and my mind in order.

After the race, I came home and refueled with yummy snacks from Teaism.   Enjoying a salty oatmeal cookie and some Star of Africa Rooibos tea in my new Brew Mug was a perfect way to recover.  Even Leo approves!

All in all - it has been a FABULOUS weekend.  Friends, yoga, food, and bikes.  Its all good!  HULK SMASH!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Now, That's a Happy Tummy!

So, I had a little incident recently.  Don't worry, this post won't go to the limits of TMI, but let's just say that I tested out a sports drink sample that I was given and it wasn't good.

Now, those that know me know that I have a stomach of lead.  I can (and do) eat just about anything.  Hence my adorable nickname.

But, this stuff (which will remain unnamed, as I'm sure it's great for someone else) wreaked utter havoc on my stomach.  This has never happened to me before.  And, it definitely wasn't something else that I ate.  I'm sure you all are wondering why I am sharing this on the team blog rather than pouring my guts out (haha... get it... guts...out!  Ha.  I kill me.) on my own blog.  Well, because I was saved by a sponsor, that's why!!

I ended up not only severely dehydrated after my post-sample-tasting, but also remembering why I am a solid Cerasport user!  Not only is this stuff absolutely yummy (every flavor is good, although my personal faves are the orange and pomegranate-Acai-blueberry EX1!), but it's so good in my belly!!

With rice syrup as a sweetener, I've found that Cerasport sits better on a racing stomach (which is often inhabited by an odd combination of gu packs, peanut butter, and bananas) and doesn't have the crash of sugar.

The fantastic combo of hydrating super powers and belly friendliness makes Cerasport one of the best things in my cycling pantry!

Thanks to the team at Cera Products for being dedicated sponsors of Team CAWES and the Choppah's happy racing belly!!!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Being Green on St. Paddy's Day

It's so EASY being green on St. Paddy's Day (and yes, this particular Wasabi Warrior spells it with d's, not t's)!

Borda, BChan and Porkchop spent their morning drinking beer.  No, no wait... that's a different post.

Borda, BChan and Porkchop spent their morning racing bikes!  Yep, that the post I was looking for!

The three warriors hit the South Jersey Spring Series Moon'e Crit on a brisk Irish morn.  And, boy, was it brisk!  The headwind coming up the one small hill on the course, through the finish and up the one even smaller hill on the course was enough to make it a bit of a tough day.  Combine that with a first lap prime, and you have a fast-from-the-gun-a-bunch-of-boys-and-us kinda day!  Us includes Betty Tyrell of Somerset!  <3  We love her!!

After a fast start, the race got... well, a bit faster.  By the third or fourth lap, the heavy headwind began to tear the field to bits.  Porkchop made her way up to a chasing group, while a lead group of 6 got away.  After a long 40 minutes, she finished the race happily and safely (and without any feeling in her toes) in 13th.

BChan and Borda found their rhythm and made sure to make a few of the 45+ men bow down to the power of Wasabi as they cruised around the course!  BChan was so tough that she also hopped in the Men's 3/4 race, claiming that both the headwind and a few more men needed to be exposed to the power of the 1/2 Irish lassie on the team (in case you were unaware, she's Irish on her Mother's side!).

Thanks to Team Independence and Matt Warner for putting on a great series of races - we are happy that we could be a part of this one!  And, a huge shout out to the awesome guys of South Jersey, PA, and beyond who came out to make racing today fun, tough, and awesome!

Photos courtesy of Gina Mooney!  Thanks!!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Darth Vader and Team Training

Oh Borda . . . 
Kat Fite and Lemming becoming closer.
Despite this being my second year on the team, this was my first training session - as well as the three newbies': Borda, Dierdre, and Kat-Fite. We joined the Grizzly, Beercan, and Choppah for a day of fun in the (thankfully sunny) beautiful farmland of Maryland.  Darth Vader (aka the wonderful Mike Birner) kicked our asses for almost 4 hours, and I'm sure I don't speak only for myself when I say we loved EVERY minute of it.

We couldn't have asked for a better day - the weather was incredible, and we were ecstatic that the day was in our favor.  We started our ride rolling on roads surrounded by farm-land - up and down rolling hills.  Mike [Birner] took us to a field behind a school and we ran some technique drills.  Leaning drills, bottle pick-ups (which I SUCK at, btw), wheel taps, bunny hops, all of it to prepare us for extreme race situations.  Watching Borda head-butt Birner made us all laugh hysterically, and I have to say that all those drills really did help me feel comfortable riding so close.   There is nothing like a little rear tire-bumping and [attempting to ] push someone off their line across a bumpy field to make you feel closer to your teammates!

Borda head-butting Birner

It's funny. I've done these drills before; in fact, the Choppah and I rode around goose-poo covered Fairmount park a couple times doing these same drills. However, it was awesome doing the drills with these girls in particular.   
BChan face.

Post-field torture, we went on a "real" ride, practicing our pace-lining, and putting in a little effort, followed by some more torture on a nice hilly loop. Feeling the sun beating down on us and riding together in a group was just so awesome.
BChan and Deirdre looking fabulous.
Following our ride, we spent a little time eating gluten-free cookies and homemade bars (thanks D!) and then watched Darth Vader fight a Grizzly.  It was pretty awesome.

Grizzly VS. Darth Vader

I look forward to doing it all again.  Race season is  upon us, which means I will see these awesome ladies almost every weekend.  I can't WAIT!

Birner showing off his mad track-stand skillz.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Century Sunday!

Greetings, Internet!

Well, it seems that winter is nearly over, and the racing season is upon us.  Though this blog has been a little quiet lately, the ladies of CAWES have been busy preparing for the racing season.  Though we were looking forward to the first team clinic of the year two weekends ago, inclement weather forced us to cancel.  Nevertheless, the New Jersey contingent packed it up and came down to Charm City for a morning of trainer riding while watching Omloop, and a quick trip to Twenty20.

The next Sunday, while Porkchop was busy composing songs, BCHAN and DRibb hit the road for one last long day of base miles.  I always seem to get into trouble when I ride with cross riders, and that day was no exception, as we ended up doing a Century Sunday!  Our journey took us north, past the respective ostrich, poultry, and alpaca farms, through horse country and into PA, across the Mason-Dixon line, past a mini waterfall, and through the Pretty Boy Dam area.  We rode through a couple miles of gravel, made a pit stop in the town of Stewartstown, where an incredulous gas station patron could not believe we had ridden pedalin' bicycles all the way up there.  

DRibb @ the Mason-Dixon Line.

We got lost trying to get out of Stewartstown, and though it was a sunny day it was really windy.  I, admittedly, cracked at one point about 2/3s of the way through the ride.  Fortunately I had Little D, who is quite the climber, at my side talking me down (or up?) off the edge of bonk-town.  In the end, thanks to two valuable miles gained while we were lost, we made it a full 100 miles-- DRibb’s first century, which she finished in style, and definitely my first century in a long long time.  Good stuff.

This weekend, thanks to the Snow Storm that never was, the Wasabi Warriors will be hitting the road for a training clinic.  Look for updates on that soon, and keep an eye out for the squad a race near you.  


Thursday, January 17, 2013


Hoping to become a level A official - giving her the chance to officiate at national and international races like those on the NRC and UCI calendar - Badger attended the USA Cycling Officials Clinic in Virginia.  An exhausting long weekend of study, those who attend this clinic spend all day in classes, study into the wee hours of morning, submit homework every day, and finish out the weekend with a wicked hard test.  The best part?  Our Badger didn't just pass the test, she scored the HIGHEST grade in the HISTORY of the Level A exam!!!!

We have some serious "Smarty-Pants-es" on this team!!

We're so very proud of Badger on her amazing dedication to officiating and to the sport of cycling.  Because these folks give more of their time than most realize, we have the chance to race our bikes safely and fairly.  Thanks to all of the officials who provide such an amazing service to the cycling community.

We'd also like to give a shout out to a few other notable MABRA folks who have achieved greatness lately....

Steve Tondora and Paul Behrends - who also received their Level A officiating licenses.

Mimi Newcastle - who was awarded the Northeast Regional Official of the Year!  WOW!!!  We're so happy for you and proud of you, Mimi!!!

While the Badger was out being all smart and stuff, a Grizzly and a Porkchop were attending the PA Bar banquet and picking up some awesome team bling.  Individually, team members collected medals for 1st place Cat 3 Women (Jackie McClure), 3rd place Elite Women (Jackie McClure), 2nd place Elite Women - Out of State Rider (Sarah Iepson), 4th place Elite Women (Alaina Gurski), 2nd place 35+ Women (Alaina Gurski), and 5th place Cat 4 Women (Sara Brams-Miller).

Gursk and Choppah were very proud to accept, on behalf of the 2012 team, the awards for 1st place Women's Team and 1st place Small Team.  Blingety-Bling-Bling!!  In addition to the awards listed above, Becky Chan, Robin Meidhof, and Nikki Raspa all contributed PA Bar points to the team awards.  These awards will soon grace the shelf of our sponsor shop Twenty20!