Saturday, September 19, 2015

Looking Towards 2016

As we look back at the 2015 season, we are happy to have had such an amazing year of racing.

Kirstin Borda took the overall win in the Category 3/4 New Jersey Spring Series.

Sarah took the win in the 35+ Master's Road Race and Time Trial Championships.

 Beth brought home another state champion jersey in the 30+ Time Trial.

All in all, the team logged over 20 podiums and 5 wins.  For a team of only 6 riders, that's not too shabby!  Annnnd, at the NJ State Banquet later this year, we'll bring  home the Garden State Cup 1st place Team Award.

To say that we've had a great season would be an understatement.  We've grown as individual riders and as a team, working on developing strong lead outs, always being aggressive, and having FUN while we do it.

We held a great in jury prevention workshop at our sponsor Specialized Physical Therapy and worked hard to rep our amazing sponsors both on and off the bike.

We thank our sponsors once again, for their continued support of the squad and belief in us!

As we turn to 2016, there will be some changes afoot.

It is with a bit of sadness, but much love that we announce that Kristin will be returning "home" and rejoining the Action Wheels women's race team for next season.  This wonderful group of women have been like our sister team, as we were welcomed into the Action Wheels family.  Kristin will undoubtedly bring some strong legs and experience to the team.  They're going to be a force to reckon with, for sure.

The next big piece of news is that we're joining forces with the women of Team EPS/CSS p/b Shebell and Shebell.  The newly created Riptide-CAWES team draws from the strengths of each squad - adding our strong break riders to their powerful team of sprinters.  We expect that this combination of powerful squads will allow us to make some serious waves in both the local races and in the regional NRC/NCC and USA Crits series races.

Riders joining the Riptide-CAWES team will be Beth Bonilla, Maria Dziembowska, Meredith Ehn, and Sarah Iepson.

For now, we leave you with the mystery of how, exactly, we will blend orange, green, and blue and what the heck the 2016 kit will look like.  All we can say is... it's sure to make our butts look FAST!!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Last Race of the Year

Today was the last race of the 2015 season.  Meredith and I lined up at the Doylestown Criterium Race.  It's a great downtown course that has some really technical elements... a screaming fast descent with three turns, and a slow and steady uphill climb to the finish.

We were streaming live on the interwebs, so Meredith and I made sure to show our faces, kit colors, and sponsors tat the front as often as we could.  We launched some attacks, covered some moves, and raced hard.  In the end, a break of three got away.  Without enough team power in the peloton to chase, their lead stretched out of sight pretty quickly.  So, we settled in for the finish.

It was a tough race with a few additional attacks coming from those remaining in the field, but the group stayed together to the final climb.  In the end, I finished 10th and Meredith 14th.

Some videos for your viewing pleasure, thanks to Mr. Porkchop...

Not a bad way to end the season, methinks.

As always, we are so incredibly grateful for our amazing sponsors and their support.  Without you, we could not conceive of racing as often and as hard as we do.