Beth finished 3rd in the
NJ State ChampionshipsRace Type: Cyclocross
Conditions: Mid 50's-60's, windy
Riders Representing: Andrea Wagner, Beth Bonilla, Caitlin Thompson, Erin Mascelli, Kristine Church, Lauren Festa, Patty Buerkle, Sophia Lee, Victoria Hanks all in the cat 1/2/3 race, Maria Dziembowska (in the cat 4 race), and Cameron O'Mara in the cat 4 men's race.
Riders Volunteering at the Race: Sarah Grogran, Lara Marek (on the promoting team) and Jen Rhodes
The ladies and gentlemen of Peanut Butter & Co. Human Zoom showed up in full force for this event. Lara's husband was the main promoter and the team wanted to show their support through racing, marshalling crosswalks, handing out podium prizes and tearing down the course tape at the end of the day. In between working hard to make the race a success, everyone had a blast out on the course. For many it was a quick foray in to cyclocross for a fun annual race that is within 5 miles of Philadelphia. For everyone, it was a chance to hang out on a beautiful fall day with all of our favorite local races and families. The course provided for some fun spectating with a pair of stairs that some were bunny hopping and tight twisty corners around trees leading some riders to wash out. Overall, a strong showing with over half of the team making an appearance and we hope to be back next year to race and support again.
Leslie on the run-up post-barrier.Race Type: Cyclocross race
Conditions: Grassy with an off-camber mudpit
Riders Representing: Patty Buerkle, Kristine Church, Leslie Conrad, Lauren Festa, Jennifer Rhodes, and Caitlin Thompson
The fifth stop on the Mid-Atlantic Cyclocross series (also known as the MAC series) brought racers back to Pennsylvania. Whirlybird ‘Cross was located on a high school property in Bensalem for the second year in a row. Last year, the race featured a fast, dizzying course with off-camber sections, a “circle of death”, a set of barriers, and a barrier/run-up combo. Today, the course was similar, but three consecutive days of rain along with a purposefully-placed bike wash made for an interesting off-camber, mud feature. As far as cyclocross races go, wet conditions and mud define the sport.
Leah, Leslie, and Lauren -
happy for ‘cross season!Race Type: Cyclocross
Conditions: Sunny, 70's
Riders Representing: Kristine Church, Lauren Festa, Leslie Conrad, Leah Waldman, Erin Mascelli, Cameron O’Mara, and guest rider Emma Freymann
Peanut Butter and Co. Human Zoom had a great showing at Town Hall Cross, representing the team across the spectrum of women’s categories (even including the women’s junior category, courtesy of racer Stacie Freymann’s daughter, Emma), and men’s cat 4/5. Town Hall CX is perhaps best known for “St. Luke’s Staircase,” the culmination of a series of steep and painful switchbacks leading to one final gut-busting climb and fast descent. Unlike last year’s mud pits, the course was dry - and despite the climb, there were a few open power sections between otherwise winding corners for riders with any gas left in the tank to put space between themselves and the rest of the field. Of particular note were riders Kristine Church and Lauren Festa, who tackled “the alpe d’huez of cyclocross” with ease, solidly claiming 4th and 5th in the Women’s 1/2/3 race, while guest rider Emma Freymann took the win in the women’s junior race. The PACX points series (http://www.pacycling.org/cross/) continues in October with Star Rock Cross. Hup hup!
Lauren pre riding the courseRace Type: Cyclo Cross
Conditions: Mid 70s and sunny (little warm for cross)
Riders Representing: Caitlin Thompson, Erin Mascelli, Lauren Festa, Dana McAllister, Kristine Church
On September 21st and 22nd, Peanut Butter & Co. Human Zoom had five women represented in the Charm City Elite race in Baltimore, Maryland. Charm City Cross is the Mid Atlantic’s premier 2-day cyclo cross race featuring both international pro and regional cyclists. This was a UCI race with stacked fields with over 40 women. It was pretty cool to have our girls be lined up with some of the top racers in the country as well as Helen Wyman who is currently the European champion and the seven time British cyclo cross champion. Both days were super aggressive from the start. Because none of our riders hold UCI points to get a good starting position it was a definite challenge to work through the pack from the back. It was an advantage having so many teammates in the race to work together. Overall it was a great weekend getting to race together with some of the top riders in the world so close to home!
Saturday Race Results:
Kristine Church- 24th
Erin Mascelli- 28th
Dana McAllister- 30th
Lauren Festa- 35th
Caitlin Thompson- 36th
Saturday Official Results
Sunday Race Results:
Kristine Church- 27th
Dana McAllister- 30th
Erin Mascelli- 31st
Caitlin Thompson- 34th
Lauren Festa -38th
Sunday Official Results
Kim speeds by in a blur
through the start-finish stretch mid-race.Race Type: Criterium
Conditions: Mid-70’s and partly sunny with some wind
Riders Representing: Kimberly Zubris
On Saturday, September 21, Kimberly Zubris lined up to race in the TD Bank Mayor’s Cup women Pro/1/2 race in downtown Boston, MA. Now in its 5th year, the Mayor’s Cup was the final race of the USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar and drew a strong field of women competing for equal prize money as the men’s pro field. Held in the heart of the city, the Mayor’s Cup was a nearly flat 4-corner criterium with each 0.7 mile lap circling Government Center and Boston City Hall.
For the majority of the race, the field stayed together, at times stringing out when the pace ramped up after the many primes but always coming back together. With 12 laps to go, Kim followed a move to eventually go solo off the front for 2 laps, picking up a prime in the process and lots of air time with the announcers!
Eventually caught by the field, Kim then contested the field sprint with the pack, cheered on by the huge crowds to finish in 15th place overall, wrapping an exciting road season with the Peanut Butter & Co. Human Zoom women!
Kimberly Zubris – 15th