PACX Finale - West Chester, PA

Race Type: Cyclocross

Conditions: Sunny and beautiful with temps in the 50s

Riders Representing: Emma Freymann, Lindsey Hinmon, Lisa Most, Lauren Festa

On Sunday, four teammates lined up together for the PA Cycling CX season finale. A PACX race earlier in the season took place at the same location, but the organizers spiced this course up and ran it in reverse. The overall feeling was the race was super fun, fast, had great cornering, and with a few opportunities to get a bit of air with your bike. Overall, the race turned out to be beautiful and perfect fall day for a cx race with Emma coming in 1st and taking the overall Juniors title. Lisa also had a tremendous race coming in third. The day was well represented by the fast Peanut Butter & Co. Human Zoom team.

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Kutztown CX (MAC and PACX) - Kutztown, PA

Race Type: Cyclocross Races

Conditions: Cold and snowy!

Riders Representing: Kristine Church, Emma Freymann, Lindsey Hinmon, Lisa Most

This weekend, Peanut Butter & Co. Human Zoom headed out for two days of racing in Kutztown, PA. Saturday’s race was part of the MidAtlantic CycloCross Series and Sunday’s race was part of the Pennsylvania CycloCross Series. This year, the racers were treated to some early-season snow and frigid temperatures. Snow before Thanksgiving? Gobble, Gobble! The course designers added some new features this year with four car-sized whoop de doos (or an optional four-barrier run). A snow-covered, sloppy course Saturday morning dried out during the day and made for some fast laps on the flat terrain. On Sunday, the riders raced in the reverse direction on the same course, posting even faster lap times than the day before. We had 3 podium finishes with Junior rider Emma Freymann continuing her winning ways with a win on Saturday and Masters rider Lisa Most in 2nd on Saturday and Sunday. Kristine and Lindsey kept the pace with top-15 finishes on Saturday. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Sly Fox Cross presented by Bikesport – Pottstown, PA 

Lisa running swiftly over the barriersRace Type: Cyclocross

Conditions: Sunny and cool, perfect race day conditions

Riders Representing: Emma Freymann, Jen Rhodes, Lauren Festa, Lisa Most

Four Peanut Butter & Co. Human Zoom ladies showed up to first-time race, Sly Fox (a PACX cross race). This race was located in Pottstown, PA at the home of the Sly Fox brewery, which drew crowds that did not dwindle throughout the day like at some of the other “dry” races.

Through the very short course, ladies got an opportunity to see more of each other than they usually do. The course was less than a mile long with a long “staircase” of logs on the run-up, a descent with hidden rocks that claimed many tubulars, and a set of barriers. It was definitely one of the most spectator-friendly courses to-date; there were tons of cheers coming from all over the course – especially at the run-up.

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Stoudts Cross – Adamstown, PA 

Lauren turning.Race Type: Cyclocross

Conditions: Chilly, windy

Riders Representing: Emma Freymann, Kristine Church, Jen Rhodes, Lauren Festa, Lisa Most, Lindsey Hinmon

The Stoudts Cross race was not only another PACX series race, but it was also the 2014 PA State Championship. The race is held at the Stoudts Brewing Company which provides a very European and cyclocross feel. This year, the promoters took advantage of the famed “Goat Hill” and required racers to go up two steep sections back-to-back with a longer grinding climb – all in one short lap. Due to the length of the course, it felt like racers never got a break from the climbing!

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Swashbuckler Cross MAC Series Race #8 – Manheim, PA 

Race Type: Cyclocross

Conditions: Chilly and 20 mph winds

Riders Representing: Dana (McAllister) Ordons, Lauren Festa

When Lauren and Dana woke up to rain and blustery winds on Saturday, it was tough for them to get motivated to pack up the car and head to the race. They were convinced that the day would be a messy one. Constant rain overnight would mean a car full of muddy bikes and gear and a long evening of cleaning. They set out with their husbands on the Turnpike, and much to their pleasant surprise, rain stopped and roads were dry about 10 minutes before the race exit.

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