Freedom Tour - Stirling, NJ

Beth before the start of the raceRace Type: Criterium

Conditions: 85 degrees and sunny

Riders Representing: Beth Bonilla

Beth lined up at the Freedom Tour for the Women’s 1/2/3 race with a field of 26 riders, including many of the tri-state region’s most talented women. The race started out fast, with immediate attacks. Beth had a flyer early on that was brought back. With so many solo riders in the race, it was difficult to establish a breakaway. Attacks continued throughout the race with one or two riders getting away, but nothing stuck for more than a couple laps. With two laps to go, CAWES rider Sarah Iepson attacked and the field hesitated. With one lap to go, the field started to get serious about chasing her down. With a half lap remaining, we were strung out single file, with FCS/Zngine rider Amy Cutler leading the chase. Amy managed to catch Sarah just before the finish line. Sarah hung on for second place, and the rest of the field finished just behind her. Beth finished 11th place, in the middle of the strung out field.

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Catamount Classic - Williston, VT

Caitlin on the podium with her New England
friends Emily and Lisa
Race Type: Cross Country Mountain Bike Race

Conditions: Rainy with a chance of lightning!

Riders Representing: Caitlin Thompson

The day before this race the pro's raced under beautiful sunny skies on a very dusty course. Caitlin studied their lines and watched them ride over some complex features. The day of the amateur race the skies opened and a downpour ensued with a side of lightening. Until minutes before the race it wasn't clear if it was even happening. But Caitlin had her number plate on her handlebars and was ready to roll. Lining up in a small field of ladies, Caitlin was off in hunt of a podium position on this beautifully designed course. There were open grass field climbs and slippery turns with muddy uphill single track and a few technical rocky features.

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World Series of Bicycling Race Series - Trexlertown, PA

Race Type: Track

Conditions: Mid-80s - finally a relief from the humidity

Riders Representing: Kimberly Zubris

On July 18th, another action packed night of racing took place at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, PA as Kimberly Zubris contested in the Bear Creek Keystone Cup. The Keystone Cup was an event unlike any other at the velodrome this summer, where the field of riders had to compete in an omnium throughout the evening with a twist: the top omnium finishers of the night then competed in a winner-take-all keirin!

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U.S. Mountain Bike XC National Championships - Macungie, PA

Lisa Most negotiating a rock face on the XC Course Race Type: Cross Country Mountain Bike Race

Conditions: Warm

Riders Representing: Emma Freymann, Lisa Most

For the second year in a row, Bear Creek Resort in Lehigh Valley hosted the USA Cycling (USAC) Cross Country Mountain Bike National Championships. "Nats" consisted of four days of cycling, offering competition in traditional XC, short track XC, and Super D courses. Peanut Butter and Co. Human Zoom's Lisa Most and Emma Freymann represented in the standard XC races, with Emma coming back for more later that weekend in short track.

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NJ State Championship Individual Time Trial - Mullica, NJ

Beth after the raceRace Type: Individual Time Trial (ITT)

Conditions: 65 degrees and cloudy

Riders Representing: Beth Bonilla

The 2014 NJ State ITT was a mostly flat, 25 mile course with four corners and one turnaround. With the race course less than 20 miles from her house, Beth was able to familiarize herself with the course by pre-riding it the week before the race. 25 miles is a long distance for a time trial, so Beth knew it was important not to allow herself to go too hard especially early on. She maintained her pace despite getting passed by her 30 second rider. After that, she was able to catch many riders who started in front of her, and marvel as a tandem flew past her!

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