Race Type: Road
Conditions: 70s and sunny
Riders Representing: Ivy Audrain, Beth Bonilla, Nancy Labbé-Giguère, Michelle Miller, Amy Miner, Emily Spence
This Sunday, June 1st was the 6th year the team raced in the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic. The race was upgraded to a UCI 1.1 this year, which meant the competition would be even tougher than prior years. The start/ finish was again at the top of the infamous "wall", a short but very steep climb in Manayunk. The remaining 12 miles of each lap featured 2 smaller climbs and a long flat stretch along Kelly Drive. The women’s race was 5 laps total.
Race Type: Road
Race Type: Charity Run
Conditions: Sunny, mid-60s
Riders Representing: Leslie Conrad, Leah Waldman
Beautiful Washington Crossing State Park along the majestic Delaware River was the setting for this 5K run to benefit the Penndel food pantry in Bucks County, PA. The course was a flat, fast, winding loop through the paved park and out onto the narrow, gravel canal path. Leah and Leslie staged themselves mid-pack at the start line, and despite the crowd going out with the mass start, managed respectable finishes of 7th and 8th place overall in the women’s field. An honorable mention goes out to their significant others (Jared Borowik & Larry Etgen) who sacrificed extra sleep and chilly race-start temperatures to also participate in support of the Peanut Butter & Co. Human Zoom teammates!
Race Type: Road Race
Conditions: 80s on flat roads
Riders Representing: Victoria Hanks, Kim Zubris
Victoria and Kim headed to Mullica New Jersey for the NJ State Road Race Championship. Victoria has held the title for the past two consecutive years, and was hoping to make it a three peat. The course was a short 40 miles, on flat South Jersey roads.
Race Type: Cross Country Mountain Bike Race
Conditions: High 70s, mostly sunny, breezy. Perfect!
Riders Representing: Emma Freymann and Lisa Most
On Sunday, Emma and Lisa journeyed to Bear Creek Resort, home to the PA State Championship and also the site of the Mountain Bike National Championship in July. The race was also a stop on the American Mountain Bike Challenge circuit, a national level series, and a qualifying race for Nationals.
The 7.5-mile course was a RockFest. Racers started at the ski lodge at the bottom of the mountain and climbed to the top of mountain, past the chairlifts, with a few flat switchbacks in between. After a quick look down at the beautiful valley below, the racers headed down, down, down a rocky switchback over some slick muddy bridges and roots and down, down, down again over some large rocks which took full-suspension bikes and rigid bodies to their limits. The racers then cruised around a small lake to the start/finish area. Repeat!
Race Type: Time Trial
Conditions: Warm, head wind on first half of the course
Riders Representing: Sarah Grogan
Sarah tackled the familiar time trial course that is held in Philadelphia on West River Drive the weekend of the pro cycling race. This is a course that she has practiced on many times so she expected the head wind going out and the tail wind on the way back. She was able to get a PR for the season and was using this race to prepare for the triathlon she will be doing on the same roads at the end of June.