Race Type: Mountain Bike/ XC & Endurance
Conditions: Overcast, High 60’s
Riders Representing: Cameron O’Mara, Leslie Conrad
Known for its technically challenging and rocky terrain, French Creek MTB Race has been a longstanding offering on the venue for the Mid-Atlantic Super Series. The race, sponsored by Trestle Bridge Racing & Shirk’s Bike Shop, is a favorite of both seasoned and beginning mountain bike racers. The course featured a single 8.5 mile lap for beginners, 2 laps for sport, 3 laps for the expert/elite & pro racers, and a 4-hour endurance race. It was an early start for Leslie at 9 a.m. with her choice of the endurance race. Cameron joined her in the woods with a 10:30 a.m. 2-lap challenge. After suffering mechanical difficulties on the first lap, Cameron made up time on the 2nd lap to finish 10th Place in the Singlespeed CAT 2 Open category, while Leslie, just back in the saddle after minor surgery and a 2-week hiatus, came rolling in to a 4th place finish in the Endurance Female category. While it wasn’t a podium day for Peanut Butter & Co. Human Zoom, it was a hard effort and respectable finish for both racers.
Leslie Conrad: 4th (Endurance Female)
Cameron O’Mara: 10th (Singlespeed CAT 2 Open)
Race Type: Mountain Bike/ XC & Endurance
2 man breakawayRace Type: TT Friday, Criterium Saturday
Conditions: Sunny, 70's
Patty Buerkle, Jeremy Shirock
Criterium: Beth Bonilla, Patty Buerkle, Kristine Church, Nonnie Mann, Jeremy Shirock
On Friday Peanut Butter & Co. Human Zoom riders Patty Buerkle and Jeremy Shirock traveled to Brandywine Park in Wilmington, DE for the Wilmington Grand Prix Prolouge Time Trial. The 3.2 mile course started out with a cobblestone decent, followed by a number of sweeping turns and straightaways before ascending up a cobblestone climb to the finish. In the Women Pro1/2 field Patty rolled across the line with a 1st place time while in the Men Cat 2/3 field Jeremy finished 2nd.
Men Cat2/3 call up
Race Type: Road Race
Conditions: Cloudy/Foggy ending in partially sunny, 60s
Riders Representing: Julia Lonchar
Sunday, May 12th, Julia went up to New York to race in the Women’s Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix. The course was 53 miles point to point, with 2780 feet of climbing. The pouring rain Julia woke up to that morning quickly disappeared, but left the sky cloudy and grey for most of the race. The race started out at a decent pace, with some rough roads and a small hill before getting to the main kicker that had a high point of 1795 feet. This bigger hill broke the group up, with the help of some fog at the top, and Julia ended up in a small chase group for the rest of the race, but they were not able to catch the front group. Toward the end, Julia broke off with a couple of other riders and ended up 12th in the 1/2.
Julia Lonchar: 12th
Post-run smilesRace Type: Trail Run
Conditions: Humid but not raining!
Riders representing: Maria Dziembowska and Caitlin Thompson
Maria and Caitlin raced this challenging 9k as cross-training for cycling. Caitlin was also using this as a tune-up for a multi-sport event at Granogue in June, the Iron Monkey. Maria chose to wear one of her favorite tech shirts, a Gearing Up tee. Caitlin was sporting the new JL Velo tech tees that some of the team ordered this year. This course was challenging with two hills that begged to be walked. Both women challenged themselves, kept their heart rates high and enjoyed the scenery.
Dirty legs from all of the mud
Dana and her pre-race game face—
hard to achieve when sporting pigtailsRace Type: Road Race
Conditions: Humid, dry, sunny, mid-70s
Riders: Dana Hanchin
Course: 60 miles total, consisting of 6-ten mile laps of rolling, country roads with just about 1.5 miles of hard packed dirt and crushed gravel per lap, with potholes, a drainage ditch and randomly popping water bottles.
It rained all the way down to Maryland and all the way back home to Philly, but bright, dry skies held strong during the race. The Women Pro 1/2 race was a combined start with the Men’s Cat 3 field with results ranked separately. There were only five women amongst the sea of boys. The challenge was to not lose sight of the women in such a large pack. The first two laps the field stayed mostly together—but separated with a strong surge after the gravel stretch over a short hill. Dana ended up working with two other women the rest of the race and finished in 3rd place. After the finish, she passed out Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams squeeze packs to her fellow women racers and race volunteers, thanking them for a fun, safe race. While waiting for the podium presentation, Dana happily ate her post-race sandwich of Peanut Butter & Co Mighty Maple and Seriously Strawberry Jam.