Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Gettin’ Rowdy at the Ruckus

Brittany, Jen, and Karen took part in the last race of Virginia’s road season Saturday at the Residential Ruckus, presented by the Hilton Cycling Club. The course featured a flat, fast, 0.9 mile loop, with four 90-degree turns and a long sweeping turn into a straightaway to the start/finish. Though Saturday featured a smaller women’s field than previous VA races, the weather was perfect, course was silky smooth, and the girls were ready to finish up the season in style.

Jen led the pack at a steady pace for the first lap before dropping back. A couple laps later, she made a break off the front, with Marci Hill, from Hilton Cycling, going for a solo chase. The pack picked up the pace in a successful effort to reel Marci back in, but couldn't chase down Jen. A few laps later, Brittany made a break attempt of her own and was able to bridge the gap up to Jen. After several laps of steady rotations, Jen and Brittany were able lap the main field and end the day with a 1,2 finish. Karen, who stayed with the main group throughout the race, finished 3rd for the CAT 4’s.

Vanderkitten would like to give a special thanks to Joe Altomare from Hilton Cycling Club for putting on a great event, the Fat Frogs for letting us sit under their tent, and the Manderkittens for giving us great support throughout the season.

With road season officially over for these cats, let’s bring on some cyclocross!

Shenandoah Valley Century

After Saturday's crit, BJ and Karen headed to the mountains and rode the Shenandoah Valley Century. There was a large group of cyclists from the Hampton Roads area that participated in this ride, including a big group from Tripower Cycling Team. The weather was purrrfect with chilly temps in the morning that warmed up throughout the day. The kittens climbed close to 5000 feet and enjoyed the beautiful day on their bikes. After the ride, cyclists were treated to paninis, door prizes, and massages.


This weekend is the DR100 Ride that is also in the Harrisonburg area. This event consists of a 50K or 100K ride, and a 5K or 10K run. It is in honor of Frauke's husband Joe Mirenda, who was tragically hit by a car while riding from Wintergreen Resort to JMU to visit his son in 2009. The money raised goes towards expanding bike/pedestrian lanes on public roads and other similar programs.

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