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Grindcore scores a podium at Ramsey’s Revenge

Three years ago, I moved to Philly. I came from a land with few rocks and scant log overs. I felt like I had to completely relearn how to mountain bike. I got a bike that fit better, and I’ve broken some parts and collected some bruises overcoming physical and mental barriers.

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A nice long downhill rock garden wasn’t something I used to look forward to. Photo: Paul Freeman

Sunday, I felt like it all came together. I lined up with no expectations but to ride a good ride and not get hurt. I didn’t start particularly fast. I watched the front group ride away. But the pieces connected, and by the end of the first lap, I found myself climbing into 3rd in the Pro/Elite field. I spent those next two laps just keeping on keeping on. Ride clean. Focus. Don’t get hurt. HAVE FUN. And I did. And I’m really, really happy about it.

Thanks to Bicycle Therapy for the new brake setup at the last minute. Those were essential!

Ramseys_Diego_FreemanDiego always has our backs. Photo: Paul Freeman


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Philly Phlyer Cat Squad!

With wide smiles and faces full of salty road spray, the Team Laser Cats TTT squad claimed a commanding 2nd place for the 2nd year in a row! This year’s tall squad featured not one but two junior racers, with our dirt superstar Emma trying out this skinny tire thing and guest rider Maddie of KMS jumping in for her first ever TTT. Mama Cat Elisabeth and resident poet-on-wheels Knar rounded out the team.

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Apply for the Women Bike PHL Devo Program 3.0

Team Laser Cats is a proud supporter of the Women Bike PHL Devo Program, a six-week intensive coached and mentored racing development team for women in Philadelphia. Co-founded by TLC’s Elisabeth Reinkordt, and with mentor help from most of our squad, the program is entering its third season this spring. This year, in addition to the road racing program, there will also be a mountain bike devo squad!

Apply now — applications close Friday, December 16th.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd1r9FjntslhqSAdr8lr9LO_MeQH5aI0xHAdE9JHTNCV44EHg/viewform 

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#NoScrubsCX 2 FUNraiser

It was a beautiful fall day for an adventure, and close to 60 riders took to the trails and streets of Philadelphia in the second annual #NoScrubsCX alleycat. In addition to being a fundraiser for the team’s programming to encourage and support women’s cycling in Philadelphia, host clinics, and sponsor junior women racers, this year’s race also raised funds for Cadence Youth Cycling and Neighborhood Bike Works.

Riders were challenged with a long route, where winners would be determined by most checkpoints visited in the shortest amount of time, and a 3 hour window to make it back to the finish line at Neighborhood Bike Works. From smashing piñatas made by Sophia, drawing mythical creatures with Melissa, feeding feral cats with Lindsay and Meghan, taking on a mini-cyclocross course with Taryn, doing bike limbo with Michaela and Emma, and hula hooping with Eve and Roz, each checkpoint offered opportunities for racers to win raffle tickets for their performance along the way.

 

Four junior racers from the Cadence Youth Cycling program — one of our beneficiaries for this event — took to the course and had a great time visiting checkpoints and chasing down their coaches en route. The women’s podium was a tight competition, with winner Lauren choosing the south route and arriving second overall at the finish line. In the open men’s division, 8 racers completed the full course, and Ryan out-navigated Kyle for the win in the end.

Congratulations to all our winners, including trophy finders Mike & Sean and grand prize raffle winner Ben, who went home with a brand new Jamis Beatnik courtesy of Bicycle Therapy!

Thanks to all who raced or came to our afterparty!

Thanks to all our sponsors: 

Bicycle Therapy

Gore Bike Wear

Laser Cats and Such

The Willary

Lone Wolf Cycling

V Street & Vedge

Cycles PHL

RZ Designs

Matt Hagen

Gary Thornton

Second Chance Racing p/b Zubaz

Lagunitas Brewing

And to Neighborhood Bike Works for the use of your building! 

And to the women of Team VeloDash for donating extra food! 

And thanks to additional checkpoint volunteers: 

Cory

Theron

Willem

Louis