Team Laser Cats is looking to expand! We’re especially interested in diversifying our squad and encourage WoC/T/F to apply. If you’re interested in becoming part of TLC, please complete the application here: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfRq49ztJHvBiipP…/viewform…
The application deadline is 5:00 p.m., January 30, 2017.
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.
Check out WBPHL Racing on Instagram
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:
Second Chance Racing p/b Zubaz
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:
#NoScrubsCX is back!
1:00 PM: Registration and manifest hand out at the Belmont Plateau
$15 cash entry
2:00 PM: Race begins
4:00 PM/whenever you get there: After party at Neighborhood Bike Works
4:30 PM Checkpoints close
5:15 PM Finish line closes
Podium ceremony & CHILI FEED &
Raffle drawing to follow (check out our Instagram for raffle and prize sneak peeks!)
This Alley Cat-Bandit Cyclocross mash-up/fun day on the bike is a benefit for Team Laser Cats and Cadence Youth Cycling in their grassroots focus on getting more women and juniors on bikes. At the start, each rider will be presented with a personal manifest with a series of checkpoints on a map throughout the city. Each rider hits as many checkpoints as they choose, stopping at each to partake in a fun activity. We will be introducing a slew of new checkpoints this year, and off-road destinations will be in the mix, so we encourage cyclocross bikes! Women’s and Men’s podium finishers will be determined through a combination of checkpoints reached within time cut-offs and arrival time at the finish. *As a special bonus, there will be an Omnium weekend podium with overall winners of NoScrubsCX and Crossed Out: https://www.facebook.com/events/1770133299906053/
Our emphasis on this event is FUN and community building. Ride with a friend, or with your whole crew if you want to! Bring your PMA out and celebrate Philly’s rad bike scene. Please keep in mind that this event is ALL AGES, so please bring your best family friendly attitude and composure for the fun of all involved!
This is an unsanctioned and fun event, where YOU are WHOLLY RESPONSIBLE for you. Please make smart decisions and ride safely.
The race will end at Neighborhood Bike Works for a rockin’ after party.
We are still looking for volunteers and event sponsors! Got some prizes, food, or beer to donate? Please hit us up! teamlasercats[at]gmail[dot]com!
So many exciting things to report in the land of Team Laser Cats! Here’s a round-up of just some of the things we’re up to from the desk of a proud Mama Cat.
Emma has powered her way into the Mid-Atlantic Cross Series 3/4 leader’s jersey, taking the win at Cooper River after a podium finish at Charm City CX.
Taylor took the win in the 3/4s at Day 1 of Charm City and punched her ticket into the UCI field, finishing on the lead lap at Day 2.
I love this photo that the ever dedicated @jtwieme captured today, because it's frame is so aligned with how I feel about my cycling career: I'm just riding onto the scene. I want to give a deep and sincere thank you to the woman (who wishes to remain anonymous) who approached me after my race at #CharmCityCx last year and strait up told me I would be in the UCI race this year, and that in fact she would purchase my license (no small expense!). This incredible gesture launched me into my first UCI race today feeling confident and loved. So, while I'm damn proud to have finished in 31st, 6 spots behind points placement, on lead lap with multiple world pros at a C1, right now what I'm focused on is how good it feels to have a whole lotta this ahead. #yungtaytaysunday
Also in the UCI field, Elisabeth has finished on the lead lap at both days of Nittany as well as Day 2 of Charm City CX, toeing the line with the likes of Katie Compton, Helen Wyman, Ellen Noble, Caroline Mani, Emma White, Amanda Miller and many more super talented women.
📣"When I say Laser, you say Cats!" 📣Pushed it so hard Sunday to make that lead lap at the #charmcitycx UCI C1 where @katiefncompton, @emmawhite7, and @cxhelen made for a no-slouch podium. Thanks to the crowd on this heckle hill for putting so many smiles on my face with your bullhorn chants. 📷: @bicycletherapy #wednesdayswithgrindcore #cyclocross
Sophia has a new feature on our team Instagram that is the cutest thing. She’s also working hard at schooling young architects.
Roz took a job with Verge Sports and moved back to Brooklyn, but is still venturing into the Mid-Atlantic for some races. She also raced the Wheelers & Dealers race at CrossVegas and is now in Poland for work.
Enduro season isn’t over, and Lindsay, Michaela, and Sam all have some fast downhill days in the near future.
In between getting really good at jumping off stuff, Sam is also sneaking into cross races on occasion and posting nice top-10 finishes when she does.
Rumor has it Michaela will be racing an enduro in a princess or hot dog costume…
After a long endurance MTB season, Lindsay is not only racing cross, but treating herself to a mountain bike clinic in the Shenandoah this fall, too.
Melissa is launching new products, including some really sharp-looking new socks.
Krista is crushing that nursing school game, looking fly in scrubs on her commute.
Eve jumped right in to team support as she witnessed her first cross race at Town Hall. Since then, she’s also hopped on a mountain bike with her dirt-loving teammates.
Tamia showed her Cadence Youth Cycling teammates what’s up at a special cyclocross clinic co-taught by Elisabeth and organized by Taylor. She and her peers put the new skills into practice at Cooper River CX. Tamia also raced at QCW earlier this fall.
Meghan is in the running for best mascot of Mother Belmont. Just kidding, we’re declaring her the mascot.
Michaela and Elisabeth said goodbye to this year’s wonderful class of Little Bellas, after eight Sundays of skill building, friendship making, and general awesomeness.
And while Taryn is tearin’ it up for the Fearless Femme squad this cross season, she’s still regularly teaching yoga for cyclists on Monday nights at Bicycle Therapy.
Taryn and Elisabeth presented at Moore College of Art’s Women’s Leadership Conference about finding confidence, building a network, and connecting to community through cycling and Team Laser Cats.
Worlds combining! Psyched to have @egrindcore and @trmudge speaking to students and young alumnae about their personal journeys of athleticism at @moorecollegeart today for their annual leadership conference for women in the arts. #mooreleadership #moorehomecoming2016 #worklifebalance #confidencethroughmovement
And in case you missed it, save the date for our fall woodsy alleycat adventure. Sunday after Thanksgiving, stay tuned for details!
By Lindsay, aka State College Laser Cat
This weekend turned out to be an unexpected race weekend for me. This makes the second summer in a row where I’m not quite ready to give up on my late-summer activities, but I know that the ‘cross season transition is coming up, so I just jump into a random race to get it over with. Last year I was working really hard on my gravel climbing late in the summer, so I decided to cap that off with the sudden decision to do a gravel race that was pretty darn flat and favored pack riding. The past few weeks I’ve been working on getting familiar with the stages of the Transylvania Epic with special focus on the enduro segments to prepare for my big 2017 goal, but last weekend I decided to do a 22-mile climbing-heavy mountain bike race on terrain that I know nothing about. Basically, I say to myself, “Well, I’ve been working really hard and improving on this thing, so I’m totally ready to compete against other people, except let’s find a version that doesn’t really favor the aspects that I’ve been working on.”