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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

 

 


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No Scrubs 2: Electric Boogaloo

#NoScrubsCX is back!

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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!

 


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Updates from the Cats

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.

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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

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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.

 

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.

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Hi no pressure #TGIMeghan

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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.

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Youth Athletes lining up at @cooperrivercx for their first CX race! Wish us luck!

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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.

 

And in case you missed it, save the date for our fall woodsy alleycat adventure. Sunday after Thanksgiving, stay tuned for details!

 

Teammates, amirite?


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The Laurel Classic

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.”

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Women’s Cyclocross Clinic: Sand and Deliver!

On Saturday, women from the Philadelphia area gathered in Ft. Washington State Park for a cyclocross clinic hosted by Team Laser Cats, with expert instruction from Arley Kemmerer and Rachel Rubino of Level Eleven Racing.

The clinic started with bike checks from professional mechanics Rubino and TLC’s own Michaela Albanese, followed by some tire pressure checks. The morning included drills on mounting and dismounting, barriers, and cornering using tricks from Kemmerer’s ski racing past.

After crucial lunch snacks and a Q&A, clinic attendees were treated to a session on one of cyclocross’s more challenging features: SAND PITS! TLC friends Willem Heydendael (known for being Dutch and therefore keen on sandy cyclocross course design) and Frank Stec worked with TLC’s Lindsay Hall-Stec to set up a demo course, and after the women encouraged each other practicing the sand pit, they put all the pieces together for a series of one-lap races. Click below for the full photo gallery!

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The Mental Road to Recovery: Psychic Impact on Physical Injury

Before my injury—a cycling accident that caused a partial tear of the ligament that runs along the outside of my right ankle, that bony ball that seems connected to nothing and yet everything at the same time—I was familiar with physical limitations. I have a chronic kidney disease that dictates my everyday life, but an acute injury was something I somehow managed to avoid in my 14 years of cycling, and in my lifetime of being a tomboy. I’ve had stitches, a minor concussion, a fractured bone in my elbow that healed on its own, been hit by 2 cars, doored by 6 of them, and yet somehow always managed to walk away relatively unscathed. In fact, when I got injured this past February, I again assumed I’d be back on my feet in no time after my X-rays showed there were no fractures and I was diagnosed with “just” an ankle sprain. In hindsight, having only physically recovered more than 4 months later, I can see that I was headed down a serious and intense road to recovery that I was not anticipating.

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Rothrock TrailMix: So I Didn’t DNF

by Lindsay Hall-Stec (State College Laser Cat)

This past weekend I accomplished a goal that had eluded me for two years: I finished the long course at the Rothrock TrailMix. A couple of qualifications to this are that a) A bridge was out on the road up to the John Wert trail, which is the most technical trail of the traditional long course, which adds an extra “ain’t nobody got time for this” aspect with its placement near the end of the deceptively hard 36 mile course. So having not included the John Wert trail, I still don’t feel like I’ve finished the *real* long course. b) Implicit in my goal of finishing was that finishing meant something closer to the five hour mark than the six hour mark and not just simple dragging my blown-out body through the length of the course before the point that the race staff kicked me off of it. Continue reading


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Women’s Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix – by Sophia

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Coming back from an injury always takes time, especially when one is a #professionalslashbikeracer as many of us are. My career as an architect and adjunct professor has kept me busy, to say the least. Those base miles have been as elusive as the wispy fronds of dewy mist carpeting Fairmount Park as the sun rises…

Every race this season, I’ve been dropped from the peloton. Every time it takes just a little longer for the peloton to drop me. Several of my younger racer friends were appalled by my incredibly modest goals, eg “I’d like to stay with the main pack for 15 minutes out of the 90 min of racing.” They tell me: “You have to believe in yourself! Don’t be so negative!” My response was: a) I ended up staying in that particular race for 8 minutes, not 15, b) I’m giving myself realistic goals that I can achieve. My first race was in 2005, and there was a point when as a cat 4 I was strong enough to contend in Women’s Open races. I do absolutely believe in myself, but I also have a very realistic sense of where I am, and how far I have to go. How devastated would I have been if I had targeted staying in the race for 90 min and then got dropped at 8min? Instead I say: my abilities are limited now, but I know I’m getting stronger, and I will get to where I want to be if I keep working hard. Continue reading