womens weekend, sibling revelry & ???running???

it was a busy weekend for rae, quinn, jeff & molly. not that there was any slacking on the part of the rest of the team, they just weren’t doing anything organised. typical.

saturday saw day 1 of the cleveland velodrome‘s womens weekend with the fabulous (utterly olympic) mk wintz & team mandalore’s very own health coach stacy rhea. it was a big first for quinn (and probably a little intimidating) but as usual, our superstar ladies junior figured out the fixed gear and smashed her laps. she learned some pacelines, how to move up and down the wall, speed control and standing starts. we made a pile of new friends and got to hang with some of rae’s favourite racin’ mamas.

team mandalore donated a hat and painting to the raffle and we had a Q&A with a lady sports doctor. (rae is sorry she can’t remember your name, but she did buy some turmeric green tea and she hates it but she’s gonna try again!)

most importantly, everyone had fun, no one got hurt and quinn is definitely ready to join the summit freewheelers juniors development team on their monday night workouts! thanks for the invite, duderinos, we’ll love to be there with y’all!

we had delicious lunch provided by go buddha meals. give them a try, even if you're not on a plant-based diet. you won't regret it. the takeout was totes incredibulllllz. rae feels a little guilty for just hoovering straight into hers before taking a picture, but assures us that the lunch was AS PICTURED on the website!

sunday morning brought the return of the infamous BROTHER-SISTER FIXED GEAR BEATDOWN between jeff and rae at deerfield’s eott time trial. inquiring minds wanted to know which sib had trained more on their fixie and the answer was clearly jeff. jeff was ON FIRE with a 20k time of 37:50 handily beating rae’s 41:44.

kings to jeff! this ride is his PR on the eott course and in addition to beating rae he also beat his other nemisis, “shez the devil.”

because there were not enough fixed gears for a full podium, jeff & rae were both scored in the standard (non-aero) category, which we agree is a fair compromise, since the two of them really only care about beating eachother.

rae snagged a third overall in womens standard, but she bolted immediately after slamming her parking lot beer so she could attend the local fu5k cancer 5k.

thanks shez! i mean “hail satan!” for standing in on the podium!

everyone knows running is for squirrels, but if you have a friend race directing, a team mate sponsoring and only live 1.5 miles from the course you kinda have to show up for the 5k teeshirt run!

rae had to ride straight to the 5k from eott, then switch shoes and slam a water bottle by her 10am start time. luckily, she found a ruck-racing buddy and was able to fast hike the course in fine company. team mandalore’s molly kay a (owner of our sponsor kent cycle) donated her time manning a bike corral and did a nice raffle at the end too!

despite the hot day, the woods were beautiful and there were even a few dogs to pet. apologies to fitzy who is still trying to learn his leash manners and was not able to attend.

as a charity race, there were no official finishing times, but strava says this was rae’s 2nd fastest effort for a 5k. not bad for a fat old lady who just smashed a multitude of fixed gear miles! the fu5k cancer race supports colin cares cures cancer. they’re always taking donations & they’re good folks so you should run their race or drop them some federal reserve notes of love.

that appears to be all there is to say about this past weekend. up next week we’re looking toward getting mtb season started with yc monthly or if we can’t field a team to drive that far far and away, maybe just umpteen laps at WEST BRANCH!!!!!

also jun 1st will see the start of the tuesday training crit … if you’re a lady with a road bike, rae would realllllllly like to have another gal to race with in mens b category. HINT HINT HINT.