Sweat (Wet) Camp 2018 by kelli samuelson

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For the 2nd year, LA Sweat headed to Trinidad, CA to ride, hang and apparently adopt a cat. The weather is always a lottery, you don't listen to the forecast because it's never right, right? WRONG! this year the forecast called for rain, rain, and more rain. Driving down from Portland we said, "it's the coast anything can change" it did not change but that did not stop us. 

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With Specialized coming on board our excitement to take out the new whips was high. A little rain wouldn't stop us. This year we were able to bring the whole squad from around the world. Bringing the group together for a long weekend of riding bonding and getting to know one another. 

When I hire riders, I look at personality a lot more than results, this has now caused me to hire 4 of essentially the exact same person. - Kelli Samuelson Team owner

Jokes were flying and tears of laughter flowing. And coffee, copious amounts of coffee. Pretty sure we went through at least 5 bags of beans. We have something special with this squad and we are itching to get to racing. First up we have a split squad with Tiff, Mel, Kim, Sarah, and Brenna heading to USA Crits Speedweek(end) in Georgia and Sami, Ashley and Fleur headed to the big apple to race Redhook Crit. You can watch the ladies live at usacrits.tv use our affliate link and support Sweat by signing up for the year of live streams for all the USA Crits series. And check out the gallery below from camp. 

What happens in Winter... by kelli samuelson

As the internet seemly takes a vacation for bike teams in the " off season" We wanted to give you a bit of an inside look at what all the ladies of LA Sweat are up to over the winter. 

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Training for sure, but many of us take to the mountain, travel to warmer weather, continue racing a full cross season like a crazy person or even buckle down with our noses in books. The "off season" means many things to many different people. 

Our girl Christa didn't really take any time off, she went straight from Gateway Cup into a full UCI cross season crushing the local and national stage with the Amy D. Foundation. Newbie Sarah hit up the slopes in Vancouver ( skate skiing is probably the hardest thing ever!). Tiff took some much-needed mommy time with her family while also training everywhere she went (that woman is a machine.) 

If that isn't jammed packed enough... Ashley is currently traveling and bike touring in Columbia working on her photo project, check her work out on IG @visualsbyfaye. Mel has been knee deep in med school while also racing collegiate.  Sami is about to embark on a month long tour of route 66 going straight into team camp. Brenna, traveled across the country supporting her cross team S&M CX and  Becca and Kelli have been busy prepping for 2018 while Kim and Fleur have been enjoying the never-ending summers of their hometowns .  

So that's a little run down on all things sweaty in the " off season" which from the sounds of it doesn't seem like much time off. We are ready to rock and roll and defend our title as the top crit team in the US in 2018! 

Flying HIGH with BikeFlights.com by kelli samuelson

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Four years ago we sent a customer support email to the fine folks at BikeFlights.com to see if they even had an ambassador program... they didn't. But low and behold they were willing to start one and LA Sweat was the first team onboard.

"I had used Bikeflights.com on many occasions for many trips, so I took a chance and reached out." - Kelli Samuelson (LA Sweat Founder) 

For the past 4 years, Bikeflights.com has not only supported the team as a whole but each individual rider with all their shipping needs. From lost bikes to broken parts, they have always taken great care of the team and made sure every rider was ready and stress-free come race day!

It's not just about shipping, it's about what they do when you make a mistake - like you dropped off your bike and now realize you picked GROUND SHIPPING, and you kinda really need it to be overnight. They're on it. They work with the shipping company, find your shipment, and handle it all. They also do a banger job when things go wrong, as they tend to do...

True Story: In 2015 we arrived at a race, but a riders bike did not. One call to BikeFlights.com and they were on the case. They tracked down the bike, provided our rider with support to get through the next couple days (like everything was in the bike box - all her clothes, toothbrush, everything). For the next couple days, BikeFlights.com was on the phone with the shipping company tracking down her bike and keeping us updated on the progress. Basically, they did all that dirty work that can drive you crazy! They found the bike and got it to us. Done deal and we were off to more racing.

We are so happy to have them onboard for another season, and grow together. Seriously, they're the best, and we couldn't do what we do without BikeFlights.com!!

Working with LA Sweat to ship their bikes, wheels and gear for the past four years has been a great experience. We're hoping 2018 brings them even more success." - Bill BikeFlights.com Founder

If you haven't used them before, do yourself a favor and book your bike a ticket on Bikeflights.com for your next trip!!!

LET'S TALK 2018 & HORSEPOWER by Becca Schepps

Giddy Up! It's December in the year of 2017 so it's time to talk about Sweating in 2018. Can you feel the excitement? We're clacking our heels, and raring to go. 

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OKAY, WHO IS RIDING FOR LA SWEAT IN 2018? 

We've got two knew additions to our roster this year. Sarah Coney (@coneymaroneywill be joining the sweaters from BC, Canada. Sarah formerly rode for (and ran) the Fluevog's Crit Nasty team. Sarah is a strong believer in shiny legs = fast legs. We're excited to have her, and her baby oil joining us in 2018, ay! 

Hailing from the land of euro (she's Spanish and lives in Berlin) will be Sami Moreno (@samisauri). Sami comes to La Sweat by way of the Red Hook Crits. She'll be joining Ashley Faye and Flaure Fare on the fixed gear crit circuit, and also joining the team in the U.S.A to hit the crit circuit. Sami says she's getting SUPER serious in 2018, we hope that means lots of horsepower (see below). And read more about her, here.

Returning Riders:
Brenna Wrye Simpson
Christa Ghent
Tiffany Pezzulo
Kim Lucie
Mel Beale
Ashley Faye
Fleur Faure

Management-ish:
Kelli Samuelson, Owner
Becca Schepps, Hype Woman
Anna Grace Christiansen, Logistical Pony

 

 

(we're excited to say that Ashley Faye and Fleur Faure, who raced for La Sweat at the RedHook Crits will also be joining La Sweat on the crit circuit as well this year!)


YUP! We are coming out the gate fast, with a lot of horsepower. That said, here's what the squad says they're gonna miss the most about being a human now that they're beastly horses. Giddy up!

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    Ashley Faye: Burritos

    Kim Lucie: Having thumbs is cool so I'll be sad to lose that but it's gonna be cool to have a sweet mane and like run around some fields

    Mel Beale: Caffeine. Can horses have caffeine? Dogs can't. So probably that. And opposable thumbs are pretty cool. To be honest I eat a lot of green things and hang out outside a lot so it it's not going to be too bad.

    Christa Ghent: Nay! Naay. Nay! 

    Fleur Faure: FRENCH KISSES! I'll miss that. Can horses kiss?

    Tiff Pezzulo: This is a bike wife Anna Grace question and she's not on the team anymore which is sad (because she'd love to be a horsey), ergo this question makes me sad. Nonetheless I'm going to miss opposable thumbs and coffee the most. But I think I'm going to dig being outside all the time and i'll probably get a bump in endurance.

    Sami Moreno: I'm already a unicorn, so does this mean I'm going to lose my horn? This is really upsetting. 

    Sarah Coney: I don't know much about horses. But I guess I'll miss eating lots of different foods, not having someone on my back, not having a bed to sleep in, not being able to hold hands, etc. When I'm a horse it will be cool to have long hair and have it braided with different colours, but I guess I could do that right now if I really wanted to.

    Brenna: Opposable thumbs, the ability to make conversation--I don't think I'm cut out to be a horse.

    And in case you're like, WTF?! Here's some SQUAD, non horse related info: 

     

    • The team's most preferred flavor of Nuun is a Pink Lemonade
    • 40% Of the squad prefers Lavender and/or Eucalyptus body wash. 
    • 100% of the team believes in Unicorns (which is good because they're gonna be horses).
    • And when it comes to naps: 

     

     
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    La Sweat is owned and operated by Kelli Samuelson. 
    The weirdo behind this post is her co-manager Becca Schepps. 

    WOW 2017 WAS FAST by Becca Schepps

    Okay well the season is almost over! But before we say sayonara to this season we have two race weekends left (and we have more t-shirts and other swag too -- so get it cause once it's gone, it wont' be coming back).

    NOW LET'S TALK RACING!

    First up, Gateway Cup in St. Louis. 

    Then we'll be flying east again to wrap up the USA Crits series at the Thompson Bucks County Classic in Doylestown, PA and also taking part in the first ever Reading Radsport Festival

    DID YOU KNOW -> Right now we're leading USA Crits in the team competition, overall and lap leaders... so to say we're excited is an understatement. 

    We also wanna say congrats and GOOD LUCK to La Sweat rider Christa Ghent on her upcoming cyclocross season with the Amy D Foundation. We are so excited for you, and can't wait to have you back on the road with us, naturally. 

    XO!

    FIRST BOISE, NOW Chicago!!! by Becca Schepps

    ANNNND we're off on another block of racing!  

    This past weekend the squad landed in Team Owner Kelli Samuelson's home town of Boise, Idaho for the Boise Twilight Criterium. This fast and furious 4-corner race ended with a full up sprint where Tiff nabbed second. The team pushed the pace throughout the race sweeping up primes and point. Check out the pics below for our podium spectacular featuring Tiff in the USA Crit Points Jersey, USA Crit Overall Jersey and on the Podium. 

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    After Boise LA Sweat now leads USA Crits in the overall and individual (with Tiff). Yeah boy! 

    Now the team is off to Intelligentsia Cup to finish off the week! Wanna catch us racing?
    The full Intelligentsia Cup schedule is below! 

    THE LA SWEAT NORTH STAR GRAN PRIX RACE REPORT (We aren't in Tulsa anymore). by Becca Schepps

    This is the official LA Sweat North Star Gran Prix race report. Below is a photo of Brenna and Anna Grace before Stages 1. They were trying to figure out what Time Trials are. JK. But really, what are they? Okay enjoy!

    STAGE -1 // SOUND PONY // ?? km

    Tulsa Tough was over. So after excessive cheering on Cry Baby Hill, and being obnoxious with 4 foot floats, we pulled ourselves together for a quick stop at Chipotle, then a lovely BBQ hosted by the Schneiders. Then some of us continued onward to the elusive Sound Pony for shots of Fireball, Cheap Mexican Beers and Sweaty Dancing --  while more responsible members of the team (or those not traveling to North Star, except our Mellenial, who is so young she can bounce back from anything) went to bed in preparation for their early morning departure.

    From here, Christa and I (Becca) returned to the Boulder Bubble, voiceless and ready to hit the real world, aka WORK. The rest of the team travelled onward to North Star Gran Prix where they'd meet up with teammate Erin Goodall.

    Our #1 Pony, Anna Grace reported:

    STAGE 0 // DRIVE // 1,136 km

    The ladies of LA Sweat arose early Monday morning in a Tulsa Tough haze and piled five full-sized human women into our Jetta wagon with as many bikes attached behind us on our sweet little Yakima trailer.

    With Minnesota as our destination, our fearless leader took the first long pull at the wheel – let’s be clear – Kelli is not only a badass organizer/owner/manager enabling our bike riding dreams, she’s also a monster behind the wheel. She can throw down double digit driving hours so long as her supply of sunflower seeds doesn’t dwindle, and she rarely needs a bathroom break. A real machine.

    We arrived at our host home in the early evening hours and met the gracious family who would welcome The Rebel Alliance (aka US) with open arms, on their first day of summer vacation (the parents are both teachers) no less. One of the coolest parts of the whole bike racing traveling circus thing is getting to know our hosts, who are a big part of making this all possible. For 6 days, we took over an entire level of their home, they went above and beyond cooking us brownies and dinner and leaving out empty coffee mugs next to a full coffee pot in the morning. The kids took our autographs and we go to hear stories of dance class while playing Uno.

     

    STAGE 1 // TIME TRIAL // 8K

    Wednesday morning was rude. After racing a nice crit block filled with leisurely late-morning coffee spins and nighttime racing, being ready to race at 9:30am was a bit of struggle, but we managed. With a change in the rules for NSGP, most riders took advantage of time trial equipment for this stage, but we all were stoked to jam out a short time trial on our Cinelli crit whips. BW$ used some clip on aero bars for maximum road-bike physics advantage. With no time trial specialists on the squad, we were content with our morning openers and looking forward to the evening criterium in St. Paul.

     

    STAGE 2 // ST. PAUL CRITERIUM // 50 MINS

    Back to what we know best, CRIT TIME! This stage had a few more crashes than anyone likes to see, but we mostly stayed out of trouble and our sprinty pony, KIM, managed a top 10 on the stage with a well-positioned savvy BW$ just behind her in 11th. Melvin got caught up in the crash that paused our race, gave AG an almost-heart attack when she didn’t see her in the group, and then reappeared with mere flesh wounds. One of the many impressive things about Melvin (or Mel, or Melenial) is her ninja-like magic tricks in instances of chaos. She used to be a gymnast and therefore developed an astute sense for how to tumble correctly.

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    (this photo was swiped from Mel's instagram)

    This skill has translated nicely into being able to fall down at high speeds on a bicycle with relatively minimal damage. Unfortunately, Melvin was already fighting off a little cold bug and this trauma of skin loss put her just over the edge. After a short discussion and hesitation from a fiery Melvin, we were all content with Mel’s decision to sit out the rest of NSGP in favor of healing up and rest.
     

    STAGE 3 // CANNON FALLS ROAD RACE // 104K

    This stage began in the hottest part of the day in a sleepy little town just south of the Twin Cities. Historically, this stage is full of surprises; thunderstorms, incredible wind, gravel sections. This year, by contrast, was pretty tame. The cross winds were the main feature of the course before the closing circuits which got turnt up in the last couple laps. Some small moves went off the front of the race, but it all ended in a semi-shattered main group drag race to the finish with an impressive delivery by UHC for the win.

    The most of us LA SWEAT ladies finished somewhere in the middle of the group and were happy for icy cold drinks and jorts to change in to. For Erin, it was her first PRO ROAD RACE and she found herself in a smaller group that was misguided out on course and, after some confusion, her and her companions for the day were allowed to continue on the next stage with some time tacked on despite the confusion that lead them astray.

     

    STAGE 4 // UPTOWN CRITERIUM // 50 MINS

    THIS COURSE is always smooth and fun with the biggest crowds. We lined up early near the front and gobbled down some last minute snacks. There was one gnarly tumble in this race, but we all managed to steer clear. BW$ was caught right behind, but kept it upright, came to a complete halt, got to the pit, stayed cool as a cucumber, and got pushed right back in on the next lap without any trouble.

      Kelli is super awesome and after every race we're like totally pampered like babies. 

    Kelli is super awesome and after every race we're like totally pampered like babies. 

    Kim got herself right up there just outside the top 10 in the finish and we had a chill cooldown on the Greenway Bike Path, caught up with some pals, ate our dinners packed with love by Kelli, and then got home for sleeps since the next couple days would prove to be the HARDEST and EARLIEST.


     

    STAGE 5 // NORTH MANKATO ROAD RACE // 98K

    Someone put a 15% little bump in this race and then scheduled us to ride up it 6 times total, 5 of which were all at the tail end of the race. There was an early move that went off in the flat part of the big circuit and several riders that got themselves up there over the course of a few miles. AG wanted one of those riders to be her, but her timing and top end was just all wrong and/or nonexistent on this day. The pace at the front of the race made the selection toward the end and shed most of us into some smaller groups. BW$ found some motivation and dug deep hanging in there and finishing around half a minute down on the winner. Another impressive finish by UHC for the stage win and we all started feeling the deep fatigue in our legs by the end of this stage.

    It was AMAZING to have Melvin and fam AND some other lovely helpers on this day, the feed zone was scattered with LA SWEAT supporters expertly handing us icy cold bottles and words of encouragement.

     

    STAGE 6 // STILLWATER CRITERIUM // 14 LAPS

    Oh this one started out HOTTT and FAST from the go and I think we all wished we’d given our legs more rigorous a warmup than we did. As usual, the pace and nature of the course sheds riders immediately and establishes an ever-dwindling front group after the first time up the wall, or roughly 30 seconds in. A pure race of attrition with an 18% climb followed by a dragging uphill around the backside of the course. We all put up a good fight and were rewarded with hugs and smiles and Kakookies upon finishing. We were also stoked to see our friend, Beth Ann Orton, awarded the Carla Swart Sportsmanship jersey at the start of this stage. She’s a good egg.

    After a pretty long racing block, most of us were heading home for some rest and training and snacks before our next adventure. Melvin was feeling better and healing up and headed to TOAD with her BF for some good ol’ Midwestern crit jams.

    What a team, what a dream. Until next time, stay cool.

    CHALLENGE: Not to jinx it but… <3 by Becca Schepps

    by Tiffany Pezzulo

    The only thing I am more superstitious about discussing than lack of flat tires is how surprisingly calm the wind has been or how the rain/snow hasn’t started yet. My weather and barometric pressure superstitions are ok to discuss once the ride is over (I mean DEFINITELY not during the ride especially before the halfway point). But NOT getting flat tires? Who wants to tempt fate? So let's talk Challenge.

    But here I will do exactly that, setting aside my superstitions to talk about how much I (along with the rest of the girls on the team) appreciate and enjoy our Challenge Tires.

     So now you are looking for the reason why...

    ... For those of you waiting for an in-depth discussion on rolling resistance, thread count (not just for sheets anymore!) and watt differentials as speed increases by 1 Km/hr at different pressures...Allow me to direct you to a million great articles on the internet. You will find no charts here. I actually tried to educate myself about some of these things in an effort to articulate WHY I love these tires. And it wasn’t a waste of time. At least I came up with some tech-y sounding terms to use in this blog post like VULCANIZED (which it turns out isn’t something that happened to characters on Star Trek). I would also like to provide a disclaimer about my failure to use the word “supple”. I. just. Can’t. It’s like that thing people have with the word “moist”. Not a total visceral reaction, but I would just prefer to not say that word or ever had it said to me.

    But onto our Challenge Tires! They are Italian, and everyone knows Italians do it better (at least if you’ve seen Madonna’s “Papa don’t preach” video or taken my computrainer class at House of Watts).

     These tires are bravissimo. We ride the Forte clinchers for training and the Strada Tubulars for racing. At the risk of angering the racing/riding/tire gods...no flats in any races thus far! The tubulars corner like they are on rails (for you “Pretty Woman” fans out there) and the clinchers are super comfy without feeling slooooow.

    And I can’t remember the last time I flatted on a Forte clincher and I live in Salt Lake City where we have great skiing and super fun winter  and mountain non-smooth riding for the adventurous in spirit.

    Forte means strong in Italian. We like these words in both languages. On our team we also like snacks which translates roughly to “merenda or uno spuntino.”

     In sum, our Challenge tires get a collective 18 thumbs up. If you are looking for a secret race weapon or just to give your steed a little upgrade, consider acquiring some of these excellent tires! See you out there!

     

    TULSA TIME - NO CRY BABIES ALLOWED by Becca Schepps

    Okay.... It's Tulsa Tough Time! Aka, BEST RACE EVER, aka BEST TIME OF THE YEAR, aka AWESOME, aka, YESSSSSS, aka YAASSS. 

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    FRIDAY @ 7:55pm  - MCNELLIE’S GROUP BLUE DOME CRITERIUM - THIRD STREET AND ELGIN AVENUE

    SATURDAY @ 6:50pm - GEORGE KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION BRADY ARTS DISTRICT CRITERIUM - BRADY STREET AND BOSTON AVENUE

    SUNDAY @ 3:30PM - CRY BABY HILL, AKA: NEW MEDIO RIVER PARKS CRITERIUM - 15TH STREET AND RIVERSIDE DRIVE 

    So who's racing? Our LA Sweat Roster for Tulsa is: Kim Lucie, Christa Ghent, Mel Beale, Brenna Wrye Simpson, Tiffany Pezullo & Anna Grace Christansen

    MOST IMPORTANT FOR THOSE OF YOU ON THE INTERNET: YES THERE IS A LIVE STREAM!

    But really, we love TULSA! Right now we're camped out at Double Shot, aka OUR FAVORITE COFFEE PLACE. 

    ....HERE IS A REPEAT OF OUR SCHEDULE FROM RIGHT NOW THROUGH THE WEEKEND.....

    WEDNESDAY 6/7: We'll be doing the Wednesday Night Group Ride. You can find all the info and stuff here. It rolls around 5-5:30 ish for 20-45 miles. It's awesome. It has a HUGE BBQ at the end.

    THURSDAY 6/8: We'll be rolling from Spoke House Bicycling for their group ride they host the day before Tulsa Tough. We will try to update on times.. but maybe like 6pm ish?

    AND NOW THE RACE SCHEDULE. 
    All info can also be found on Tulsa Tough's Website. The theme for CRY BABY HILL is FLOAT PARTY - so like..... we will have floats, and you should too. WE CANNOT WAIT FOR THE WEEKEND! Follow the livestream, here.

    FRIDAY 6/9 @ 7:55pm  - MCNELLIE’S GROUP BLUE DOME CRITERIUM - THIRD STREET AND ELGIN AVENUE

    SATURDAY 6/10 @ 6:50pm - GEORGE KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION BRADY ARTS DISTRICT CRITERIUM - BRADY STREET AND BOSTON AVENUE

    SUNDAY 6/11 @ 3:30PM - CRY BABY HILL, AKA: NEW MEDIO RIVER PARKS CRITERIUM - 15TH STREET AND RIVERSIDE DRIVE 

    After Tulsa, Kim Lucie, Mel Beale, Brenna Wrye Simpson and Anna Grace will be joining Erin Goodall up in Minnesota for North Star accompanied by Team Manage, Kelli Samuelson. 

    JUNE GOES VROOM by Becca Schepps

    June 1 @ Bike Appreciation Ride! - Oklahoma City, OK
    June 2-4 @ OKC Pro Am - Oklahoma City, OK

    Yes! We are so stoked to be heading the OKC Pro Am Classic! We've heard a ton of awesome things about this race and can't wait to give Oklahoma City a sweaty hello! 

    Here's a run down of the races and LINK to the flyer.

    8pm Friday, June 2 - 815 N Hudson, Oklahoma City, OK 73102

    12:25pm Saturday, June 3 - 726 W Sheridan, Oklahoma City, OK 73102

    1:05pm Sunday, June 4 - 900 N Broadway, Oklahoma City, OK 73102

     

    Here's a video from the 2015 race... WE ARE STOKED!

    June 9-11 @ Tulsa Tough -  Tulsa, OK
    June 14-18 @ Northstar Gran Prix, Minnesota

    THE MEL-ENNIAL REPORTS - SPEEDWEEK 2017 by Becca Schepps

    As a big block of races approach- I look back on Speed Week. What a fantastic first team race of the year for LA Sweat. For some perspective- I am the baby of the team. The MELennial, if you will. I’m a little new to this team tactics- or even team- thing because I raced mostly solo all throughout college. Fake it till you make it, right?

    We spent more time over these 10 days in a car than actually on a bike- probably 2-3x as much. But we had such a joyous time eating snacks and doing town line “sprints” (aka who can reach their hand out the furthest and possibly smash it into the windshield.) Not to mention our incredible CAR! A Buick Roadmaster borrowed from Christa’s lovely uncle. We got numerous compliments on the car, plus it fit all of our Castelli bags and the Yakima rack held 4 of our 5 bikes. (Plus Christa’s tiny person bike in the back.)

    We had all met and jived really well at team camp- but we had no idea how we would work as a team. Kim and I had raced together a bit last year when I guest rode for her team, but neither of us with Brenna and it was just the three of us for the first three races. Our instructions were to not be too aggressive- which I guess we failed- but in a beautiful way.

    Day 1: Rock Hill Criterium

    It was on a “BMX criterium” course (whatever the F that is) with what Kim called a “MOUNTAIN” of a climb to the finish. All of the racers were quite antsy and with such a wide open course staying at the front was kind of difficult. Not to mention we were all like “wtf how do I race a crit again?!” But there was a prime, Kim got in a break, and all was rad. Brenna and I rushed to the front to slow the field down and the gap grew. Until it shrunk. And shrunk. And the last 200 meters… they got caught. But you know how awesome Kim is?! She stayed up there and sprinted for 6th. Not a bad start to the week. I got like last because I was yelling at Kim from a switchback on the last lap and dropped myself. LOL. Who cares. Mission (kind of) accomplished.

    Day 2: Belmont Criterium 

    We heard it’s a doozy! It was supposed to be pouring rain and the course featured a semi-technical descent with a climb to the finish. We had Kim 7th in GC and we needed advice. TIFFANY PEZZULO TO THE RESCUE!!! Also known as #tiffspo, like #fitspo but way cooler and more Italian and badass and stuff. Here’s the plan: Erica Allar will try to get in a break, probably with Peta Mullens. Kim gets to follow them and Mel and Brenna get to do what they did at Rock Hill. COOL! Sounds hard. BUT WE DID IT! And Tiff was 100% correct, of course. Unfortunately the weather forecast was correct as well. Pouring rain. Kim was in a 5-woman break and that thing was GONE. She sprinted for 3rd (!!!) and I managed to take 2nd in the field sprint for 7th, and Brenna was in the $$ as well. GUYS WE’RE DOING SO WELL!

    Day 3: Walterboro Criterium 

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    Ugh, not my favorite race. Kim, however, was feeling great. No breaks stuck, but she was in 4th wheel going into the 1st corner on the last lap. BUT WAIT! Coming through for one to go, someone crashed into the barrier around the wheel pit and there was a massive crash. Neutralized! Shoot. We waited around for 15 minutes, then they gave us 2 to go and all hell broke loose. Someone else slid out on the 2nd to last corner, but Kim still managed 7th and we all stayed upright. Survival mode: expert.

    Day 3.5: WE DID A KICKR TRAINER RACE AND BRENNA KICKED BUTT.

    The Athens people asked us to do a fundraiser/trainer race for free beer and prizes in between Walterboro and Spartanburg. It was an 8-minute “how many miles can you do” test. So naturally all three of us did it. We quickly found out that Brenna is a freaking rock star and crushed everyone else. She won us $1000 and then 5 minutes later was sipping a beer. That’s our Brenna. 

    Day 4: Spartanburg Criterium

    CRISTA AND TIFF ARE HERE!!! The five-woman squad ready to crush. The main idea: take primes, stay at the front, make it fast, work for Kim. And that’s exactly what we did!! As I mentioned, I’d never worked with a team before and it was so much fun. I loved hearing my teammates tell me what to do, and we did a perfect leadout…. Three laps too early. Oops. We still got Kim in the top 10 for 8th and Tiff 10th, plus lots of primes.

     

    Day 5: Athens Twilight Criterium

     GUYS I HAVE BEEN DREAMING ABOUT DOING THIS RACE SINCE 2014 WHEN I FIRST STARTED RACING. I was feeling a bit tired from all of the races thus far, but I was beyond excited. I dug deeper in that race keeping it fast and grabbing primes than I think I ever have in my life. LA Sweat walked away with 10+ primes and the announcers really noticed us too. And we kept Kim in her 5th GC spot as planned, so it was a success.

     

    Day 6: Roswell Criterium

    Ok not going to lie, my legs were 110% shot by this day. It was difficult for me to even stick with the accelerations and just stay at the front. But holy crap was it amazing to watch my teammates control the race yet again- snagging primes, sitting on the front, getting Kim into the mix… it was incredible. They got Kim up to 4th to bring her to 4th overall, and we got 3rd overall as a team!! What a feeling.  

    Long story short, I love this team. This is going to be a great season.

    Up next: OKC Pro-AM and Tulsa Tough!!

     

     

    Tulsa Tough is my favorite crit series of the year, hands down. As I’m sure many other people would agree, Cry Baby Hill is my favorite. The crowd has more energy than you can even imagine and the course is hard and selective. I JUST GOT GOOSEBUMPS THINKING ABOUT IT!

    Plus: the theme this year is “float party” so naturally, we have already purchased floats.

    I can hardly wait. See you in Oklahoma!

     

    LOOK LIKE US 💋 by Becca Schepps

    Yup, the time you've been waiting for is here... WE ARE DROPPING LOTS OF NEW GEAR, SO THAT YOU CAN LOOK SUPER AWESOME IN LA SWEAT STUFF!

    Check out how stoked Mel Beale and Christa are.... 💋 💋 

     

    Now....  IF YOU WANT THE KIT... just click here.

    IF YOU WANT TO LOOK LIKE US FROM HEAD-TO-TOE, HERE'S WHAT WE GOT:  We have socks. We have caps. We have gloves. AND NOW.... we have taller socks, baselayers and THE LA SWEAT FANCLUB KIT, for sale - well the kit is pre-order! But yeah bro, we are super excited to be able to offer up these to you, so here's a run down of how you can get sweaty in LA Sweat gear. 

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    TALL SOCKS:

    You know what these are, they are basically exactly like the socks pictured below, but taller. Basically, we have some super shorties (me included) on the team that were like, hey can we get some small socks that don't end up being knee-highs? And then the tall people, like Kelli and Erin and well, everyone but Christ and I, were like.. um, can we get some socks that aren't ankle socks and look SUPER P-R-O?! So now you can look super fly in these tube-sock inspired tall socks.


    BASE LAYERS:

    Oh hello! This is Castelli's incredible baselayer with our motto, "SWEAT" across the chest. It'll give you that secret pop of EFF-YEAH under your kit, and will keep you cool when you're hot and hot when you're cold. Plus they look stunning and they support our team. 


    THE LA SWEAT FAN KIT:

    Okay, now work with me here. The FAN kit is the LA Sweat training kit in all NAVY BLUE. So this photo you see below? That's our team training kit. See how the top is WHITE? The kit we have for sale is NAVY BLUE through and through. Which you can see in the awesome rendering from Castelli. Why is the kit we're offering different from the one our team wears? Email us and ask. Or just deal with it :) And slip into this super rad, super fly, super svelte, stylish kit. And support our bad ass group of fricking fast women.

    ITS LIKE THIS BUT DIFFERENT.

    (the bibs are the same, but see below for the jersey)

    BASICALLY, What we're offering to the public is a navy version of our kit. The NAVY, once printed will be lighter, because it'll be on Castelli's awesome aero materials. The BIBS on the other hand will be exactly like ours.... #TWINNING!

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    BIBS. GET THEM.

    (seriously, they're fantastic)

     

    DON'T FORGET THE BIBS! You can see them on our butts from coast-to-coast. Next stop, OKLAHOMA!

    (and those gloves below, they're also for sale)

     

     

     

     

    SPEED!!!!!! TUNE IN AND WATCH LA SWEAT LIVE! by Becca Schepps

    Okay! Giddy up! It's officially race season! WANNA WATCH US RACE LIVE? Scroll down....

    HERE ARE SOME SUPER QUICK LINKS SO YOU CAN WATCH US RACE LIVE:

    FRIDAY, APRIL 28 @7:05pm - SPARTANBURG REGIONAL HEALTHCARE CRITERIUM, SC -- 🎥 LIVESTREEM LINK

    SATURDAY, APRIL 29 @7:15pm - ATHENS ORTHOPEDIC TWILIGHT OMG CRITERIUM, GA -- 🎥 LIVESTREEM LINK

    SUNDAY, APRIL 30@ 3:35pm - HISTORIC ROSWELL CRITERIUM, GA -- 🎥 LIVESTREEM LINK

    If you aren't, you should be totally following the team on INSTAGRAM, we're trying our darnedest to be Grammin up a storm on our Instagram Story. Luckily we have Mel-enial, our go-to millennial to make sure we're on top of all the apps. If you have anything you need googles, you can told shoot her a message. She's really good at the google. 

    BUT BACK TO THE IMPORTANT STUFF! Last week we saw KIM hock-a-LUCIE race hard at the front, and earn her a spot on the podium at what, I personally think is like THE HARDEST CRIT EVER, The Belmont Crit.

    We are so stoked. Kim even managed to stand atop the podium without doing anything super weird with her arms. She's super self-aware about arm placement. 

    We have to think it was with some coaching from her teammates Mel and Brenna that she was able to hold those gangly phalanges upright.

    NOW! You're probably like, wait we thought you were gonna be at REDHOOK? Or maybe you weren't. But yes, we are going to be at REDHOOK. In fact we are there right now. Erin, Ashley Faye and Flauer are kicking in the streets of NYC, ready to race on Saturday. Kelli will be with them and documenting. SO FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM --->

    Here's a cool photo of them skitching around on fixies in NYC. Or maybe like trying to figure out where to go, but whatever. They're so dreamy. 

    NOW FOR LIKE THE SUPER IMPORTANT INFORMATION AGAIN

    HOW CAN YOU WATCH US? 

    Allegedly there WILL be LIVESTREAM action Friday, Saturday and Sunday night down at SpeedWeek. You can check that info over here on the USACrits

    For some more EASY CLICKING. HERE IS OUR SCHEDULE.

    FRIDAY @7:05pm - SPARTANBURG REGIONAL HEALTHCARE CRITERIUM, SC -- 🎥 LIVESTREEM LINK

    SATURDAY @7:15pm - ATHENS ORTHOPEDIC TWILIGHT OMG CRITERIUM, GA -- 🎥 LIVESTREEM LINK

    SUNDAY @ 3:35pm - HISTORIC ROSWELL CRITERIUM, GA -- 🎥 LIVESTREEM LINK

    LA Sweat Gets Hooked by kelli samuelson

    Hey Redhook Crits, we're coming for ya!

    Now ya see, LA Sweat Team Owner/Rider Kelli Samuelson doesn't come from a traditional racing background. In 2012 Kelli began racing the Redhook Crit. There was no women's race and there were only a few women lining up, all lining up and trying to qualify amongst the men. Now Redhook has it's own women's race, that's reaching crazy speeds and has attracted some major World Class talent.

    That's why, fast forward 4 years later to NOW, and La Sweat is excited to announce the official launch of our Redhook #SQUAD!

    Thanks to the support of our super dedicated sponsors and the addition of Kryptonite Locks (keeping us locked and loaded throughout all our adventures) and Fast Forward Wheels, we are stoked to be able to race the complete Redhook Crit Championship Series, with it's four destination races, Brooklyn, London, Barcelona & Milan.

     Pictured of above is LA Sweat's newest addition to the Redhook Squad, Ashley Faye, at one of last years Redhook Championship Series races.

    Pictured of above is LA Sweat's newest addition to the Redhook Squad, Ashley Faye, at one of last years Redhook Championship Series races.

    In addition to our regular gear the Redhook Squad will be riding Vigorelli Cinelli track bikes, track-wheels from Fast Forward, tires from Challenge, and special edition skinsuits courtesy of Castelli. Grazie!

    Select riders from our domestic team are super excited to drop their gears and take on a new the Fixed Gear Race Scene, including Tiffany Pezzulo, Anna Grace Christiansen, Kim Lucie and Erin Goodall. Plus, we're also super stoked to announce we'll be adding veteran Redhook favorites Fleur Faure and Ashley Faye from the other side of the pond (France and the Netherlands specifically). 

    I am really looking forward to introducing and sharing what Redhook is all about with the rest of the LA Sweat riders.
    — Kelli Samuelson 

     This team feels unstoppable! 

    Follow along with us as we take on Redhook Brooklyn with Fleur, Ashley, Kelli and Erin, while the rest of the Squad will be down south racing the USA Crits Speedweek. 

    Keep up with us on the road by following our calendar, here (and below).

    What Happens in Trinidad, Stays on The Internet #SWEATCAMP2017 by Becca Schepps

    Mid March 2017, nine girls descended on the northern California coastal town of Trinidad, California to ride bikes and share of love of composting and bubble water, amongst other things. 

    First, thanks Castelli for driving the cars and capturing some amazing footage (see below):

    The riding was insane.

    At times we really weren't sure where we were. It looked like something out of Lord Of The Rings and that early 90s computer game MYST.

    We nailed a few potholes while having our breath taken away by scenery. But it was nothing our Challenge tires and Cinelli Strato Faster's couldn't handle. 

    And thanks to Castelli, they made us go up a climb also known as THE WALL, which was part of the race, Tour of Trinidad, from way back. Then they stood at the top and took photos of us suffering.. Thanks for that. 

    Basically, Sweat Camp 2017 was awesome. And we can't wait to get racing.. 

    XOXO BikeFlights.com by Becca Schepps

    We <3 BikeFlights.com  --- and you probably will to, click here and you'll get 20% off!

    Over the past three years we have been so lucky to be working with them. They have saved us a lot of moolah, and a lot of headaches. Seriously. 

    Using them has meant --> No more airline fees. No more airlines crushing your bike and then being out of luck, cash and a bike. 

    Best yet, when things go wrong, because come on, the mail isn't perfect, they are SO on top of it. They handle everything - they chase down your bike, help you figure out what to do while you're san shipment. It's like this little slice of heaven in a seriously stressful thing. 

    SUPPORT OUR SOCKS! by Becca Schepps

    If you were paying attention to the internet last week you may have noticed that LA Sweat 2017 is now a thing. 

    Team Camp happened, more on that later, and we got our new look. Throughout the season we'll be releasing a very limited run of special pieces from our 2017 collection.

    First up, socks!

    These bad boys are tube-sock inspired and perfect for playing b-ball, or cycling. Or just looking like the flyest person at the coffee shop. White with navy blue stripes, these socks feature the 2017 LA Sweat and Cinelli logos. They're lower cut, which means you won't have to worry about them covering up that calf muscle. We think they kinda elongate our legs -- and by WE, I mean @Bescka & @SkiBikeGlitter.

    But seriously - show your feet some love and support LA Sweat---> Get yourself some SOCKS!

    We hate to see you go. But we love to watch you leave. by kelli samuelson

    It is bittersweet to have to say goodbye so early to one of our riders. But we are really excited for what she has in store.

    Welp, here we go. We were so stoked to get Tracey back on a bike. But the world had other plans. Tracey Cameron has been offered her dream job (and promotion), and we are so freakin sad to say with all the good news, comes some bad --> She won't be able to make the full commitment to the racing calendar. We hope we'll get to ride with her a little but because, we absolutely cherish Tracey and are wishing her all the best in her new endeavor.  

    Kelli Samuelson, Team Manager of LA Sweat put it best, "It's things like this that make me work harder to be able to provide enough support for riders so one day they won't have to make these tough decisions. Tracey will always be a Sweat-er, even if she isn't lining up every weekend with us. We thank her for her selflessness in stepping down and opening up an opportunity for another women to chase her dream."

    Goshdarnit! We love you Tracey. At Team Camp your presence was with us, and I hope your ears were ringing because we were totally gushing about our love for you. 

    Tracey is always be up to something amazing. And this won't be the end of you + cycling. 

    We love you and we wish you all the success in the world! 

    Ugh. Sigh. I love Tracey.
    — Becca Schepps