Athletes come to you for coaching and place their potential into the palm of your hand. You fully understand what conditioned athletes bring to competition, and being involved in this process fills you with pride.
When an athlete loses, fails, cannot perform to potential, the thought stays in your head, you cannot let it go. This truth has a profound effect on you – you become obsessed with movement, with momentum, finding ways for the human body to excel, exploring the unorthodox, searching for something new.
You search for this unique limit. The more you create velocity, the more your competition must react, you are in control – activity, not passivity. You don’t overtrain – rather, your competition undertrains, they do not see full potential, and this is not your problem. Be ready, stay ready, it’s make or break.
Most athletes train in basic manner, they are very predictable, the body becomes stunted, the mind becomes limited, valleys do not lead to peaks. Athletes and coaches read the same carbon-copy cookie-cutter material, stealing and recycling identical ideas over and over and over.
Peaks lead to peaks. You are filled with the right kind of crazy: the body is one thing, but the mind is something else entirely, and you feel like you are just getting started. You are just scratching the surface in search of what is possible.
You want to perform. You want to finish a race. You want to feel improvement. You want to break into the top-20, the top-10, always moving forward, the top-5, you can challenge for victory, you are never satisfied, perfection is the goal.
Home becomes a place others fear: you become comfortable in the uncomfortable. Your mind is clear, the race is an illusion. You can never be afraid, you are a competitive athlete, you move forward, you will go at it, the competition is battle, there is no rival —
Who the hell is your rival? There is no no one — it is you against yourself.
And you can beat yourself. You believe in yourself so much… that nothing is going to stop you.
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CHRIS FRITZ & AMANDA RINDERER began the year in sizzling fashion, both winning the Sandy Hook TT, 1st place overall man and woman for the day, setting a vicious tone to the season…
Elite Endurance athletes in 2015 have won numerous State Championships, podiumed at Nationals, won important regional events, relentless podiums across the country, improvements everywhere and always. The athletes are listed in alphabetical order:
JOHN ARIAS had a strong year on the MTB, finishing 3rd overall in the H2h Series Pro/Open. He was also 3rd in the French Creek Elite race and 5/9/15 Mass French Creek 40 Elite, PA 3rd and 9th at the epic Bearscat 50 endurance race.
BARIS AYTAN had a frightening season on the road. Racing for CRCA’s e2Value squad, he won the Lucarelli & Castaldi Cup, won the Walnut Hill Crit, won a Floyd Bennett Thursday Night race, 2nd at the Upper Freehold TT, 3rd at the Bear Mountain Classic, 3rd at the Orchard Beach Criterium, 4th at Grant’s Tomb, 4th at the Trooper Brinkerhoff spring series,
JULIAN BANKS was 2nd overall in the second Rockleigh Criterium Series. He finished 4th in the first series; his teammate, Ernie Paredes, beat him by one point for 3rd overall! At Rockleigh, he was menacingly consistent, scoring a win, two 2nds, and two 3rds.
STACEY BARBOSSA coming off a 2nd at Nationals in cyclocross, had a superb year on the dirt, winning the Mooch Madness, Wawayanda, French Creek, Williams Lake, Ramsey’s Revenge, Bear Creek, Lewis Morris, Guy’s Neshaminy, Belleayre, and Fair Hill. Stacey’s season is about Cyclocross Nationals, and she already started the year in golden tone by taking 1st at the Granogue CX race in the elite category.
LOUIS BERRIOS started the season off in exciting fashion, winning both the Mooch Madness and Lewis Morris MTB races while finishing s solid 4th at the Singlespeed-a-Palooza.
PIOTR BILIK had a breakout year for the Fibaro Racing squad. He finished 3rd overall in the 40+ H2H Series, Cat-2. He earned 4th at both the Taconic 909 and Mountain Creek races.
MIKE BORDA was 1st in the Douleru en la Cul Circuit Road Race this spring.
KYLE BOUCHER, dealing with the challenges of having a new child and working overseas for over five months, aced his rookie season as a racer. He was 6th place at the Bear Creek Crit. He realized his potential in stage racing, placing 4th in the Fayeteville Stage Race, having to do the TT on his road bike.
JOHN BYE had a breakthrough year as an endurance ahtlete. He WON the Murray Todd Half-Marathon in the 45+, he WON the Battenkill Road Race in the 45+, he was 2nd at the Jerseyman Sprint Triathlon, 3rd at the Quassy Olympic Triathlon, 3rd at the NJ State Olympic Triathlon. He PR’d at Ironman Whistler with 19th and qualified for the World squad with his 18th at USAT Olympic Tri Nationals.
GRAYSON CHURCH had his finest road season ever, winning the Tour of Tucker County after a 55+ solo flier. He won the Richmond Road Race and the Mapletown Road Race. He was 2nd at the Appalachia Visited Road Race, 3rd at Morgantown. To cap his season, he WON the ABRA Raod Race Series overall, as well as storming to 2nd overall in the Greenbelt Series.
RYAN COLLINS, 19 and racing in new territory as a Cat-3, had a steady and effective year: 2nd at the Mapleton Road Race, 2nd at the Mt. Davis Road Race, 2nd at That Dam TT, 3th at the Tour of Tucker County, 4th at Page Valley Road Race.
KRISTINE CONTENTO-ANGELL had her strongest season to date, storming to victory at Jungle Habitat and becoming the Pro/Open New Jersey State Champion. She also won three MTBNJ Short Track races in the spring, setting the tone to her successful campaign. She took victory at Wawayanda and was 2nd at Lewis Morris, 2nd at Williams Lakes, 2nd at Sugar Hill, 2nd at the Stewart 45, 3rd at Mountain Creek’s Summer Scramble, 4th at Mooch Madness, 4th at the Boston Rebellion Pro Short Track, and 7th at the Kenda Cup
COLLEEN CONWAY was 5th in the final CRCA race of the year. “I made the break,” Colleen said, “and we made it to the finish! I had a strong sprint to finish just behind the first four finishers.”
PAUL CRESTI was 4th overall in the TT Cup. He won the Route 29 Summer TT, 3rd at Upper Freehold TT, 3rd at Allamuchy, 3rd at Sandy Hook, 3rd LBI TT, 5TH TT CUP OVERALL.
MARK CURRAN was 3rd at the New Jesey State Time Trial Championships for the second consecutive season. He was also 4th at the New England Time Trial Championships. He placed 2nd at the Route 29 Summer TT. In the TT Cup, he was 4th at Silver Mine, 4th at LBI. He finished 5th overall in the series.
LAUREN DAGOSTINO dominated the TT circuit this season, winning the State TT on the way to winning four time trial events. She set the course record at the Somerset TT. She took a late-flier at the Tour of Somerville, holding a gap in the final laps and thrilling the crowd – she was caught just at the line and finished 4th. She was 2nd at the Dave Jordan Classic in Central Park, 2nd at the NJ State Road Race, 3rd at the Philly Navy Yard Crit.
FRED DAVID can climb with the best of them and was 2nd at the Bristol Mountain Road Race, 3rd at the Wilmington-Whiteface Road Race, 4th at the Greene Summer Classic.
CHRIS DAWSON raced to 4th overall in the TT Cup, Eddy Division. He was 3rd at the Allamuchy TT, 4th at Cape May, 5th at Sandy Hook, 5th at Sandrino’s, 6th at Somerset. He capped the end of his season with a 2nd place in the co-ed relay. He is ranked 7th nationally in in the Cat-5 TT; he placed 4th in the NJ State TT Championship.
JENNIFER DEFALCO was 5th in the H2H Series overall, 40+. She fought to 2nd at Allamuchy, 3rd at Wawayanda.
OSCAR DIAZ’s season is building to a successful cyclocross campaign Earlier in the year, he placed 3rd in the Pedal Power Road Race.
KEITH GARRISON earned 2ND overall in the H2H MTB Series, Cat-2. He won the Taconic 909 event, placing 3rd at both the Muddy Tire and Lewis Morris races. On the track, he placed 2nd at the 6 Days of Kissena Omnium. On the road, in his first race back after a broken collarbone, he was 4th at Grant’s Tomb and 4th at Bound Brook.
VICTOR GRAS had a killer season on the road, winning three races and earning loads of podiums. He won the season opener at Grant’s Tomb. He won the road race at the Giro di Cielo, taking 3rd in the TT and 2nd in GC. He won the Tokeneke Road Race, unleashing his best sprint of the season to win in decisive fashion.
SHANNON GRIEB finished a best-ever 3RD overall in the Cat-4 TT Cup.
MIKE HILL: “I was super-stoked to have met my goal of winning the 55-59 AG for the Atlantic Division [NJ, DE, VA, PA, MD] of the Xterra Offroad Triathlon US Tour series!”
RYAN HOBBS has had a killer season overall thus far, and he plans to save his best for cyclocross. He was 4th overall in the H2H Series, Cat-1. On the road, he won the Grant’s Tomb 40+ event and took 3rd at the Pedal Power Road Race.
TED HORWITZ ended the season as the #1 ranked Cat-2 criterium rider in NJ. He is proud to have made the break at the Harlem Skyscraper. He was 5th at the NJ State Criterium Championships, 5th at Grant’s Tomb, 6th at the TD Bank Mayors Cup, 6th at Iron Hill Twilight, 6th at the South Jersey Grand Prix. He finished 3rd at Mystic Velo Criterium and was 3rd at the USA CRITS Speedweek Stop 3. He finished 11th in the Garden State Cup.
ROB JENSEN, leading up to his “A” race, had successful results: 2nd at Harrison’s Tomb Road Race, 2nd at NewMark Criterium, 2nd at Tour of Xenia. The season build perfectly to his goal race, where he was able to perform fully to potential: “That was the one race I wanted to win this year and I did.”
JESSI KRUSE finished 4th overall in the Pro/Open H2H Series.
NELSON MARTINS finished 7TH overall in the CAT-2 category.
KIRT MILLS had a super-season and finished 2nd overall in the H2H Series, Cat-1. He powered to 3rd at Allamuchy, 3rd at Lewis Morris, 3rd at Wawayanda, 3rd at Lewis Morris, and 5th at Jungle Habitat.
NICK MORELL excelled on the MTB this seasin. He won the Greenbrier XC race, 2nd at Iron Hill. He finished 3rd overall in the MASS Series, Cat-1 40+. He was 3rd at Neshaminy, 3rd at Granogue.
AARON NELSON’s season highlights: he won the University Oaks Criterium, he PR’d the 40k TT by 2:30, he was 7th at the Texas State TT, he ripped top-5 at the Fayetteville Stage Race TT, he earned his first-ever field sprint podium at the Driveway. He was 3rd at Castroville TT. “What I really accomplished was being able to go into a race completely confident,” Aaron said, “not having to worry ‘if I was fit enough.’ Yeah, there were off days and races. But overall, the confidence to say ‘i can ride with anyone at this race’, this, was my greatest accomplishment.”
BRIAN NORLING had a ripper season, winning, winning, and winning. He won the State TT, Cape May TT, and Sandrino’s TT, as well as winning the Lavallete Triathlon, the NJ State Triathlon, and the Escape the Cape Triathlon. BOOM. He was 2nd at LBI TT, Somerset TT, Kingwood TT, and Oldman’s TT – be prepared, stay prepared, come get it always.
JESSE O’DONNELL, who plans to return to triathlon competition in 2016, finished 7th in the NJ TT Cup overall. The highlight to his season was storming to 2nd overall in the AC Challenge 70.3.
ALLISON OISHI won the Mooch Madness MTB race and is fully preparing for a full season of cyclocross.
ERNIE PAREDES: “Season highlights? All 3 steps of the podium at the Rockleigh Criterium Series.”
JAMES PEARL podiumed at a few early-season Short Track events. He was 9th of 101 at the Singlespeed-A-Palooza, 12th of 56 at the Stewart Open Pro/Open. He is currently sitting in top-5 in the NJ CX Cup Cat-3s.
ADAM PEREZ had a huge year, winning the Falls Lake Road Race and placing 2nd at TTT Nationals with his Happy Tooth Racing Squad.
BIRGIT REEVES had a crushed 2015: she won the Ohio State Road Race Championships. She won the Women’s Midwest Road Race Championships 40+. She was 3rd at the Tour de Xenia and 2nd at the QCW Omnium TT.
AMANDA RINDERER had a tremendous summer. She won the Sandy Hook TT, Sandrino’s TT, and the LBI TT. She won the Lavallette Triathlon, ripping the #1 bike-split of the day and the second-fastest run. Amanda won the Jersey Genesis Triathlon and placed 4th at the AC Challenge 70.3.
JESS ROBINSON won the Intermountian Cup Series in Category 1. She was also 9th at the Sturdy Dirty Enduro in Washington. In her first-ever pro race at the Scott Enduro cup in Moab, she finished 13th. In her first-ever distance event at 40 miles, she placed 3rd at Brian Head.
KENNETH ROWE had his best season ever in 2015, winning the Dewey Beach Triathlon, 1st overall bike split. He placed 2nd at Bethany Beach Triathlon, 2nd overall bike split. He finished 3rd at Rock Hall Sprint Triathlon with the 1st overall bike split. Ken ripped 1st overall bike split at the Cayuga Lake Triathlon. See a pattern here? 😀 In bikes races, Ken was 3rd in the Maryland State TT Championships, he had two 6ths at the Greenbelt Training Series, and 8th at the Tour of Washington County Stage Race, all PRs.
NIC SALESE earned a slew of podiums this season, ripping 3rd at Jersey Devil Xterra, 3rd at Lincoln Park Triathlon, and 2nd at Pequannock Triathlon.
CHRIS SANTALUCIA won the green jersey at the 2015 Elite Endurance TOUR.
SUE SEYBOLDT finished 2ND in the TT Cup overall. She was 2nd at Allamuchy, 3rd at Upper Freehold, 4th at High Point Hill Climb, 4th at Cape May, 4th at Kingwood, 4th at Sandrino’s, 5th at States, 5th at Cape May, 7th at Silver Mine, 7th at Somerset Circuit, and 8th at Oldmans TT.
JACOB SCHOFIELD of Bicycle Heaven is proud to have helped defend teammate Ben Steavenson’s win at Pace Bend. “Being a part of that epic race and win was incredible.” Jacob is the Texas State Criterium Champion and was 6th at the Tour de Gila Criterium. “It was the first time I really thought about the endgame at the race; I played chess. The result was not a win but the experience was awesome.”
LAURA SLAVIN had a breakout season on the dirt, her first as a MTB professional. She placed 2nd overall in the Mid-Atlantic Super Series Overall. She won the Pro/Open events at Brands Muddy Tire, Sugar Hill, and Belleayre. She placed 2nd at Fair Hill and Kittatinny. She was 3rd at Lewis Morris, Guy’s Neshaminy, and Iron Hill. She was 4th at Fair Hill, Wawayanda, French Creek, Greenbrier, and Bear Creek. She was 5th at Windham and 20th at Nationals.
GWYNNA SMITH was 1st overall in the H2H Series, Cat-2.
RYAN STAHNKE had an incredible year and is still operating at peak levels during ‘cross season. On the MTB, he was 2nd overall in the MASS Series, Cat-1. He won the Greenbrier Challenge. He placed 2nd at Fair Hill, Granogue, Guy’s Neshaminy, Iron Hill, Fair Hill MASS Finals.
SCOTT SUGENT won the 2015 Elite Endurance TOUR in dominant fashion. On the TT bike, he was 4th at Allamuchy and 6th at the High Point Hill Climb.
NICHOLAS TAYLOR has become a complete cyclist, earning his Cat-1 upgrade on the road — he has generated top results on his road, ‘cross, and mountain bikes. In 2015, he rode at a level of consistency rarely seen. He won the Carl Dolan Crit, won the Greenbrier Challenge MTB event, 2nd at Black Hill Circuit Race, 2nd at Ride Sally Ride Crit, 2nd at Miller School Road Race, 2nd at the State TT Championships, 3rd at the Tour of Page County 5th at the Tour of Washington Stage Race. He was 2nd in the Road Race and 2nd in the Criterium.
DILLON VAN WART, the 2014 champion of the Pro/Open H2H Series, is focusing on enduro competition in 2015. So far, so good: 1st at Steel City Enduro, 3rd at Bear Creek Enduro, 5th at Rattling Creek Enduro, 13th at September’s Killington Enduro, 15th at July’s Killington Enduro, 21st at Burke Enduro, 26th at Blue Mountain Enduro, 45th at Rothrock Enduro. On his cross-country bike, he was 3rd at Jungle Habitat, 6th at Allamuchy, and 8th at Wawayanda.
STEVE WAGONER was 3RD in the H2H Series overall, Cat-1 50+.
PETE WARNER electrified the season with volatile performance after volatile performance. He won the Richmond Road Race. He won the Air Force Assocation Cycling Classic. He was 2nd at the Miller School Road Race. He was 3rd at the Tour of Washington County Kick-Off Classic Criterium. He was 3rd at the Tour of Tucker County. He was 5th at the Poolesville Road Race. Many of Pete’s race reports are in the Newsreel archive on EliteEndurance.com
RICHARD WOLF PR’d at several TT Cup events, taking 5th overall in the Cup Series. At the Connecticut Masters Games Criterium, he powered to 2nd. In the TT, he powered to 3rd.
RICH WOLTER broke his collarbone early in the season – the goal was to come back in swift fashion and not suffer any setbacks along the way. He was able to battle back to 5th overall in the H2H Series Pro/Open. Rich is currently sitting top-3 in the NJ CX Cup, 40+.
CHRIS YEAGER, your NJ State MTB Champion in the Cat-2s. “What can I say?” Chris said. “I like the techy stuff.”
JAMES YOO: “I nabbed a podium at Augusta with a 3rd place, my best result of the year. I only managed to race a handful of times this year because my girls went really far in swimming. My 10-year-old daughter won NJ Junior Olympics for the 100 fly. THIS was the highlight of my season and I wouldn’t trade it for anything! My fitness was incredible this season and Ken and EE took me to a level I’ve never been as a cyclist!”
MIKE ZAK had a breakout season on his road bike. The results speak for themselves: 1st course de Evesham. 2nd Tour of Somerville, 3rd South Jersey Classic, 3rd NJ State Criterium, rock ‘n roll.