We're excited to announce an expansion of the Cafe Racers to include a Cat 3/4 women’s development team. The Cafe Racers formed in 2011 and was initially comprised of an Endurance team and an Elite Road team. With the addition of the 3/4 Women’s development team, the Café Racers add 8 strong, experienced women from a variety of racing backgrounds.
Co-captains Joy Stark and Lauren Kling assembled the team with the goal of improving Cat 3/4 racing experience and advancing the level of women’s racing in New England by fostering a sense of teamwork, community, and pushing the level of competition. In addition to Joy and Lauren, women’s team roster includes Erin Faccone, Celia Riechel, Cindy Brennan, Kristina Donehew, Cait Dooley, and Lauren Tracy.
We are excited about working with the women’s team to help them reach their racing goals, as well as to organize community events, rides and clinics with the assistance of team members.
We already have dates for the first set of rides. Our women's team is hosting a monthly series of beginner 101 rides, more details will be available soon, but if you're new to cycling, ladies, mark your calendars now for the following dates:
- Saturday 4/21
- Sunday 5/13 (Mother's Day)
- Saturday 6/23
- Sunday 7/29
- Saturday 8/11
The team is mentored by Elite Cafe Racer and Pro Cyclocrosser Mo Bruno Roy, as well as RSC’s Patria Lanfranchi, an elite road racer. The men's contingent of the RSC racers have welcomed the addition of the women’s 3/4 development team and everyone has enjoyed the opportunity to ride together and learn from each other over the winter months.
The Elite team and mentors have used their racing experience to coach the development riders at clinics and to discuss team tactics.
The women’s 3/4 development team just made their season debut this past Saturday at the 10th Annual Chris Hinds FUJI Sunshine Criterium in Charlestown, RI. They put Lauren K. on the podium at 2nd and Erin came in 4th. Four of of the seven racers were in the money! We're particularly proud of the team's results as they raced tactically and worked hard to keep the pace of the race high.
Though they'll be found racing many other criteriums and road races throughout the season, the key races for the team are:
- 4/15 - Myles Standish RR. Plymouth, MA
- 5/12 - Sterling RR. Sterling, MA
- 6/2 - Lake Auburn RR. Auburn, ME
- 6/10 - Purgatory RR. Sutton, MA
- 6/28-7/1 Fitchburg Stage Race. Fitchburg, MA
- 8/31 - 9/3 Green Mountain Stage Race. VT
Please make sure to cheer on all of the RSC racers, they welcome the support! Also, stay tuned for rides and events that are open to all community members that will be hosted by the RSC Cafe Racers team.
If the Ride Studio Cafe women’s 3/4 development team sounds like something you would like to be a part of, please make a point of saying hello and introducing yourself. If you are not quite ready for a competitive racing environment but would still like to be involved with the team and Cafe, RSC offers a club membership option that is open for anyone to join. Please inquire with us if you would like details about joining the club.