Jessica Chong (Lehigh Valley) racing to 4th in the Women's Pro Race at Cherry Blossom. Photo: Ron Short
Chonger says Saturday April 3rd, 2022 in Essex County, NJ was a bit on the chillier side for the start of a bike race. We think you need to give her a break because she was on a brand new bike: the 2022 Liv Langma Advanced Disc 1+ and she's going to figure that out fast. Jessica joined our team during the pandemic influenced "bike supply crisis" and it's AMAZING to finally put her on a team bike from our friends at Liv Cycling, the only brand devoted to women. In just a few short weeks, she's going to gain a teammate and then .. look out women's bike racing world!
Sam and Gui in the break at the 2022 Men's Pro Race, Lucarelli & Castaldi Cherry Blossom Criterium. Photo: Ron Short
In the early spring we sent an army to North Jersey. Bike racing is equal parts individual and team effort and Sam Smith (Doylestown) had an army to propel him to second place in the Men's Pro Race. Kudos to Gui Nelessen (Lambertville), Colin Fitzgerald (Orefield), Chris Meacham (Doylestown), Andy Dudle (Emmaus), Bill Elliston (Easton), Alden Weinhold (Doylestown), Connor Thompson (Doylestown), and Jessica Chong (Lehigh Valley) for providing the catapult.
Sam Smith (Doylestown) 2nd at the 2022 Lucarelli & Castaldi Cherry Blossom Criterium. Photo: Ron Short.
In the amateur races we had just as amazing participation and results. Alden Weinhold (Doylestown) finished 5th supported by Stevie Szabo (Doylestown by way of Arizona) and Master's 55+ racers Michael Bowe (Doylestown) and Rob Beighley (Buckingham).
Stevie Szabo (Doylestown) in the pack at the Men's 3/4 Race at the Cherry Blossom Criterium. Photo: Ron Short