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Race Report: Berger Hardware Bikes Criterium

SWS was excited to have another BHB Criterium Series this year! There is nothing better BHBCrit2than a local race series that has a local brewery- Crank Arm Brewery– putting up growlers for the top placers!

This past weekend we saw our very own Emily Graff take the podium in second, outsprinting two other riders she had been working with to catch Jamie (Constellation Cycling)- who solo’d off the front following a mid-race prime.

BHBCritEmPrior to her own race, Emily’s 10 year old son Josh jumped in the junior field and finished his very first criterium. The BHB course is family friendly and offers plenty of space for the young ones to ride and romp while their parents race.

SWS can’t wait to see the BHB CX course this fall 🙂

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Race Report: Belmont Criterium

Allie and Emily packed their car and headed to Charlotte. After watching the Professional Charlotte Criterium Saturday night, Allie and Emily lined up for the Belmont Criterium inspired and feeling speedy. After a fast 30 minutes on the technical course Emily, one of our cat 4 riders, took 5th in the field sprint!! We are so proud of her solid race.

Allie took 9th in the women’s ¾ race and then hopped in the pro 1/2/3 to see what the 20160501_173939corners felt like at the higher speeds. She has one word for us… FUN!

Both Allie and Emily donned CEP Dynamic Ultralight socks to keep their racing feet fresh and dry, and recovered with CEP Recovery Pro Tights (which are essential for long car trips!!). Sportique Century Femme Chamois Cream once again offered a weekend free from saddle rub.


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Race Report: Criterium Nationals Women’s 3/4

CritNatsSWS rider Allie Wetzel headed down to Greensville, SC this past weekend to watch the Professional Criterium National Championships and race the amateur women’s ¾ race beforehand.



The field split early, with a strong pack of 9 heading into the last laps. Allie had a good CritNatsCEPposition in the field and was feeling great on her new gearing (thanks Crawford Service Course!!!!!), but coming into the last two laps she found herself on top of a 4-man pile up. It’s never fun to go down, but rider and bike escaped nearly unscathed. Luckily Allie remembered to pack her CEP compression pants and Sportique Muscle Rub so her legs are ready for another weekend.


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Sponsor Spotlight: Berger Hardware Bikes

With the infamous Raleigh criterium series less than a month away, it’s time we shine the spotlight on our sponsor Berger Hardware.

BHB, as we call them, are known for putting on a killer summer criterium series, a brutal fall cyclocross series, and sale of Firefly bikes.


The 7th annual BHB Criterium Series will start May 14th on the notorious Dorthea Dix course. Last year, Spokeswomen saw our very own Danielle Baker on the top step of the series podium and Allie Wetzel taking third overall in the series. It’s a fun and fast race with steep kicker that will make even the best legs scream. Prizes and primes are always on Par, sombreros and beer growlers not withstanding.

Look up Berger Hardware Bikes on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with race series happenings, results, and pics.


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Rider Recipe: Coconut Chia Pudding

Aside from bikes, our team is passionate about food! We have a nutritionist, a chef, a baker, and many home-cooks on our roster. With the sport of cycling being so physically demanding, it’s essential we stay on top of our game, both on the road/trail and in the kitchen.

This recipe is from one of our home-cooks- Allie. It’s a gluten and lactose-free pudding that is loaded with healthy goodness. The coconut milk offers a healthy plant-based fat and the chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants and are a good source of fiber and protein. It’s a great summer treat that can be topped with fresh berries, banana, nuts, or a drizzle of honey.

Coconut Chia Pudding:


  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • ⅓ cup chia seeds (whole)
  • 2-4 TBSP honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract


  • Whip coconut milk, honey, and extracts until combined and silky
  • Stir in chia seeds
  • Let sit at room temperature for 2 hours to allow chia seeds to absorb the coconut milk
  • Store at room temp or refrigerate

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