Zach Koop was more than the perfect teammate, he was an inspiration to all. He was a gentle soul who treated everyone with compassion, grace and fairness. Zach was never a man of many words, but always a leader in action. Always even keeled. Constantly smiling and embracing every moment. Loving and loyal. Selfless. Humble […]
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2014 YEAR IN REVIEW
Blue Ribbon-Pennell Venture Partners had a phenomenal season with many victories and high placings! With the support of a strong team Zach Koop was the man of the year! He won the CRCA Jim Boyd competition which is awarded to the racer who accumulates the most points throughout the CRCA club race series. In a chaotic sprint finish Zach won the CRCA club championship race. Zach also won both 1 and 2 of the Rockliegh summer criterium series. Both series came down to the final race and thanks to dedicated teamwork and clever tactics the victory was ours. The team also had a good run at the CRCA club championship team competition and finished 2nd overall.
Zach made good use of his Air Attack in 2014 by winning the Rockleigh criterium series (series 1 and 2), the CRCA Jim Boyd competition and the CRCA club championships.
The polar vortex didn’t stop our guys from going to the first CRCA club race of 2014. Race time temperatures were about 18 degrees. On the first lap Zach Koop took off with 3 other riders and established an unassailable lead of about 3 minutes. Zach handily won the sprint giving BR it’s first win […]
The team continued its incredible run for the 2nd half of the season. Along with a tremendous amount of wins, podiums and victories (detailed below) the team won the New Jersey State criterium championship (P12) with Zach Koop and the New Jersey State road race championship (cat3) with Brendan Pearce. Zach Koop also won the 2nd Rockleigh criterium series and the CRCA Jim Boyd award. The team also finished out the year in 2nd place in the CRCA team standings. A special thanks goes out to all of our sponsors (Blue Ribbon restaurants, Translations.com, Pennell Venture Partners, Campmor, Fuji, Bell, Easton and Giro) for an incredible season!!!
The team had an incredible run this spring with 14 victories, 2 second place finishes and 6 third place finishes. The team showed its depth by winning P12, masters, cat 3 and mountain bike races. Zach Koop won several big races and has earned a spot on the CRCA composite team for the Philly Cycling […]
Blue Ribbon had a strong start to the season in spite of many of our guys having prior commitments keeping them away from the races. We went to Central Park on Saturday with Thomas, Mark and Ira to contest the CRCA master’s race.
The team is excited to announce the addition of Michael Zak to BlueRibbon. Mike is a super strong rider. He recently upgraded to cat 2 and It wouldn’t be surpising to see him and Zach upgrade to category 1 before too long. Mike won the last Rockleigh race and took over the points lead from Zach so at least now we can say the team still has the lead. Since that win Mike has sewn up the overall point lead for Rockeigh. And to think this is only his second season racing!
ate May and early June proved to be very good for the team. On May 19th at the CRCA club race in Central Park Zach Koop took 2nd in a bunch sprint after a solid lead out from Mark Alden and Brendan Pierce.
On Sunday April 29th the team had all the podium spots covered at 2 separate events. At the Marlton criterium down in southern NJ with the support of Brendan Pierce and John Raheb Zach Koop delivered the first win of the season for the team in the P123 race! It was a big event with a very strong field. Zach got in a mid-race 9 rider break that stayed away. He handily outsprinted his break companions for the win.