Erica Zaveta Selected for Amy D. Racing Sponsorship

 

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Erica Zaveta Selected for Amy D. Racing Sponsorship

The Amy D. Racing program, a project of the Amy D. Foundation, has selected Erica Zaveta as its first recipient of an elite race sponsorship for the 2014-15 cyclocross season.

Zaveta, 25, hails from Erwinna, Pennsylvania and now lives in Brevard, North Carolina where she recently graduated from Brevard College. She blends elite racing with part time work at coaching company Sigma Human Performance. Her goals for this season are to finish consistently in the top ten in elite women UCI races, with hopes of standing on the podium a few times as well.

“Erica is a great match for the Amy D. sponsorship,” said program manager Donn Kellogg. “She’s a top rider on the road, mountain bike, and cyclocross, and has really dedicated herself to the sport. I guess you could say she is a lot like Amy.”

Zaveta was 2013 Collegiate National Champion in cyclocross, short track and downhill for Division II Brevard College. She has also raced for the U.S. National team on the mountain bike and has experience racing at the top levels in the U.S. and Europe. Erica has spent much of 2014 focusing on the domestic road circuit, while also finishing top 10 at the Mountain Bike National Championships in the pro field. But her focus is cyclocross.

The goal of Amy D. Racing is to sponsor a rider that embodies similar drive, passion and focus that Amy had. Financial supporters include Raleigh, Clement, K-Edge and Lazer. Additional support is provided by FSA, Vision, and TRP components. The Amy D. Racing program is managed by Donn Kellogg from the Raleigh-Clement Cyclocross Team, which will provide race and travel support throughout the season.

Look for the Amy D. Foundation tent in Las Vegas, Boulder, Madison, Gloucester, Providence, Rochester, Cincinnati, Iowa, Los Angeles, Bend and Austin.

The Amy D. Foundation (http://amydfoundation.org) is a nonprofit organization focused on supporting aspiring female cyclists. Their mission is to inspire the celebration of healthy challenge and empower the confident pursuit of lofty dreams.

For more information, contact:
Donn Kellogg: Clement Cycling, 720-335-7144, info@clementcycling.com

Coryn Rivera Claims Victory in Inaugural Tour of Utah

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Coryn Rivera Claims Victory in Inaugural Tour of Utah Women’s Edition, Ken Hanson 4th in Tour of Utah Stage 3
Coryn Rivera of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team claimed victory in the first-ever Tour of Utah Women’s Edition in Tooele, Utah today. Rivera’s win follows her recently claimed 6th place at the inaugural La Course on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, earning the jersey for best young rider in the groundbreaking event. Today’s race involved 15 laps around a 3.5-kilometer circuit course at Miller Motorsports Park. The race saw many attacks and counterattacks on the exposed course, as the riders fought through strong and shifting winds. With 3 laps remaining, the women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team moved to the front of the race to control the pace and position Rivera for the sprint. An attack from a rival team forced the women of the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train to launch their lead out early, then fight to maintain control until the finish line. The team was successful in setting up their sprinter, with Rivera taking the victory by a margin of half a bike’s length. This is the second win of week for the women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, following national champion Alison Powers’ sprint victory on Monday in Utah’s Cedar City Grand Prix.

Alison Powers Claims Victory for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team at Cedar City Grand Prix

 

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Alison Powers Claims Victory for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team at Cedar City Grand Prix.
Ramping up to the inaugural women’s event of the 2014 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, the women of the UnitedHealthcare lined up in Cedar City, Utah on Monday to contest the Cedar City Grand Prix. Hoping to set the tone for Wednesday’s race, all teams were aggressive and attentive immediately once the race began, launching attack after attack, seeking intermediate lap primes and the breakaway advantage. Preferring to lead Coryn Rivera out in a bunch sprint, the women of the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train worked to chase down the attacks and bring the race back together. With the race rejoined and the UnitedHealthcare lead out train engaged, the race plan took an unexpected turn. Coryn Rivera and another rider made contact with a little more than one lap remaining, with the contact rendering Rivera’s bike un-rideable for the final lap. Rivera shouted to her teammate, “I’m out! You have to keep going.” Alison’s national title-winning instinct kicked in and without a moment of hesitation, she adapted to the situation and set her own sights on the win. A capable sprinter in her own right, Powers lowered her head and accelerated to the line, capturing the victory for the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team. Race-winner Powers commented, “I’m really proud of how we rode. We had a plan that got a little side-tracked with Coryn being out of the game, but that just shows how strong our team is – that we were still able to pick up the pieces and get the win.” The team also earned the best team title for their performance in the race.

 

Vanderkitten Announces Return to Cyclocross for 2014-2015 Season

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Vanderkitten, one of the most recognized brands in women’s cycling, is returning to cyclocross this fall for the 2014-2015 racing season. Vanderkitten Cyclocross (VKCX) will compete in domestic UCI events with a focus on developing riders for International competition and building a sustainable program for future seasons. Riders for the 2015 VKCX program include Rebecca Gross (Raleigh Clement), Carolina Gomez Villafañe (Rambuski Law) and junior Kennedy Hill (Vanderkitten Racing). VKCX continues its relationship with many existing road program sponsors, rekindles a successful relationship with Ibis Cycles, and has a uniquecrowd funding campaign in place to assist with its funding efforts.
“The decision to field a team for a full season was arrived at sometime in June and our strong road program allowed us to tap into most of our existing sponsors to provide equipment and resources for this program,” says Vanderkitten Founder and CEO David Verrecchia. “Cyclocross is very close to the heart of Vanderkitten as it was our point of entry into the cycling world. Although we are known for our road program, ‘cross and mountain preceded our involvement in road cycling by a considerable margin. Returning to ‘cross is a natural re-evolution for us.”
Vanderkitten juxtaposes Gross and Villafañe as the Cagey Veteran and Rising Star of the VKCX program. A racer with over 13 years of experience, Rebecca has a number of impressive results under her belt including the 2012 Master’s CX 30-34 World Championship and the 2013 Master’s 30-34 National Title. Caro comes to VKCX after a break out year with impressive results including a win at the 2014 CX Nationals in Open Women. She will also be putting energy towards her goal of representing Argentina at the World Championships in Hoogerheide, Netherlands, which happens to be very near the ancestral birthplace of the Vanderkitten brand.
The team will be outfitted in brand new kits that promise to add Vanderkitten’s distinctive style and eye-catching designs to an already colorful field. These new kits will be the basis for a unique crowd funding campaign through vanderkitten.com. This campaign allows fans and supporters to invest in the race team and receive limited-run Vanderkitten products in return. Vanderkitten is now accepting pre-orders for VKCX full kits, jerseys, hoodies, and t-shirts with delivery targeted for early September through mid-October depending on when the order is placed. There’s even a $10 funding level that includes a “VKCX” sticker and access to cool social media content.
The 2015 VKCX Sponsor List:
Vanderkitten, Ibis Cycles, Psimet Custom Wheels, Pactimo, Ritchey Components, TRP Brakes, Rotor Cranks and Q Rings, Clement Pneumatics, Vittoria Shoes, Honey Stinger, Smith Optics, Zealios, K Edge, DeFeet, Osmo Nutrition, Feedback sports.

Video:Marianne Vos Sprints To Victory In Inaugural La Course by Le Tour de France

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VIDEO BY UNIVERSAL SPORTS:

 

1. Marianne VOS, Rabo-liv, in 2:00:41
2. Kirsten WILD, Giant-Shimano, at :00
3. Leah KIRCHMANN, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at :00
4. Lisa BRENNAUER, Specialized-lululemon, at :00
5. Shelley OLDS, Ale Cipollini, at :00
6. Coryn RIVERA, UnitedHealthcare, at :00
7. Jolien D’HOORE, Lotto-Belisol Ladies, at :00
8. Emma JOHANSSON, Orica-AIS, at :00
9. Simona FRAPPORTI, Astana-BePink, at :00
10. Roxane FOURNIER, Vienne Futuroscope, at :00
11. Giorgia BRONZINI, Wiggle-Honda, at :00
12. Lizzie WILLIAMS, AUS, at :00
13. Fiona DUTRIAUX, Vienne Futuroscope, at :00
14. Elena CECCHINI, Estado de Mexico Faren, at :00
15. Aude BIANNIC, FRA, at :00
16. Christine MAJERUS, Boels Dolmans, at :00
17. Oxana KOZONCHUK, RusVelo, at :00
18. Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN, Rabo-liv, at :00
19. Eleonora VAN DIJK, Boels Dolmans, at :00
20. Chloe HOSKING, HiTec Products, at :00
21. Hannah BARNES, UnitedHealthcare, at :00
22. Fanny RIBEROT, FRA, at :04
23. Alena AMIALIUSIK, Astana-BePink, at :06
24. Sharon LAWS, UnitedHealthcare, at :10
25. Marta TAGLIAFERRO, Ale Cipollini, at :10
26. Yulia BLINDYUK, RusVelo, at :10
27. Clemilda FERNANDES SILVA, Bizkaia-Durango, at :20
28. Lucinda BRAND, Rabo-liv, at :20
29. Vera KOEDOODER, Bigla, at :20
30. Sarah ROY, Vienne Futuroscope, at :20
31. Susanna ZORZI, Astana-BePink, at :20
32. Valentina SCANDOLARA, Orica-AIS, at :20
33. Taryn HEATHER, Bigla, at :20
34. Carmen SMALL, Specialized-lululemon, at :20
35. Rachel NEYLAN, AUS, at :20
36. Janel HOLCOMB, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at :20
37. Chantal BLAAK, Specialized-lululemon, at :20
38. Romy KASPER, Boels Dolmans, at :20
39. Amy PIETERS, Giant-Shimano, at :20
40. Janine VAN DER MEER, NED, at :20
41. Marcia FERNANDES SILVA, Bizkaia-Durango, at :20
42. Katarzyna PAWLOWSKA, Boels Dolmans, at :20
43. Emily COLLINS, Wiggle-Honda, at :20
44. Brianna WALLE, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at :20
45. Elena KUCHINSKAYA, RusVelo, at :20
46. Nina KESSLER, Boels Dolmans, at :20
47. Cecilie Gotaas JOHNSEN, HiTec Products, at :20
48. Charlotte LENTING, NED, at :20
49. Charlotte BRAVARD, Vienne Futuroscope, at :20
50. Irene SAN SEBASTIAN LASA, Bizkaia-Durango, at :20
51. Jade WILCOXSON, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at :20
52. Dorleta ESKAMENDI GIL, Bizkaia-Durango, at :20
53. Sara MUSTONEN, Giant-Shimano, at :20
54. Cari HIGGINS, UnitedHealthcare, at :20
55. Liesbet DE VOCHT, Lotto-Belisol Ladies, at :20
56. Lotta LEPISTÖ, Bigla, at :20
57. Melodie LESUEUR, FRA, at :20
58. Amélie RIVAT, Vienne Futuroscope, at :20
59. Trixi WORRACK, Specialized-lululemon, at :20
60. Lieselot DECROIX, Lotto-Belisol Ladies, at :20
61. Yulia ILINYKH, Bizkaia-Durango, at :20
62. Chantal HOFFMANN, Lotto-Belisol Ladies, at :20
63. Emilia FAHLIN, Wiggle-Honda, at :20
64. Jacqueline HAHN, Bigla, at :20
65. Elise DELZENNE, Specialized-lululemon, at :20
66. Audrey CORDON, HiTec Products, at :20
67. Malgorzta JASINSKA, Ale Cipollini, at :20
68. Maaike POLSPOEL, Giant-Shimano, at :27
69. Jessie MACLEAN, Orica-AIS, at :27
70. Anna VAN DER BREGGEN, Rabo-liv, at :27
71. Iris SLAPPENDEL, Rabo-liv, at :27
72. Gracie ELVIN, Orica-AIS, at :27
73. Carlee TAYLOR, Orica-AIS, at :30
74. Jessica MUNDY, AUS, at :30
75. Amanda SPRATT, Orica-AIS, at :30
76. Charlotte BECKER, Wiggle-Honda, at :39
77. Emilie MOBERG, HiTec Products, at :56
78. Giada BORGATO, Estado de Mexico Faren, at 1:02
79. Eugénie DUVAL, FRA, at 1:13
80. Marion SICOT, FRA, at 1:13
81. Anouska KOSTER, NED, at 1:13
82. Ashlynn VAN BAARLE, NED, at 1:16
83. Silvia VALSECCHI, Astana-BePink, at 1:16
84. Emma POOLEY, Lotto-Belisol Ladies, at 1:16
85. Julia SOEK, Giant-Shimano, at 1:16
86. Tayler WILES, Specialized-lululemon, at 1:19
87. Lauren TAMAYO, UnitedHealthcare, at 1:19
88. Denise RAMSDEN, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at 1:19
89. Lauren HALL, Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies, at 1:19
90. Tatiana GUDERZO, Ale Cipollini, at 1:28
91. Barbara GUARISCHI, Ale Cipollini, at 1:28
92. Elena BERLATO, Ale Cipollini, at 1:28
93. Pauline FERRAND PREVOT, Rabo-liv, at 2:21
94. Elizabeth ARMITSTEAD, Boels Dolmans, at 3:11
95. Anastasiya CHULKOVA, RusVelo, at 4:10
DNF Anna Zita Maria STRICKER, Astana-BePink
DNF Makhabbat UMUTZHANOVA, Astana-BePink
DNF Jenelle CROOKS, AUS
DNF Louisa LOBIGS, AUS
DNF Desiree EHRLER, Bigla
DNF Elke GEBHARDT, Bigla
DNF Leire OLABERRIA DORRONSORO, Bizkaia-Durango
DNF Ana Teresa CASAS BONILLA, Estado de Mexico Faren
DNF Maria Giulia CONFALONIERI, Estado de Mexico Faren
DNF Carolina RODRIGUEZ GUTIERREZ, Estado de Mexico Faren
DNF Anna TREVISI, Estado de Mexico Faren
DNF Sophie CREUX, FRA
DNF Tone Hatteland LIMA, HiTec Products
DNF Elisa LONGO BORGHINI, HiTec Products
DNF Anisha VEKEMANS, Lotto-Belisol Ladies
DNF Kirsten COPPENS, NED
DNF Evy KUIJPERS, NED
DNF Pascale JEULAND, Vienne Futuroscope
DNF Alexandra BURCHENKOVA, RusVelo
DNF Maria MISHINA, RusVelo
DNF Willeke KNOL, Giant-Shimano
DNF Scotti WILBORNE, UnitedHealthcare
DNF Beatrice BARTELLONI, Wiggle-Honda
DNF Kathryn BERTINE, Wiggle-Honda

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The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Takes on the Giro Rosa

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The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Takes on the Giro Rosa, Looks to Defend Abbott’s 2013 Victory
The women of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team head to Italy this week to make their first Giro Rosa appearance in blue and white with a stacked roster of immense talent and experience. Looking to continue their successful debut season, including overall victories at the Tour Femenino de San Luis, Vuelta El Salvador, and Tour of the Gila, the team will ride in support of two-time overall Giro Rosa winner and defending 2013 champion, Mara Abbott. In the mountainous stages, Mara will have the support of teammates Katie Hall and Sharon Laws. Sharon Laws took the overall Queen of the Mountains title at the 2014 Friends Life Women’s Tour of Britain. Katie Hall made her mark in the US professional road race by launching an impressive solo attack, setting up teammate Alison Powers to counterattack for victory. On the flatter stages and intermediate sprint competitions, the team will support multiple-time collegiate national champion Coryn Rivera and US national champion Alison Powers, who recently became the only female in American history to simultaneously hold all three national titles (road, time trail, and criterium). All-rounders Ruth Winder and British national criterium champion Hannah Barnes will lend their help on all stages, controlling the pace and covering moves from other teams. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team is pleased to also welcome all-rounder Scotti Wilborne to the team and Giro Rosa roster. Scotti joins the squad from Team Tibco, where her results have shown great consistency and a bright future.
Looking forward to the grand tour, Mara Abbott commented, “For us, the Giro is the biggest race of the year, and there is nothing that comes even close to comparing to it. The two times that I have won the Giro, I have raced on the National team, and it is so exciting to be going this year with a group of girls who have been racing together all year, and to be able to enjoy the level of support that we have already had on the team throughout the season. Each time I race the Giro, it is an experience far beyond explanation of challenge, presence and emotion. I am thrilled to begin this again.”

The 2014 edition includes a prologue and nine stages, totaling 953 kilometers raced over ten days. The grand tour begins with a short and flat evening prologue, only 2 kilometers in length along corso Trieste in the city of Caserta. In stage 1, the riders will race around the city of Santa Maria A Vico eleven times, covering over 95 kilometers and cresting a 200-meter climb with each lap. The race then moves to the nearby town of Frattamaggiore for another circuit race on stage 2, this one geared towards sprinters with its relatively flat six laps. Stage 3 is the race’s first point-to-point race, starting back in Caserta and taking the riders a long a 125.3-kilometer route to San Donato Val Di Comino. The stage also serves as the first test for the climbers and general classification contenders with intermediate rollers beginning just 20 kilometers in the stage, leading into the category-2-ranked Belmonte Castello ascent. The 118-kilometer stage 4 will lead the riders on a scenic route along the Adriatic coast from Alba Adriatica north to Loreto before turning inland and climbing to the city of Jesi for the finish. The next day, the riders we depart from Jesi and race back out to the coast, then along the coastline north to Cesenatico. Stage 5 will present an opportunity for the sprinters, with only one category 3 climb between the starting line and a high-speed finale in Cesenatico. The battle for the pink jersey will escalate in stage 6 from Gaiarine to San Fior. The first 60 kilometers feature three sharp but short climbs, two of which offer the opportunity for QOM points. Abbott will have her sights on the category 1 ascent to La Crosetta, a 13-kilometer challenge with potential for substantial time gains. Once over the massive climb, the riders will descend down to San Fior for the finish.

The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team welcomes Scotti Wilborne to the program and 2014 Giro Rosa roster.
In sharp contrast, stage 7 begins immediately with a category 2 climb to the summit of Teglio. After the climb, the riders will fight for sprint points near the 25-kilometer point, then keep the pace high all the way to Chiavenna where the 91.8-kilometer stage concludes. With eight days of racing already in their legs, the focus will turn again to the climbers and GC hopefuls on the stage 8, in which the riders will cover over 90 hilly kilometers and finish atop San Domenico. Mara Abbott will be the rider to watch again on this queen stage, having soloed to victory here in 2013. The 9th and final stage of the 2014 Giro Rosa begins in Trezzo sull’Adda and takes the riders on an undulating route before the final climb to the finish city of Magreglio. With a climb in the very final kilometers of the 10-day race, there is potential for the final pink jersey fight to come down to the very last moments. Follow along on our social channels as the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team battles for grand tour victory.

Kirchmann sweeps Canadian Road Championships in historic hat trick

A hat-trick for Leah Kirchmann (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)

Kirchmann sweeps Canadian Road Championships in historic hat trick
Winnipeg native first Canadian to hold simultaneous time trial, road race, criterium titles
June 30th | Minneapolis, MN
Leah Kirchmann put on a display of dominance at the Global Relay Canadian Road Cycling Championships this weekend in Lac Mégantic, Quebec, winning the road race and time trial and defending her 2013 criterium championship for a clean sweep of Canada’s 2014 road cycling titles. Kirchmann was aided by countrywomen and teammates Denise Ramsden, who finished second in the road race, and Annie Ewart, who played critical support roles during the hard weekend of racing. Kirchmann makes history as the first Canadian woman to hold all three road titles consecutively.

 

“I couldn’t be happier with how the weekend played out. I would never have expected sweeping all the titles, but I knew I had good form after placing third overall at the North Star Grand Prix,” said Kirchmann. “At the same time, anything can happen at Nationals. I just tried to stay confident and rely on my teammates as much as I could, and they were simply amazing. It made for an excellent birthday present!”

The Winnipeg native, who turns 25 today, kicked things off with a blazing fast run in the time trial, covering the 28.8 kilometer course in 43:28.39. She beat out second place finisher Jasmin Glaesser (Tibco/To the Top) by just 2.50 seconds to win her first time trial national title. It was proof positive that the natural sprinter’s additional training efforts in the discipline had paid off.

 

“Time trailing is not a natural strength for me, but I focused much harder on it last year when the team was invited to the World Championships for the team TT,” said Kirchmann. “I started spending more time in my position and doing specific TT workouts, which helped make the difference. I also think our new Diamondback time trial bikes are a great fit – time trailing is never supposed to be comfortable, but it definitely eases the pain to have such a smooth, responsive bike.”

For Saturday’s coveted road race championship, Kirchmann was guided by 2012 champion Ramsden and Ewart. The duo played a critical support role on the difficult Lac Mégantic circuit, employing aggressive tactics throughout the day and executing a perfectly timed leadout over the closing kilometers. Ewart was able to lead the trio through the final corner and into a tough uphill sprint, where Kirchmann launched off Ramsden’s wheel in the final 500 meters to capture the win by a comfortable margin.

 

 

The trio was aggressive once again in Sunday’s criterium, set on defending Kirchmann’s title and completing Canada’s first-ever road title hat trick. Ewart and Ramsden kept the pace high and their sprinter safe on the winding course, lining up on the final lap to deliver Kirchmann in prime position for the uphill sprint. It was Kirchmann’s third straight Canadian criterium championship and a history making win for the young Canuck.

 

“I was excited enough to win the TT and road race, so defending the criterium title was icing on the cake. Annie and Denise both played such critical roles in my success this weekend,” Kirchmann said. “They committed fully to our team plan and delivered killer leadouts in both the road race and criterium. They are both incredibly selfless teammates and I can’t thank them enough!”

 

The road race win also grants Kirchmann the honor of wearing her nation’s colors later this month at La Course, the first ever women’s road race at the Tour de France, where she and her teammates go head to head against the world’s top talent in downtown Paris.

Photos C. Rob Jones

14 Cycling Teams Confirmed for Inaugural Tour of Utah Women’s Edition at Miller Motorsports Park

Circuit Race to Feature Top-Rated UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling and
Reigning National Champion Alison Powers

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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (June 25, 2014) – Organizers of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah have announced that seven of the nation’s Top 12 women’s professional cycling teams on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC) will be part of the Tour of Utah Women’s Edition. Included in the field will be top-ranked UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling, led by American Alison Powers, who currently holds three national titles. The Tour of Utah Women’s Edition will take place from 1 – 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.

This is the first time in the 10-year history of the Tour of Utah (August 4-10) that a women’s professional cycling race has been part of event week. The Tour of Utah Women’s Edition will be contested prior to the finish of Stage 3 presented by Utah Sports Commission of the men’s seven-day professional stage race. Fourteen elite and professional cycling teams have been confirmed for the Women’s Edition, with several composite teams to be added in July.

Confirmed Women’s Edition Teams (as of June 25, 2014)
Team Audi
Canyon Bicycles – Shimano
Cloud Racing p/b Ride 2 Recovery
Colavita / Fine Cooking (No. 5 on NRC)
DNA Cycling p/b K4 (No. 8 on NRC)
Guru Cycles p/b Haute Wheels Racing (No. 10 on NRC)
JET Cycling
LiVe Well p/b Bountiful Bicycle
Monster Media Racing Team
Pepper Palace Pro Cycling (No. 12 on NRC)
SKINourishment p/b Paceline Projects
TWENTY16 Pro Cycling Team (No. 6 on NRC)
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling (No. 1 on NRC)
Vanderkitten Racing (No. 9 on NRC)
One of the favorites in the Tour of Utah Women’s Edition will be Powers, who is the two-time USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Champion (2013, 2014). She is the first cyclist, either male or female, to hold the national titles as Professional Road Race and Professional Time Trial champion in the same year (2014). So far in 2014 the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team has 20 wins and 45 Top 10 finishes.

Another favorite in the circuit race will be Utah resident Tina Pic, racing for DNA Cycling presented by K4. Specializing in one-day races since beginning her racing career in 1996, Pic is the winningest female cyclist in the U.S. She has won six U.S. national criterium championships (2002–2005, 2007, 2009) and five individual titles on the NRC (2000, 2004–2006, 2008). This season Pic has already won eight races.

Festivities at Miller Motorsports Park will begin at noon on Wednesday with a Tour of Utah Lifestyle Expo. The Tour of Utah Women’s Edition Rider Sign-In will begin after 12:15 p.m., followed by the circuit race on the East Track of the complex. Stage 3 presented by Utah Sports Commission for the Tour of Utah is a 118-mile road race from Lehi to Miller Motorsports Park. The men will finish on the same 2.2-mile section of the East Track between 3:30 – 4 p.m.

Following the awards ceremony for Stage 3 presented by Utah Sports Commission, race fans will be treated to the inaugural Chase Pinkham Memorial Criterium from 5 – 8:30 p.m. Eight races will take place for amateur men, women, and juniors in a counterclockwise direction on the West Course of Miller Motorsports Park. The event is named in honor of Chase Pinkham, a former professional cyclist from Salt Lake City who passed away unexpectedly this winter.

The 2014 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is sanctioned by both USA Cycling and the UCI. The Tour of Utah is a 2.1-rated UCI American Tour stage race and is one of the top professional cycling events in North America. Host venues for 2014 are Cedar City, Panguitch, Torrey, Lehi, Miller Motorsports Park, Ogden, Powder Mountain, Evanston (Wyoming), Kamas, Salt Lake City, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, and Park City.

Admission is free for all races. More information about the Tour of Utah and its partners can be found by visiting www.tourofutah.com, as well as social channels Facebook (tourofutah), Twitter (thetourofutah #TOU14 #TOUWE), Instagram (thetourofutah) and YouTube (2014 Tour of Utah).

About the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, referred to as “America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM,” is a week-long, professional stage race for the best cycling teams in the world. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the 2014 Tour of Utah has expanded to seven days of racing and community festivals. The 2014 Tour of Utah covers 753 miles of racing and more than 57,000 feet of climbing. The race spans some of the state’s most beautiful and challenging terrain with lush forests and red rock spires in the south and the urban corridor and epic peaks along the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains in the north. This is the fourth year the Tour of Utah will be sanctioned as a 2.1-rated stage race on the UCI America Tour, making it one of the premier events in North America. A total of 16 professional teams, including six from the Tour de France, are scheduled to compete in 2014, expected to bring more than 120 athletes from 32 countries. For more information visit www.tourofutah.com.

WCA HEADS EAST TO PROMOTE WOMEN’S CYCLING

 

 

Events in Philadelphia and Glencoe, Crystal Lake and Chicago, IL Glencoe, IL – For Release May 28, 2014 – The Women’s Cycling Association (WCA) is heading East to promote women’s cycling with four great events. On Friday, May 30th, the WCA will join the Glencoe Grand prix to host a USACRITS PRO Meet & Greet in Glencoe, Il prior to the Saturday race. A pre-race reception in Philadelphia on May 31st with pro women cyclists and special guest, the first Lady of Philadelphia, Lisa Nutter, will celebrate women’s cycling at the 2014 Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic, A women’s clinic in Chicago on June 14th and WCA “Join The Ride” Tour in Crystal Lake, IL on June 15th will highlight the excitement of women’s racing in the upcoming 2014 Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series. The GGP PRO Meet & Greet held on Friday, May 30th from 6:00 – 8:00pm in downtown Glencoe, Il is a chance for area kids, amateur riders and racers to connect and talk with pros! The goal is to bring riders of all ages, skill levels and riding interests together prior to the Saturday race. Most importantly, the Women of the GGP will come together to have an opportunity to discuss topics that are important to women who ride. Members of the Women’s Cycling Association (WCA) will be present, looking to share riding and racing advice to the amateur field. Click HERE for more info. The WCA is teaming up with the Bicycling Coalition of Greater Philadelphia to host a pre-race reception on Saturday, May 31st from 11:30 – 1:00pm at Cadence Cycling & Multisport located at 4323 Main St. Manayunk Philadelphia, PA. Fans can learn about women’s cycling while meeting some of the premiere women cyclists racing today and get excited to cheer them on at the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic. Special guest, Lisa Nutter, the first Lady of Philadelphia, will be on hand to share her bike racing experience. The reception is open to all supporters of women’s cycling! The program will include a panel discussion with leaders in women’s professional racing, as well as time for Q-and-A and mingling. Tickets to the event are $10 or registration for the Velothon, the amateur ride-before-the-race on June 1st, includes admission to this event. Register at: http://bit.ly/Sa6nkJ. The event is sponsored by the WCA, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s Women Bike PHL program, Fuji Bikes, and the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic. In June, the WCA will travel to Chicago to host two events to create excitement for the upcoming Prairie State Cycling Series including a FREE women’s clinic on June 14th at 9:00am at BFF Bikes located at 2113 W. Armitage, Chicago, IL, 60647. Attendees can learn about the art of bike racing with pros Kristen Meshberg of Spidermonkey Cycling, Liza Rachetto of Vanderkitten Racing and WCA President, Robin Farina. The clinic is presented by BFF bikes, the WCA and the Prairie State Cycling series. Rachetto and Farina will also lead the WCA “Join The Ride” Tour in Crystal Lake, Il on Sunday, June 15th beginning at 8am from the Raue Center located at 26 N. Williams St. Crystal Lake, IL 60014. The ride includes a 25 mile and 40-50 mile option and is open to all levels, men and women. The $35 registration fee includes lunch following the ride. Register for both the clinic and ride at: http://bit.ly/Qj8i4S. WCA “Join The Ride” Tour sponsors in Crystal Lake include the Prairie State Cycling series, Lucky Brake Bicycle, SRAM, Wheel Werks, The Bike Haven, and Visit McHenry County.