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Women's Cycling News 28 February 2007
 
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Date: 2/28/2007
Women's Cycling News 28 February 2007
 

Women's Cycling News 28 February 2007
Brooke Miller Santa Clarita GP Report, Trust House Women's Tour of New Zealand, Teams and Rosters and bib numbers, 2007 Women’s Prestige Cycling Series Schedule Announced, National Mountain Bike Series Seeks Increase in Women's Participation.

Team TIBCO Report
by Brooke Miller
Santa Clarita Grand Prix

Teammates: Liza, Stacy and Brooke Miller
Winner: Brooke, Stacy 6th Place
Three Team TIBCO riders were able to make it down to Santa Clarita to race. It was a race that we were very excited about. It is a new race put on by Bicycle John’s for women, and it coincided with a stage of the men’s Tour of California. It made for a very exciting venue!

The race was a Criterium with four corners, and a long gradual 100’ hill. To make the race challenging, they had Queen of the Mountains points on every third lap. The race started with the climb that turned into a false flat with a pretty wicked headwind, then a fast descent that led into a VERY fast final corner that was infested with bot dots before the finishing sprint that was slightly uphill.

A good field attended the race, including Kim Anderson from T-Mobile, 4 Aaron’s riders, 3-4 strong Cheerwine strong riders and TEAm Lipton with their top sprinter and two other support riders. Top sprinters Laura Charameda and Becky Quinn (Track National Champion Sprinter) were also there to contend.

We knew that with our limited numbers we would not be able to go for the QOM and the finish, so we focused on trying to secure a win and forgo the race for the top of the hill. We decided to be a bit conservative, allowing the teams with bigger numbers to attack and focusing on being smart and choosing which moves to respond to.

The race started off pretty fast and aggressive with Aarons attacking and going hard for the QOM competition. I was sitting in and Stacy and Liza were doing the hard work for me, covering all the moves early on. I was positioned behind Stacy, whom I would watch before responding. Liza was also up there doing a great job of keeping my nose out of the wind, moving me into position when I slipped back.

Early on, Aarons sent Katherine Carroll off the front and she got a sizable gap on the field. It was only 12 minutes into an hour-long race, but Katherine is a very strong rider who you have to respect. Although the prospects for a solo 45 minute effort into a headwind were dim, Katherine is a dangerous rider to let go. Lipton’s Kristin Lasasso moved up to the front and did the lion’s share of bringing the move back. After Katherine was reeled in, the race became a series of attacks for primes and for the QOM. The attacks did not stay away due to the fast downhill just after the QOM.

Two Laps to go Attacks
Going into the last few laps, Stacy had moved up in front of me and we were waiting to set up our lead-out for the final sprint. Heading into lap 2, however, Kim Anderson (T-Mobile) attacked hard. It was on the hill and she is a very strong and smart rider who will easily ride away solo for 2 laps. Stacy read it perfectly and knew that she had to respond. I was on her wheel and she bridged me right up to Kim. We were soon caught, however, and I was swarmed heading into the final lap as the lead-out trains for Aarons and Cheerwine formed.

Stacy saw me up there and moved up to try and lead me out, but I was on the other side and could not get to her. Laura Charameda moved up in front of me and was pirating the other lead outs since she was a solo rider. I moved in behind her and figured that I would just follow the action from where I was. Going into the bottom corner, I was sitting about 4th or 5th wheel and waited a bit for the other sprinters to jump. They went and then so did I. I felt good on my sprint and was able to jump around several riders taking the win. Better yet, Stacy still managed to pull 6th in the sprint! Kelly Benjamin (Cheerwine) was right on my wheel and finished second.

It was an exciting team win for Team TIBCO. I am lucky to have teammates like Liza and Stacy to taking of me! They really did a great job!

Trust House Women's Tour of New Zealand
Entries close for Women's Cycle Tour of New Zealand
Entries for next week’s Trust House Women’s Tour of New Zealand have now closed, and organisers of the Wellington race say they've been blown away by the quality of the field. Two of the top three professional teams in the world are racing in Wellington. Six riders in the top 21 in the world will be coming and eight of the top ten cycling nations in the world will be represented in the event.

New Zealand National Team:
The two highest ranked New Zealanders on the list are Joanne Kiesanowski, ranked 36th and Sarah Ulmer ranked 27th, both will ride as part of the Trust House New Zealand national team.

Race Director Jorge Sandoval says the standard of the field is well beyond all of his expectations. He says he's had to turn down several overseas riders because he simply couldn't fit them into teams. “To have the reigning champions from three of the biggest cycling nations in the world, Sweden, The Netherlands and Switzerland plus two former World Champions and current Olympic champions racing on New Zealand soil, is a privilege for any race.”

National Teams
“On top of this we have national teams from Australia, Germany and of course New Zealand as well as professional teams from USA, the Netherlands and Germany.”

“Our events are getting recognised all over the world, Sandoval said. “Wellington is being seen as the capital of events and the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa as perfect areas to stage international cycling tours and that’s why we are attracting this caliber of rider every year.”

The Trust House Women’s Tour of New Zealand is the only international bike race for women in this country. The sports governing body, the UCI, has granted international status to the new five-day women’s classic in March 2007.

The race is on from the 7th to the 11th March 2007 with stages in Lower Hutt, Wellington and the Wairarapa. The women are competing in the Tour of Geelong in Australia this week, then heading to Wellington for the tour start on Wednesday 7th.

Trust House Women’s Tour of New Zealand
Start List and bib numbers:

TRUST HOUSE NEW ZEALAND
Team Manager Susy Pryde
1 SARAH ULMER NEW ZEALAND
2 MICHELLE HYLAND NEW ZEALAND
3 JOANNE KIESANOWSKI NEW ZEALAND
4 TONI BRADSHAW NEW ZEALAND
5 ROSARA OSEPH NEW ZEALAND

AUSTRALIA INSTITUTE OF SPORT
Team Manager: David Short
7 NIKKI EGYED AUSTRALIA
8 JOCELYNLOANE AUSTRALIA
9 JENNY MACPHERSON AUSTRALIA
10 KATE NICHOLS AUSTRALIA
11 AMANDA SPRATT AUSTRALIA
12 CANDICESULLIVAN AUSTRALIA

CHEERWINE - USA
Team Manager: Thad Fisher
13 CATHERINE CHEATLEY NEW ZEALAND
14 LAURAVAN GILDER USA
15 RACHEL O’CONNELL AUSTRALIA
16 BETINA HOLD CANADA
17 BROOKE OURADA USA
18 LEIGH HOBSON CANADA

T-MOBILE TEAM
Team Manager: Anna Wilson
19 JUDITH ARNDT GERMANY
20 KATE BATES AUSTRALIAI
21 ALEX RHODES AUSTRALIA
22 INA-YOKO TEUTENBERG GERMANY
23 LINDA VILLUMSEN DENMARK
24 OENONE WOOD AUSTRALIA

TEAM FLEXPOINT
Team Manager: Geert Broekhuizen
25 ANNETTE BEUTLER SUITZERLAND
26 LOES GUNNEWIJK NETHERLANDS
27 SUSANNE LJUNGSKOG SWEDEN
28 LOES MARKERINK NETHERLANDS
29 MADELEINE SANDIG GERMANY
30

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL TEAM
Team Manager: Warren McDonald
31 SARA CARRIGAN AUSTRALIA
32 TIFFANY CROMWELL AUSTRALIA
33 OLIVIA GOLLAN AUSTRALIA
34 LORIAN GRAHAM AUSTRALIA
35 CARLA RYAN AUSTRALIA
36 VICKI WHITELAW AUSTRALIA

GERMAN NATIONAL TEAM
Team Manager: Jochen Dornbusch
37 LARISSA KLEINMANN GERMANY
38 CHARLOTTE BECKER GERMANY
39 SKE GEBHARDT GERMANY
40 NINAKOHN GERMANY
41 VIRGINIA HENNIG GERMANY
42

SAMSUNG NEW ZEALAND
Team Manager Chris Drake
43 BREI GUDSELL NEW ZEALAND
44 KERRI-ANNE TORCKLER NEW ZEALAND
45 ANNELIES BASTEN NEW ZEALAND
46 RUSHLEE BUCHANAN NEW ZEALAND
47 GINA WAIBL NEW ZEALAND
48

WELLINGTON BEDS TEAM
49 TARA ALLERTON NEW ZEALAND
50 GABRIELLE BAHLER NEW ZEALAND
51 TRACY CLARK NEW ZEALAND
52 TRACY HERBERT NEW ZEALAND
53

EXODUS GYM TEAM
55 LAUREN WEBB NEW ZEALAND
56 NICOLA COX NEW ZEALAND
57 AMY-KELLY HORSFALL NEW ZEALAND
58 LAURA GAVICAN AUSTRALIA

INFINITY SOLUTIONS TEAM
61 SOPHIE RUDERMAN ENGLAND
62 JENNIFER FAY IRELAND
63 CATHERINE HARE SCOTLAND
64 PETA MULLENS AUSTRALIA

WELLINGTON STAR MERCEDES BENZ
67 AMY MOSEN NEW ZEALAND
68 MICHELLE KIESANOWSKI NEW ZEALAND
69 YVETTE HILL-WILLIS NEW ZEALAND
70 ROSY MCCALL NEW ZEALAND

 

2007 Women’s Prestige Cycling Series Schedule Released
Redlands Kicks off Series
Organizers of the annual Women’s Prestige Cycling Series today confirmed the 2007 Series calendar. After a year’s hiatus, the Redlands Bicycle Classic in California will return as the kickoff race to launch the four-race series. The full schedule will be:

Mar 22 – 25 Redlands Bicycle Classic
June 20 – 24 Nature Valley Grand Prix
July 23 – 29 International Tour de ‘Toona
Sept 20 - 23 CD&P Bermuda Grand Prix

The CD&P Bermuda Grand Prix will again be a prize for the teams. The top ten teams following the International Tour de Toona will receive housing and a generous travel subsidy to attend this increasingly popular event.

The Series’ individual title will again be on the line. Kristin Armstrong (TEAm Lipton) claimed the 2006 crown from 2005 champion Christine Thorburne (Webcor – Platinum) as the two powerhouse riders were heading for Gold and Bronze medals at the 2006 World Time Trial Championships. Both riders are expected to face off in the 2007 Women’s Prestige Cycling Series.

Canadian Alex Wrubleski (Colavita) is the clear favorite for the Series Best Young Rider competition. Last year’s winner and runner up, Katharine Carroll (Victory Brewing) and Erinne Willock (Webcor – Platinum), are now “too old” for this U26 division. Wrubleski, who claimed the Best Young Rider jersey at the Nature Valley Grand Prix, also won two Canadian National Championships and is clearly a rider to watch for both the young rider competition and for the overall Series.

Brooke Miller (TIBCO) was the surprise winner of the Series Sprint competition in 2006. She burst onto the national scene with her win at the Nature Valley Grand Prix’s Cannon Falls Road Race, going on to claim that race’s Freewheel Bike Sprint jersey. She will return to defend her crown in 2007, but is likely to be in the crosshairs of veteran sprinters such as Laura Van Gilder (Cheerwine) and Tina Pic (Colavita).

The team competition is wide open in 2007. While, Webcor/Platinum overtook TEAm Lipton to claim the title at the Bermuda Grand Prix last year, the slate starts clean for 2007 and the transfers of stars Laura Van Gilder from Litpon to Cheerwine and Erinne Willock from Webcor/Platinum to Team ExpressCopy.com are likely to change the math.

With the registration deadline still two weeks away (March 15), thirteen teams have already committed for 2007. These teams include Series veterans Webcor Builders, TEAm Lipton, Team ExpressCopy.com, Colavita/Sutter Homes pb Cooking Light, Team Cheerwine, Aaron's, Valkyrie Sports, Team TIBCO, AE Sports Development, Advil/Chapstick and Team Kenda Tire along with newcomers Team Wachovia /IBC and ValueAct Capital.

For more information, visit www.WomenCyclists.com or contact the Series coordinator at WPCSeries@womencyclists.com

NMBS Seeks to Increase the Participation of Women
New entry fee block purchase program will provide beginner/sport women with free race entry
PARK CITY, Utah, With the institution of a new entry-fee block-purchase program in 2007 the National Mountain Bike Series is taking a significant step to increase the participation of women in the sport of mountain bike racing.

NMBS owner Jeff Frost is crafting a program whereby series patrons can purchase blocks of 5 entries in the women’s beginner/sport category for the discounted rate of $125. These entries will then be made available on a first-come first-served basis to beginner/sport women entrants for free. To keep things fair, only one free entry will be available per person, per season.

In addition to the free entry incentive, NMBS will be introducing more women’s age group categories. The new categories are: Expert Women 40-49, Expert Women 50 plus, Beginner/Sport Women 18 and under, Beginner/Sport Women 19-29, Beginner/Sport Women 30-39, Beginner/Sport Women 40 plus.

Jeff Frost instituted these changes to his series after being presented with a petition in early February, which sought better representation for women in the NMBS. The petition was circulated by women’s 45-49 cross country national champion Jane Finsterwald over winter 2006 and generated over 900 signatures from mountain bikers.

The block fee will be available for purchase by anyone, and already 6 individuals have stepped forward to purchase blocks. When the details and execution of the program are finalized, it will be made available at www.mtbnationals.com.

About The National Mountain Bike Series
The National Mountain Bike Series (NMBS) is the premier mountain bike racing series in the United States , and is sanctioned by the national governing body of cycling sports, USA Cycling. For more information and to see the complete, revised 2007 NMBS calendar, visit www.mtbnationals.com. For all other inquiries, please email info@mtbnationals.com
 

 

 
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