ValueAct Capital Cycling Team Announces 2008 Roster
Women's team VAC Divas return as sophomores after a successful first season -
adding muscle, talent, and experience to their roster. Goldstein, Kroepsch,
Hambleton and Ruiter join the squad.
Building off a successful inaugural season, the ValueAct Capital Professional
Women's Cycling Team has added top talent to its roster for the 2008 race
season. New riders Nicole Evans, Leah Goldstein, Marni Hambleton, Lara Kroepsch
and Chrissy Ruiter will join the current line-up of VAC women: Sharon Allpress
(USA), Hannah Banks (AUS), Courtenay Brown (USA), Katie Mactier (AUS), Martina
Patella (USA) and Taitt Sato (USA). The added depth and experience will help the
team achieve their goal of being one of the top teams in the US.
ValueAct Capital team - Team Time Trial Tour de Toona 2007
Photo © Kurt
“Last year, we had a young, spirited team that really proved they had the
ability to succeed. Katie Mactier’s wealth of experience really contributed to
making this team gel” commented Director, Lisa Hunt. “I wanted to build on that
momentum, by adding more top stage race and single day race talent. It’s a great
group of riders!”
Three-time Mt. Hood Cycling Classic winner, Leah Goldstein adds firepower for
General Classification at the major stage races. Goldstein, the current Israeli
National Road Race and Time Trial champion who resides in British Columbia,
excels in tough, hilly races and has a wealth of experience racing in Europe as
Lara Kroepsch (USA), who rode for TEAm Lipton for the past two years, brings
added sprinting strength as well as solid stage race experience. Kroepsch is a
two-time Collegiate National Criterium Champion, with numerous podium spots in
major NRC races.
Chrissy Ruiter, who rode for Cheerwine in 2007, garnered podium spots at the
2007 Athens Criterium and the Tri-Peaks Challenge. Ruiter’s experience racing
with the US National Team in Europe, and her strong, aggressive style of racing,
will benefit the team.
Nicole Evans (USA), who also rode for TEAm Lipton in 2007, is another strong
stage race rider, having won both the 2006 High Uintas Classic and the Elkhorn
Classic stage races. Evans was also 3rd place on GC at the 2007 Valley of the
Sun Stage Race.
Marni Hambleton (CAN), who rode for Symmetrics in 2007, won the silver medal
at the 2007 Canadian National Road Race. Hambleton also guest rode for the
ValueAct Capital Team for several stage races in 2007.
Katie Mactier (ValueAct Capital) and Katharine Carroll of Aarons Pro on a flyer
at Mt. Hood.
Photo © Kurt
Katie Mactier, who has already garnered two gold medals in the Individual
Pursuit at the Sydney and Beijing World Cup Track events, will be racing with
the squad, beginning in May. “I’m super excited to be hooking up with the girls
again for another US road season. This year we are a bigger team and hungry to
make our mark,” commented Mactier.
2008 VAC Roster
Hannah Banks (Australia)
Katie Mactier (Australia)
New for 2008
Marni Hambleton (Canada)
Team Director: Lisa Hunt
The team will be contesting a full NRC schedule for 2008, kicking off the
season with the Santa Rosa Women’s Grand Prix on February 18th. Prior to that,
the team will hold their training camp in Healdsburg, California the week of
About ValueAct Capital: ValueAct Capital is one of the premiere
value-investment firms in the United States, taking large ownership positions in
publicly-traded companies and then working closely with company management to
generate strong returns. ValueAct Capital is very excited to sponsor a
dedicated, talented cycling team that embodies the firm’s own work ethic and
drive for success.
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