|Six-time US Criterium National Champion Tina Pic will line up with the Colavita/espnW Pro Cycling Team to race the Tour of Elk Grove. The three-stage event begins Friday, August 3rd and includes a 4.5-mile time trial, criterium, and circuit race.
Pic, one of the most accomplished cyclists in the pro peloton, stepped back from competition at the end of the 2009 season. In her 15-year career, Pic won virtually every major criterium in North America as well as the overall US Speedweek Criterium Series title. She also holds two gold medals in the road race from the Pan American Games and raced with the US team at six World Championships. Pic served as co-director of Colavita’s women’s pro team in 2010 and advised the US National Team at key European races this spring.
Returning to the Colavita pro squad this season as co-director with former teammate Iona Wynter Parks, Pic finished fourth at the Exergy Twilight Criterium, demonstrating that her legendary sprint remains a force to be reckoned with. Pic will be joined at the Tour of Elk Grove starting line by Colavita/espnW riders Kathryn Bertine, Jamie Dinkins Bookwalter Joanie Caron, Moriah MacGregor, and Mary Zider.
About the Colavita/espnW Pro Cycling Team (USA) Colavita, marketers of the #1 brand of Italian extra virgin olive oil, is nearing its 10th anniversary in the pro peloton. Since 2003, women’s teams powered by Colavita olive oil and pasta have consistently ranked in the top 10 in the NRC, with #1 rankings in 2010 and 2011.
To mark this important milestone, Colavita has recruited a team of inspiring athletes and partnered with espnW to raise the profile of women’s cycling. Former Colavita pros Tina Pic, the six-time US National Criterium Champion, and Olympian Iona Wynter Parks are leading this new generation of pro riders.
At the same time, Colavita continues to cultivate talent at the grassroots level. Team Colavita is the largest recreational cycling organization in the US, with 14 regional teams representing over 600 amateur women, men, and youth cyclists in more than 20 states from coast to coast. Follow Team Colavita at www.Facebook.com/TeamColavita; results, news, and information are available at www.TeamColavita.com.
Family-owned Colavita USA LLC, headquartered in Edison, NJ, has been importing and distributingColavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil for over 30 years. Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil is recognized as the #1 Italian brand in the US and has earned awards from renowned cooking publications such as Fine Cookingand Cook’s Illustrated and general-interest magazines like Men’s Health.
Colavita® authentic Italian specialty products, including durum wheat semolina pasta, a full selection of balsamic and wine vinegars, traditional and organic pasta sauces, and olive-canola blended oils are the ingredients of choice for chefs in home, restaurant, and professional kitchens.
Colavita USA markets other fine food products under the Dal Raccolto® label and through partnership agreements with leading retailers, chefs, and cookbook author and TV host Rachael Ray to thousands of grocery and specialty stores and direct to many restaurants and other foodservice establishments. Colavita is also the sole importer and distributor of Perugina food and confectionery products, including the iconicBaci line, in the US. For more information about Colavita USA, please visit www.Colavita.com.
espnW’s mission is to connect female fans with the sports they love and follow. espnW.com provides an engaging environment where women are an integral part of the sports conversation, share their perspective on men’s and women’s sports and find the motivation and support for their athletic goals and interests. Launched in October 2011, espnW, [espnw.com], is an emerging business that consists primarily of a digital product suite including pc web, mobile web and social media. Founding partners include Nike, Gatorade and P&G (Venus and Secret). espnW is also supported by a strong social media presence on Twitter (@espnW) and Facebook. The Women’s Sports Foundation is a charity of choice of espnW.
For the 2012 season, the Colavita/espnW Pro Team are riding Jamis super-light Xenith SL road frames and the revolutionary Xenith T2 time trial bikes supplied by Jamis Bicycles, designed and marketed by the G. Joannou Cycle Company of Northvale, NJ.
The bikes are equipped with competition and training wheels, handle bars, aero bars and time trial levers, and stems and seat posts from Profile Design and pedals from Speedplay. Team jerseys and all technical apparel are provided by Champion Systems Clothing; cycling shoes are furnished by Bont Cycling North America. Helmets and glasses are supplied by Rudy Project.
Gear and equipment for the Colavita/espnW Pro Cycling Team are supplied by Chamois B’tter, GU Energy, Selle San Marco, Speedplay, and Vittoria. Product sponsors include AB Promotions, Headsweats, Paceline Products, Patagonia, SRAM, Thule, and Victory Graphix.
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