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CWEC brings development racing to Chicago
By Imelda March
Date: 1/19/2015
CWEC brings development racing to Chicago
Chicago Women’s Elite Cycling (CWEC) will enable Chicagoland USA Cycling professional and categories 1/2 bicycle racers to compete as a composite team in professionally ranked races.

Chicago Women’s Elite Cycling (CWEC) is an organization in which top Chicagoland racing talent set aside their team allegiances to train and compete as a composite team at nationally recognized races.

The new team has three primary initiatives:

  1. to develop a revenue stream not entirely dependent on sponsorships
  2. to invigorate the vibrant and growing Chicago racing scene
  3. to invest in the development of future elite racers

Chicago is under-represented in the pay-out positions in professional races nationally. The number of professional, category 1 and 2 racers from Chicago ranks amongst the lowest of the major U.S. cities.  The CWEC vision is to become a sustainable organization for the benefit of all Chicagoland women racers that aspire to compete at the professional bicycle racing level while utilizing a composite team structure that is not reliant on any particular sponsor.

CWEC aims to provide racers with the tools they need for success, and keep riders inspired and committed.

2015 CWEC Riders:

  • Daphne Karagianis (Cuttin' Crew)
  • Sarah Szefi (PSIMET)
  • Ellen Ryan (XXX Racing)
  • Jannette Rho (Cuttin' Crew)
  • Kelli Richter (PSIMET)
  • Dani Arman (Tenspeed Hero) – Guest Rider
Visit, Chicago Women’s Elite Cycling to learn more.

About the author: An experienced racer, Imelda March lives in Chicago and a contributor to The Daily Peloton Cycling News team, reporting on women’s cycling news and cycling industry news. She also holds an MBA, is a marketing strategy expert and is content producer for the Chicago chapter of the American Marketing Association. You can follow her @hcram1.


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