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Saturn Women's Team Profile
 
By Becky Leidy
Date: 1/28/2003
Saturn Women's Team Profile
 
I’d like to preface my impressions of this year’s Saturn women’s team by saying that each and every one of them was as open and friendly as anyone could be. I thoroughly enjoyed riding with them and they never made me feel like an amateur, although I now know why they call them “pros.” They are all hard-working and incredible cyclists, obviously, or they wouldn’t be where they are now. I never saw an ego issue or a tense moment the entire time I was there, only a group of women who enjoyed each other’s company. The sponsors are lucky to have such incredible people representing them.


Amy Moore (Jarvis) (CAN): Formerly of Rona, I enjoyed getting to know Amy. She was helpful and friendly and incredibly intelligent. During the off-season, she works for Oracle in a technical support role. She has a degree in mathematics and resides in Canada with her husband. The company allows her to take a personal leave during the season so that she can train and race full time.

Amy is a good all around rider who can do it all equally well, as evidenced by her 2002 Grandview Heights Stage 6 win of the Wendy’s International race which featured an uphill climb to the finish.

Birthdate: 12/17/1973 Age: 29
Home: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Height: 5’ 7”
Weight: 135 lbs

    Career Highlights:
  • 2002 Bermuda Grand Prix - Overall, first
  • 2002 Valley of the Sun – Overall, second
  • 2002 Wendy’s International Cycling Classic - Stage win

Picture courtesy of Jaime Nichols.
Laura Van Gilder (USA): Formerly of Trek Plus, she is a wonderful woman and fellow mid-westerner. She has a leadership quality about her that comes through in the way she interacts with others. However, she is more than willing to give herself for another rider’s victory, and expects to. An inspiration to me, she is 38, and lives in Pennsylvania, where her family owns a restaurant in the Pocono’s where she, with a degree in hotel and restaurant management, helps out whenever needed. Her family posts her results there during the season, and there is always a big fan base for her in Philly when the National Race Calendar comes to town.

Laura is an incredible sprinter but don’t count her out of a climb. She used to ride for the Navigator’s women’s team, too (when they had one). Last year was an impressive one for her as she topped the National Race Calendar points series with 1012, the next closest rider being 39 points back.

Birthdate: 12/11/1964 Age: 38
Home: Paradise, PA
Height: 5’ 2”
Weight: 125 lbs

    Career Highlights:
  • 2002 Pro Cycling Tour – Overall, first
  • 2002 Nature Valley Grand Prix – Overall first, two stage wins
  • 2002 Le Tour du Montreal – Overall, first, two stage wins
  • 2002 Chris Thater Memorial Criterium – first
  • 2002 San Rafael Criterium – first
  • 2002 The International – two stage wins, Sprint Jersey
  • 2002 Tour of Somerville – first


Jessica Phillips (USA): She exudes a maturity and experience beyond her years. As she would make a comment during a team meeting, she spoke like someone who had the whole being part of a pro cycling team well under control. She is one of only two returning members of the women’s team this year.

Her major victory last year was the USCF Elite National Road Race held in Nashville, TN. It was a 67-mile circuit race on a rolling to hilly course. It ended with her and Amber Neben in a head to head sprint for the line, 6 seconds ahead of the next group. So it seems Jessica can do it all.

Birthdate: 5/22/1978 Age: 24
Home: Misoula, MT
Height: 5’ 5”
Weight: 115 lbs

    Career Highlights:
  • 2002 National Road Champion
  • 2001 Espoir National Road Championships – third
  • 2001 College National Road Championships – third

Picture courtesy of Jaime Nichols.
Katie Mactier (AUS): Formerly of Italy’s Michela Fanini Record Rox team, she is vivacious and full of smiles. Of course, having boyfriend Nathan O’Neil on the team with her must help a bit. Someone joked that she is always doing laundry. I highly suspect that this beautiful girl is probably doing Nathan’s, as well. The two of them have recently moved from Australia to a place in Idaho with their dog.

Last year, Katie rode support for Michela Fanini, and joins Saturn with this fantastic experience of riding in the European peloton. That in itself will make her a valuable asset, especially to the younger members of the team.

Birthdate: 3/23/1975 Age: 27
Home: Boise, ID
Height: 5’ 7”
Weight: 125 lbs

    Career Highlights:
  • 2001 Australian Road Champion
  • 2001 Australian Representative at World Championships
  • 2001 Valdengo – Biella, Italy – first
  • 2001 Skilled Bay Series Sprint Ace Jersey – 5 days

Picture courtesy of Wilson Black Photography.
Sarah Uhl (USA): Formerly of Dansko/Wheelworks in New England, Sarah is a young track wonder, experience which also lends itself to criterium racing. I sincerely believe that we will be seeing her at the Olympics in 2004. She is very young, only 19, and yet, so dedicated and hard-working, and not one to back down from a challenge.

A defining moment last year was her win at the NYC Criterium. The race came down to Sarah launching an attack off the front with only 500 meters to go. She was quickly pursued by 2001 National Criterium Champion Nicole Freeman, but to no avail. It was a photo finish with Sarah throwing her bike across the line. At this age, things can only get better. I can’t wait to see what she will accomplish next season.

Birthdate: 8/1/1983 Age: 19
Home: Allentown, PA
Height: 5’ 5”
Weight: 130 lbs

    Career Highlights:
  • 2002 NYC Criterium winner
  • 2002 Junior World Champion – match sprint
  • 7 time Jr. Pan American Champion
  • 10 time Jr. National Champion
  • Lehigh Valley Velodrome Jr. Track Records holder – too many to list

Picture courtesy of Jaime Nichols.
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (GER): A returning member, Ina has a great sense of humor. Every once in a while, I would hear her fling off some subdued remark to a comment that would have all the people around her chuckling. Once, when I was in the car following her and a few of the guys on a ride, she dropped back and remarked, “Look at that skinny ass!” of Tom Danielson (5’ 10” and only 129 lbs). Andrzej Bek, the team director who was driving, Jaime and I laughed so hard.

Last year, Ina won two stages of the now sponsorless Grand Boucle, the women’s version of the Tour de France. One of her wins was on a short 32 km stage around Grenoble. With a race of this length, things were hot from the beginning and with Ina being an aggressive rider, this was right up her alley. Although the attack she made at the beginning was reeled back in, with 14 km to go, a group of ten that included Amber Neben, Nicole Brandli, Kristin Armstrong, and then teammate Judith Arndt, broke away. Having Judith there proved critical and Ina outsprinted Olga Slioussareva of Itera Team for the stage win.

Birthdate: 10/28/1974 Age: 28
Home: Park City, Utah
Height: 5’ 5”
Weight: 140 lbs

    Career Highlights:
  • 2002 Grand Boucle – 2 stage wins
  • 2002 Tour de L’Aude – 2 stage wins
  • 2001 13 Race wins
  • 3 Time Junior World Champion
  • 2001 HP Women’s Challenge – 2 stage wins


Manon Jutras (CAN): Formerly of Rona, she was my first human contact with Saturn and I will always remember her for that. She was always kind enough to ask how my ride with the team went and was very encouraging. She’s a small wisp of a lady and I can picture her flying up mountains without a backward glance to the competition this upcoming season. English is not her first language, but regardless, she speaks it beautifully. She expressed to me how thrilled she was to be riding for Saturn. She is an animated individual and can have an infectious air of excitement about her.

2002 saw Manon ranked 29th on the US Pro Cycling circuit. Not bad for a woman who just began racing in 2000. She won the Whote Spot Road Race at the Vancouver Tour de Delta. She attacked early in the race, unchallenged. Little did they know she would stay away for the win.

Birthdate: 11/25/1967 Age: 35
Home: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height: 5’ 3”
Weight: 126

    Career Highlights:
  • 2001 Tour International Feminin de Bretagne, France – Queen of the mountain’s red jersey, third stage
  • 2001 Green Mountain Stage Race, VT – Second Overall, Stage win
  • 2001 Grand Prix Feminin International du Quebec – Ninth Overall


Lyne Bessette (CAN): Lyne rode for Canada last year, concentrating on the Commonwealth Games but the year before was with Saturn. She was understandably very tired the first day I arrived, and she hangs quite a bit with her boyfriend, fellow teammate Tim Johnson. She was also preparing for the upcoming cyclocross worlds in Monopoli, Italy, which she left for the morning after I arrived. While I have heard that she uses the cyclocross season for training, I had to wonder how it would effect her road season.

Lyne won the GC at Sea Otter last year for Saturn, prior to her hiatus. Her win at the Laguna Seca Circuit race, the final stage, was a two-woman duel with fellow Quebecer and stage 1 winner, Genevieve Jeanson of Rona. Bessette wisely let Jeanson lead her out during the sprint, coming around in the final 200 feet to take the stage.

Birthdate: 3/10/1975 Age: 27
Home: Knowlton, Quebec, Canada
Height: 5’ 10”
Weight: 135 lbs

    Career Highlights:
  • 2002 Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic, Overall – first
  • 2001 Tour de l’Aude, Overall – first
  • 2001 HP Women’s Challenge, Overall – first


Megan Elliot (USA): She is another young but impressive rider in the group. She was on her way back to Arizona to train when camp was over.

Megan had a 10th place overall finish last year at the Saturn Cycling Classic Criterium in Breckenridge, Colorado, riding for Mercy Cycling. She was also the 2002 Espoir National Road Champion.

Birthdate: 4/26/1982 Age: 20
Home: Tama, IA
Height: 5’ 7”
Weight: 120 lbs

    Career Highlights:
  • 2002 Espoir National Road Champion
  • 1998, 1999 Midwest Junior Regional Champion
  • 1999, 2000 Jr. Road World Championship Team Member

Amy and Laura showing
some team comraderie.
Photo courtesy of Jaime Nichols.

Team Sponsors:
Saturn: lead sponsor
LeMond: frames
Louis Garneau: cycling wear
Timex: heart rate monitors and timepieces

 
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