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Pretty. Damned. Fast. : Daphne at The Homestretch Foundation

BrittLee Bowman

Daphne Karagianis was selected to join the Homestretch Foundation’s inaugural residency programs in Tucson, Arizona.  Karagianis was selected from an elite pool of applicants and joined six other cyclists for two months beginning January 8.  “The Homestretch Foundation is making it possible for me to pursue my cycling goals, give back to my community, and help strengthen the bond between women cyclists. This will have a lasting impact on my involvement in the sport of cycling and I hope to be able to pass on the experiences I gain at Homestretch. I'm most looking forward to meeting the other professional women cyclists—and I hope through our conversations (most likely on the bike!) we can start to affect change for women in the sport.”
Read more on Pretty. Damned. Fast.  

Race Report: 2017 Chico Stage Race

BrittLee Bowman

Crisp temps, brisk winds, and clear blue skies greeted racers at the Chico Stage Race this weekend. About 50 female athletes, including several UCI teams, gathered in NorCal for the early season race that has replaced Merced as a North American opener.

Our own Kristen Arnold was on hand to inspect this year's competition and test her progress from a long winter of training. With 4 stages in 3 days, including the 150km queen stage, CSR was guaranteed to give Kristen a proper examination.

Stage 1
Thunderhills Circuit Race:

Thunderhills Raceway is a ribbon of beautiful black asphalt nestled in the emerald green hills to the west of Chico. HB-Supermint flexed their muscle early, as Starla Teddergreen swept the day's hot spot sprints and then smashed the finale to take possession of both the Green and Yellow Jerseys. Kristen rode patiently all day and rolled smoothly through the sprint, staying out of harm's way and finishing just behind the leadout trains.

Stage 2 - The Queen Stage
Paskenta Road Race:

Kilometer after kilometer of blossoming orchards rekindle memories of the now defunct Merco Classic. The long gone season opener in Merced, Ca. has passed the baton to Chico, and on paper, the Paskenta Road Race should be one of the most difficult days of the year in North America. 2 laps of the 75km parcourse, filled with cross winds, gravel, and a punchy finish climb, offer ample opportunity to demolish a peloton. Alas, the riders make the race, and when an early break of 5 slipped the group, the ladies' peloton settled in for hours of piano. With all 5 UCI squads represented, the heavy hitters seemed content to parade away the long day, allowing the escapers to build a 7 minute lead. A flurry of attacks on the second lap helped to reduce the monumental margin, and on the last trip through the dirt, Kristen put the hammer down in an attempt to draw a few strong riders out of the group. But it was not to be. The peloton was happy to ride home together, and ultimately the break survived with a minute to spare. The leaders split on the run to the line, and Visit Dallas-DNA racer Mandy Heintz earned yellow by besting HB-Supermint leader Lindsey Bayer.

Kristen's rig; Focus Izalco Max, Stan's NoTubes tubeless wheelset, IRC tubeless tires, Stages power meter.

Stage 3
River Road TT:

The wet winter of 2017 has heavily affected most of the western US, and NorCal is no exception. Heavy flooding forced promoters to shorten the TT to 13km, and when the seconds were counted, Lindsey Bayer had moved past Heintz, and into yellow, with Claire Rose of Visit Dallas-DNA only 2 seconds in arrears.
With no aero equipment on hand, and an eye on the afternoon criterium, Kristen rode an easy tempo in the TT, preferring to go all in for stage glory later in the day.
 

Stage 4
Downtown Criterium:

Early hot spot sprints and a $1000 prime kept the action fast as Green Jersey leader Teddergreen clinched the sprint classification, placing an exclamation point by taking the big money sprint as well.

And this is the point when you would expect a move of to go. Points are gone, money is banked, stage glory to be found, and pesky bonus time still hanging in the balance. The Yellow jersey clearly wants a group of no-hopers up the road to absorb bonus time, and only a few riders can dream of winning the sprint finale...but it did not happen. The attacks were too few and quickly covered. Kristen's hopes of forming a winning break were thwarted. The attackers were not nearly concerted enough in their efforts to purchase some daylight, and in the end, the HB-Supermint ladies were undone by final lap bonification, as Visit Dallas-DNA snatched yellow at the line when Claire Rose took silver and a 6 second time bonus in the finale. Sam Schneider of Illuminate won the day with a scorching gallop as Lindsey Bayer dropped to second in the final GC standings.

We can analyze the race 100 different ways, but when all is said and done, we will just say it was exciting. 4 days of racing, all decided in the last 100 meters. Chico Stage Race has moved quickly into the national spotlight and we should expect it to continue deeper in that direction in 2018.

Kristen rode a very solid race, finishing near the front of the peloton each day, and never hinting that she was in difficulty. Heading into team training camp, and still many weeks out from VeloClassic p/b Stans No Tubes' official season start, it is safe to say that the team can look forward to long, strong kilometers from Miss Arnold.

Kristen warming up for the crit on her Feedback Sports Omnium portable trainer.

VELO CLASSIC P/B STAN'S NOTUBES WOMEN’S RACING TEAM READY FOR THE NATIONAL STAGE IN 2017

BrittLee Bowman

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New York, NY – February 22, 2017

The continued support of title and presenting sponsors, and the addition of a Director Sportif and five new riders, reveals the promise that Velo Classic p/b Stan’s NoTubes is poised to excel on the national stage in 2017. A stronger and more aggressive racing calendar will see the team compete nationwide and in Canada, hinting that the 11-rider squad is setting its sights on becoming one of the top criterium teams in the nation. Manager BrittLee Bowman is excited to announce the addition of Tad Hamilton as the team’s Director Sportif. Hamilton, who hails from Boise, Idaho was the Director of continental UCI Team Exergy from 2010-2012.  He  brings tireless enthusiasm and 30 years of experience in cycling to help the team capitalize on its strengths. “My goal is to help each rider realize success beyond anything they have previously experienced.  I am supremely confident in the potential of this crew, and I believe that Velo Classic p/b Stan's NoTubes can become one of the best sprint squads in North America.”

This potential is bolstered by the addition of three elite riders: Daphne Karagianis, from Chicago, is the former Illinois State Road Champion and Mid-West Women’s Champion. Daphne  was recently selected as a participant in the Homestretch Foundation in Tucson, Arizona, a residence established to support female professional cyclists. Kirstie Sara James is fresh off victory in the New Zealand Elite Women’s Scratch Race National Championship. Kirstie has raced two seasons for road teams in Europe and now looks to test her mettle in North America. Nicole Mertz, of Minnesota, spent the 2015 season racing with ISCorp p/b Smart Choice MRI and brings a wealth of grit and top level criterium racing experience to the young team. Returning rider Kristen Arnold showed signs of exceptional talent and sound leadership in 2016, and will be assisting team manager BrittLee Bowman with road-captain duties. Cynthia Frazier returns for her second season with the team, after helping the squad secure a number of top 10 placings at the Tour of America’s Dairyland and at the Intelligentsia Cup. Caitlin Dowd will look to put her skills on display at the elite level after winning the New York State Category 3 Criterium Championships in 2016. Clio Dinan, the team’s youngest rider at 19, hopes to improve on her two silver medals in the U23 Women's National Championship Road Race and Time Trial. Dinan also won a stage at Intelligentsia Cup in Chicago in 2016. Mandy Braverman returns to racing with the team for a fifth year but this time as a brand new mom. As the team increases its presence on the national stage, it  is also excited for new signees Jill White and Emma Sherer. The two racers represent the team’s continued mission of developing talented riders in the New York area and offering a pathway to national racing.  The 2017 Velo Classic p/b Stan’s NoTubes roster includes 6 returning riders and 5 new additions (marked*):

BrittLee Bowman
Kirstie James*
Kristen Arnold
Daphne Karagianis*
Nicole Mertz*
Cynthia Frazier
Clio Dinan
Caitlin Dowd
Amanda Braverman
Emma Sherer*
Jill White*  

The New York City-based USA Cycling Domestic Elite road racing team will convene in sunny Ventura, CA for a warm weather, pre-season training camp from March 3-12. In addition to extensive base mile training, the riders will work on sprint and lead out drills, and focus on developing the close bonds that have brought success over the past years.The team aims to build on a successful 2016 season with a schedule of  USAC Pro Road Tour (PRT)and International-level UCI events across the United States and Canada. The team’s first objective of the season is Speedweek, a series of criteriums culminating with the Athens Twilight Criterium in Athens, Georgia. Another key event for the squad is the Tour of America’s Dairyland, a series of 10 criterium races in June. The UCI GP Gatineau in Gatineau, Canada is again on the team’s schedule, and new for the team will be BC Superweek, also in Canada. The Pro Road Tour events scheduled are  Winston Salem Classic Criterium and Road Race in NC, Tulsa Tough Criterium, the Anderson Banducci Twilight Criterium in Boise, ID, the Rochester Twilight Critierium, Gateway Cup in St. Louis, TD Bank Mayors Cup in Boston and the Thompson Criterium in Doylestown, PA. A primary goal for the season is the US National Criterium Championships in Louisville, KY, a first for the squad.

The team is pleased to have the continued support of  Velo Classic Tours (www.veloclassic.com) as their title sponsor. A luxury European cycle travel company based in New York City and Belgium, Velo Classic Tours is a proud supporter of women’s cycling. Owner Peter Easton said, “We are committed to growing women’s cycling and this year presents an ideal opportunity to take a major step in our progression towards meeting our goals as a team. We want to provide a healthy environment to empower and inspire women to excel by creating new opportunities in elite and professional cycling. We’re very excited to be an even bigger part of the team’s success in 2017.”

The team also enters its sixth year of a long-standing partnership with Stan’s NoTubes (www.notubes.com), the leading lightweight tubeless wheel company. Racing on Stan’s road wheels, the team is thrilled to have the brands continued support,  which has provided stability over the years. Creative Director Chris Currie said "Support for women's cycling has always been a priority for Stan's NoTubes. Beyond racing, the Velo Classic p/b Stan's NoTubes team encourages women to build confidence and to meet challenges together as a team, two things we believe are more important now than ever."

POC (www.pocsports.com), the Swedish manufacturer of gravity sports and cycling helmets and accessories, returns to the team for a fourth season. The riders will again be equipped with the brand’s helmets, eyewear and accessories. IRC Tires (www.irc-tire.com) again provides the riders with the highest quality tubeless racing tires. EnduranceWERX (www.endurancewerx.com) a Manhattan based computrainer, bike fitting and coaching studio is partnering with the team for a fifth year to continue the development of the team’s NY based riders.  Feedback Sports (www.feedbacksports.com) returns as a tool and  equipment sponsor. Strava (www.strava.com) will again come along for the ride, tracking the team as they travel, train, and race in 2017. Other returning partners also include Focus Bikes (www.Focus-Bikes.com), Bruce Paly Dentistry (www.drpalydds.com), Stages Cycling (www.stagescycling.com), The Feed (www.thefeed.com), and Gavilan BFF(www.gavilanbff.com).

Along with twelve returning sponsors, the team is thrilled to announce four new sponsors for 2017; With high quality garments, attention to detail and super fast delivery Jakroo (www.Jakroo.com) comes on board with a multi year commitment as the team’s custom clothing provider. The team also welcomes Clif Bar (www.ClifBar.com) who will be providing all the high quality nutrition necessary for the riders to train and race throughout the season. Also joining is The Rover Cycle Co.(www.therovercycleco.com), a New York City based mobile mechanic service that will act as the team’s on demand maintenance support team and storage/ service course. And finally Grupetto (www.grupettolife.cc), with socks and coffee to keep the squad on their toes.

For news, results, photos and  behind the scenes stories, follow the women of Velo Classic p/b Stan’s NoTubes this season:

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Inside the World of Women's Elite Cycling

BrittLee Bowman

It's cold. Like 35 feels like 28 cold. The park's empty. Six-thirty a.m. Women ride by on carbon-fiber bikes, jostling for position out front. Wind whistles through leafless trees. Along the course, there are no spectators; a man jogs by with his dog off-leash. On Harlem Hill, the pace picks up, two women drop off the back. No snow on the ground, no ice on the reservoir, the stoic deadness of winter locks the landscape. The riders roll past, motion blurs on the undulating west and south sides of Central Park. The peloton rejoins. Final lap.

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2016 with Women's Cycling Team: Velo Classic p/b Stan's NoTubes

BrittLee Bowman

New York, NY – February 12, 2016

With the addition of a new title sponsor and four new riders, Velo Classic p/b Stan’s NoTubes is looking forward to a breakthrough season in 2016.

The team is proud to announce Velo Classic Tours (www.veloclassic.com), as the team’s new title sponsor. A luxury European cycle travel company based in New York City and Belgium, Velo Classic Tours is a proud supporter of women’s cycling. Owner Peter Easton said, “Following the team last year gave us great insight into how dedicated, hard-working and professional these women are. We are committed to growing women’s cycling and this year presents the ideal opportunity to step up as primary sponsor. Our mission is to create opportunities for female cyclists that generate personal growth and professional advancement, provide empowerment through knowledge, and education through experience. We’re very excited to be an even bigger part of the team’s success in 2016.”

The team also enters its fifth year of a long-standing relationship with Stan’s NoTubes (www.notubes.com), the leading lightweight tubeless wheel company. Stan’s will again provide wheels and support for the squad. Team owner BrittLee Bowman noted, “Stans’ continued support has provided stability over the years, helping us to develop our program and foster continuous growth. It’s also great to be supported by a brand whose products we really enjoy.”

The New York City-based USA Cycling Domestic Elite road racing team is aiming to build on a successful 2015 season, with a schedule NRC (National Racing Calendar) and UCI (International-level) events across the United States and Canada. The US National Road Championships in Winston-Salem, in May, will be a new challenge for the squad. One of the team’s top riders, Cassandra Maximenko, said, “"The team is really stepping things up this year.  We've added some new riders and the energy is high to have a big presence at some really challenging events this season.  Our sponsors continue to grow with the team and that support just motivates us to reach even higher.  I'm excited to see what 2016 brings!"

As the team increases its presence on the national stage, it will also grow its new developing riders. It has signed Kristen Arnold and Tate Devlin, two of the top Cat 1 racers from Ohio. Two new promising riders from Brooklyn, NY, Jaime Soper and Natalie Tapias, will give the team more strength and depth. Soper said, “I’m very happy to be joining Velo Classic p/b Stan’s NoTubes this year. My big focus will be on events in the NYC and Tri-State areas as well as pushing my limits in a few National level events, and learning as much as I can from the other inspiring women.”

The 2016 CRCA / Velo Classic p/b Stan’s NoTubes roster includes 9 returning riders and 4 new additions (marked *):

BrittLee Bowman
Cecilia Davis-Hayes
Kristen Arnold*
Tate Devlin*
Amanda Braverman
Cassandra Maximenko
Jen Nordhem
Jessica Meany
Hannah Todd
Oksana Miller
Rachel Diaz-Granados
Natalie Tapias*
Jaime Soper*

The team’s pre-season training is underway at enduranceWERX (www.endurancewerx.com), a Manhattan based computrainer studio. Chad Butts, head coach at enduranceWERX, will continue working with the team throughout the road season for the fourth consecutive year and contribute to the athletic development of the riders.

POC (www.pocsports.com), a Swedish leading manufacturer of gravity sports and cycling helmets, apparel and accessories, returns to the team for a third season. The riders will again be equipped with the brand’s RaceDay clothing line, eyewear, and helmets.

Along with ten returning sponsors, the team is thrilled to announce three new sponsors for 2016; IRC Tires (www.irc-tire.com) will come on board and equip the riders with the highest quality tubeless racing tires. Feedback Sports (www.feedbacksports.com) is also joining as an equipment sponsor. Finally, we welcome Strava (www.strava.com) who will come along for the ride, tracking the team as they travel, train, and race in 2016.

Returning partners include Brooklyn-based website and app developer Hatchmap (www.hatchmap.com), Focus Bikes (www.Focus-Bikes.com), Bruce Paly Dentistry (www.palyandfink.com), Stages Power(www.stagescycling.com), The Feed (www.thefeed.com), and Gavilan BFF(www.gavilanbff.com).

For news, results, photos and exclusive behind the scenes stories, follow the women of Velo Classic p/b Stan’s NoTubes this season:

Instagram: @VeloClassic_Stans
Twitter: @VeloClassicSNT
Facebook: www.facebook.com/StansNOTUBESenduranceWERX

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CRCA/ Stan’s NoTubes p/b Velo Classic Cycling PRESS RELEASE

BrittLee Bowman

New York, New York – January 22, 2015 – With much anticipation for the 2015 road racing season, CRCA/ Stan’s NoTubes p/b Velo Classic Cycling announces the 2015 sponsors and roster for their second year as a USA Cycling Domestic Elite Women’s Racing team based in New York City.

In 2014, the team stepped up to the challenges of competing at the elite level and travelled across the United States and Canada, made their way through 17 states, competed in over 85 races, and accumulated over 80 podiums, 30 wins and 10 rider category upgrades. For the 2015 season the team seeks to continue their elite rider development program. By creating new opportunities and fostering growth for their racers to compete at higher levels in the sport, the team aims to affirm their presence at national level races as well as defend its leadership position in the NYC and Tri-state areas.

In 2015, the team enters its fourth year of a long-standing relationship with Stan’s NoTubes (www.notubes.com), the trusted tubeless wheel manufacturing company. Along with nine returning sponsors, the team is thrilled to announce a new co-title sponsor for 2015, Velo Classic Tours (www.veloclassic.com), a luxury European cycle travel company based in New York City – a proud supporter of women’s competitive cycling.

The team’s pre-season training has begun at enduranceWERX (www.endurancewerx.com), a Manhattan based computrainer studio, and head coach Chad Butts will continue working with the team throughout the road season for the third consecutive year.

POC (www.pocsports.com), a Swedish leading manufacturer of gravity sports and cycling helmets, apparel and accessories, returns to the team for a second season and greatly increases their support. The riders will be equipped head to toe with the brand’s newly released RaceDay clothing line, eyewear and helmets. Hutchinson Tires (www.hutchinsontires.com) will also support the team again and equip them with the highest quality tubeless racing tires.

Other returning partners include Brooklyn-based website and app developer Hatchmap (www.hatchmap.com), Stages Power (www.stagescycling.com), The Feed (www.thefeed.com), Amrita Health Foods (www.amritahealthfoods.com) , Gavilan BFF (www.gavilanbff.com), new sponsors Focus Bikes (www.Focus-Bikes.com) and Bruce Paly Dentistry (www.palyandfink.com).

The 2015 roster includes 10 returning riders and 2 new. CRCA/ Stan’s NoTubes p/b Velo Classic Cycling 2015 Roster:
BrittLee Bowman
Cecilia Davis-Hayes
Amanda Braverman
Helen Simpson Hatch
Cassandra Maximenko
Jen Nordhem
Sara Yancovitz
Jessica Meany
Erica Tricarico
Oksana Miller
Hannah Todd
Rachel Diaz-Granados

For more information, visit:
www.StansVeloClassic.com
Facebook:
www.facebook.com/StansNOTUBESenduranceWERX
Instagram:
@Stans_VeloClassic
Twitter:
@Stans_VeloCC

End of 2014: Thank you!

BrittLee Bowman

After a highly successful first season as a registered U.S. Domestic Elite Team we cannot thank our sponsors enough for all of their support. We couldn't be where we are without it and we look forward to continuing many of these partnerships in 2015! Additionally we have to thank all of our family, friends and fans for cheering us along and following in our cycling journey!

In 2014, we pushed our limits and accomplished so much. We set goals, stepped up to challenges, struggled, learned, built confidence, succeeded and had fun! Here are some stats about our season:
•Earned 10 RIDER CATEGORY UPGRADES
•Raced in 17 STATES
•Accumulated over 30 WINS
•Stood on 80 PODIUMS
•Competed in over 85 EVENTS
•Attended UCI/NRC races: Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic, Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau, Amgen Tour of California
•Attended NCC events including: USAcrits Speedweek, Inteligencia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series, Gateway Cup and more. 
•Continued domination at local series: 
Won CRCA TEAM CUP (second year in a row)
Won Team and Individual competitions at BETHEL SPRING SERIES

Again to the many supporters of our team...THANK YOU!!

TEAM NEWSLETTER SPRING 2014

BrittLee Bowman

CRCA: Stan's NoTubes p/b enduranceWERX

TEAM NEWSLETTER SPRING 2014

The month of March witnessed an impeccable introduction for Stan's NoTubes p/b enduranceWERX 2014 Road Racing season, as the ladies in red proved arctic conditions, barely-thawed dirt roads, and NYC’s best riders were not enough to keep them from summiting the podiums.  Our team training camp held in the chilly hills of Connecticut coupled with months of weekly indoor training sessions at enduranceWERX proved to be a winning combination.

Frigid temps for the first weekend of racing offered an exceptional challenge, but the team cleaned up at the first CRCA club race of the season with 1st and 2nd place. This strong performance, along with our other club race finishes for the month, place the team atop the CRCA Club Championship rankings. The team also holds 5 of the top-8 individual spots for the Club's individual rider honors.

The weekend of the Grant's Tomb Criterium provided a hint of spring with a reprieve from the cold, as well as offering a multitude of racing opportunities for women in NYC. A few of the Stan's ladies stepped up to the challenge of conquering three races in one day and garnering 6 podium finishes over all category levels!  Undoubtedly, regular visits to the Athlete Recovery Center and the use of the air compression boots have made for happy bodies and fully recovered racers. Additionally on the path to recovering right, the team focused on good nutrition and the education surrounding it with the help of our sponsors TheFeed.com and Amrita Health Foods. Check out our recent photoshoot with Manual for Speed and The Feed about how we recover and prepare for races.

March also provided a weekly racing opportunity at the Bethel Spring Series in Southern Connecticut. The location and heritage of this series makes it an attractive racing venue for racers across New England and New York, with teams testing their legs and tactics on the windy course.  Our two CT locals proved their affinity for teamwork, race tactics, and ultimately, their sprinting prowess by capturing the top podium spot for 6 of the 7 weeks, and rounding out the rest of the podium to boot! The team took home the Series Individual Leader title (Amanda Braverman), as well as second place (Cassie Maximenko), and the Series Team Award by generous margin.

Come April, a troupe of 8 Stan’s racers ventured north to take on the infamous dirt climbs of Tour of the Battenkill. In the cat 3/4 race, Sara committed herself to protecting teammate Cassie from the wind during the open sections of the course.  Cassie astutely and decisively pulled away from the field with 20 miles to go, soloing to victory. She attributed much of the success to her confidence in her Stan’s NoTubes wheels and Hutchinson tires, which proved bulletproof on the sketchy and sandy dirt roads. In the Pro/1/2 field, the team secured yet another podium spot, as the ladies worked to get Cecilia into a successful breakaway, garnering her the 2nd place finish, with BrittLee winning the field sprint for 4th place.  A full race report by Cecilia is featured on CRCA.net as well as on our newly built team website.

Speaking of team website… We are thrilled to announce the release of our NEW and awesome team website www.StansEWX.com This new home for all things about the team and its sponsors will serve as a hub of information, reviews, updates, photos and links to our supporters. Please take a good look around the website! We also hope you have had a chance to connect to us on social media and follow along with our journeys, our team Facebook and Instagram accounts are always a great way to keep up-to-date on our weekly adventures so please "follow" and "like" us. We have also gained an impressive following on our social media accounts with more than 2400 fans on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter combined. Our fans are loyal and constantly view and interact with our posts. Certain photos gathering a total reach of over 4000 views on Facebook and most generating about 80 “likes” on both Facebook and Instagram each. We aim to continue to develop a familiarity with our fan base which inspires their trust and confidence in the products and services we use and are sponsored by.

Back to the races...Late April provided a first glimpse into the world of international competition for the team.  Brittlee, Camie, Helen, Becca and Mandy took trains, planes, and automobiles to join 120 other women at the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic(WSCC), one of the only two UCI races for women in the United States in 2014. The WSCC was held as two distinct races - a road race followed by a criterium - with an additional amateur race held in conjunction. The 57-mile road race had the Stan’s ladies lining up amongst a handful of National Champions from around the globe. The goal of the event for the Stan’s/EWX ladies was to gain experience and exposure on a heightened level...and that we did! The race was tremendously challenging and we were more than proud to be out there pushing our limits and to see Brittlee finish strong.  Two of our riders opted to continue their day of racing by joining newly-minted Cat 2 rider, Tracey, at the amateur criterium. Beautifully-executed teamwork tactics allowed Tracey to escape into a 3-woman breakaway, which she ultimately won. Mandy and Helen then took 4th and 6th, respectively.

Day two of the WSCC brought the continuation of the NCC and USA Crits series, with a technically demanding course taking riders from wide-open roadways into tight corners and single-lane roads.  The fierce pace and aggressive riding provided a truly valuable learning experience for all of our riders and we look forward to the next opportunity to test our legs (and mettle) against the best in the nation and world at upcoming NCC events.

In addition to the invite to the newly formed WSCC we are also extremely honored to have received the coveted invite to race the only other UCI road race in America, The Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic.  The Philly race in steeped in tradition and for anyone who grew up bike racing in the U.S. its THE one-day race in the country. Additionally over the last decade the Amgen Tour of California has become the most publicised and prestigious multi-day event in the U.S. and we are excited to announce our invite to the women’s circuit race!  We are thrilled to be part of a race that has drawn the focus of the world's cycling media and is choosing to include more women's racing. As a team, we have never had an opportunity of this magnitude and we are honored to have the support of our local New York State Bicycle Racing Association as well as multiple New York State businesses, including Stans NoTubes and Hatchmap.  

In advance of the circuit race and to further hone our criterium racing skills, a group of five of us spent this past week down in South Carolina and Georgia racing at the USAcrit’s Speedweek. With races for amateurs and pros this was a great event for our team to travel with many levels of racers and gain valuable experience in some super fast races. We came out with some great results including Jen taking a podium spot in the cat 3/4 Roswell Criterium and Tracey consistently placing well all week in the pro races to ultimately land her 9th in the full Week Overall Standings!

After starting the season with three category 4 racers we are so proud to have already had all earn their upgrades to cat3 and additionally one of our cat3s just upgraded to cat2. We have found success in incorporating a range of experience levels within the team so as to help foster new women into the sport while also allowing riders to continually learn while teaching others. More info about each of our 14 ladies and their personal goals is on the Roster page on our website.

So look for us at the races! With our shiny, bright kits from Vie13 and modern POC helmets you can’t miss us! We are looking forward to the rest of the season! Thanks for being along for the ride, your support is what makes this all possible!

THANK YOU!

For more photos please go the team please see our website and feel free to request high-res files for any from us or we can connect you with the photographer if we do not own the file. Thanks!

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As seen on TheRadavist.com

BrittLee Bowman

If you watched the first stage of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California, then hopefully you watched the women’s circuit race. Zipping through the corners, tight in the front group there were a grouping of red and white jerseys: the girls of Stan’s NoTubes p/b enduranceWERX. Read more...

Woodstock Times

BrittLee Bowman

We had a great showing at the Women's Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix in upstate NY.  The local news paper featured a write up about the event and some nice photos of our team. 

Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic Announces Men's and Women's Teams Selected to Compete on June 1

BrittLee Bowman

April 22, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA - Organizers today announced the nineteen men's and twenty-one women's teams selected to compete in the 2014 Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic on June 1st in Philadelphia. Upgraded this year by the UCI to a 1.1, the event is now the highest rated one day race in the United States.

The second year event will once again focus equally on the men's and women's teams with equal prize money and separate races. On the men's side, the second year event is headlined by four UCI Pro Continental Teams and 15 UCI Continental Teams. The women's peloton includes seven UCI Women's Pro teams. Full team rosters will be announced in the coming weeks. Read more...

Amgen Tour of California Announces 20 Women's Team to Compete

BrittLee Bowman

Growing women’s cycling by increasing the attention paid to it has been a popular subject lately. With the right type and amount of publicity more girls and women will turn to our sport. We are excited to be part of an event that has drawn the focus of the world's cycling media and is choosing to include more women's racing.  As a team, we have never had an opportunity of this magnitude and we are honored to have the support of our local New York State Bicycle Racing Association as well as multiple New York State businesses, including Stan's NoTubes and Hatchmap. Click here to read the press release.

Battenkill Success

BrittLee Bowman

Cecilia tastes success.

With our riders Cecilia Davis-Hayes and BrittLee Bowman taking 2nd and 4th place in the women's cat1/2 race and Casassandra Maximenko taking the win in the women's cat3/4 race, we had lots to write home about. 

PostStar article           Saratogian article          CRCA article

Cecilia Davis-Hayes Battenkill Race Report:

My first Battenkill experience was a total thrill ride. I'd heard rumors of the sketchy dirt sections, gorgeous views of Meetinghouse Road, the covered bridges, and the tough competition, but I certainly had to see it to believe it. It's like nothing else! 

The women's Pro/1/2 race started out tamely enough as we cruised along smooth paved roads and I admired the scenery- rolling hay fields and cows, with the occasional snow path hanging on for dear life. Then at mile 6, we hit the first dirt section and polite ladies turned in to swarming hornets as we all chased for the front, dodging pot holes, mushy sections and fallen riders who had not been able to avoid them. From here on out there was rarely a dull moment between dirt sections, punchy climbs and attacks. Some awesome efforts by my teammate BrittLee Bowman, who ended up winning the field sprint to take 4th. On some of the dirt sections the only rideable portions were the two parallel tire tracks, so we were forced into double file, praying that the girl 6 inches in front of your wheel didn't make any sudden movements.

The real action started after the second feed zone at about mile 42 when we hit the steepest climb of the day, Herrington Hill, followed by a brief plateau and a few more punch climbs. my plan was the stick to a Colvita rider's wheel since she was the strongest climber in the bunch, who sure enough, lead us into the climb. After a few minutes I looked back and only two of us had been able to stick it and we had quite a gap. Though pulling through was about the last thing I felt able to do, I gave a brief pull (still on rutty dirt) to show I was committed to the break. The third rider (Giles, from the military team) did likewise. 

Screaming fans, including our hosts in Cambridge, owners of the Rice Mansion, and my dad and sister greeted us on the picturesque slopes of Meetinghouse road. The descent and flats that followed were the worst dirt sections of the course. I got caught a few times in deep sand and nearly tipped over but was more than pleased to be riding Stan's NoTubes wheels and Hutchinson Intensive tubeless tires to give me the extra confidence to make it through. We got a moto report that we only had 25 seconds on the field so we kept pushing. At one point on a long downhill section I must have been taking turns with a vengeance because I gapped them by 100m. I was loving the thrill ride. Totally in my element. I decided to wait up because we still had 10miles to go but I do wonder if making a solo break attempt to the end could have worked...but I suspect the two of them would have been stronger.

With 1k to go I pull off the front and take third wheel behind Giles, the bigger stronger girl of the two and Colvita leads in the final 90 degree turn leading into the 200m straightaway. Out of the turn, Giles (with me sucking her wheel) blows by Colvita as we're racing to the line. I knew I had to come around her if I wanted the win, but the question was when? 120m to go? 100m? I had no idea. Clearly I waited too long because when I finally did I gained on her steadily to the line but didn't have enough time to overtake. I came in 2nd by a wheel length. Very pleased with the result though! 

New York Times: Red Hook Crit coverage

BrittLee Bowman

If you looked up through the heavy rain Saturday in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, you could just make out the silhouettes of its industrial landscape: warehouses, dock cranes, factory chimneys, even the barely discernible Statue of Liberty. If you looked left or right between umbrellas, you could see beards, tattoos, cow bells and colorful caps with inadequate brims. If you looked down, you could see drops of blood in some rain puddles. Read more...

Stan's NoTubes p/b enduranceWERX rider Jen Nordhem rounds the hairpin on her way to her podium spot.

Stan's NoTubes p/b enduranceWERX rider Jen Nordhem rounds the hairpin on her way to her podium spot.

Charity: Vera Bradley 2013 Annual Report

BrittLee Bowman

The Vera Bradley 2013 Annual Report arrived today and we couldn't be more proud to be a part of the donors listed! In August we hosted an event to raise funds for this charity in memory of JoAnn Kornely and in support of breast cancer research. Thank you to all our friends, fans, family and sponsors who donated and made this mission possible.

Team Camp: Awesome

BrittLee Bowman

It was a long time coming...our inagural spring training Team Camp was a success! With 9 of our 14 ladies in attendence we had a great weekend full of riding, eating, bonding, learning about strength training and our sponsors. Click through the photo to see more photos by Dan Chabanov.