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New York City, NY
USA

A DOMESTIC ELITE WOMEN'S ROAD CYCLING TEAM BASED IN NEW YORK CITY. FOLLOW US AS WE RACE AND TRAIN IN THE 2017 SEASON!

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2017 Roster

BRITTLEE BOWMAN

Category 1, General Manager / Creative Director

www.strava.com/athletes/1496433

Having raced back to back road and cyclocross seasons for the past 8 years, she is a Cat1 in both disciplines. BrittLee spent the past 3 road seasons pushing her limits in high level criteriums and PRT/UCI road races and is ready to put that experience to work in 2017. She is an all-arounder who excels in sprinting and punchy climbs. In 2017 she is looking forward to traveling again to the races, affirming the team's presence at the elite level and developing new female riders. A native New Yorker, a designer and our Team General Manager/ Creative Director.

KIRSTIE JAMES 

Category 1

www.strava.com/athletes/1748656

Kirstie is a road and track cyclist from New Zealand, she currently rides in the National Track Cycling team and races on the road during the northern hemisphere summer. Kirstie did a ‘talent transfer’ from rowing to cycling with High Performance Sport NZ four years ago and has never looked back. Cycling has taken her to Track World Cups and even a Paracycling Road World Cup where she raced as a tandem pilot in the RR and TT. Kirstie has raced two seasons for road teams in Europe for a Belgian team and a Dutch team and is now looking forward to racing her first road season in the USA. Outside of sport, she is an ambassador for Endometriosis New Zealand, a volunteer at Cycle Action Network NZ and is pursuing a Master of Science in Psychology at Massey University.

Kristen Arnold

Category 1

www.strava.com/athletes/2028524

Kristen has been racing bikes since 2012 and dabbled in all sorts of cycling disciplines including road, ultradistance mountain biking and completing Tour Divide in 2013, cyclocross, short track and cross country mountain bike. While she stretched her wings in her first season on the national circuit last year in 2016 her major accomplishments became 4th overall in the Intelligentsia Cup powered by SRAM, top 10 at Professional Road Tour (PRT) Goose Island Grand Prix, top 15 at D1 Collegiate Road and Criterium National Championships, and 7th in GC at Green Mountain Stage Race. Hungry for fast and technical races with punchy climbs, she is looking forward to racing another killer season of road and criterium racing. While not on her bike, Kristen is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and holds a private practice nutrition counseling business focusing on sports nutrition, as well as a coach for cyclists of various disciplines with Red Kite Coaching.


Daphne Karagianis

Category 1

www.strava.com/athletes/4378285

Daphne Karagianis is a category 1 road racer from Chicago, IL. She got her start on the velodrome and discovered her love for road and criterium racing shortly after. Having swept all Illinois Championship titles, she set her goals higher and over the past few years has focused on UCI stage races. When not racing her bike or training, Daphne works as a freelance designer, having worked on the Obama for America campaign and for some of the most prestigious design firms. She’s also the co-founder and team manager for Chicago Women’s Elite Cycling—a non-profit organization designed to support and develop female cyclists in the Chicagoland area. At the end of the day she plays the role of cat mom to two exuberant felines, Elliot and Japan.

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NICOLE MERTZ

Category 1

www.strava.com/athletes/769223

Nicole is entering her 5th year of cycling. She comes from Minnesota and spent the 2015 season racing with ISCorp p/b Smart Choice MRI and the 2016 season as a "professional freelance cyclist", guest riding with several different teams at stage races and crits around the country. Her biggest cycling accomplishment was at the end of the 2015-16 cyclocross season, where Nicole won the singlespeed National Championships in Asheville, NC. Asheville is also where Nicole likes to spend as much time as possible, staying and training at Camp McKenzie every spring. Nicole is an aggressive, fearless racer whose athletic background comes from a lifetime of hockey and collegiate lacrosse. Outside of cycling, Nicole is a freelance graphic designer, web designer, software engineer, and sticker maker. She is looking forward to this season with her new team mates and is excited to see what we can accomplish.  

CLIO DINAN Category 1 www.strava.com/athletes/2887997 When she was 15 and living in France, Clio saw the Tour de France on TV and immediately fell in love with the sport. She bought a bike, rode laps everyday in the outskirts of Paris, and dreamed of racing. Four years later, she is a cat. 1 road and cyclocross racer and the youngest member of the team. On the bike her favorites include gravel rides, time-trialing, and filling her water bottles with Lacroix. Her favorite memories with Velo Classic p/b Stan’s NoTubes are the road national championships, road tripping to Canada for the Gatineau GP, and being propelled to victory by teammates at the Willow Springs stage of the Intelligentsia Cup. When not riding her bike, she is a sophomore at Smith College in Massachusetts. Originally from Virginia, she also loves horseback riding, Netflix watching, Slurpee drinking, and Snapchatting. In 2017, you’ll see Clio at races perfecting her cycling tan lines, showing off her sock collection, and fighting tooth and nail for the team.   

CLIO DINAN

Category 1

www.strava.com/athletes/2887997

When she was 15 and living in France, Clio saw the Tour de France on TV and immediately fell in love with the sport. She bought a bike, rode laps everyday in the outskirts of Paris, and dreamed of racing. Four years later, she is a cat. 1 road and cyclocross racer and the youngest member of the team. On the bike her favorites include gravel rides, time-trialing, and filling her water bottles with Lacroix. Her favorite memories with Velo Classic p/b Stan’s NoTubes are the road national championships, road tripping to Canada for the Gatineau GP, and being propelled to victory by teammates at the Willow Springs stage of the Intelligentsia Cup. When not riding her bike, she is a sophomore at Smith College in Massachusetts. Originally from Virginia, she also loves horseback riding, Netflix watching, Slurpee drinking, and Snapchatting. In 2017, you’ll see Clio at races perfecting her cycling tan lines, showing off her sock collection, and fighting tooth and nail for the team.

  


CYNTHIA FRAZIER

Category 2

www.strava.com/athletes/4548744

Cynthia is a cat loving criterium racer and a pho connoisseur. She excells in baking homemade cookies and sprinting. If you've ever shipped with BikeFlights, you've probably talked to her in one form or another. By day she works for BikeFlights with her two munchkin cats sitting on her lap in her living room. By night, Cynthia rides road and mountain bikes with her husband in Lexington, Virginia. She's learning how to quilt and her entire wardrobe is from the local Goodwill. 2016 was her first season on the pro circuit and she is ready to rock in 2017! Cynthia will race the entire Professional criterium circuit this season with a few road races. Look for her blonde pony tail bob and homemade baked goods!

Caitlin Dowd

Category 2

www.strava.com/athletes/1748656

Caitlin is thrilled to be entering her second season on Velo Classic Stans NoTubes! She is currently a cat 2 in both road and cyclocross. Caitlin was a collegiate lacrosse player, however most recently comes from a strong triathlon background, having competed in the Sprint World Championships in 2015. In 2016, she decided to fully commit to cycling and has not looked back. Her greatest highlight from 2016 was winning the NYS Criterium Championship for Cat 3 women. Just two months after becoming a cat 3, she quickly upgraded to cat 2 and raced in her first PRT criterium at Intelligentsia. This season, Caitlin looks forward to competing in the elite circuit, with a strong foucs on criterium racing. When she isn't training or racing, she currently works night shifts, full time, as a Registered Nurse in the Medical ICU at Stony Brook Hospital. She also enjoys surfing, swimming, and doing any fun water sport activities!

 

Amanda Braverman

Category 2

www.strava.com/athletes/703313

A former elite triathlete and equestrian, Mandy now specializes in sprinting and criterium racing. Mandy is the Global General Manager of MOMIX, a popular performing arts company, and holds an MBA from Boston University where she was the top graduate in 2015. She finished out that year by summiting Mt Kilimanjaro and then welcomed a whole new challenge in 2016 by welcoming her baby girl, Arlo James. Mandy continued to ride her bike throughout her pregnancy, including a hilly 30-miler the day she went into labor with an overdue baby. Strava Beacon proved a great asset! This season, Mandy looks forward to returning to the road and sharing copious baby, Great Dane, and bicycle photos.


EMMA SHERER

Category 3

www.strava.com/athletes/9817854

Emma Sherer is a former collegiate soccer player and rower turned road cyclist who first began racing in June of the 2016 season. She fell in love with cycling on her first road ride in August 2015, and joined a local NYC team shortly thereafter. In only 2 months of racing she earned enough points for her cat 3 upgrade by August, including road race wins at both Giro del Cielo (cat4) and Tour de Millersburg (cat4). She likes time trials, road circuits and crits making stage races her favorite events. When she's not on the bike, Emma enjoys photography, backpacking, exploring the city, and volunteering at the NYC Food Bank. She graduated from Connecticut College with a bachelor's degree in biology and now works in marketing for an asset management firm.

JILL WHITE

Category 3

www.strava.com/athletes/449849

Hailing from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Jill White is a category 3 road racer. She started cycling as a form of exercise after a running injury and quickly found that she longed for more competition than she was finding in her spin classes. She signed up for her first race in August of 2015 and was hooked! She found her way to the top of the podiums during her first full season of racing last year, including back-to-back wins at Orchard Beach. Along with her first full season on the road, she decided to give cyclocross a whirl as well. Jill has an extensive athletic background including sailboat racing, basketball, track, marathon running and four years of collegiate tennis. When she’s not racing bikes, Jill is an attending oral pathologist/dentist at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Jeff, and 12 year-old Shih Tzu, Taco.

 

 

THE BOARD

Tad Hamilton,
Sport Director

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Peter Easton,
PR Manager
 

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John Robbins,
Business Advisor