Prestige Women's Series 2005
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Prestige Cycling Series Completes Second Season
Race 4 Review and Series Wrap up - Bermuda Grand Prix
2005 Champions are Crowned Following Bermuda Grand Prix
The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series completed its second year at the Bermuda Grand Prix. The Series saw coast-to-coast racing leading up to this off-shore finish. The Series opened at the PoolGel Redlands Bicycle Classic in California in March, then continued at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota in June and at the Tour de ‘Toona / International in Pennsylvania in July
Builders continued their season-long domination of the Series, sweeping
the top three spots in the individual competition. Christine Thorburn and
Erinne Willock were away at the World Championships during the Bermuda
race, but had accumulated enough points at previous Series events to
secure the top two spots.
Team mate and former World Champion Karen Brems moved up to third
when she won the Bermuda Grand Prix.
– 605 - Christine Thorburn (Webcor Builders)
– 297 - Erinne Willock (Webcor Builders)
– 220 - Karen Brems (Webcor Builders)
– 201 - Chrissy Ruiter (Ford Basis)
5 – 187 - Lauren Franges (Victory Brewing)
Willcok claimed the Best Young Rider competition for the second year
Alisha Lion (Ford-Basis) and Lauren Franges (Victory Brewing) took
the other two podiums spots, moving up from third and fifth thanks to
strong performances in Bermuda.
- 660 - Erinne Willock (Webcor Builders)
- 495 - Alisha Lion (Ford-Basis)
- 473 - Lauren Franges (Victory Brewing)
- Kathleen Billington (Diet Cheerwine)
5 - 363 - Stefanie Graeter (Webcor Builders)
Grain was the Series top sprinter, also for the second year.
T-Mobile’s Ina Teutenberg had appeared to have the title locked
up after the Tour de Toona, but was eliminated from the Series when her
team failed to field a team in Bermuda.
Christine Thorburn and Subway’s Melissa Sanborn rounded out the
- 286 - Gina Grain (Victory Brewing)
- 242 - Christine Thorburn (Webcor Builders)
- 209 - Melissa Sanborn (Subway)
- 132 - Rochelle Gilmore (Victory Brewing)
- 101 - Erinne Willock (Webcor Builders)
Builders claimed the Series team competition in style, with the top three
places in the individual competition and two of the top five Best Young
competition for second was more dramatic, with Victory Brewing edging out
Ford-Basis by a narrow margin of 13 points.
- 1742 - Webcor Brewing
- Victory Brewing
- Diet Cheerwine
- Velo Girls
the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series
The goal of the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series is to highlight women’s racing by giving them a spotlight that they don’t have to share with the men. The Series grew out of meetings that began in Minnesota in 2003 at the first Yoplait Women’s Cycling Summit Conference hosted at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. The Summits, now sponsored by Yoplait Nouriche, take place twice a year: at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in June and at the Interbike trade show in October.
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