VELO BELLA - The Elite Women's Cyclocross team
VELO BELLA ANNOUNCES 2005 ALL FEMALE ELITE CYCLO CROSS TEAM
women of team Velo Bella are ready to make a muddy splash in their
sophomore year as the first all female cycling team to compete on the
national circuit. The surprise team of the 2004
All 6 of last year’s riders have returned to the team, including two 2005 US National Cyclocross Team members, Sarah Kerlin and Barb Howe; the 2005 NCAA National Cyclocross Champion, Melodie Metzger; and 2003 US National Cyclocross Team member Christine Vardaros with veteran Bellas Erin Kassoy and Sami Fournier adding their power and cunning to the bunch. New to the team, but not to the podium is Ann Fitzsimmons. “We’re honored to have Ann on the team,” explained team founder, Sabine Dukes, “She entered her first cyclocross race two years ago as part of a Dirty Dozen contest we held to encourage beginners. To see her racing on the elite level now is extremely rewarding.”
In 2005, Velo Bella’s elite cyclocross team will focus on the US Gran Prix Cyclocross Series and the National Championships. Velo Bella’s calendar includes over 30 local races, UCI events, and regional championships. The team plans to win North American UCI events, place in the top three at Nationals, and send at least two riders to the World Championships.
team will race on custom designed blue or pink Rock Lobster cyclocross
bikes which will feature the lovely pink Chris King headset. A portion of
the proceeds from the sales of the headset will be donated to the Susan G.
Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Other sponsors include
Bella’s contagious spirit and unique approach to women’s competitive
cycling have created a following across the
The soul of Velo Bella can be summed up by racer Sarah Kerlin: “I love the Bellas because I found a circle of friends on and off the bike, and an established network of women I wanted to hang around with and who could support me at each level of progression in my cycling career, I’ve made some GREAT long term friends and I know we’ll help each other for years to come.”
addition to national racing, the elite team will be joined by dozens of
amateur racers who will compete in local races throughout Northern
Velo Bella Elite CX team members are:
"Peanut" Vardaros (
"Bella Loca" Kerlin (
"Barbarella" Howe (
"Biscuit" Kassoy (
"Sweet Pea" Metzger (
"The Flash” Fournier (
“Needs a nickname” Fitzsimmons (
Velo Bella is
a non-profit, grassroots, multidiscipline cycling team based out of
Velo Bellas compete in the Crank Brothers U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross
Series. The series schedule for 2005 is as follows:
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