VELO BELLA - KONA :
VELO BELLA-KONA announces
2006 - 2007 Team
Team to operate on both
Velo Bella - Kona women are back for another year of flinging dirt and
spreading mayhem across the cyclocross circuit. And, now they’ve
gone bi -coastal. For the third year in a row, the nation’s largest
all female cyclocross team will spread the Bella vibe around the Crank
Brother’s US Grand Prix of Cyclocross, US Cyclocross Nationals and at over
60 local races across the
Bella is dedicated to providing a place for women to ride their bikes, race
their bikes, and above all, get muddy in a skinsuit. With continued
membership growth across the
, we felt it necessary to create a bi-coastal cyclocross team to mentor and
inspire our members wherever they are. That and there just isn’t enough
mud here in
” said Team Co Founder, Sabine Dukes.
2006 Elite Velo Bella-Kona Cyclocross Team will consist of ten riders from
. Roistering dry
sand will be Sarah Kerlin, Barb Howe and
. Sarah (Capitola, CA) was the 2004 US National Cyclocross Champion,
30-34, and 2004 US National Team member. Barb Howe (Larkspur, CA) has won
numerous UCI races here in the
and was a National Team Member in 2004 and 2005.
) rose through the Velo Bella ranks as a beginner a few years ago to place
12th at the 2005 US National Cyclocross Championships. Team
veterans Erin Kassoy (
), Shannon Holden (
) and developmental racer Marian Jamison (
) complete the squad.
mud squad is led by Anna Milkowski and Melanie Swartz. Anna (New
Haven, CT) has placed highly at UCI road and cyclocross races, including
taking 11th at the 2005 US National Cyclocross Championships.
Melanie (Reston, VA) is a rising star in the Mid-Atlantic region and ranked
6th in US for UCI points in cyclocross during 2005. Veteran
Bella Jennifer Tilley (
), Dee Dee Winfield (
) and developmental racer Stephanie White (2004 US Junior National Champion,
complete the eastern squad.
team will be riding in sweet style with custom painted cyclocross frames
from Kona Bicycles, featuring
stems, seatposts, bars, forks and wheels, as well as SRAM Force drive
trains, Avid brakes, Chris King headsets and Selle San Marco saddles.
TeamEstrogen.com sells team clothing and sexy skinsuits provided by Hincapie
Sportswear, and Giro helmets and Zeal Optics protect our racers through the
worst conditions possible. The ever sassy Vanderkitten clothing line
will help us relax post-race, and the lovely Good Vibrations will keep our
racers “safe” at the post-race parties. Pedro’s and Ultimate
Support provide our mechanics with all they need to keep the team’s bikes
rolling smoothly, and UC-Davis Sports Medicine ensures our athletes are
ready to perform wherever they race.
Velo Bella is
a non-profit, grassroots, multidiscipline cycling team based out of
. The Velo Bella mission is to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle
through cycling and laughter. They inspire women to get out and ride a
bike, race a bike, and to eventually grow the pool of talent and have a
lot of fun along the way. While the core Velo Bella Team is a committed
group of female racers, membership includes female cyclists interested in
completing their first race, century, or even group ride. More information
on Velo Bella can be found on their website: www.velobella.org.
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