Women Cyclists Gather at the Yoplait Nouriche Summit
Conference is part of the Great River Energy Bicycle Festival
First of two 2006 Summits to take place in Minneapolis
Great River Energy Bicycle Festival will be the site of the next Yoplait
Nouriche Women’s Cycling Summit. Topics
on the agenda include gaining recognition for women in male-dominated sports
and entry level programming for women.
keynote speaker will be NASCAR driver Kari Miller. Miller will discuss the
challenges that she faces in a sport that has historically been the
exclusive domain of men. She
races in the weekly NASCAR series at the Shakopee track.
Racing against men, she has scored wins in the Bomber and Short Track
division and now races in the Late Model Division.
Miller will be driving the pace car at the Nature Valley Grand
Prix’s Minneapolis Downtown Classic and Stillater Criterium later in the
subject will then turn to parallel challenges faced by women in cycling,
with a leadoff talk by former US National Champion and 2002 Nature Valley
Grand Prix Champion Laura Van Gilder. Miller
will then join Van Gilder for a panel discussion that will include Jim
Williams, the manager of Colavita Cooking Light, the top ranked women’s
team in North America.
second session of the Yoplait Nouriche Summit will focus on grassroots
programming for women. The
leadoff speaker will be Susy Pryde, the former professional racer who now
coaches the New Zealand national women’s development team sponsored by
Jazz Apple. The panel discussion that follows will include Pryde, Midwest
Cycling Made Real’s Paula Plant, Bethany Collins, manager of the
Colorado-based Rio Grande/Sports Garage team and USA Cycling Level II Coach
Yoplait Nouriche Women’s Cycling Summit will be held at 6:30 PM on
Tuesday, June 13, at the Kelly Inn in Saint Paul.
The Summit is free and open to the public.
the Yoplait Nouriche Women’s Cycling Summits
Yoplait Summits, which are now sponsored by Yoplait Nouriche, began at the
2003 Great River Energy Bicycle Festival with the mission of building
women’s cycling through networking and education.
The Summits take place twice annually: at the Festival in June and at
the Interbike trade show in October.
For more information, visit www.WomenCyclists.com or send E mail to Summits@WomenCyclists.com
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