Prestige Women's Series 2007
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Women’s Prestige Cycling Series Showcases Emerging Talent
into the Redlands Bicycle Classic, the first race in the 2007 Women’s
Prestige Cycling Series, Webcor Builder’s Mara Abbott was not the favorite
for the Best Young Rider, much less the Overall Series lead. She’d won the U23 National Time Trial and US Collegiate
Nationals, but she was racing with seasoned professionals at Redlands.
When the dust settled after the final stage at Redlands, the Whitman
College economics major had claimed both the Overall and Best Young Rider
jerseys and had led her Webcor Builders team to a dominating first place
will wear the Series leader’s jersey going into the Nature Valley Grand
Prix in June. Her competition
will come from teammate Katheryn Curi, a former US National Champion, in
second followed by Felicia Gomez (Aaron’s Cycling), Leigh Hobson (Team
Cheerwin) and Kori Seehafer (TEAm Lipton) in third through fifth.
Abbott holds the lead in the Best Young Rider competition, TEAm Lipton’s
Lauren Franges, in second, will be asked to wear that Jersey at Nature
Valley. She’s followed by
Laura Bowles (Advil/Chapstick), Joelle Numainville (Team ExpressCopy.com)
and Caitlyn McCullough (Team TIBCO).
Series Sprint competition also had a surprising outcome.
This leader’s jersey will be worn by TEAm Lipton’s Kori Seehafer,
not known as a speedster. She’ll be pursued by Martina Patella (ValueAct Capital),
Christine Thorburn (Webcor Builder’s), Seehafer teammate Laura Van Gilder
and 2006 Series Sprint champion Brooke Miller (Team TIBCO).
performance may have wrapped up the Series team title for Webcor Builder’s
since this competition awards bonus points for young riders.
Her team has a commanding lead over second place Team Cheerwine (504
vs. 190 points), followed by TEAm Lipton (180), Aaron’s Cycling (159) and
Team TIBCO (111).
Redlands Bicycle Classic also claimed its return to the Series as a win.
"We were thrilled that the Redlands Bicycle Classic was selected as the
kickoff for the Women's Prestige Cycling Series", said Redlands
director Brian King. "The
Series helped us attract the largest women's field in our 23 year history.
This is proof that female cyclists support events that support
Women’s Prestige Cycling Series continues in June with the Nature Valley
Grand Prix followed by the International Tour de Toona in July and the
CD&P Bermuda Grand Prix in September.
the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series
The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series began in 2004 with the goal of highlighting 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 Women’s Cycling Summit Conference hosted at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. The Summits, now sponsored by Rasmussen College, take place twice a year: at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in June and at the Interbike trade show in September.
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