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Seehafer new Directeur Sportif at Colavita Sutter 

15 years of experience in road and BMX racing

"I expect this will be the best season ever" 

Colorado resident, Jack Seehafer, has been named Directeur Sportif of the Colavita/Sutter Home Women’s Cycling Team presented by Cooking Light for the 2008 season. John A. Profaci, Vice President of co-title sponsor Colavita USA, made the announcement earlier this month

Seehafer, who has over 15 years experience in road and BMX racing, most recently led Team Einstein’s Cycling development program. “We’re pleased to welcome this latest addition to the Colavita/Sutter Home family,” said Profaci. “Jack came highly recommended to us from within cycling where he’s recognized for building team environments that encourage athletes to achieve their personal bests.

I’m thrilled to join the Colavita/Sutter Home squad,” said Seehafer. “I’ve been cheering for five-time U.S. National Champion Tina Pic ever since she and my wife [Kori Kelly Seehafer] raced together for Genesis Scuba. I look forward to working with Tina as she aims for her 6th national championship title. With the powerhouse trio of returning cyclists Dotsie Bausch, Alison Powers, and Iona Wynter-Parks and the new talent that we’ve signed, I expect this will be the best season ever for the Colavita/Sutter Home Women’s Cycling Team.

Seehafer’s first initiative as Directeur Sportif has been developing a joint training program for the Colavita/Sutter Home Men’s and Women’s Cycling Teams. The athletes will gather at Yosemite National Park from March 3-7 for four days of intense training, team-building workshops, and orientation to the new state-of-the-art equipment they will be using throughout the season.

We are very excited about training at Yosemite,” said Seehafer. “In addition to the breathtaking scenery and retreat atmosphere, the geography of Yosemite will give both our climbers and our sprinters plenty of opportunities to challenge their skills.” Plus, Seehafer continues, “Yosemite is close to the races in California where the U.S. season traditionally gets underway.

At Yosemite, the Colavita/Sutter Home squads will have the opportunity to train with the new Jamis Xenith SL road bikes, supplied by bike sponsor Jamis Bicycles of Northvale, NJ. “We’ve re-engineered the Xenith SL for the 2008 season to reduce frame weight by as much as 10%, with some dipping under the 850g mark”, said Jamis CEO and President Carine Joannou. “The Colavita/Sutter Home cyclists will also be the first pros to race with our innovative Xenith T2 time trial bikes, which feature a revolutionary fork design to shield and shroud the front brake caliper for maximum speed.” Ms. Joannou continued, “Tests that we conducted recently at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel revealed that the new fork design alone reduced aerodynamic drag for the entire bike by 8%.

The complete Colavita/Sutter Home Women’s Cycling Team presented by Cooking Light roster for 2008 includes:

Dotsie Bausch (USA)

Tiffany Cromwell (AUS)

Andrea Dvorak (USA)

Shontell Gauthier (USA)

Kristin McGrath (USA)

Tina Pic (USA)

Alison Powers (USA)

Nichole Wangsgard (USA)

Mackenzie Woodring (USA)

Iona Wynter-Parks (JAM)

Some of the Colavita Sutter team at the Giro in 2007.


About the sponsors of the Colavita/Sutter Home Cycling Teams presented by Cooking Light

Colavita USA imports and distributes the #1 brand of Italian extra-virgin olive oil in the U.S. as well as durum wheat semolina pasta, a full selection of balsamic and wine vinegars, and many other fine Italian products. A family-owned business headquartered in Linden, NJ, Colavita has championed the sport of cycling throughout its 25+-year history. The company supports the Colavita New Jersey U19 Racing Team, the largest junior cycling team on the East Coast, as well as recreational cycling clubs in 9 states, including California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Texas. Through its charitable arm, the Colavita Foundation for Children, the company provides bicycles and helmets to children in need. To learn more about Colavita USA, please visit www.Colavita.com.

Sutter Home Winery is wholly owned and operated by the Trinchero family, Napa Valley vintners since 1948. The company produces the wines of Sutter Home, Trinchero, Montevina, Wild Bunch, Trinity Oaks, Folie à Deux, Ménage à Trois, Napa Cellars, the number one alcohol-removed wine, Fre, and imports Angove’s, Reynolds Vineyards and Little Boomey wines of Australia. For more information, visit www.tfewines.com 

Founded in 1987, Cooking Light (www.cookinglight.com) is the world’s largest food magazine. Each month, more than 11 million consumers turn to Cooking Light to “eat smart, be fit and live well.” CookingLight.com provides daily food and fitness updates, healthy recipes and nutrition advice to millions of unique visitors every year.

For the 2008 season, the Colavita/Sutter Home Cycling Teams presented by Cooking Light will be riding Jamis super-light Xenith SL road frames and the revolutionary Xenith T2 time trial bikes supplied by Jamis Bicycles, designed and marketed by the G. Joannou Cycle Company (GJC) of Northvale, NJ. Established in 1937 by the father of CEO and President Carine Joannou, GJC ranks among the largest bicycle companies under private ownership in the US. For more information about Jamis and to view the complete line of bicycles, please visit www.JamisBikes.com

The bikes are fully equipped with Shimano components, wheels, shoes, and pedals, Easton handlebars, stems, and seat posts, Fizik saddles, Vittoria tires, and TRP Brake levers for time trial bikes. Team jerseys are provided by Giordana; helmets, glasses, and bags are supplied by Rudy Project. Additional sponsors of the Colavita/Sutter Home Cycling Teams presented by Cooking Light include American Suzuki Motor Corporation and Thule Racks.

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