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Retiring riders cannot quite leave

Pic and Heal to return as Directeurs Sportif

Tina Pic, the undisputed champion of US women’s cycling, will retire from competition at the end of the current season and co-direct the Colavita/Sutter Home Women’s Cycling Team presented by Cooking Light with teammate Rachel Heal.  John A. Profaci, Vice President of Marketing for co-title sponsor Colavita USA, made the announcement. 

Now in her fourth season with Colavita/Sutter Home, Pic is among the most decorated cyclists racing in the North American peloton.  She recently added a record sixth US National Criterium Championship title to her distinguished results, which also include five USA Cycling NRC Champion titles and numerous other distinctions. While retirement beckons, Pic is on track to finish the 2009 season winning races just as she has since making her debut on the pro circuit in 1996.  So far, Pic has made nearly 20 podium appearances, including six victories and the overall USA Crits SpeedWeek series title. 

Pic and Heal will take over from Iona Wynter Parks, who is returning to her native Jamaica.  A former chemical engineer, Heal achieved a distinguished record as a member of the British National Team and represented the UK in the road race at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.  She made her debut in North America in 2006 and joined Colavita/Sutter Home in the 2009 season.  

I am really excited about directing with Rachel next year,” said Pic.  We are inheriting a very strong team from Iona and are pleased that most of our current squad plan to return next year.”  

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my career as a professional cyclist but it’s time to move on to a new adventure,” said Heal. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to direct alongside Tina and am confident that our combined experiences will continue to build on the strength of the team.

 

Team 2009
The complete Colavita/Sutter Home Women’s Cycling Team presented by Cooking Light roster for 2009 includes:

Erica Allar -- A talented, up-and-coming sprinter, Erica captured numerous podium finishes racing for Aaron’s Professional Women’s Cycling Team last year. She won the U23 National Criterium Championship in 2007 and has consistently finished in the top 10 at Philadelphia’s Liberty Classic.   

Kelly Benjamin – A former firefighter, Kelly was a top sprinter with Cheerwine Professional Cycling Team for the last three years. In 2008, Kelly took the overall title for the USA Criterium Series last year, recording over 10 victories and podium spots on the NRC circuit.   

Cath Cheatley – A World Track Championships points race bronze medallist currently ranked number 5 in the NRC, Cath represented her native New Zealand at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, competing in both the road race and the points race on the track. She is a former New Zealand national champion on road and track and claimed NRC victories in 2008, including single-day criteriums and stage races.  

Tiffany Cromwell -- Tiffany delivered Colavita/Sutter Home’s first win of the 2008 season with her victory at the Garrett Lemire Memorial Grand Prix and never looked back. The Australian speedster went on to win the Sea Otter Classic and a top 10 ranking in the US Speedweek Criterium Series before heading off to Europe as a member of the Australian National Team.   

Andrea Dvorak – Andrea’s versatility was on full display in 2008. The former triathlete with a law degree from the University of Virginia finished third at the CSC Invitational criterium and raced to top 10 finishes in the Tour of the Gila Mogollan Road Race and Fitchburg Longsjo time trial. At Nature Valley Grand Prix, Andrea finished fourth in the criterium stage and ninth overall.   

Shontell Gauthier -- In her first season with Colavita/Sutter Home, Shontell capped off an impressive series of top 10 finishes with a victory at the Bike Jam/Kelly Cup.   

Rachel Heal – Rachel joined the North American peloton in 2006 as a member of Team Victory Brewing following a distinguished racing career in Europe. She won the Bronze Medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and represented the UK in the road race at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. Rachel earned 13 podium finishes as a member of the British national Team before turning pro in 2004. She comes over from Team Tibco.   

Heather Logan -- A former ice hockey player who went to numerous championships as a member of the Canadian National Team, Heather has used her toughness and work ethic to produce impressive results in only two seasons of pro cycling. She won the winter national points race on the track, provincial criterium championships, placed fourth in the 2008 National Road Championships, and held her own in the top finishing group at the Thüringen Rundfahrt stage race (Germany).  

Stacy Marple – A former competitive diver working toward to complete her doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley, Stacy has distinguished herself as a strong climber with the strength and stamina to achieve top 10 results in tough stages races like the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Stacy comes over from Team Cheerwine.

Tina Pic  – One of the most decorated cyclists in the North American women’s peloton, Tina claimed the overall NRC Champion title for 2008, the fifth time in her career.  The five-time US National Criterium Champion raced to victory at nearly every major criterium, including the Mt. Tabor Criterium stage of the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, Tour of Somerville, Fitchburg Longsjo Classic, Chris Thater Memorial Grand Prix, and Priority Health Grand Cycling Classic, 12 individual victories, including Fitchburg Longsjo and the Tour of Somerville, and captured the overall US SpeedWeek Criterium Series title.

Nichole Wangsgard – Nicky opened the 2008 season with a 5th place finish at the Tour of California Women’s Criterium.  A 'savy' all-rounder with a doctorate in education, she went on to win the criterium at the Joe Martin Stage Race and took second in the Wells Fargo Twilight criterium.

Iona Wynter-Parks - Director Sportif - Multi-times Jamacian National Champion, Olympian and World Championships contender. 

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

Cycling is more than a sport for the Colavita/Sutter Home Cycling Teams presented by Cooking Light. It’s a heritage, passed down from generation to generation. Colavita/Sutter Home champions cycling’s future through support of pro men’s and women’s teams; the Colavita New Jersey U19 Racing Team, the largest junior cycling team on the East Coast; as well as recreational cycling clubs in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New England, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina, and Texas. Visit www.ColavitaSutterHome.com to learn more.

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. 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 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. Visit www.cookinglight.com/cooking

For the 2009 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, Ritchey handlebars, stems, and seat posts, Selle San Marco saddles, Vittoria tires, and Profile Design aerobars and 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 GU Sports, Headsweats, TetraPak, Thule, and Zoot Sports.

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