2009 Colavita/Sutter Home Team Revealed
Season start will be Amgen Tour of California
"These women all recognize the importance of great teamwork, which we will use to our advantage in stage races and single-day events."
Home Women’s Cycling Team has re-signed Tina Pic, the number 1 rider
on the NRC circuit, who dominated the 2008 season with 12 individual
victories and six podium finishes. Adding to its firepower for 2009,
Colavita/Sutter Home has recruited Olympians Cath Cheatley and Rachel Heal
and USA Criterium Series Champion, Kelly Benjamin. Colavita/Sutter Home’s
first race of the season will be the Amgen Tour of California Women’s
Stage Race, which runs from February 14-16, 2009.
the team as Director Sportif will be Jamaican Olympian and veteran
Colavita/Sutter Home cyclist Iona Wynter Parks, who retired from competition
at the end of the 2008 season after nine years on the pro circuit, where she
achieved numerous top 10 finishes in road racing and world rankings on the
excites me most about working with this squad is that the riders have proven
themselves not only as athletes but also as team players,” said
Wynter Parks. “We’ve
signed a great combination of accomplished North American sprinters and
strong, savvy all-allrounders. These
women all recognize the importance of great teamwork, which we will use to
our advantage in stage races and single-day events.”
looking forward to kicking off the year at the Amgen Tour of California,”
Wynter Parks continued. “Criteriums are our strength and we are
highly motivated to race hard and well there.”
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.
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.
About the sponsors of the Colavita/Sutter Home Cycling Teams presented by
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.
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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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