Celebrates 13th year in the women’s peloton
The Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder has finalized its 2012 roster, adding Laura Ralston, 2011 Collegiate National Criterium Champion and collegiate athlete at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Ralston looks to take her racing to a new level. “I am really looking forward to be racing with Team Kenda in 2012. They have established themselves as one of the most friendly development elite teams in the country, but also have a record of consistent competitive results and great riders. Finding support as a female cyclist can be tough at times, and so I think it’s remarkable what Team Kenda has been able to do for so many female riders over the past 13 years.”
In 2012, the team will focus on the National Criterium Championships (NCC) and National Racing Calendar (NRC) events coupled with a heavy presence at the Tour of America’s Dairyland, in which the team placed 2nd last season.
Jacqueline Denny, a returning junior rider promoted to the elite ranks, stated that she knows that racing at higher levels takes hard work, dedication and sacrifice, but hopes to bring that attitude, desire, and a joyful spirit to Kenda’s elite team this upcoming race season.
Geargrinder, an eco-friendly clothing and accessories company, will be releasing another cycling-inspired product in 2012, which will be visible on Team Kenda athletes.
“After watching Paul Forsythe’s management team shape Team Kenda and seeing how these women worked together and motivated each other this past season, Geargrinder is proud to be back in 2012, offering an even stronger level of support for this team of role model athletes,” said Paul C. Weaver, co-founder of Geargrinder Active Lifestyle Apparel and Accessories. “Geargrinder believes in doing what it can to secure the future of cycling, and Team Kenda has not only solid Elite and Regional teams but strong up-and-coming talent on the Junior and U-23 teams as well.
“It’s important that Team Kenda have the proper resources to keep the momentum building so they can be serious contenders at the NRC and NCC races, like Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD),” said Weaver. “Last year at ToAD, Team Kenda took the Overall Oarsman Capital Category 2 Amateur Green Jersey, and placed two racers in the Overall Pro Women Top 10…will be great to see Team Kenda atop the NCC ToAD podium next year.”
“Kenda USA is proud to be the banner sponsor of Team Kenda Tire p/b Geargrinder for the 9th season. They are the one of the best and largest women’s bicycle racing teams in the country and we are confident that this is going to be their beast season yet;” stated Stefano Lumbaca, Road/Cyclocross Marketing and Product Development.
Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder Elite 2012 Roster:
Amity Elliot (Tabernash, CO)
Beth Lauer (Whitewater, WI)
Cara Gillis (Fredericton, New Brunswick – Canada)
Colleen Paine (Dahlonega, GA)
Gwen Inglis (Lakewood, CO)
Jacqueline Denny (Liberty, MO)
Jamie Dinkins (Asheville, NC)
Jane Weakley (Dayton, OH)
Jen Greenberg (Chicago, IL)
Kat Clark (Pooler, GA)
Krystal Lacy (Farmersville, OH)
Laura Rolston (Cambridge, MA)
Mitzie Goldman (Atlanta, GA)
Shailie Sanbrooks (Wellington, New Zealand)
Stacey Jensen (New York, NY)
Zayda McGuire (Portland, OR)
The Team regrets the loss of Megan Baab, who was fatally struck by a vehicle while training on December 15, 2011, near Lees McRae, where she attended college on a cycling scholarship.
Team Kenda Women’s Cycling receives support from the following: Kenda USA, Blue Competition Cycles, Plant Solutions, Verge, SRAM, Thomson, Rudy Project, Mercury Wheels, CycleOps, Terry Precision Cycling, Headsweats, Skins, Deen-Gross Eye Centers, Thule, , Sportcrafters, Cateye, Ferguson & Associates, Hoo Ha Ride Glide, and Anni Fanni.
About Team Kenda Women’s Cycling: Team Kenda began in 1999 as Team Ameritech with nine riders who excelled at bicycle racing. Over the years, the team has steadily grown in size and now boasts NRC/NCC Elite, as well as Southeast, Mid-Atlantic Elite, Midwest, and West Regional Teams. The team competes in the United States focusing on the National Race Calendars, both NRC and NCC. In 2010, the team finished 8th among 73 teams in the National Racing Calendar (NRC) Women’s Team competition and 8th in the 2011 NRC campaign.
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