We are thrilled to announce that a locally-organized composite team has received an invitation to race at the 2015 Women’s USA Pro Challenge. A six-rider team made up of elite cyclists from the state of Colorado will be participating in the inaugural women’s event this August. This team is the result of the shared vision and collaboration between Colorado Women’s Cycling Project and Spark Women’s Racing, Ltd. The following women have been hand-selected from four different Colorado Front Range cycling teams:
- Kimberley Johnson, Naked Women’s Racing
- Meg Hendricks, Groove Subaru Excel Sports
- Sabrina David, Groove Subaru Excel Sports
- Gwen Inglis, Stages Cycling Team
- Jennifer Sharp, Stages Cycling Team
- Kristen Legan, Evol Racing
Robert Carroll of Spark Women’s Racing, Ltd. and co-developer of the team is coordinating sponsorship, fundraising, and the logistical support of the team. “We had a dream and a goal of making an impact for our local elite women riders, and a dream has come true with the 2015 Women’s USA Pro Challenge. The women on this team are ready to show the world they really do mean business, and that women’s cycling is here to stay.”
The energy and excitement from the group continues to grow, and the commitment of the women to come together and create a strong team is an inspiration to the local cycling community. “I'm thrilled and honored to take part in the inaugural Women's USA Pro Challenge and represent my home state of Colorado at this fantastic event. It's exciting to bring together six Colorado cyclists from various local teams to race together as Colorado Women's Cycling Project p/b SPARK Women's Racing. This is an amazing opportunity to showcase the supportive Colorado cycling community and our commitment to developing women's cycling at all levels.”; shared Kristen Legan from Boulder, Colorado and Evol Racing.
Meg Hendricks, from Groove Subaru Excel Sports, has increased her training tempo in preparation for the race, and is incredibly focused on racing hard for the three day event. “Simply put, racing the women’s inaugural year at the USA Pro Challenge is an opportunity of a lifetime. I feel enormous gratitude to the individuals who have worked tirelessly to make this happen, and I am humbled by the race committee’s selection and invitation to represent and showcase Colorado racing to the world.”
The Colorado Women’s Cycling Project p/b Spark Women’s Racing Team is setting an example of what vision can do, of what dedication can grow, and what hard work can accomplish. Team rider, Gwen Inglis of Stages Cycling; “I am so grateful and excited for the opportunity to participate in the inaugural Women's USA Pro Challenge and to represent the Colorado Women's Cycling Project! To compete against some of the best female cyclists in the world in our home state of Colorado will be a challenging, thrilling, and memorable event.”
Kimberley Johnson, of Naked Women’s Racing, Colorado Women’s Cycling Project and co-developer of the team; "We are couldn't be more excited that the US Pro Cycling Challenge has demonstrated a commitment to women’s cycling by providing a multi-stage event for 2015. We are anticipating an incredible show for the fans, and hope to inspire the next generation of riders. It is quite an honor to be part of this inaugural race.”
We are pursuing a big goal because we believe we can, and we want to show girls and women in our state that the only limits are the ones you allow to be set. We are invested in growing the sport of women's cycling,and opening doors for others after us, and what better place to start than in the first ever women's race at the 2015 USA Pro Challenge.
Stay tuned for updates on the team!