On behalf of the team, I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who has supported our riders in 2021. It is quite literally due to your donations that we are able to send everyone to US Pro Nationals next week in Knoxville. With wins at the Hincapie Spring Series, Chasing the Wild Boar Stage Race, and the Carter County Omnium, our riders have been dominating regional racing. Next week will be their first showing on the national stage and I couldn’t be more pleased with their current fitness and readiness for the challenge. In the last two months, I’ve watched the team transform from a bunch of strong individual riders to a finely run machine that has the brains, the legs, and the courage to take charge in a race. They are ready to make the jump to bigger races and I couldn’t be more excited to see what happens next week.
I am also amazed and humbled to hear that so many of you who have supported us financially are also planning to come out and support the team in person in Knoxville. Having you on the sidelines cheering on our riders will definitely help them dig a little deeper when the going gets tough. We’d also love to have you in our team colors and we have team T-shirts and Polos available. If you’d like to purchase one we will bring it to the Criterium Race on Friday afternoon so you can pick it up before the racing starts, and our riders would love to thank you in person after the race. You can find a link to purchase your team gear here and once we know who is coming we’ll send a follow up email letting you know where to find us on race day. If you would like to support us from afar, drop us a note and we would be happy to ship.
Lastly, in case you're wondering if your donations really make a difference or for those of you who are on the fence about contributing let me just say that the cost of entries, mechanical support, food, logistics, and housing a full team over just the 4 days of Nationals is over $6000 or $1200 per rider. That is a lot of money to ask of our riders, some of whom are still in school and some who are just starting careers. Shane and I have dedicated ourselves to this project because we believe that too much talent get’s left behind due to the high costs of the sport. This is a labor of love and neither of us receive compensation from the team. We are here because we feel lucky to have had opportunities to race our bike when we were younger and because we believe that too much talent gets wasted due to the financial realities of the sport. This is our chance to help lift up the women who race and send more talented riders into the peloton. Your donations are a vital part of our mission and we could not do it without you. If you would like to support us with a donation you can do so here.
For those on the fence about coming to Knoxville, please consider it. I am sure you will have a blast and don't forget to come say hi. We'd love to see you. You can find the Nationals schedule and locations here.
But don’t take my word for it, here’s what the rider’s themselves have to say about the importance of your help.
When you get the opportunity to go into a race with all of the details looked after, all of the boxes checked, you mentally can 100% check into the race itself. This means your ability to succeed and race at the highest level doubles. It’s the single biggest difference for riders successfully racing at the pro level. - Merrill Thierman
This past year I’ve been given the opportunity to race on a team with a group of strong women who work hard and understand what it means to be a teammate. I’ve seen first hand the sacrifices we’ve made for another’s success and the motivation given to push harder than we thought was possible. Women’s cycling is notoriously under-supported and under-recognized despite women working just as hard and dedicating just as much of themselves to the sport as men. With enough support, I feel this team is capable of showing that women’s cycling is just as important and exciting as men’s cycling. - Florence Howden
Cycling pushes my limits further than I ever could have imagined. At 32, some may say that you are past your athletic prime, but the demands of the sport of cycling creates an environment where older athletes can thrive…. It’s fulfilling to share my knowledge, lift the sport of cycling for all ages of women, and create a welcoming environment for everyone. The kind sponsorship donations to this team ensures athletes like me can continue racing, traveling to big races, and keep pushing the sport of women’s cycling forward. - Katy Sorrell
Cycling has impacted my life in many different ways. It has made me stronger, mentally and physically, and has connected me with so many great people. I couldn’t imagine my life without this sport as it gives me constant goal to reach my full potential. As a grad student, finding the time and money to compete in the sport has proved quite a challenge. Race entries, travel, and equipment costs add up quickly and it becomes nearly impossible for me to afford to do this sport I love. Support from sponsors and donors makes it possible for me and my team to race at our full potential. It gives us the opportunity to line up with the best teams in the nation and put our hard work to the test. As a female cyclist it is easy to see that this sport is extremely male dominated and support for women’s cycling is lacking. Sponsors who support our team show us and others that they believe in the growth and future of women’s cycling. - Sommers Creed
When the team wins we all win and you are all a part of our team. Now lets go race!
*photography cred Susan Wienke