18 12, 2013

Featured Rider: Stefanie Fernandez

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Twice a month, the Women’s Cycling Association showcases an inspiring rider from the women’s cycling community. This week we’re excited to go to Australia to introduce Elite Track Racer Stefanie Fernandez.

WCA: What has been your most memorable experience in the sport?

Stefanie: One that comes to mind right away was my first national championships. This was a real baptism by fire for me, as I’d only been in the discipline for three months. After qualifying 8th in the sprint, I had to match off with the top qualifier who was none other than Anna Meares, the most decorated female sprinter in our sport. Needless to say, this was both terrifying and exhilarating. Another memorable experience was the first time I had the honor of representing my country in an international meet in China. And also, I can never forget winning my first medal, a silver in the Keirin, at my second national championships. This was quite exciting; any time a race goes to plan is a great feeling.

WCA: What challenges have you faced in cycling?

Stefanie: Probably the greatest challenge I have faced to date was coming back from a ruptured ACL in my right knee which required two surgeries over the course of a year. Following surgery, I had lost so much muscle and strength even though I was very regimented with my rehab. There were times when I found it extremely challenging. I clearly remember sitting on a recumbent bike in the clinic struggling to turn the pedals and looking at the 80 year old with dual knee replacement next to me putting me to shame. When you are in a situation like that, and you realize how much work you have in front [...]

13 12, 2013

Breakaway Newsletter – December 2013

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In This Issue:









Sport your support for the WCA by purchasing our first official Limited Edition T-Shirt. Available in both women and men sizes in black and grey.The design will only print if we reach our goal of 200 shirts. Deadline to purchase is Dec. 31, 2013. Purchase Here!


Saturday, December 15th 10AM: FREE Bay Area Open Group Ride for Women and Men. MORE 


ABOUT THE WCA: The Women’s Cycling Association is a membership organization of women cyclists and supporters committed to developing and advancing the state of women’s cycling. MORE 

Want to find out how your favorite cyclist got involved in the sport or what she likes to do in the off season? Meet inspiring riders from the women’s cycling community. Check out the “Featured Rider” section on our website



Robin Farina



Janel Holcomb

Jade Wilcoxson



Welcome to the WCA

On behalf of my fellow Board Members and the Women’s Cycling Association, I would like to welcome you to the WCA. We are deeply grateful and thankful for the support we have received from the cycling community and beyond since our launch.  The tremendous response to the WCA launch has demonstrated to us that there is a common desire of so many people to advance this sport for women.  We are working diligently behind the scenes to organize people and plan initial activities.  As advocates for change, we will both, clearly communicate our vision and take action consistent with that vision. If you haven’t already, I invite [...]

13 12, 2013

Zimmer Capital p/b Foundation – A women’s elite team based in Albany, NY

By |December 13th, 2013|News, Press Release, Road|1 Comment|

Zimmer Capital p/b Foundation was formed at the end of 2013, in preparation for the 2014 season. The team is owned and operated by Elite Cycling, Inc., a non-profit whose mission is to promote and develop the growth of women’s cycling through participation in UCI, NRC and Northeast/New England Regional races, community outreach and social media presence.
Team Objectives:

1. To promote, develop and foster the growth of women’s cycling in a clean and positive way. By racing on the international and national levels, riders will be given the opportunity to obtain big race experience while continuing to compete at local and regional races.
2. To provide a unique marketing and branding experience for sponsors through brand and product awareness within the cycling and race host communities, as well as through a very large web/social media presence. The ultimate goal being that all sponsors will see a return on their investment.
3. To educate and inspire girls toward healthy living and physical activity through community outreach events at local schools in the New York, Capital Region area. By achieving this, more girls and women will become familiar with the activity and sport of cycling.

The team will work closely with the WCA and one other non-profit (to be announced at a later date) in order to fulfill their mission and set an example for other women’s teams to follow!


Pictured (left to right):
Leslie Lupien (NH) – Cat 2
Raquel Miller (NY) – Cat 1
Celia Riechel (MA) – Cat 2
Patty Buerkle (PA) – Cat 1
Beth Ruiz (NY) – Cat 1
Kate Lysakowski (MA) – Cat 1

Not Pictured:
Andy Ruiz (NY) – Director [...]

9 12, 2013

Women from Pro Peloton to Lead WCA Bay Area Group Ride and Membership Drive this Sunday

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Fairfax, CA—For Release December 10, 2013—The Women’s Cycling Association (WCA) will host a Bay Area Open Group Ride and membership drive this Sunday, December 15th at 10AM from Java Hut, located at 760 Center Blvd Fairfax, CA. The group ride is open to both men and women and will be led by women from the professional peloton. Fans can visit https://womenscyclingassociation.com/december-15-bay-area-open-ride for more information on the event.

WCA Board President and Now and Novartis for MS team member, Robin Farina, as well as WCA board members Alison Tetrick (Exergy TWENTY16) and Olivia Dillon (Now and Novartis for MS) will lead the ride along with other pro women cyclists including Tayler Wiles (Specialized Lululemon) and Liza Rachetto (Vanderkitten). Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the WCA and become a member to support the WCA’s mission to elevate women’s cycling. The ride will include both a 60- mile and a 40- mile option. Prior to the ride, participants can visit http://tinyurl.com/wcaride to complete the ride waiver.

The WCA would like to thank the generous sponsors of the event including: Java Hut, Ally’s Bar, Osmo Nutrition, IronSprings, Vanderkitten, and Mike’s Bikes.

This ride is the latest event hosted by the WCA. Since the launch in August, the WCA is gaining momentum and support. The WCA was formally introduced to Race Promoters and Team Directors at the USA Cycling Annual Summit recently held in Winston-Salem, NC and is supporting the Tour de Park City, which gained NRC Status for Women for their August 2, 2014 race. The WCA has also supported the Le Tour Entier movement, and attended the Women’s Sports Foundation Annual Salute as a special guest of the Foundation. The WCA teamed up with the US Bicycling [...]

4 12, 2013

Tour de Delta Gets 1.2 UCI International Status for Women’s Road Race

By |December 4th, 2013|News, Press Release|1 Comment|

Vancouver, BC—December 4, 2013—BC Superweek is pleased to announce that the international governing body of cycling, Union Cycliste International (UCI), has officially upgraded the 2014 Women’s White Spot | Delta Road Race to a 1.2 UCI sanctioned event.

“The Corporation of Delta is very excited to have the Women’s White Spot | Delta Road Race become a UCI 1.2 sanctioned event and join the men’s race on the international cycling calendar,” said Corporation of Delta Mayor Lois E. Jackson. “Delta is a community that encourages active healthy living and fair play, therefore, the inclusion of the women’s race was a natural step for us to support.”

“As the title sponsor for the Delta Road Race, we’re happy to support the growth of women’s cycling in British Columbia and Canada with the inclusion of the 2014 race on the UCI calendar,” said White Spot President & CEO Warren Erhart. “It’s an honour to be a part of the Delta Road Race since its first year in 2001 and to see it become an internationally recognized event.”

With international sanctioning and awarding of official UCI points, the road race will draw a deeper, stronger field of top professional cyclists from all over the world to the already well attended three event Tour de Delta and the rest of the nine race BC Superweek series to be held in July 2014.

UCI officials attended and closely examined last year’s race before awarding the certification.

“The Tour de Delta, along with all BC Superweek events, are committed to enhance the sport of cycling and provide the opportunity for local athletes to compete against some of the best athletes in North America and the world,” added White Spot | Delta Road Race Director Mark [...]

4 12, 2013

Featured Rider: Jessica Chong

By |December 4th, 2013|Featured Rider, Road|1 Comment|

Each week, the Women’s Cycling Association showcases an inspiring rider from the women’s cycling community. This week we’re excited to introduce Jessica Chong.

WCA: What has been your most memorable experience in the sport?

JC: My most memorable experience in the sport was definitely winning my first bike race. After racing that first road race as a newbie, I didn’t want to do another race again because my result was nothing special. But, with some pep talks and encouragement from more experienced riders, I entered another race. It was a criterium this time around, so I was even more naive to the idea that the fittest person doesn’t always win a bike race. I ended up leading everyone out and finished out of the top 20. So, that was another disappointment. I was even more upset with this one, but somehow I got talked into entering more races. With each race, I felt like I was getting a better sense of race tactics, so I kept trying, and trying. Finally, I went for a race prime and never looked back. No one knew who I was at the time, so they probably didn’t think I’d be able to stay away. I won the race, and I felt so elated because I tried, and I tried, and I tried. I won a couple more races that season, so I knew my first win wasn’t just a fluke.

WCA: What challenges have you faced in cycling?

JC: As I moved up in the rankings, I realized that it was harder to win bike races. Racing at the elite level is definitely humbling. When you race triathlons, it’s you against the clock for the most part; barring illness or injury, the fittest person [...]

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