11 06, 2014



2014 Race to Feature More Laps, More Riders and the Richest Prize Purse Ever

VANCOUVER, BC (June 10, 2014) – The 2014 Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix women’s race on July 9th will feature more laps, more riders and its largest ever prize purse as it becomes the richest women’s criterium in North America with $25,000 cash and thousands more available in crowd and sponsor primes. The women’s distance will also be increased from 30 to 35 laps (42 km) to reflect the growing calibre of the women’s field, which finished well ahead of schedule last year.

The BC Superweek race, which is also part of the USA CRITS Championship Series, will now offer a $13,000 winning prize and the same prizing as the men for every position. The increase in prize money and move to gender equalization for prizing was led by title sponsor Global Relay, a Gastown-based technology services company that provides the worldwide financial industry with cloud-based message archiving and compliance services.

Led by CEO Warren Roy and President and General Counsel Shannon Rogers, Global Relay has been recognized by Waterstone Human Capital as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures, cited by Ernst & Young as the 2013 Pacific Region Entrepreneur of the Year, and profiled by BC Business Magazine in its “Best Companies to work for in BC” series.

In addition, in the past year alone, Shannon Rogers has won the Western Canada General Counsel Business Achievement Award and the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award in the TELUS Trailblazer category. She was also named to the Women’s Executive Network Most Powerful Women Top 100, Business in Vancouver’s Influential Women in Business, and for the third year in a row, [...]

5 06, 2014

WCA Nutrition Blog

By |June 5th, 2014|Blog, News, Nutrition|Comments Off on WCA Nutrition Blog|

A Common Nutrition Question…

It’s a very common question: “What should I eat before I race?”
And without a simple answer…But here is my short-version answer…

The pre-race meal is essential for many reasons and food choices should aim to:
1) To “top off” muscle glycogen stores (muscle energy stores) – especially if they are still depleted (used up) from the previous training/racing session.
2) Restore liver glycogen- especially for morning events that require long and hard efforts after an overnight fast.
3) Restore fluid balance- especially in hot weather and high altitudes
4) To prevent hunger and gastro-intestinal discomfort- especially with highly intense efforts and long races
5) To prevent psychological distraction and discomfort- especially when traveling

The specifics of the pre-race meal are often the hardest to determine and take trial and error to fine tune. Don’t give up if you still haven’t found your perfect match! Being well fed with the right nutrition can prevent bonking (assuming you are eating/drinking during the race) and give you that extra edge to lead the peleton, climb faster, cross the finish line stronger, or all three.

“What foods and meal/snack composition is the best?”
The pre-race meal foods that you choose should be:
1) Composed of Carbohydrates, Protein, and low in Fat
2) Stress-free – easy to make and travel with when needed
3) Easy to digest (low in fiber*)
4) Satisfy your hunger/needs without causing you to feel “FULL”
5) Familiar foods
6) Taste good
And above all, you should have practiced eating these foods during training days to perfect what works best for you.

“What Time should I eat?”
Ideally, the [...]

3 06, 2014

Nine Teams Receive Initial Invitations to Compete for $10,000 Prize Purse at Tour of Utah Women’s Edition

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Nine Teams Receive Initial Invitations to Compete for $10,000 Prize Purse at Tour of Utah Women’s Edition

Two Additional Racing Events Added by Local Organizing Committees in
Cedar City and at Miller Motorsports Park

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (May 29, 2014) – Women’s teams from across the U.S. have requested invitations to race at the inaugural Tour of Utah Women’s Edition circuit race at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah on August 6. A special prize purse of more than $10,000 will be awarded to the professional women’s competitors for the midweek circuit race.

Organizers of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah added this 15-lap event for elite and professional women to coincide with Stage 3 of the men’s professional stage race. The Tour of Utah Women’s Edition takes place from 12:30-2 p.m. on a 2.2-mile section of the road course at Miller Motorsports Park, a state-of-the-art road racing facility in Tooele. Admission is free for spectators, who are encouraged to come at noon for rider sign-in and ceremonies. The men’s event on August 6 — Stage 3 of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah — will be contested from Lehi to Tooele, and is expected to conclude at Miller Motorsports Park between 3-4 p.m. The Tour of Utah is a seven-stage UCI event that takes place August 4-10.

“This is the first time in the 10-year history of the Tour of Utah that women’s elite and professional cycling will be featured. We are pleased to showcase some of the best professional women in the sport, and provide a prize purse that is equal to the men’s event for a single day of stage racing,” said Alex Kim, race director for the Tour of Utah Women’s [...]

3 06, 2014

Collegiate All-Stars Announces 2014 Roster

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Collegiate All-Stars Announces 2014 Roster

(Minneapolis, MN – May 27, 2014) – The Kakookie Collegiate All-Stars development program announces its eight woman roster for its 8th season of competition at the North Star Grand Prix. The program, which has seen many of its riders go on to professional teams, expanded this year beyond the traditional six riders to include two additional riders hand selected by newly appointed Director Sportif, veteran racer and coach Jennifer Reither.

Six women were selected based on their results at the Division I and Division II Individual Omnium at the 2014 CapTech USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships in Richmond, Virginia on May 2-4, 2014. These riders are:

• Allison Arensman, Brevard College
• Sara Bird, Stanford University
• Ariane Horbach, Colorado Mesa University
• Michelle Khare, Dartmouth College
• Cinthia Lehner, Appalachian State University
• Adelaide Tillinghast, American University

Reither’s two additional “Coach’s Picks” are:

• Kelly Catlin, University of Minnesota
• Cecelia Davis-Hayes, Columbia University

“I looked for diversity of racing ability and consistency of results across the nation since January,” said Reither of her Coach’s Picks. “When I saw Davis-Hayes race at Nationals, she stood out. She had a presence in the peloton that was noticeable even though it wasn’t necessarily reflected in the results.”

Catlin, a Minnesota native, was not able to compete at Collegiate Nationals due to a schedule conflict with another race. She scored two top-10 finishes at the Junior Women’s UCI World Championships in 2013 – seventh in the Individual Time Trial and ninth in the Road Race.

The Kakookie Collegiate All-Stars program, a part of the North Star Grand Prix, gives visibility and an extra boost to support rising talent. Nearly half of the Collegiate All-Stars alumnae have gone on to ride for professional teams [...]

2 06, 2014


By |June 2nd, 2014|News, Press Release|Comments Off on WCA HEADS EAST TO PROMOTE WOMEN’S CYCLING|

Events in Philadelphia and Glencoe, Crystal Lake and Chicago, IL

Glencoe, IL – For Release May 28, 2014 – The Women’s Cycling Association (WCA) is heading East to promote women’s cycling with four great events. On Friday, May 30th, the WCA will join the Glencoe Grand Prix to host a USACRITS PRO Meet & Greet in Glencoe, Il prior to the Saturday race. A pre-race reception in Philadelphia on May 31st with pro women cyclists and special guest, the first Lady of Philadelphia, Lisa Nutter, will celebrate women’s cycling at the 2014 Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic, A women’s clinic in Chicago on June 14th and WCA “Join The Ride” Tour in Crystal Lake, IL on June 15th will highlight the excitement of women’s racing in the upcoming 2014 Intelligentsia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series.

The GGP PRO Meet & Greet held on Friday, May 30th from 6:00 – 8:00pm in downtown Glencoe, Il is a chance for area kids, amateur riders and racers to connect and talk with pros! The goal is to bring riders of all ages, skill levels and riding interests together prior to the Saturday race. Most importantly, the Women of the GGP will come together to have an opportunity to discuss topics that are important to women who ride. Members of the Women’s Cycling Association (WCA) will be present, looking to share riding and racing advice to the amateur field. Click HERE for more info.

The WCA is teaming up with the Bicycling Coalition of Greater Philadelphia to host a pre-race reception on Saturday, May 31st from 11:30 – 1:00pm at Cadence Cycling & Multisport located at 4323 Main St. Manayunk Philadelphia, PA. Fans can learn about women’s cycling [...]

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