9 01, 2015

Featured Rider – Iris Slappendel

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The Women’s Cycling Association showcases inspiring riders from the women’s cycling community. This week we’re excited to feature 2014 Dutch National Road Race Champion and new WCA Board of Director member, Iris Slappendel.

WCA: How long have you been riding?

Iris: Since I was 16. So that’s 13 years already.

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

Iris: Junior World Championships in Hamilton, Canada. It was my first encounter with professional cycling and the whole event made a big impression on me. It was also the moment I realized I was good at this sport, and winning the bronze medal was a big motivation to take it more seriously.

WCA: Do you have a favorite race. If so, why?

Iris: Tour of Flanders. Heroic race, beautiful course and great ambiance.

WCA: What challenges have you faced in cycling?

Iris: Lots of issues with teams and sponsors. Like sponsors pulling out halfway the season. Or teams quitting (without notice) just before the end of November (UCI deadline). Until 2010 I combined study and a part time job with my cycling career which was quite hard.

WCA: What do you enjoy most about the sport?

Iris: Cycling is freedom. Everyday in cycling you have to push and beat yourself. On the bike, you really fight against the elements and at the same time you are one with them.

I also enjoy the amount of time I spend outdoors riding. I get to experience each season to its fullest and I look forward to the variety of my training that comes with each season.

WCA: What are your goals in cycling?

Iris: Keep improving myself, and winning a monument like Flanders would also be great! Bring attention to women’s cycling and make exciting races together!

WCA: What [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

12 05, 2014

Blood, Sweat and a Ton of Rain!

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The WCA is proud to promote the stories of people who are helping to get more women on bikes and elevate the sport of Women’s Cycling. Following is a great story by Kelly Samuelson on her experience at the first ever Women’s only Redhook Crit.

Blood, Sweat, and a Ton of Rain
by: Kelli Samuelson
Red Hook Brooklyn, NY
March 29th, 2014

Starting 7 years ago by David Trimble as a fun race on his birthday, it is now grown into an international series with amazing coverage and supporters. I’ve seen thousands of people come out in the cold to watch this event and support the racers.

There are no points awarded, no categories separating riders, no license required and the only rule is you must be on a proper brakeless track bike. Yes I said brakeless. For the past 6 years it was one race, men and women together. 100 riders lining up at the start line to put everything they have out on the course, to prove something, to make a name for themselves or just have a good time.

This year was the first year that Redhook has held a race for women only. I was lucky enough to be apart of something really amazing.

31 women rolled to the start line on Saturday March 29th It was just under 40 degrees and raining cats and dogs. It didn’t matter what category you were or if you were on a big team or if you had ever raced a bike before. We were out there to make history in this world of unsanctioned fixed gear crits. The comradery [...]

9 04, 2014



BC Superweek is pleased to announce that registration is officially open for this year’s races, the launch of a new website at www.BCSuperweek.ca and reveal a new logo for 2014.

Online registration is officially open for this year’s BC Superweek, which includes the Tour de Delta, UBC Grand Prix p/b Mahony & Sons, Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, Giro di Burnaby p/b Appia Development and Tour de White Rock. New for 2014 is the Women’s White Spot | Delta Road Race on July 6th becoming a UCI 1.2 sanctioned event and joining the men’s race on the international cycling calendar, as well as the inclusion of the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix event in the USA CRITS Challenge Series.

For stage racers, BC Superweek is a perfect tune-up for the Cascade Classic, which starts in Bend, Oregon on July 15th.

More than $120,000 in cash and thousands more in crowd primes is on the line in this series, with some of the biggest crowds in the sport cheering on the competitors.

Online registration is available on the new BC Superweek website, with early registration discounts in effect until June 6th. Discounts are also available to riders entered in all stages, and teams that sign up six riders for the entire BC Superweek series can register an additional three riders at no cost.

“BC Superweek is becoming one of North America’s most recognized professional road race series,” said Race Director Mark Ernsting. “Our goal is to provide spectators, athletes and sponsors with a series to be remembered. Also, we look to inspire youth across the province who have the opportunity to experience cycling at its best, and in turn, become the future stars in the sport.”
The new-look BC Superweek [...]

19 03, 2014

Featured Rider: Aliya Traficante

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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 introduce junior racer Aliya Traficante.

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

Aliya: Last year I raced my first international race, Tour of Rimouski, in Quebec, Canada. It was my first experience with host housing, guest riding for a team, being in a different country, and so much more. My team and I placed third in the in the team time trial and also won the overall team classification. Both were incredible to me being that I got to ride on a team with girls I had never met before and we all worked extremely hard together for the same goal. I felt accomplished, and it was even more rewarding to share that feeling with a team.

WCA: What challenges have you faced in cycling?

Aliya: One of my largest challenges was keeping my emotions in check when racing. Aggressive racing scared me a bit and I let it get in my head. I have learned to shut it out, focus on the positive, and concentrate on what I need to do. I have also learned to push back and that usually what happens on the course, stays on the course. People do what they can in order to win, and most people are so high on adrenaline during the race that anything can happen!

WCA: What do you enjoy most about the sport?

Aliya: Cycling has provided so many opportunities that I would not have had, had I decided not to race. I think what I enjoy most is the amount of traveling I am fortunate to do and the people I have met. [...]

17 03, 2014

WCA Board VP, Jade Wilcoxson, Among Top Three 2014 Riders to Watch!

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The 2014 season promises to be an exciting one for women’s cycling. There are new races to anticipate, including a women’s race on the Champs Elysées at the Tour de France. Rosters have reshuffled, and more than ever, the talent is spread across multiple teams. Here are ten riders...
12 02, 2014

Featured Rider: Jacqueline McClure

By |February 12th, 2014|Featured Rider, News, Road|1 Comment|

Twice a month, the Women’s Cycling Association showcases an inspiring rider from the women’s cycling community. This week we’re excited to introduce Jacqueline McClure.

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

Jacqueline: My director and team inviting me to race the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic. There is no greater honor in my hometown. I had my parents and sister cheering me on at Lemon Hill, friends shouting in East Falls and on the Manayunk Wall, and that really made it feel like everything I worked for came full circle. Being able to line up with the best in the world was incredibly humbling (and yes, I was star struck too). It was one of the hardest races I’ve ever done and look forward to going back for more in 2014!

Also, I really enjoyed going out to Las Vegas this year to race USA Crit Series Finals at Interbike. A friend convinced me to go out with her and then only after I signed up told me that the race is like Thunderdome from Mad Max…and it was. I had never raced in the dark. Had too much air in my tires. Escaped multiple crashes. And walked away with a top 10 and all my skin intact. That was a pretty big win for me and a blast getting to meet so many amazing people in our industry.

WCA: What challenges have you faced in cycling?

Jacqueline: Moving from the east coast to the west coast. Trying to find new places to train in unfamiliar territories is tough when you have to do a 5 hr ride and you don’t know which way is up or down. Being put in a new area and [...]

6 02, 2014

Women from the Pro Peloton to lead the WCA “JoinTheRide Tour” in Calabasas, CA

By |February 6th, 2014|News, Press Release, Road|1 Comment|

Calabasas, CA – For Release February 6, 2014 – Cycling enthusiasts will have another opportunity to ride with women from the Pro Peloton when the Women’s Cycling Association (WCA) continues its “JoinTheRide Tour” on Sunday, March 2nd at The Pedaler’s Fork located at 23504 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, CA. The Amgen Tour of California Street Team will also be on hand with prizes and giveaways, as the Amgen Tour of California has just added a second day of women’s cycling competition to the 2014 race. The group ride is open to both women and men, and riders of all levels. A catered lunch is included with the registration fee. Fans can register by clicking here.

WCA Board President, Robin Farina, as well as WCA board members Alison Tetrick (TWENTY16) and Olivia Dillon (Colavita/Fine Cooking) will lead the ride along with other pro women cyclists including Amber Gaffney (Twenty16) and Tayler Wiles (Specialized-Lululemon). The Ritte Women’s Cycling team will co-host the event with the WCA. 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 a 27-mile and a 41-mile option as well a short beginner level ride. Participants can register for the ride at: https://womenscyclingassociation.com/jointheride-tour-socal-ride-registration.

The WCA would like to thank the generous sponsors of the event including: Pedaler’s Fork, Golden Saddle Cyclery, Incycle, Mission Workshop, Ritte Women’s Cycling Team, Giro, Chris King, Osmo Nutrition, and Nick Kova Photography.

This ride is the latest event hosted by the WCA. Since the launch in August, the WCA is gaining momentum and support. In just a few short months, the WCA has been formally introduced to USA Cycling, Race Promoters and Team [...]

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