Women’s Cycling Association (WCA) Expands Board of Directors to Include Current and Former Top U.S. and International Women Pro Cyclists – Emma Pooley, Iris Slappendel, Lea Davidson, Dotsie Bausch, Inga Thompson, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, Marion Clignet, Kathryn Bertine, Georgia Gould, and Jill Gass

 Winston-Salem, NC – For Release December 17, 2014 – As part of its new strategic growth plan, the Women’s Cycling Association (WCA) is expanding its Board of Directors to include current and former top U.S. and International Pro Women Cyclists to advance Women’s Professional Cycling Worldwide. New WCA Board Members include Great Britain’s 2008 Olympic Time Trial Silver Medalist, Emma Pooley; 2014 Dutch National Road Race Champion, Iris Slappendel; 2012 Olympian and Silver Medalist, 7x U.S. National Champion and a 2x Pan American Gold Medal winner, Dotsie Bausch; 2012 Mountain Bike Cross-Country Bronze Medalist and 4x U.S. National Champion, Georgia Gould; Olympian and 2009 German National Road Cycling Champion, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg; Olympian and winner of 10 US National Championships, Inga Thompson; 1996 Olympic Silver Medalist, World Champion, and French Road and Track Champion, Marion Clignet; 2013 Caribbean Champion (time trial), 3x St. Kitts and Nevis Road and Time Trial National Champion, Kathryn Bertine; Olympian and current U.S. National Mtn Bike Champion, Lea Davidson; and USAC Certified Expert Level Coach and multiple Master’s State Champion in all disciplines, Jill Gass.

“The WCA is on the verge of something obviously unprecedented in cycling and following in the footsteps of the great women’s leaders of our time for equality in sport”, said Dotsie Bausch.  “I look forward to being able to speak out loud and clear on the WCA mission and the opportunity to bring the WCA forward for the public to see and understand its power and mission.”

The WCA was created in June, 2013 by a strong group of women from the professional peloton who put their team allegiances behind them and joined forces to propel the sport of women’s cycling forward. The board expansion is part of the WCA’s new global strategic plan to achieve equity in women’s pro cycling, so that young girls and women all over the world, who aspire to be professional cyclists, have the prospect of an exciting career path with recognition, fiscal security and advancement opportunities. New WCA Board members join co-founders and current board members – 2011 U.S. National Road Race Champion and WCA CEO, Robin Farina; Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies Cyclists, Janel Holcomb and Alison Tetrick and TWENTY16 Pro Cyclist, Lauren Komanski. “The firepower and international diversity that the WCA is adding to its organization will ensure that women’s cycling will have a united voice and a plan for action to make positive improvements for the future of our sport”, stated WCA CEO, Robin Farina.

WCA Founding Board of Directors presented the proposed strategic plan, organization governance structure, and slate of Board of Director nominees to the membership for its approval at the WCA’s first annual meeting, held via webinar, on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. Last year, the WCA was incorporated in the USA by a group of USA female cyclists acting as founding Board members. The new strategic plan calls for a diverse and internationally representative Board elected by the membership. Two other key initiatives being advanced for 2015 are performing due diligence on the establishment of one or more WCA Tours that would enhance the visibility and purses available to female cyclists, and establishing a new sister 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that will be a vehicle for tax deductible contributions and a fundraising arm for the organization.

membershipimageWCA Kicks Off “Refer a Friend” Membership Drive

The WCA is kicking off their “Refer a Friend” membership drive this week. Current WCA members who “Refer A Friend” to join the WCA will receive a free WCA T-shirt (limit one shirt/current WCA Member). Anyone who supports women’s cycling, and wants to see its advancement, can join or be a supporter of the WCA movement. Supporters of the WCA can purchase both individual and/or corporate memberships by visiting the WCA website at www.womenscyclingassociation.com. The WCA offers two individual membership levels including a “Licensed Female” and “Supporter” member at $35 each. In order to purchase a “Licensed Female” Membership, a female must have held or currently hold a cycling license from their governing body and be in good standing with that governing body. Both women and men who are interested in supporting the WCA can join at the “Supporter” level. Information on the corporate memberships is available at www.womenscyclingassociation.com.

A goal of the WCA is to have all licensed professional female cyclists in all cycling disciplines as WCA members as well as to increase the number of members and countries represented in all non-professional membership categories.  The ability of the organization to advance women’s professional cycling will be dependent on whether the organization is truly representative.

The WCA is a coalition of cyclists, across the globe, which supports the advancement and success of Women’s Cycling on both sporting and business levels. The WCA continues to work with cycling industry companies and other organizations, worldwide, as well as media to grow the sport of cycling and ensure sustainability in women’s cycling for the future. Check out our first year highlights at:  http://womenscyclingassociation.com/news/wca-milestones/. For more information and to join the WCA, log onto https://womenscyclingassociation.com/, follow the WCA on twitter @wca_tweet, or “like” the organization on Facebook at – Women’s Cycling Association.

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 Contact: Donna Feazell: Grunduski Group – 404-290-1929, donna@grunduskigroup.com

Robin Farina, WCA President – 828-719-1494, robin@womenscyclingassociation.org

Terri Grunduski: Grunduski Group – 404-226-7497, terri@grunduskigroup.com