Women’s Prestige Cycling Series Team Champions (WPCS_TeamTIBCO_2014.jpg) Pictured L-R: Holly Matthews, Kristabel Doebel-Hickok, Skylar Schneider, Samantha Schneider Photo Credit: Courtesy Chris Rivera, Women’s Prestige Cycling Series

Women’s Prestige Cycling Series Team Champions (WPCS_TeamTIBCO_2014.jpg)
Pictured L-R: Holly Matthews, Kristabel Doebel-Hickok, Skylar Schneider, Samantha Schneider
Photo Credit: Courtesy Chris Rivera, Women’s Prestige Cycling Series

St. Louis, MO – Lauren Stephens (Team TIBCO/To The Top) captured the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series Individual Competition title while teammate Joanne Kiesanowski repeated her win from last year in the Best Sprinter Competition and Team TIBCO won the Team Competition. Kate Chilcott (Vanderkitten) won the best Young Rider Competition, capturing the most points for a rider under the age of 26.

This year’s results are a repeat of last year for Team TIBCO, with Kiesanowski winning the Best Sprinter jersey, former teammate Claudia Haeusler winning the Individual Title and Team TIBCO winning the Team Competition.

Team TIBCO’s tenacity in the Series paid off. Leah Kirchmann (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies) held all three jerseys while her team led the Team Competition from the first event in the series, the Redlands Cycling Classic. She held her lead through the North Star Grand Prix, lost the Best Sprinter Jersey to Kiesanowski at the Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic, and finally relinquished the Individual Competition and Best Young Rider Competition jerseys at the Staenberg Group Gateway Cup.

“We’re proud of the hard work our team has put in over the season,” said Linda Jackson, founder and General Manager of Team TIBCO/To the Top. “That hard work shows in winning the Team Classification of the Women’s Prestige Series, as well as the NRC Team Overall competition. Lauren (Stephens) has had a phenomenal year, winning Joe Martin, the Cascade Cycling Classic and the NRC Individual Classification, and we’re excited that she added to that by winning the Women’s Prestige Series Individual title.

“Jo (Kiesanowski) is a great all-around rider and sprinter who we know can deliver at the finish, and her winning the WPCS Points competition reflects that. We have a strong team and everyone contributed to these titles. Above all, we appreciate the Women’s Prestige Series as an additional outlet to support and promote women’s cycling.”

The Series offered cash prizes to the winners as well as travel subsidies to all qualifying teams.

“It was a good year for the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series”, said Series organizer and North Star Grand Prix promoter David LaPorte. “TIBCO really brought their ‘A’ game, and the results showed it. I also thought that the Staenberg Group Gateway Cup was a great addition to the Series, which previously had only been stage races. It gave criterium riders a chance to shine.”

This was the 11th year of the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series, a series borne to carve out a fresh spotlight for women in the cycling world.

Events were chosen to showcase a breadth of American Cycling, focusing on races that gave equal emphasis to the women’s race as well as the men’s race. The Staenberg Gateway Cup is representative of the belief in equality of women’s racing, offering equal prize money in the men’s and women’s competitions.

About the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series
The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series, now in its eleventh year, is the only national-level competition produced by women for women. Its goal is to promote women’s cycling by giving them a spotlight that they don’t have to share with the men. The Series origin can be traced back to a discussion at the 2003 Women’s Cycling Summit Conference, held at the Nature Valley Grand Prix (now named the North Star Grand Prix). Since then, more than 30 teams have participated in some of the United States’ top races from coast to coast.

For More Information Contact:
David LaPorte | (651) 398-3235 | DavidCLaPorte@gmail.com
Cynthia Lou | (310) 435-4376 | cynthia@cynthialou.com