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Neben, HTC-Highroad Lead Women’s Prestige Cycling Series

April 18, 2011

strong>Minneapolis – Amber Neben and her HTC-Highroad team sit atop the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series standings after the first event, the Redlands Bicycle Classic.

Neben’s overall victory at the four-day USA Cycling National Racing Calendar event in California puts her ahead of Erinne Willock (Team TIBCO/To The Top) and fellow HTC-Highroad teammate Evelyn Stevens in the individual standings of the only national bicycle racing series exclusively showcasing the country’s top female cycling talent.

“It is always a positive thing to be wearing a leader’s jersey, and I am excited to have it,” Neben said. “It is even better that the team is in the first position, since they were instrumental in helping me get into it.”

On the strength of Neben’s overall victory and Stevens’ strong performance at Redlands, HTC-Highroad leads the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series team standings ahead of Team TIBCO/To The Top and Colavita Forno D’Asolo. Last year’s team winner, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12, is fifth.

In the Best Sprinter competition, Rouse Bicycles riders Christina Smith and Robin Farina hold down the top two spots, respectively. Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita Forno D’Asolo) is third. Like the Individual and Best Young Rider leaders, Smith will wear a special Women’s Prestige Cycling Series jersey (produced by Champion System) at the next WPCS event.

Leading the Best Young Rider competition is former Canadian junior national road champion Denise Ramsden (Juvederm-Specialized-Mazda). Her team is a merger of the long-running Specialized-Mazda-Samson Groupe Conseil women’s team from Montreal and last year’s Team Nanoblur-Gears formation out of Toronto. The squad is Canada’s only UCI women’s road team.

Denise Ramsden (Team Juvederm-Specialized-Mazda) dons the Women's Prestige Cycling Series Best Young Rider jersey after the Redlands Bicycle Classic. (photo courtesy of Kristin Frith)

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The Redlands Classic was the first stop on the 2011 edition of the Women's Prestige Cycling Series. The other three races are the SRAM Tour of the Gila (April 27-May 1), Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota (June 15-19) and the Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic (July 19-24) in Oregon.

For more information about the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series, visit the official website, www.WomenCyclists.com.

INDIVIDUAL CLASSIFICATION
1. Amber Neben, HTC-Highroad, 220.
2. Erinne Willock, Team TIBCO/To The Top, 165.
3. Evelyn Stevens, HTC-Highroad, 132.
4. Carmen Small, Team TIBCO/To The Top, 121.
5. Andrea Dvorak, Colavita Forno D’Asolo, 110.

SPRINT CLASSIFICATION
1. Christina Smith, Rouse Bicycles, 220
2. Robin Farina, Rouse Bicycles, 165.
3. Theresa Cliff-Ryan, Colavita Forno D’Asolo, 132.
4. Chloe Hosking, HTC-Highroad, 121.
5. Catherine Cheatley, Colavita Forno D’Asolo, 110.

BEST YOUNG RIDER CLASSIFICATION
1. Denise Ramsden, Team Juvederm-Specialized-Mazda, 220.
2. Amanda Miller, HTC-Highroad, 165.
3. Mara Abbott, SC Velo-Empower Coaching, 132.
4. Lindsay Myers, Danbury Audi, 121.
5. Lex Albrecht, Team Juvederm-Specialized-Mazda, 110.

BEST TEAM CLASSIFICATION
1. HTC-Highroad, 504.
2. Team TIBCO/To The Top, 324.
3. Colavita Forno D’Asolo, 296.
4. Team Juvederm-Specialized-Mazda, 227.
5. Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12, 128.

About the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series

The only only national-level competition produced by women for women features four races in its eighth year. Its origin can be traced back to a discussion at the 2003 Women’s Cycling Summit Conference, held at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. Since then, more than 30 teams have participated in some of the United States’ top races from coast to coast. The four events on the 2011 schedule are: Redlands Bicycle Classic in California (March 31-April 3), SRAM Tour of the Gila (April 27-May 1), Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota (June 15-19) and the Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic (July 19-24) in Oregon.

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Tradition-Rich Women’s Prestige Cycling Series Returns For Eighth Year

March 1, 2011

Minneapolis — The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series opens team registration for its eighth season as strong as ever, with all four stage races returning from 2010.

The Series is the only national-level cycling competition solely produced for women, by women. Its origin can be traced back to a discussion at the 2003 Women’s Cycling Summit Conference, held at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. Since then, more than 30 teams have participated in some of the United States’ top races from coast to coast.

“We set out to create a focused series that women’s teams could build their seasons around,” said Women’s Prestige Cycling Series co-founder Giana Roberge, who will be directing Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 this year. “The National Racing Calendar just had too many events and had became a competition about who had the biggest travel budget. We wanted a series all women’s teams could equally take ownership of while leveling the playing field.”

The Series begins with the Redlands Bicycle Classic in California (March 30-April 3), travels to New Mexico for the SRAM Tour of the Gila (April 27-May 1), continues with the Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota (June 15-19) and wraps up with the Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic (July 19-24) in Oregon.

Team TIBCO To The Top Manager/Directeur Sportif Lisa Hunt said the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series adds a great deal of prominence and attention to women’s cycling.

“Having a women’s-only series does a great deal to enhance the sport, and get it out a bit from the shadow of the men’s side of the sport,” Hunt said. “I think you can see that effect in the improvement in quality of the racing here in the U.S. Just look at the recent success of U.S. women on the road in some of the biggest races internationally and you can see how the WPCS has contributed to that growth in talent, and in the talent pool.”

All four races are part of USA Cycling’s National Racing Calendar (NRC). The Nature Valley Grand Prix has been a part of every Women’s Prestige Cycling Series while the Redlands Classic is in the line-up for the seventh time in eight years. The Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic has been part of the past three Series, while the SRAM Tour of the Gila returns for the second straight year.

The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series is open only to teams, but individual riders can either form a team or join one that will be participating. For more information and rules, visit www.WomenCyclists.com. Deadline for teams to submit their original rosters and be eligible to compete in the Series’ first event is March 29.

Four separate competitions comprise the Series: top overall individual, best young rider, best sprinter and top team. Special jerseys, provided by custom clothing manufacturer Champion System, will identify the leaders in the first three classifications.

Defending champions of the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series are Mara Abbott (top individual and best young rider) and Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12 (best team). The late Carla Swart won the best sprinter competition last year.

Additional information for the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series can be obtained by sending an e-mail to wpcs2011@gmail.com.

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Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 Misses Clean Sweep of Women’s Prestige Cycling Series

August 11, 2010

Minneapolis (Aug. 11, 2010) – Coming into the last event for the 2010 Women’s Prestige Cycling Series, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 held all of the jerseys and the team classification. However, they let the sprinter’s jersey slip from their grasp, just missing the clean sweep.

U.S. national road champion Mara Abbott won both the individual title and the best young rider category. Abbott pulled away from individual runner-up Alison Powers (Team Vera Bradley Foundation) by winning the final event of the four-race series. In the Best Young Rider (under 26) standings, Abbott easily out-distanced Amanda Miller (TIBCO/To the Top Pro Cycling Team). Abbott will turn 27 next year, making 2010 her last year of Best Young Rider eligibility.

Mara Abbott shows off her best young rider jersey, to go along with the top individual honor of the Women's Prestige Cycling Series. (Jonathan Devich/Epic Images)

In the team standings, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 took the lead after the first Women’s Prestige Cycling Series race and never relinquished it. Colavita/Baci presented by Cooking Light finished second.

Women’s Prestige Cycling Series co-founder David LaPorte, who also directs the Nature Valley Grand Prix, said Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 showed an incredible depth of talent.

“They have so many strong riders that you never know who to watch,” LaPorte said. “It’s fascinating for the fans, but must be very frustrating for the other teams. They can’t mark all of the potential threats.”

In the sprint classification, Carla Swart (Team Vera Bradley Foundation) vaulted from fifth to first to keep Shelley Evans and Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 from earning a clean sweep of the Series. Swart is a multi-time collegiate national champion from South Africa who is a 2008 alumna of the Nature Valley Grand Prix’s Collegiate All Stars team.

Swart’s team director, Lisa Hunt, said she was thrilled that her rider was able to show off her sprinting ability.

“When she won the sprint jersey after the criterium at Cascade, the team’s goal was to keep her in the jersey and win the overall,” Hunt said. “It demonstrates her strong sense of commitment, coupled with the fantastic support of her teammates.”

The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series is the only national bicycle racing series solely showcasing the country’s top female cycling talent. Its four events in 2010 were the Redlands Bicycle Classic in California, the SRAM Tour of the Gila in New Mexico, the Nature Valley Grand Prix in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin and the Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic.

For more information about the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series, visit the official website, www.WomenCyclists.com, or send an e-mail to: wpcs2010@womencyclists.com.

INDIVIDUAL CLASSIFICATION

1. Mara Abbott, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 580.
2. Alison Powers, Team Vera Bradley Foundation – 440.
3. Catherine Cheatley, Colavita/Baci presented by Cooking Light – 396.
4. Erinne Willock, Webcor Builders – 378.
5. Meredith Miller, TIBCO/To the Top Pro Cycling Team – 300.

BEST YOUNG RIDER (UNDER 26) CLASSIFICATION

1. Mara Abbott, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 825.
2. Amanda Miller, TIBCO/To the Top Pro Cycling Team – 451.
3. Carla Swart, Team Vera Bradley Foundation – 385.
4. Joelle Numainville, Webcor Builders – 363.
5. Rebecca Much, TIBCO/To the Top Pro Cycling Team – 356.

SPRINT CLASSIFICATION

1. Carla Swart, Team Vera Bradley Foundation – 418.
2. Shelley Evans, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 385.
3. Carmen Small, Colavita/Baci p/b Cooking Light – 289.
4. Brooke Miller, TIBCO/To the Top Pro Cycling Team – 286.
5. Joelle Numainville, Webcor Builders – 275.

TEAM CLASSIFICATION

1. Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 1,687.
2. Colavita/Baci presented by Cooking Light – 1,106.
3. Team Vera Bradley Foundation – 1,022.
4. TIBCO/To the Top Pro Cycling Team – 815.
5. Webcor Builders – 778.

About the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series

The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series was created following input at the 2003 Women’s Cycling Summit Conference, hosted at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. The inaugural edition of the Series was held the following year. The goal of the Series is to promote women’s racing by giving them a spotlight that they do not have to share with men. The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series is considered the heir apparent to the HP International Women’s Challenge, a fabled women’s stage race that ended its 19-year run in 2003.

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Teutenberg Leads Two Categories Of Women’s Prestige Cycling Series

April 9, 2010

Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (HTC-Columbia) receives the Women's Prestige Cycling Series individual leader's jersey at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. (Photo courtesty of Redlands Bicycle Classic)

Minneapolis – Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Individual and Sprinter), Mara Abbott (Best Young Rider) and Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 (Team) lead the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series following the first of four events on the 2010 schedule.

Teutenberg (HTC-Columbia) has a 220-165 point advantage over Katharine Carroll (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12) in the individual standings after winning the four-day stage race March 25-28 in Southern California. In the Sprint competition, Teutenberg leads Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12) and Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Colavita/Baci presented by Cooking Light).

“It’s really nice to hold the lead in the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series,” Teutenberg said. “The series has really taken off over the last few years. It is exactly what women’s cycling needs and it’s evident in the number of starters who line up in Redlands and continue on to the Nature Valley Grand Prix and the Cascade Classic. This year, the Tour of the Gila is in the series, which is another of my favorite races.”

INDIVIDUAL CLASSIFICATION

1. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, HTC-Columbia – 220.
2. Katharine Carroll, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 165.
3. Alexis Rhodes, Team Vera Bradley Foundation – 132.
4. Amber Neben, Dare to Be-BMW-Bianchi – 121.
5. Evelyn Stevens, HTC-Columbia – 110.

SPRINT CLASSICATION

1. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, HTC-Columbia – 220.
2. Coryn Rivera, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 165.
3. Theresa Cliff-Ryan, Colavita/Baci p/b Cooking Light – 132.
4. Brooke Miller, Team TIBCO/To the Top Pro Cycling Team – 121.
5. Kristen LaSasso, TIBCO/To the Top Pro Cycling Team – 110.

In the Best Young Rider (Under 26) competition, Abbott (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12) has the same point margin over Rebecca Much (Team TIBCO/To the Top Pro Cycling Team). Abbott, 25, finished sixth overall at Redlands. “I think it is wonderful that these events choose to highlight the women’s competitions,” she said. “All of them are well run, enjoyable races and I am proud to be able to be a representative of their efforts to support my sport.”

BEST YOUNG RIDER (UNDER 26) CLASSIFICATION

1. Mara Abbott, Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 220.
2. Rebecca Much, TIBCO/To the Top Pro Cycling Team – 165.
3. Joelle Numainville, Webcor Builders – 132.
4. Amanda Miller, Team TIBCO/To the Top Pro Cycling Team – 121.
5. Denise Ramsden, Specialized Mazda Samson – 110.

In the team standings, Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12 has a slim, 14-point lead over HTC-Columbia on the strength of Abbott and Rivera, whose point totals are doubled by being in the Best Young Rider category. Team Vera Bradley Foundation, winner of the team classification at Redlands, is third.

TEAM CLASSIFICATION

1. Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 – 383.
2. HTC-Columbia – 369.
3. Team Vera Bradley Foundation – 296.
4. Team TIBCO/To the Top Pro Cycling Team – 224.
5. Webcor Builders – 125.

The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series is the only national bicycle racing series solely showcasing the country’s top female cycling talent in four events across the country. The second event is the SRAM Tour of the Gila in New Mexico (April 28-May 2) followed by the Nature Valley Grand Prix (June 16-20), then wrapping up at the Cascade Classic (July 20-25).

For more information about the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series, visit the official website, www.WomenCyclists.com.

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Women’s Prestige Cycling Series Opens At Redlands Bicycle Classic

March 25, 2010
(Minneapolis, March 23, 2010)  – The seventh edition of the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series gets underway this week when the Redlands Bicycle Classic begins Thursday in Redlands, Calif.

Defending Women’s Prestige Cycling Series individual champion Alison Powers (Team Vera Bradley Foundation) will be a starter at Redlands, as will 2007 Series champion Mara Abbott (Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12), last year’s runner-up and Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12 teammate of Abbott, Katharine Carroll, and Katheryn Mattis (Webcor Builders), who was third in the standings last year. Also on the start list for Redlands is past national road champion and 2008 world time trial champion Amber Neben, who will guest ride for the BMW-Bianchi squad.

The retirement of national criterium champion Tina Pic means there will be a new champion in the Sprint competition. Chasing the red jersey are some of the riders who finished in the top five last year, including Joanne Kiesanowski (Team TIBCO/To The Top Pro Cycling), Gina Grain (Webcor Builders) and Powers.

Returning to defend her Best Young Rider jersey is Rebecca Much (Team TIBCO/To The Top Pro Cycling). Abbott, who claimed this title in addition to the overall crown in 2007, will also contend for the white jersey in her final year of eligibility in the competition that rewards riders whose racing age is 25 or younger.

Traditionally, the teams vying for the Series team classification are among the top squads in the nation. This year shapes up to follow that pattern, with defending Women’s Prestige Cycling Series champion Team TIBCO/To The Top Pro Cycling returning, along with Powers’s Team Vera Bradley Foundation and the well-rounded Webcor Builders and Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY12 squads.

“With all the roster changes in the off-season, the only thing that’s certain is that the competition this year will definitely be fierce,” Women’s Prestige Cycling Series co-founder David LaPorte said. “Like last year, I expect several of the classifications will not be decided until the final event.”

Four events in four different states comprise the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series. The other three are: SRAM Tour of the Gila, April 28-May 2 (New Mexico), Nature Valley Grand Prix, June 16-20  (Minnesota) and Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic, July 20-25 (Oregon). The Series awards the top overall individual, best young rider, best sprinter and top team. Clothing manufacturer Champion System provides special jerseys to identify the leaders in the individual classifications.

For more information about the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series, visit the official website, www.WomenCyclists.com, or send an e-mail to: wpcs2010@womencyclists.com.

About the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series

The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series was created following input at the 2003 Women’s Cycling Summit Conference, hosted at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. The inaugural edition of the Series was held the following year. The goal of the Series is to promote women’s racing by giving them a spotlight that they do not have to share with men. The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series is considered the heir apparent to the HP International Women’s Challenge, a fabled women’s stage race that ended its 19-year run in 2003.
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Women’s Prestige Cycling Series

May 5, 2009

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Women’s Prestige Cycling Series Releases Resumes at Joe Martin

New series addition is second stop on 2009 tour

Minneapolis – May 4, 2009 – The 2009 Women’s Prestige Cycling Series resumes this week at the Joe Martin Stage Race, a new addition to the Series. At the opener in Redlands, Team Type 1 and Team TIBCO traded blows, each claiming the lead in two of the four competitions. Expect Webcor Builders, a consistent WPCS powerhouse, to put in a strong challenge as well.

The individual competition is still up for grabs since all of the top five women in the standings will be on the startling line. Alison Powers, with the aid of her Team Type 1 teammates, will be trying to protect her narrow lead, but she’ll be chased by former US National champion Katherine Mattis (Webcor Builders), Lauren Tamayo (Team TIBCO), Kristin Sanders (ValueAct Capital) and Meridith Miller (Team TIBCO), in second through fifth, respectively.

The WPCS Sprint Classification is looking to be a battle between Team Type 1 and Team TIBCO. Team Type 1 holds the first and third positions (Kori Seehafer & Powers), while Team TIBCO holds fourth and fifth (Tamayo and Joanne Kiesanowski). Colavita Sutter Home is not currently on the start list, taking second place Tina Pic, a legendary sprinter, out of the picture. Team Type 1 may have to choose between protecting Powers’ lead in the individual competition and Seehafer’s lead as the top sprinter.

Rebecca Much (Webcor Builders) looks good for the Best Young Rider classification. Much currently holds second, but leader Julie Beveridge (Team TIBCO) is not on her team’s roster while Colavita Sutter Homes and Wines of Washington are not attending, taking third place Tiffany Cromwell and fourth place Lindsey Myer out of contention.

In the WPCS team classification, Webcor Builders is trailing leader Team TIBCO by 93 points (294 vs. 201), with Team Type 1 hot on Webcor’s heels with 196 points. However, the WPCS team competition offers bonus points for riders under age 26, giving a possible edge to Webcor Builders and Team Type 1, each of whom is fielding three young riders compared to only one young rider for Team TIBCO. If these young riders do well, it could narrow Team TIBCO’s lead and possibly shake up the team standings.

The 2009 Women’s Prestige Cycling Series began at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Following the Joe Martin Stage race, it will continue at the Nature Valley Grand Prix (June 10 – 14) before concluding at the Cascade Classic (July 22 – 26).

About the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series

The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series began in 2004 with the goal of highlighting women’s racing by giving them a spotlight that they don’t have to share with the men. Organized by the Nature Valley Grand Prix, the Series grew out of meetings that began in Minnesota in 2003 at the first Women’s Cycling Summit Conference hosted by that event.

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