Jack Seehafer has been named Director Sportif of the Colavita/Sutter Home Womens Cycling Team for the 2008 season. Seehafer, who has over 15 years experience in road and BMX racing, most recently led Team Einsteins Cycling development program.
"Were pleased to welcome this latest addition to the Colavita/Sutter Home family," said John A. Profaci, Vice President of co-title sponsor Colavita USA. "Jack came highly recommended to us from within cycling where hes recognized for building team environments that encourage athletes to achieve their personal bests."
Seehafers first initiative as Director Sportif has been developing a joint training program for the Colavita/Sutter Home Mens and Womens Cycling Teams. The squads will gather at Yosemite National Park from March 3-7 for four days of training, team-building workshops, and orientation to the new equipment they will be using throughout the season.
"Im thrilled to join the Colavita/Sutter Home squad," said Seehafer. "Ive been cheering for five-time U.S. National Champion Tina Pic ever since she and my wife [Kori Kelly Seehafer] raced together for Genesis Scuba. I look forward to working with Tina as she aims for her 6th national championship title. With the powerhouse trio of returning cyclists Dotsie Bausch, Alison Powers, and Iona Wynter-Parks and the new talent that weve signed, I expect this will be the best season ever for the Colavita/Sutter Home Womens Cycling Team."
At Yosemite, the Colavita/Sutter Home squads will have the opportunity to train with the new Jamis Xenith SL road bikes, supplied by bike sponsor Jamis Bicycles. "Weve re-engineered the Xenith SL for the 2008 season to reduce frame weight by as much as 10%, with some dipping under the 850g mark," said Jamis CEO and President Carine Joannou. "The Colavita/Sutter Home cyclists will also be the first pros to race with our innovative Xenith T2 time trial bikes, which feature a revolutionary fork design to shield and shroud the front brake caliper for maximum speed."
Colavita/Sutter Home Women's team: Dotsie Bausch (USA), Tiffany Cromwell (AUS), Andrea Dvorak (USA), Shontell Gauthier (USA), Kristin McGrath (USA), Tina Pic (USA), Alison Powers (USA), Nichole Wangsgard (USA), Mackenzie Woodring (USA) and Iona Wynter-Parks (JAM).