The Scott Contessa-sponsored Tough Girl Cycling team spent July racking up their share of podium real estate while making themselves known in Wisconsin, Colorado, and North Carolina.
They started off with two teams at the Wausau, Wisconsin at the 24 hours of 9 Mile for the USA Cycling 24 Hour Mountain Bike National Championships. Janis Sandlin and Amy Robillard completed eight laps each to win the duo women's category and claim the national title. Defending champions in the in the four person team category Lisa Matlock, Jane Rynbrandt, Holly Harveno, and Lynn Bush fought a fierce battle, but came in just short to finish "a respectable second place" according to Tough Girl Team Manager Lynn Bush.
Meanwhile, Sonya Looney finished fourth in the women's pro cross country and third in the hill climb at the Mountain States Cup #5 in Telluride, Colorado. She finished the cross country covered head to toe in mud.
Gravity rider Cathy Cantway logged a third place at the women's dual slalom at the National Mountain Bike Series #6 in Sugar Mountain, despite racing with an injured hand.