23 year-old Megan Esmonde has become the Colavita/Cooking Light Women's World-Class Cycling Team's latest recruit. Esmonde, who started cycling through triathlons, is now a full time cyclist. She finished eighth at the U.S. Espoir National Road Championships in 2003 and won the U.S. U23 Criterium Nationals in 2004. She also placed second at the Florida State Criterium Championships. "I would not trade anything for what I am doing," Esmonde commented on her new appointment.
"Megan will be a great asset to the team this season," said team manager John Alsedek. "Her passion for the sport and her enthusiasm for competition will contribute a lot to the team."
Colavita/Cooking Light, which also includes Sue Palmer-Komar, Dotsie Cowden, Kim Anderson, Ashley Kimmet, Michelle Beltran and Rebecca Larson, will commence its training camp in February in Gainesville, Fla., in preparation for its first race of the season, the Redlands Classic beginning March 31 in Redlands, Ca.