The US Women's Cycling Development Program (USWCDP), in partnership with bike manufacturer Giant for Women, has handed out two more of its scholarship bikes to promising American youngster Alicia Pastore. The rider from Durango, Colorado has been competing in road and mountain bike events in the junior expert division and was also a top nordic skier competing at the Junior Olympics.
Michael Engleman, director of the USWCDP, had this to say about the recent scholarship: "As the USWCDP network has grown we have seen the value in not just finding young talent and helping to develop their athletic potential, but also to promote the stories of these women in all their endeavours. These athletes will stand on a lot of podiums and they will have all sorts of company logos on their jerseys when they do but they will also run companies and contribute to the success of many a cause.
"Alicia and the rest of the Pastore family is a perfect example of the sort of team it takes to create valuable citizens of the world as well as world class athletes."
The relationship between the program and Giant for Women is something the two are looking to develop even further for future riders. "Giant for Women is thrilled to be able to support and partner with the USWCDP," said the company's manager Tiffany Brown. "Both of our programs are about giving women more opportunities, education, and assistance, whether they are just starting to ride, or like Alicia, developing into world-class riders. We are looking forward to helping develop a whole new generation of racers."
For more information on the USWCDP visit www.uswcdp.org