Building off a successful inaugural season, the ValueAct Capital Professional Women's Cycling Team will add talent to its 2008 roster with new riders Nicole Evans, Leah Goldstein, Marni Hambleton, Lara Kroepsch and Chrissy Ruiter to join the current line-up. The team aims to be among the best in the US.
"Last year, we had a young, spirited team that really proved they had the ability to succeed. Katie Mactier's wealth of experience really contributed to making this team gel," said Director, Lisa Hunt. "I wanted to build on that momentum, by adding more top stage race and single day race talent. It's a great group of riders!"
Three-time Mt. Hood Cycling Classic winner, Leah Goldstein will add firepower to the team's GC abilities at major stage races. Goldstein, the current Israeli National Road Race and Time Trial Champion who resides in British Columbia, excels in tough, hilly races and has a wealth of experience racing in Europe as well.
American Lara Kroepsch, who rode for TEAm Lipton for the past two years, will bring her sprinting strength as well as solid stage race experience. Kroepsch is a two-time Collegiate National Criterium Champion, with numerous podium spots in major NRC races.
Katie Mactier, who has already garnered two gold medals in the individual pursuit at the Sydney and Beijing World Cup Track events in recent months, will be racing with the squad, beginning in May. "I'm super excited to be hooking up with the girls again for another US road season. This year we are a bigger team and hungry to make our mark," said Mactier.
The team will be contesting a full NRC schedule for 2008, kicking off the season with the Santa Rosa Women's Grand Prix on February 18. Prior to that, the team will hold their training camp in Healdsburg, California, the week of February 11th.
ValueAct Capital Cycling Team for 2008: Sharon Allpress, Hannah Banks, Courtenay Brown, Nicole Evans, Leah Goldstein, Marni Hambleton, Lara Kroepsch, Katie Mactier, Martina Patella, Chrissy Ruiter, and Taitt Sato.