Nationally renowned criterium specialist Laura Van Gilder will join the cyclo-cross scene this fall by joining the C3-Sollay.com 'cross team. Van Gilder has been a mainstay on the elite women's national road and criterium circuit for years with her explosive sprinting and aggressive racing style - both skills that team Director Kris Auer believes will help Van Gilder quickly adapt to the 'cross discipline.
Joining her on the squad will be Michael Gallagher, a multiple time US Armed Services National Champion racing with the elite men. Gallagher finished third in the MABRA elite series and looks for bigger results in 2008.
The team will compete up and down the East Coast of the US, racing in the USGPs, the MAC and MABRA Series and targeting US Nationals in December. It will also promote the Charm City 'cross race, which last year drew 400 racers.
C-3 Sollay.com for 2008-9
Elite Men: Wes Schempf, Michael Gallagher, Andy Wulfkuhle, Ethan Townsend, Eric Linder, Zach Adams (U-23)
Elite Women: Laura Van Gilder, Diane Grim, Heidi Von Teitenberg, Beth Mason, Elizabeth Harlow, Amy Breyla
Elite Masters: Kris Auer, Jeff Cordisco, Chris Nystrom, Michael Kolb
Juniors: Sam O'Keefe
Killer B's: Kat Wulfkuhle, Diane Vettori, Miles Smith, Norman Brach, Jon Hostetter, Marc Vettori, Rich Bilson, Doron Petersan, Scott Olson, Johnny "Anger" May, Christina Briseno, Pete Kennedy