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Gallery: BMW-Happy Tooth train in California

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The girls hoping they get to take a test drive at the local BMW dealer.

The girls hoping they get to take a test drive at the local BMW dealer.
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Blue comes in as the bike sponsor for the new BMW presented by Happy Tooth womens team.

Blue comes in as the bike sponsor for the new BMW presented by Happy Tooth womens team.
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Riders turn to drivers at team sponsor Amain.coms RC race track.

Riders turn to drivers at team sponsor Amain.coms RC race track.
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The team gathers for a group ride outside of Niello BMW.

The team gathers for a group ride outside of Niello BMW.
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The girls hoping they get to take a test drive at the local BMW dealer.

The girls hoping they get to take a test drive at the local BMW dealer.
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The team on display during the presentation in Sacramento.

The team on display during the presentation in Sacramento.
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Liza Rachetto comes up one of the steep Chico climbs.

Liza Rachetto comes up one of the steep Chico climbs.
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Riders sprint for a sign during this mornings leadout training.

Riders sprint for a sign during this mornings leadout training.
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Robin Farina works on leadout training for the new group.

Robin Farina works on leadout training for the new group.
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Elle Anderson and Rhae Shaw show how well the new team is getting along with each other.

Elle Anderson and Rhae Shaw show how well the new team is getting along with each other.
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Fast Forward brings its European wheel heritage to the new team.

Fast Forward brings its European wheel heritage to the new team.
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Pace line training for today's ride.

Pace line training for today's ride.
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The team rolls through the Chico countryside.

The team rolls through the Chico countryside.
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The girls gather before heading out for the day.

The girls gather before heading out for the day.
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Korina Huizar ready to go for the morning ride.

Korina Huizar ready to go for the morning ride.
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BMW provides the shine new team car.

BMW provides the shine new team car.
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SRAM components along with Ritchey bar and stem make up the cockpit.

SRAM components along with Ritchey bar and stem make up the cockpit.
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Elle Anderson takes a break from racing cross to spend some time on the road.

Elle Anderson takes a break from racing cross to spend some time on the road.
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The inaugural BMW p/b Happy Tooth UCI women's team wrapped up its first-ever training camp in California last week with plenty of base mile training, equipment testing and bonding time.

Under the guidance of director Jono Coulter, the team is looking forward to the new season, and with 11 riders from four different countries, preseason training and bonding is hugely important. The team benefits from the combined experience of veteran racers Robin Farina and Liza Rachetto, who played a mentor role at team camp for the younger riders.

“My personal goals for this year will always be to provide positive leadership and mentorship for the team while giving 110 percent at each race,” Farina said. “Being opportunistic always leads to either team results and my goal will be to be on the top step of the podium for our team and sponsors.

“This year's 2015 BMW p/b Happy Tooth is a breath of fresh air for me,” she continued. “Being in the peloton for a while now, it's exciting and motivating to be racing with a team of riders that are eager to win races and be part of a phenomenal team effort to transform women's cycling for the better.”

Canadian Shoshauna Routley has big ambitions coming into the 2015 season, and Coulter said she showed that she has the talent to excel at a top level. Routley said the support of a professional women's team is something new to her.

“I think I can say I’m not the only one who feels lucky to have that. It brings the team to another level of cohesion and organization, when compared to the lower level teams,” she said.

With the first of the teams' major objectives occurring in April at the Redlands Bicycle Classic and the Charlotte Criterium, Coulter believes the team will take women’s cycling by surprise in 2015.

“In previous years of directing I have always had riders who could perform or specialize on a given stage or terrain,” Coulter said. “this year I feel we have multiple options for climbing, sprinting and those really long, hard days that make up the top schedule of races on the calendar. I cannot wait to watch them race together at events like Tour of California.”

After training camp the team traveled to Lake Tahoe to pre-ride the first two stages of the Women’s Tour of California.

The BMW p/b Happy Tooth 2015 Roster: Elle Anderson, Erica Zaveta, Robin Farina, Miranda Griffths, Korina Huizar, Michelle Khare, Liza Rachetto, Megan Rathwell, Shoshauna Routley, Rhae Shaw, Jessy Uebelhart