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Van Gilder, Schempf and Gallagher high light Cross team

Laura Van Guilder (Cheerwine)

Laura Van Guilder (Cheerwine) (Image credit: Mitch Clinton)

Nationally renowned criterium specialist Laura Van Gilder will join the cyclo-cross scene this fall by joining the '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 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

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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.