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Women’s Prestige Cycling Series Announced

The ’s Prestige Cycling Series will crown a new champion in 2012, and the resurgence of ’s cycling means at least 11 teams will provide fierce competition.

Last year’s individual title winner, Erinne Willock () is taking a year off from ’s pro cycling to have a baby.  This year’s favorite could be among a long list, including (Exergy-Twenty12) and Janel Holcomb (Optum Pro Cycling).

“I am looking forward to bringing a strong Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly benefit Systems team to all 3 events in the series,” said Optum Pro Cycling manager Rachel Heal, “the team has great all around strength, with general classification riders Janel Holcomb and , and two proven sprinters in and Leah Kirchmann.”

Optum Pro Cycling p/b is a favorite to win the team classification along with /lululemon, TIBCO/To the Top, and .  The Prestige Series Best Sprinter title may also be up for grabs between former teammates: Optum’s Kirchmann and Exergy’s Heather Logan-Sprenger.  The Best Young Rider could be between Primal MapMyRide’s Kasey Clark and Optum’s Denise Ramsden.

The Series is the only national-level cycling competition solely produced for by and dates back the 2003 ’s Cycling Summit Conference – held at the Nature Valley Grand Prix.

“The ’s teams asked us to create a focused series that would allow teams to compete on level playing field that didn’t depend on team size or budget”, said David LaPorte, director of the .  “The ’s Prestige Cycling Series rolled out the next year to promote ’s racing by providing them with a spotlight that they didn’t have to share with the men.”

The series includes:
March 22-25: Redands Bicycle Classic
June 13-17:
July 17-22:

The ’s Prestige Cycling Series is open only to teams, but individual riders can either form a team or join one that will be participating. For more information and rules, visit www.WomenCyclists.com. Deadline for teams to submit their original rosters and be eligible to compete in the Series’ first event is March 21, 2012.

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