NRC Champion Cath Cheatley Leads Squad at SRAM Tour of the Gila USA Crits Speedweek Series Champion Theresa Cliff-Ryan Aims for Second Consecutive Team Victory
Linden, NJ (April 26, 2011) — The Colavita/Forno D’Asolo Pro Cycling Team presented by Cooking Light will divide this week to conquer the 25th annual SRAM Tour of the Gila in New Mexico and the USA Crits Speedweek Series in the Southeast.
NRC Champion Cath Cheatley will lead the Colavita/Forno D’Asolo squad at the SRAM Tour of the Gila, which begins April 27th and concludes May 1st. Last year, Cheatley finished third overall and won the Gila Monster Road Race, the aptly named final event of the five-stage race. She also took second in the opening stage and shared the podium with teammate Andrea Dvorak in stage two. Dvorak finished fourth in the overall standings.
“Winning is our game plan for Gila,” said Directeur Sportif Rachel Heal. “This is a favorite race for Cath and Andrea and I expect they will deliver outstanding results.”
At the SRAM Tour of the Gila, Cheatley and Dvorak will be joined by Heather Logan-Sprenger, who scored Colavita/Forno D’Asolo’s first win of the season at the San Dimas Stage Race; Janel Holcomb, winner of the Sunny King Criterium earlier this month; Modesta Vzesniauskaite; and Kristin Sanders.
Colavita/Forno D’Asolo will begin its quest for a second straight USA Crits Speedweek Series Championship title with the Terrapin Twilight Criterium in Athens, GA on April 30th. Last year, Theresa Cliff-Ryan sprinted to four victories in the seven-race series, earning her the overall rider championship title. Teammate Rushlee Buchanan captured three wins and was the overall lap leader in the U25 category.
“The Colavita/Forno D’Asolo train will be unstoppable at the USA Crits,” said DS Heal. “In addition to Theresa and Rushlee, we’ll be represented by powerhouse sprinter Kelly Benjamin, Lauren Hall, and Edita Janeliunaite, who joins us from Colavita/Forno D’Asolo’s Euro squad.”
After the Downtown Walterboro Criterium on May 4th, Cliff-Ryan will head to Bogota, Colombia for the UCI Pan American Road and Track Continental Championships. Cliff-Ryan, who won a gold medal in the women’s points race at the 2010 Pan Am Games, is one of four women selected to represent the United States in the road race.
About the Colavita/Forno D’Asolo Pro Cycling Team presented by Cooking Light
The Colavita/Forno D’Asolo Pro Cycling Team combines the American passion for cycling with the sport’s Italian roots. With an all-star roster that includes Road World Champion Giorgia Bronzini and NRC Champion Cath Cheatley, Colavita/Forno D’Asolo is poised for victory in 2011 and beyond. Bookmark www.TeamColavita.com for news and information.
Title sponsor Colavita USA is among the most enduring supporters of US cycling, with over 600 recreational cyclists riding in 14 Team Colavita clubs in more than 20 states across the country. The company’s Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the #1 brand of Italian extra virgin olive oil in the US. Colavita markets a full line of authentic Italian ingredients and is the sole importer and distributor of Perugina food and confectionery products in the US. Visit www.Colavita.com for product information and recipe ideas.
Based in Treviso in the northern Veneto region of Italy, family-owned Forno D’Asolo produces croissants and other frozen baked goods for retail and foodservice distribution. For more information, visit www.fornodasolo.it.
Cooking Light, published by the Time Inc. Lifestyle Group,is the nation’s number one epicurean brand with the largest audience, most epicurean editorial and the most recipes.
The team’s Xenith SL road frames and Xenith T2 time trial bikes are supplied by Jamis Bicycles and equipped with Ritchey Logic wheels, pedals, and “cockpit” components. SRAM supplies drive train and brake parts. Team jerseys and all technical apparel are provided by Giordana; helmets, glasses, and bags are supplied by Rudy Project. Winter training is hosted by Borrego Springs, CA Tourism and Club Circle Resort. Racing-season dining is courtesy of Olive Garden restaurants. Additional support is provided by Perugina and Sutter Home Winery.
Gear and equipment are supplied by AB Promotions, GU Energy, Park Tool, Profile Design, Selle San Marco, Sidi, and Vittoria. Product sponsors include 2XU, Glagla Shoes, Bar Mitts, Headsweats, K-edge, Koki, Paceline Products, Raw Revolution, Thule, and Victory Circle Graphix.