Team Kenda Rider Gears Up After Injury

Team Kenda Rider Gears Up After Injury

Podium picture taken at Baker Orchard Cyclocross race on October 15th (from left) Anne Grabowski, (center) Niki Soderberg - race winner. Photo Credit: Dan Soderberg

Nicole “Niki” Soderberg is a member of Team Kenda p/b Geargrinder and races locally with the Midwest regional women. She is also a senior and collegiate rider at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire majoring in nursing.

In 2010, she missed the entire Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference road season because she broke her collar bone during summer, and then had surgery in December in which doctors inserted a rod to repair her broken bone.

Niki is now on the mend and using cyclocross to regain her racing strength and rhythm.  She hopes to reach the podium by the final race in the Minnesota Laser Cup Cyclocross Series which consists of 4 races in which riders earn points based on their placement among the field and all races count toward winning the series. Upcoming races include

  • CrossNight – Sunday, October 30
  • NSC Velodrome Cyclocross – Saturday, November 5
  • *GP Zac Daab Cyclocross – Sunday, November 20

Niki had ownership of first place in the women category 3; however, recently lost it to her teammate Anne Grabowski.

Thus far she has competed in 11 races of the Minnesota Cycling Federation and won three of them.  She desires to win both the Minnesota Laser Cup Cyclocross Series and the Minnesota Rider of Year (MNROY) honors.

Niki’s cyclocross overall goal is to compete in the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships scheduled for January 4 to 8, 2012 in Madison, WI.

Her desire is to enter the 2012 collegiate racing season strong and ready to face her opponents.

Headsweats wishes Niki and all members of Team Kenda the best of luck in their upcoming races!

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