While I’m still able to ride after my crash, my racing is on hold for now. But one of the great things about being on a team is that my teammates are always doing some racing somewhere, so I can keep the fires stoked.
I’m a huge fan of my teammates and the NoTubes Women’s Elite Team. I see how hard each of these women work on their racing, their families, their careers and in their community. It impresses the hell out of me. I’m lucky to keep such good company.
This is the fourth year for the NoTubes Women’s Elite team. The idea for the team started like most good ideas do…basking in the afterglow of a sunny bike ride with beer in hand. Shannon Gibson and Mike Bush wanted to form a women’s team, then a cyclocross team. Stan’s had the resources and the best thing going in light wheels and a tire sealant in a class of its own. Shannon had the drive to collect the other sponsors, handle logistics and go to races.
Shannon recalls, “I met Cindy at Vegas , when I went over to introduce myself and meet the folks behind the revolution. I learned that Stan likes cookies, and I tried to always come bearing a homemade batch.”
“The mission of the team is very simple : TO SUPPORT WOMEN ON BIKES. I believe this was my interpretation of Cindy’s idea. It is simple, and elegant, and so necessary in this world of sedentary stress. That we as a team have endured a birth, a marriage and a death in our short lifetime is auspicious, I believe, and very reflective of women, life, and bicycles.”
The women chosen for the squad are all fast for sure and spent lots of time on their bikes. They are racing at many of the big time races like the ProXCT , Sea Otter, The Whiskey 50 and World Cups in North America. Then there are the big regional races like the Mountain States Cup, The Growler, Firebird 40 and don’t forget stage races like Transylania Epic and BC Bike race and even into enduros like Crankworxs and the Northeast’s Triple Crown Enduro Series.
These women aren’t getting paid to race even though they are professional mountain bikers. They have sponsor support through product and then have a travel budget to get to the team races. They juggle their work schedules and family time so they can race. They do it because they are driven to! These women would not be content sitting on the couch and watching others do.
Vicki’s job title is Consulting Director of Clinical Research at The Institute of Musculoskeletal Science and Education. She fast as blazes and sharp as an ax. Mical is a Geologist who works in the energy sector who also happens to have a tattoo designating her as World Singlespeed Cyclocross World Champion.
I know that the color pink can be cliche for a women’s team. There was a bad trend in cycling when they first started developing products specifically for women. Critics said that many companies were just applying the “Shrink and Pink ” brush. Put a flower on it and women will love it. I actually really like sporting a pink kit. Its like the picture of me up above on the North Fork Mountain Trail. I’m standing tall and strong on the edge of a cliff getting there by riding up a steep technical trail. I’m a mountaineer! I stand out in my pink and it makes the photo pop. It’s clear what team I’m on…the strong, adventurous women’s team!
Give us all a shout out when you see us at the races or on the trails in 2014!