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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.

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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.

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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.”

Stan and Cindy

Real people who worked very hard on their ideas. There is no doubt that NoTubes has really revolutionized mountain biking. Light, tubeless, strong! We are honored be part of their riding and racing family. Photo by Paul Speranza.

“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.”

 

Shannon racing at Sea Otter.  Photo by Lasalaimages.com

Shannon racing at Sea Otter. Photo by Lasalaimages.com

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.

Sarah is a top racer, coach and has a heart of gold.Photo by Dave McElwaine

Sarah is a top racer and coach  out of Utah.  She worked hard coming back from getting hit by a car to having a great Nationals race. Her sweet smile and big heart make her a great teammate.
Photo by Dave McElwaine

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.

Vicki is the sweet hammer.  She'll hypnotize you with her accent after she beats you in the race.  Our Scottish scientist is another a inspiring female role model. Photo by Bill White.

Vicki is the sweet hammer. She’ll hypnotize you with her accent after she beats you in the race. Our Scottish scientist is another a inspiring female role model. Photo by Bill White.

Very tall and very talented. She brings a fun Canadian vibe to the team while winning lots of races.

Very tall and very talented. She brings a fun Canadian vibe to the team while winning lots of races. Photo by Chris George.

Kathy by Trevor Hooper

Look at the joy on Kathy’s face when she rides! Kathy is a tough competitor in any race she enters. We all look up to her for her positive handling of life’s wild ride. She is a the daughter of Deer Valley , Utah. Photo by Trevor Hooper.

Nina is still stepping up on that podium, especially fast in the Short Track.  She is experienced and upbeat mentor to the Get Out! Program in the Southwest.

Nina is still stepping up on that podium, especially fast in the Short Track. She is an upbeat mentor to the Get Out! Program in the Southwest.  She probably has as much experience as anyone out there that is  still racing.

Jenny and Jade

Jenny is a Kiwi with one of the best laughs around. I always think of Jenny as an athlete and now an athlete mother. Her daughter Jade is going to be an endurance fiend! Jenny also is mentor and coach in Gunnision, Colorado.
Photo by Kenny Wehn

I love this photo of me on North Fork Mountain Trail in West Virginia.  I always want to explore and seek adventures.

I always want to explore and seek adventures. I love the technical riding on the East Coast.  I’m learning all the time and enjoy teaching skills and like to be a mountain bike guide. Photo Mike Boyes.

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!

Chris is our new manager with an impressive background as a mechanic.  He works hard and has a  calm disposition.  He another nice person in the mountain bike world that we are lucky to work with.

Chris is our new manager with an impressive background as a mechanic. He works hard and has a calm disposition. He is another nice person that you’ll meet in the mountain bike world. We are are lucky to work with him. Photo Kenny Wehn.

Give us all a shout out when you see us at the races or on the trails in 2014!

 

 

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