I would like to introduce the members of the 2009 NCNCA â€œWinner Withinâ€ Mentor Program. We will mentor all women cat 4 races (no combinations) this season. This dedicated, qualified and friendly, group of female mentors are eager to assist, inspire and inform any women cat 4 racer with questions concerning the racer and the race field. Please share this information with your fellow team mates, thank you.
Sarah's tenacity and passion for team sports started as a soccer player at age 6, when she started to learn the value of working as a team player. For the last three years, her role as a domestique on Cheerwine Women's Cycling team has taught her the importance of trusting in your teammates in order to achieve success. Her contributions to the team amount to over 75 podiums and 25 wins, along with the NRC team win for 2008.
On a personal level, Sarah won five races in 2008, including the prestigious Nevada City Classic and the inaugural Tour de Nez circuit race. Thanks to the competitive NCNCA calendar, Sarah has gone from the back of the field to being on the podium!
Elis started racing in college and was a member of the Cal Cycling team for one year. Since then she has raced USCF races for 4 years. Elis raced unattached as a cat 4 before racing on the Metromint Cycling team as a 3 and a 2. Her strengths (and favorite races) are fast, technical criteriums, but sheâ€™ll make a climber of herself yet!
Laura's racing results include multiple stage wins at the women's Tour de France, a medal at the World Road Racing Championships, a spot on the Olympic Team, and two Criterium National Criterium titles. With the number of Laura's career cycling victories are well over 250.
Laura's current career foci are athletic program development, coaching and directing both junior and women cyclists, leading clinics for beginning cyclists and this year was the Race Director for the inaugural Womenâ€™s Tour of California Criterium. After retiring from professional athletics her passion has shifted her own athletic performance to helping others learn the joys of cycling at every level of the sport. Laura is currently the executive director of Team Swift which is a nonprofit organization based in Sonoma County , California . Team Swift brings resources and guidance to 10-18 year olds cyclists, starting with their first cycling experiences and continuing through the USA National Team level. She is also director of the U23 Women's Dewars/TIME Factory team to provide opportunities for beginning women cyclists. Laura's greatest satisfaction comes from helping athletes achieve personally defining breakthrough experiences in athletics.
This is Laurieâ€™s second year as coordinator of the â€œWinner Withinâ€ women mentors. She is honored to work with dedicated mentors who are experienced racers and value the importance of safe and skilled behavior in the field. Being mentored herself for two years through the Early Birds, she understands the essential aspects of safe racing and the genuine guidance from the mentors whom she learned from. Laurie races for Bici Sport, as a cat 2 racer, 2007 and 2008 district road race master champion, and the coordinator of the Women cat 3-4 Advance Skills clinic that ran adjacent to the Early Birds in January 2007 and 2008. In 2009, Laurie was a part of a team that coordinated the Early Bird Mentoring series.
Laurel Green has been racing for 15 years. Her racing experience is with Criteriums, Stage Races, and Time Trials in the United States. She specializes in teaching bike handling, and safe racing skills. Since she loves to coach, she works for Wenzel Coaching, a reputable coaching company based in Walnut Creek, CA. She is currently a Level 2 Cycling Coach for USA Cycling, as well as a Safe Routes to School Instructor for the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition in Santa Rosa, CA. During the school year she teaches Physical Education to 4th and 5th graders in Windsor, CA. Feel free to contact her with questions you might have about your own potential as a bike racer. 707-829-2619.
Holly has been racing for 5 years. She races on the road as a Category 2, a Category 4 on the track (hopefully that will be a Cat 3 this year!) and a Beginner on the MTB. Proudest moment so far: a podium (3rd place) at Sea Otter in the XC MTB race in 2008, after falling "a zillion times". (2nd proudest moment: Not falling when demo'ing wheel touching at the Early Birds in 2008.) Fortunately, she keeps upright on the road as much as possible and has been mentoring at the Early Bird series for the past four years. "I found the mentoring at the Early Birds so helpful my first year, that I wanted to continue to give back."
Jennifer Van Muckey
Jennifer is a cat 2 road racer in her fifth season of USCF racing. She currently races for the Easton/SugarCRM/Specialized elite team and is their team leader. While state or national titles have yet to be won, she was given a coffee mug entitled World's Greatest Mom.
Any questions about our program feel free to contact me,
â€œWinner Withinâ€ coordinator