September 21, 2007 – The CDP&P Bermuda Grand Prix, which got underway yesterday, will determine the final standings in the 2007 Women’s Prestige Cycling Series. The Series began at the Redlands Bicycle Classic in March, followed by the Nature Valley Grand Prix in June and the International Tour de “˜Toona in July.
Webcor Builders is set to protect their lead in the Series team competition. Webcor has sent past World Champion Karen Brems, who won the 2005 Bermuda Grand Prix. Although their lead in the Series is likely secure, they’ll face a fierce challenge for the Bermuda crown, most notably from Aaron’s Corporate Furnishing, which has sent Felicia Gomez (currently 3rd on the Series overall standings) and Rebecca Larson (a threat to take the Series sprint competition).
Although currently in third place, Gomez has a shot at taking the Series title away from Mara Abbott (Webcor Builders), who has held the leader’s jersey all season. Abbott is away at Worlds and holds a 143 point lead over Gomez. If Gomez finishes first or second in Bermuda, she’ll claim the Series title. It will be up to Abbott’s Webcor teammates to see that this doesn’t happen.
The Series sprint leader, TIBCO’s Brooke Miller, is also under threat. Rebecca Larson (Aaaron’s), who held the sprint lead through the Nature Valley Grand Prix, is in Bermuda while Miller is not. Larson could overtake Miller and claim the sprint jersey. However, this may be a challenge for the Aaron’s team, since they may have to choose between supporting Gomez for the overall or Larson for the sprint title.
About the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series
The Women’s Prestige Cycling Series began in 2004 with the goal of highlighting women’s racing by giving them a spotlight that they don’t have to share with the men. The Series grew out of meetings that began in Minnesota in 2003 at the first Women’s Cycling Summit Conference, now sponsored by Rasmussen College, which is hosted at the Nature Valley Grand Prix.
Visit www.WomenCyclists.com for more information.