August 11, 2005 – The top ten teams in the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series following the International Tour de “˜Toona are headed for the CD&P Bermuda Grand Prix. Each team will receive a generous travel grant and assistance with housing. The top ten teams are:
1. Webcor 1361
2. Quark 906
3. T-Mobile 848
4. Ford-Basis 277
5. Victory Brewing 225
6. Colavita 193
7. Diet Cheerwine 107
8. Velo Girls 87
9. Lipton 70
10. Subway 20
Webcor Builders is continuing to demonstrate impressive depth, leading second place Quark Cycling by 461 points. They also have two riders in the top five overall and the top two riders in the Best Young Rider competition.
WPCS Individual Standings
Christine Thorburn’s (Webcor Builders) second place finish at the Tour de Toona, a mere 1 second behind Jenevieve Jeanson, may have put the overall Series win out of the reach of her competition. Thornburn’s wins at the PoolGel Redlands Classic and the Nature Valley Grand Prix, combined with second place points in Altoona, give her a 211 point lead over Quark’s Annette Buetler. With 220 points on the line for the win in Bermuda, Buetler could still take the overall Series, but only if Thorburn failed to finish in the top 40 at the Series’ finale. However, the competition for the other podium spots remains hot, with just over 100 points separating the next four riders.
1. 605 Christine Thorburn Webcor Builders
2. 396 Annette Beutler Quark Cycling
3. 374 Kimberly Baldwin T-Mobile
4. 297 Erinne Willock Webcor Builders
5. 292 Tina Pic Quark Cycling
WPCS Best Young Rider (U26)
Erinne Willcock (Webcor Builders) claimed an unassailable lead in the Series’ Best Young Rider competition when she took fifth place overall at the Tour de Toona. Along with her current fourth place in the overall Series standings, the youngster is clearly a rider to watch for the future. This will be Willock’s second year as the top young rider in the Series. However, like the individual competition, the other podium positions remain up for grabs.
1. 660 Erinne Willock Webcor Builders
2. 352 Stefanie Graeter Webcor Builders
3. 319 Alisha Lion Ford-Basis
4. 264 Kathleen Billington Diet Cheerwine
5. 253 Lauren Franges Victory Brewing
WPCS Sprint Competition
Sprinters are also recognized by the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series. Ina Teutenberg (T-Mobile) retained her lead by winning the Tour de’ Toona’s sprint competition. Quark is also showing well in the sprint competition, with three riders in the top five, including the dynamic duo of Tina Pic and Laura Van Gilder in second and third. Gina Grain (Victory Brewing), last year’s winner of the Series sprint competition, is currently in fourth.
1. 561 Ina Teutenberg T-Mobile
2. 422 Tina Pic Quark
3. 396 Laura Gilder Quark
4. 286 Gina Grain Victory Brewing
5. 275 Annette Beutler Quark
The Series began at the PoolGel Redlands Bicycle Classic (March 31 — April 3) and the Nature Valley Grand Prix (June 8 — 12) and will finish at the CD&P Bermuda Grand Prix (September 22 — 25).
About the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series
The goal of the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series is to highlight 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 Yoplait Women’s Cycling Summit Conference hosted at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. The Summits, now sponsored by Yoplait Nouriche, take place twice a year: at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in June and at the Interbike trade show in October.
Visit www.WomenCyclists.com for more information.