Team C.I.C.L.E.: Next Stop, Cyclocross USA National Championships

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Now, 4 of the team's Elite women are on their way to Cyclocross USA National Championships in Kansas CIty, Missouri to vie for the Stars and Stripes jersey.

Published December 12, 2007 by C.I.C.L.E.
By Tonya Bray 

[[image:team_cicle_inside1.jpg::inline:1]]In the late summer of 2007, a meeting of visionaries birthed the cycling team now known as Team CICLE. Now, 4 of the team's Elite women are on their way to Cyclocross USA National Championships in Kansas CIty, Missouri to vie for the Stars and Stripes jersey.

While most cycling teams are focused on what they can get for themselves: free gear, paid entry fees and travel and for the select few, a very modest stipend or "salary", a new team has emerged to bust the trend.

Dorothy Wong, long time pro cyclist and cyclocross race promoter had a vision to create the first ever elite women’s cyclocross team in Southern California. In 2006-2007, that vision came to life, through, says Wong, "dedicated teamwork and a strong bond through the sport of cycling." Wong continues, "We started as four elite women and ended the season with 10 riders including beginners and masters athletes." In 2007-08, the vision was shifting to include community, sustainability, and the idea of a green cycling team and green cyclocross racing series.

[[image:team_cicle_inside2.jpg::inline:1]]Dorothy wanted to benefit the community at large, as well as cycling in general, giving anyone and everyone the opportunity to participate. Through CICLE's Bike Week Pasadena, Dorothy met Liz and Shay of CICLE. There she found an avenue to touch people, and to work towards a greener and more sustainable future.

In the end, Dorothy and Liz and Shay of CICLE came together to create a powerful cycling team in Southern California. The team works to raise awareness of CICLE, and draw the racing crowd into the idea of cycling for transportation. Elite women have raced in International races in Las Vegas, the East Coast as well as Southern California.

As the 2007-08 Cross season wraps up, the Elite women, Juniors and Masters men and women compete in Santa Cross in Woodland Hills, California on December 23rd, where Series WInners will be awarded the coveted SoCalCross Jersey.  Winners of the Storm the Beach Cross on Camp Pendleton Marine Base in Oceanside, California include Carolyn Popovic in the Elite Women, Ben Bertiger in the Junior Men and Robin MacDonald-Foley in the Masters Women.

[[image:team_cicle_inside3.jpg::inline:1]]CICLE is the team beneficiary, and sponsors of the team include: CLIF Bar, Crank Brothers, Redline Bicycles, Ridley Bicycles and Smith Eyewear.

To read more about the team, visit TeamCICLE.org

For more information about the SoCalCross Prestige Series,visit SoCalCross.org 

Tonya Bray is a professional mountain bike racer, the founder of MTBChick.com, and offers coaching and private lessons through CycleTherapy… a program developed to help bring mind+body+soul together through cycling~ holistic cycling.

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