(Minneapolis, MN – May 27, 2014) – The Kakookie Collegiate All-Stars development program announces its eight woman roster for its 8th season of competition at the North Star Grand Prix. The program, which has seen many of its riders go on to professional teams, expanded this year beyond the traditional six riders to include two additional riders hand selected by newly appointed Director Sportif, veteran racer and coach Jennifer Reither.
Six women were selected based on their results at the Division I and Division II Individual Omnium at the 2014 CapTech USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships in Richmond, Virginia on May 2-4, 2014. These riders are:
• Allison Arensman, Brevard College
• Sara Bird, Stanford University
• Ariane Horbach, Colorado Mesa University
• Michelle Khare, Dartmouth College
• Cinthia Lehner, Appalachian State University
• Adelaide Tillinghast, American University
Reither’s two additional “Coach’s Picks” are:
• Kelly Catlin, University of Minnesota
• Cecelia Davis-Hayes, Columbia University
“I looked for diversity of racing ability and consistency of results across the nation since January,” said Reither of her Coach’s Picks. “When I saw Davis-Hayes race at Nationals, she stood out. She had a presence in the peloton that was noticeable even though it wasn’t necessarily reflected in the results.”
Catlin, a Minnesota native, was not able to compete at Collegiate Nationals due to a schedule conflict with another race. She scored two top-10 finishes at the Junior Women’s UCI World Championships in 2013 – seventh in the Individual Time Trial and ninth in the Road Race.
The Kakookie Collegiate All-Stars program, a part of the North Star Grand Prix, gives visibility and an extra boost to support rising talent. Nearly half of the Collegiate All-Stars alumnae have gone on to ride for professional teams over the past five years. Examples include NCC & USA Crits Champion Erica Allar, Jen Purcell (both Colavita), Amanda Miller (TIBCO), Kristin McGrath, Abbie Mickey (both Twenty16) and the late Carla Swart (HTC Highroad).
The program features full support for amateur racers, including a coach, team manager, mechanic, massage therapist, soigneur and photographer.
Reither is already on top of her work as coach and Director Sportif for the new team. She spoke to each girl individually, sharing personalized training advice and assigning “homework” drills to hone their technical abilities in preparation for racing June 11-15, 2014.
“I want them to be confident in their abilities so they can focus on the racing,” said Reither.
“I’ve seen every all star team come through and this is the best team we’ve assembled yet. Our goal is for the Collegiate All Stars to be in one of the leader’s jerseys every day. We intend to make an impression and we have the girls to do it.”
“You can take the girl out of the race,” Reither laughed. “But you can’t take the race out of the girl.”
Follow the race on Twitter @NVBikeFest. The North Star Grand Prix will race in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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