The Stan’s-Kenda Women’s Elite Team has announced its roster for 2017. With five returning riders, the team heads into its seventh year and continues to focus on cross country and endurance mountain bike racing, along with coaching, mentoring and bringing new riders into the sport.
“Our mission has always been to advance women’s cycling while also racing at the highest level,” said Stan’s-Kenda Women’s Elite Team Co-Manager, Jennifer Smith. “We are rider owned and operated and represent a powerful combination of professionalism and passion for cycling.”
Fellow Co-Manager Sarah Kaufmann said, “We are proud of the longevity of our team and the loyalty we have fostered among our partners and sponsors. Our team aims to brightens the future of the sport we love.”
The team includes returning riders Alexis Skarda, Vicki Barclay, Nina Baum, Jennifer Smith and Sarah Kaufmann. Original team founder and former racer Shannon Gibson serves as Equipment Liaison, while Myles Overstreet handles team mechanic duties.
“As part of our ongoing commitment to women’s cycling, we’re proud to support the dedication and hard work of the Stan’s/Kenda Women’s Elite Team,” said Kenny Wehn, Sponsorship Coordinator at Stan’s NoTubes. “We appreciate the role that they play in the cycling community.”
2017 Stan’s-Kenda Elite Women’s Team Roster
Vicki Barclay (State College, PA)
Nina Baum (Redding, CT)
Sarah Kaufmann (Salt Lake City, UT)
Alexis Skarda (Grand Junction, CO)
Jennifer Smith (Gunnison, CO)
The team made its 2017 season debut at the Fat Bike World Championships in Crested Butte, Colorado – where Smith, Skarda and Gibson lined up. Smith and Skarda were fourth and fifth, respectively. Gibson won her age group category.
Riders will compete at the following races: El Reto de Quetzal Stage Race; Moab Rocks; various Pro XCT and US Cup events; The Sea Otter Classic; Whiskey Off Road; Trans-Sylvania Epic; Grand Junction Off Road; Carson City Off Road; US Cross Country and Marathon National Championships; Go Pro Games; Beti Bike Bash; Leadville MTB Stage Race and 100; and the Park City Point 2 Point.
In 2016, the team was highlighted in two REI Outessa women’s weekends through Cannondale. The team also hosted 10 group events through respective team members’ local Cannondale dealers. The events were geared toward women and girls but were open to the public.
The team will again partner with Crankbrothers through their ongoing initiative to pair athletes and teams with a fundraising cause. (The gO Girls program under Griggs Orthopedics in Gunnison Valley, Colorado, is the lucky beneficiary. Last year’s efforts led to the purchase of a bike for the program.)
The Stan’s-Kenda women will ride Cannondale Scalpels and F-SI bikes, including the new women’s specific Scalpel with 27.5” Stan’s NoTubes Valor and Crest MK3 wheels. All 2016 sponsors have recommitted their support including Stan’s NoTubes, Cannondale, Kenda, Griggs Orthopedics, Magura, GU Energy Labs, fi:zi’k, Verge Sport, POC, ESI Grips, Crankbrothers, ZOIC, DeFeet, BikeFlights.com and Altra shoes.
Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Enquiries can be directed to Sarah Kaufmann at sarah.kaufmann[at]notubes.com.