Colavita/espnW Pro Cycling Team Adds Former US National Criterium Champion Tina Pic to Roster for Tour of Elk Grove
Six-time US Criterium National Champion Tina Pic will line up with the Colavita/espnW Pro Cycling Team to race the Tour of Elk Grove. The three-stage event begins Friday, August 3rd and includes a 4.5-mile time trial, criterium, and circuit race.
Pic, one of the most accomplished cyclists in the pro peloton, stepped back from competition at the end of the 2009 season. In her 15-year career, Pic won virtually every major criterium in North America as well as the overall US Speedweek Criterium Series title. She also holds two gold medals in the road race from the Pan American Games and raced with the US team at six World Championships. Pic served as co-director of Colavita’s women’s pro team in 2010 and advised the US National Team at key European races this spring.
Returning to the Colavita pro squad this season as co-director with former teammate Iona Wynter Parks, Pic finished fourth at the Exergy Twilight Criterium, demonstrating that her legendary sprint remains a force to be reckoned with. Pic will be joined at the Tour of Elk Grove starting line by Colavita/espnW riders Kathryn Bertine, Jamie Dinkins Bookwalter Joanie Caron, Moriah MacGregor, and Mary Zider.
About the Colavita/espnW Pro Cycling Team (USA)
Colavita, marketers of the #1 brand of Italian extra virgin olive oil, is nearing its 10th anniversary in the pro peloton. Since 2003, women’s teams powered by Colavita olive oil and pasta have consistently ranked in the top 10 in the NRC, with #1 rankings in 2010 and 2011.
To mark this important milestone, Colavita has recruited a team of inspiring athletes and partnered with espnW to raise the profile of women’s cycling. Former Colavita pros Tina Pic, the six-time US National Criterium Champion, and Olympian Iona Wynter Parks are leading this new generation of pro riders.
At the same time, Colavita continues to cultivate talent at the grassroots level. Team Colavita is the largest recreational cycling organization in the US, with 14 regional teams representing over 600 amateur women, men, and youth cyclists in more than 20 states from coast to coast. Follow Team Colavita at www.Facebook.com/TeamColavita; results, news, and information are available at www.TeamColavita.com