SAN DIEGO — June 14, 2011 — Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles has announced its ongoing support of Ells Angels, a competitive mountain biking team comprised of girls between the ages of 13 and 16 who attend Berry Creek Middle School and Battle Mountain High School in Edwards, Colorado.
In November 2010, Donelson Coaching, the Youth Foundation, Amanda Precourt, and Ellsworth Bikes set out to create an opportunity for local young women to build self-esteem and enhance fitness and nutritional opportunities through mountain biking. Ten committed girls were selected to become members of Ells Angels, a competitive team which have received top of the line mountain bikes and equipment, are trained by professional coaches, and compete in race events throughout Eagle County, Colorado and beyond. Ells Angels recently competed in the Teva Mountain Games in Vail, CO. In addition, Moontime Cyclery in Edwards has contributed its bike building services and maintenance on the Ellsworth mountain bikes to keep Ells Angels on the trail and riding at their peak.
As a precursor to mountain biking, 15 young women were chosen from a pool of several applicants to attend bi-weekly yoga classes at the Westin Riverfront Club. As part of the selection process, the interested individuals were asked to prove their commitment by writing a letter to potential sponsors about their personal challenges and desire to mountain bike. Although several compelling applications were submitted, 15 were ultimately selected based on their athletic promise and devotion. Of the 15 yoga participants, 10 showed the drive and dedication needed to become a member of a competitive mountain biking team. Thus, Ells Angels was born.
“No member of Ells Angels has ever taken part in competitive mountain biking,” said Mike Mulder, CEO of Ellsworth Bikes. “However, each girl is passionate about this incredible opportunity. Together, they create an amazing team dynamic despite different backgrounds and challenges. Ellsworth Bikes is proud to support the members of Ells Angels in their efforts to overcome all obstacles to become one of the Vail Valley’s premiere mountain biking teams.”
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles is headquartered in San Diego with design facilities in Utah and fabrication facilities in Vancouver, WA. For more information, visit www.ellsworthbikes.com. For more information on Ells Angels, visit www.donelsoncoaching.com/ellsangels/
Source: Kim A. Merrill