Primal/MapMyRIDE Pro Women’s Nicky Wangsgard Takes 3rd at Speed Week

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Photo credit Tom Ewart/NWA Photography

Emily Kachorek wins Joe Martin Stage Race Criterium

Denver – May 10, 2011 - Primal/MapMyRIDE Professional Women’s Racing powered by BH Bikes riders capped a two week stretch of nearly constant racing with podium finishes as Nicky Wangsgard took third place overall in the USA Crits Speed Week and Emily Kachorek won the final criterium in the Joe Martin Stage Race.

The team had divided its members to compete in New Mexico’s Tour of the Gila, the Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas and the seven-event Speed Week in the Carolinas and Georgia.

“It’s been an exhausting and incredible week for our young team,” said Team Director Susannah Gordon. “Nicky rode as strong as I’ve ever seen her at Speed Week and Emily really dug deep for a huge win on Sunday in the crit.”

Wangsgard never finished outside the top 10 during the nine-day race series, landing on the podium in third place in each of the final two events. Liza Rachetto took 10th overall with a top-10 stage result and Tiffany Pezzulo finished in 12th place overall with a trio of top-10 stage finishes.

“This week we continued to come together as a team and had strong performances from everyone,” Wangsgard said. “Speed Week is such a tough event because not only are you riding almost every day, there’s a lot of travel as well. I couldn’t be any happier with the result.”

Meanwhile, following a second place overall team result at last week’s Tour of the Gila, the other half of the Primal/MapMyRIDE team traveled to Northwest Arkansas for the four-day Joe Martin Stage Race.

Guest rider Kristen LaSasso continued her strong performance with the team, riding for a sixth place finish Friday’s road race stage seventh place finishes in both the opening time trial and the Saturday road stage. Kasey Clark took home tenth in the time trial.

But the weekend’s best result found Kachorek atop the podium after the final criterium following a brutal race that saw constant attacking despite high temperatures. Kachorek also finished in eighth place in Friday’s road race and finished ninth overall.

The team’s next race is the St. Francis Tulsa Tough in Tulsa, Okla., June 10-12.

The eight-member Primal/MapMyRIDE Pro Women’s Racing powered by BH Bikes team was formed in 2010 to support professional women’s cycling and create an avenue for better feedback on the development of women’s specific technologies. BH Bikes sponsors the team with its women’s specific Cristal, a top-level road bike with geometry and sizing based on the company’s European design experience, input from high-end bicycle retailers and fitters, and customer feedback. Team members also use SIDI’s women’s specific Genius 6.6 shoes, clothing from Primal’s women’s line, and will be involved in future product development with all of the team’s sponsors.

Additional support of Primal/MapMyRIDE is provided by FSA, Nique, McDonald Audi, Retül, Reynolds, Smith Optics, and Vittoria as second tier sponsors. Third tier sponsors are Breeze Bars, Enzo’s Cycling Products, Giro, OS Performance, Lizards Skins and Treads.com.

Over the course of the training season, team members will also be using the iMapMyRIDE smartphone application which tracks and broadcasts speed, distance, and heart rate to the team’s group page on mapmyride.com and the team’s home page. Cycling fans and potential racers will be able to learn from team members’ training regimes by monitoring that data, reading team members’ blog posts and interacting with them by using the site’s social media tools.

For more information about Primal/MapMyRIDE Professional Women’s Racing powered by BH Bikes, go to www.primalprowomensracing.com.

Photo: Primal/MapMyRIDE Pro Women’s Team rider Emily Kachorek celebrates winning the criterium in the Joe Martin Stage Race on Sunday, May 8. Photo credit Tom Ewart/NWA Photography

About Primal/MapMyRIDE Professional Women’s Racing Team

Primal/MapMyRide Professional Women’s Racing powered by BH Bikes consists of eight talented national-caliber bike racers. Formed in November 2010, the team’s goal is to support and promote women’s cycling through the use of women’s specific products and access to the team using GPS-based social media. Cycling fans can follow and interact with team members at www.primalprowomensracing.com.

About MapMyRIDE.com
MapMyRIDE is the cycling specific website of the MapMyFITNESS, Inc. Currently headquartered in Denver, CO, MapMyFITNESS was founded in 2007 and operates a suite of websites and associated mobile applications including MapMyRUN.com, MapMyRIDE.com, MapMyWALK.com, MapMyHIKE.com, MapMyFITNESS.com, MapMyMOUNTAIN.com and MapMyTRI.com. The MapMyFITNESS network of websites and mobile applications offers fitness enthusiasts the ability to track and store their daily running, cycling, walking or hiking routes in an online database. Users get access to a searchable database of routes across the globe, essential community-based health and fitness content, global event listings, unique online training tools and fitness calculators, and the means to easily share their activity with friends and family through social networks. The Company’s iMapMy mobile applications use the built-in GPS technology of the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android to enable users to map out and record their daily fitness activities. For more information about MapMyFITNESS and its offerings, visit www.MapMyFITNESS.com/about_us.

About BH Bikes
BH Bikes capitalizes on a rich history of Spanish cycling and more than 100 years of setting performance standards in an industry inherently driven to innovate. Through a modern obsession with research, engineering, design and development, BH Bikes (www.bhbikes.net) has developed a specific line of higher-performance bicycles that are lighter, stiffer and more ergonomic than the competition. BH Bikes manufactured the first monocoque carbon frame weighing less than 800g, placing its frames among the lightest and most efficient in the world while also creating a new category-Ultralight Bicycles.

About Primal Wear
Primal Wear, founded in 1992 by avid cyclists, manufactures highly technical and authentic cycling apparel and some of the most recognizable jerseys in the world. Primal Wear (www.primalwear.com) has stayed true to its grassroots culture while steadily growing its customer base by providing branded and custom clothing to hundreds of thousands of cyclists every year from around the globe. As a company of die-hard cyclists committed to improving the sport, and designers dedicated to innovation and creativity, Primal Wear keeps in touch with the soul of the sport and its business.

Source: Alex Strickland For Primal Wear/MapMyRIDE Pro Women’s Racing

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