2011 News

August-October 2011 News: Julie and Coleen Win National Jerseys and Ashley Wins her First Race!

The USA Cycling National Championships for Masters Road Racing was held in Bend, Oregon this year, and our own Coleen Knutson and Julie Cutts attended.  They had a crazy first day, racing back to back in the Individual Time Trial and then together as a Tandem Pair Time Trial. Coleen impressed with a a time of 39:12 to get 2nd place, just missing winning the title. Julie was nipping at her heels with a time of 40:01, which put her in 3rd place!

Immediately upon completing their individual efforts, they raced the tandem and took home the National Title! Way to go, girls! Both also raced for the National Criterium title. Julie got 10th, and Coleen got 13th.

Coleen get's 2nd, and Julie 3rd in National's Individual Time Trial.

Coleen (left), Vic Miera (Sponsor- V2 Creations), and Julie (right) showing off their National Medals!

Julie and Coleen Win the Tandem National Title!

Check out Winner's Jersey's Display (hanging on the RV) accumulated by the girls!

Ashley Elias blew her opponents out of the water in the Ontario Crit (Ontario, CA) early in October! We are hoping this win will give her enough points to get her Cat 3 upgrade! Earlier in September both she and Julie raced the Brentwood Grandprix (Brentwood, CA), getting 4th and 9th in their respective categories.

Karen Lasko and Peggy Brennan both participated in the local Las Vegas Triathlon (9/25/11), and had stunning results! Karen won her category, and Peggy got second. Peggy said she entered last minute, too! Not bad!

Julie Cutts and guest rider, Terra Kier, got out to the local Mount Charleston Hill Climb competition on Saturday. They both kicked major butt winning their categories, and representing (see Julie in image below).

Julie, we like the podium!

June - July 2011 News: Colavita/Outback Steakhouse are TTT State Champions!  Peggy/Karen at Ironman 70.3 Boise

The Southern CA/Southern NV State Championship Races were held during the month of May and June and several Olives participated.  Julie, Coleen, Kirsten and Keely Win State Championship Titles in the Team Time Trial! This event illustrate the effectiveness of team work! Julie and Coleen motored while Kirsten and I hung on, rotating only when the gals needed a break. It worked because we nearly set the course record, and finished faster than any of the women 4-person relay teams in all categories!

In the Individual Time Trial efforts, Keely got second in the W 35+ category, while Coleen (W 1/2/3) and Natasha Meinecke (W 3/4) took 3rd in their respective categories. Unfortunately, due to some last minute illnesses some team members were unable to compete in the State RR Championships, but Keely made it out to Bakersfield, CA and got 12th in the W 35+ on Saturday, and 13th in the W 1/2/3 RR on Sunday.

Trenna Adams traveled to Durango, CO to do the famous Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. The weather looked less than stellar, but she trooped through it, landing 6th overall in the W 35+ category! Well done, T!

Peggy Brennan and Karen Lasko competed in the Ironman 70.3 in Boise, Idaho. Karen podium'ed (3rd) in her age category, and Peggy finished 13th in her 's.

Ashley Elias travelled to her home town of Tulsa, OK to compete in the televised national calliber race, the Tulsa Tough! She had a huge field in the first criterium and was second wheel going into the corner before the sprint, when the girl infront slide out!!!! Ashley used some great bike handeling skills to avoid the crash and managed to still take home 4th! The second day she had a little harder time lining it up, but still managed 11th. Well done, Ash!

Julie, Coleen and Keely made it to the Ontario Airport Criterium and in the W 1/2/3 Julie got 3rd, Keely 4th, and Coleen 15th after some major duking it out with the SC Velo/InCycle girls! Breaks, attacks, and sprints- oh my! Keely also managed to get 22nd in the Men's 45+ race afterwards just for fun!

Later in the month of June, Coleen and Julie spent the weekend in St. George, UT at the Utah Summer Games and managed to get 1st and 2nd in nearly every event entered! Julie got 1st overall, and Coleen 2nd overall for the weekend. 

In July, Kirsten Darley and new team member, Leah Bellamy (Cat 2), raced the Sisquoc RR in CA. The girls did a phenomenal attack, got in a break together, and came in 1 (Leah), 2(Kirsten)! Way to represent girls!

May 2011 News: Time to give back... Tour De Fire, Defending Freedom Ride, and LeadMan TRI Ultra marathon

First off, the Olives would like to welcome newcomers Sandra Sagasame, who raced her first CRIT this month, and Kirstin Kielty! Both will be joining our W3/4 development team! Welcome!

This month has been a month spent in our own backyard. The Olives take a rest... Well, some of us do (Julie!) :) from travelling to races in order to support and participate in events for a good cause and for charity. Congrats to Julie Cutts and her all female relay team for surviving the LeadManTRI Lifetime Epic 250 on Saturday! Not only did they survive this ultra distance triathlon, but they competed in the same category as all men teams, and got 3rd!

Sponsor, ProCyclery put on a spectacular Tour De Fire this year. All proceeds are donated to the Nevada Childhoood Cancer Foundation. This year there were over 400 participants! Check out some of the photos at
www.zazoosh.com or on the Tour De Fire website www.tdfire.com

Riding the Tour De Fire for charity, Natasha (left) and newcomer, Sandra Sagastame (right)

On May 14th, the girls also turned out to honor fallen soldiers in the Annual Defending Freedom Ride 2011. Each rider carried a flag for each soldier lost in battle from our region, and laid the flag to rest next to a memorial at Red Rock Scenic Loop Visitor Center. 
Annual Defending Freedom Ride 2011 (from left to right): Sonya, friend Lisa Job, Keely, Coleen, and Trenna

April 2011 News: Vegas Super Training Series, De Vlees Huis Ronde RR, AZ State Champ and some triathlon's too!

The Olives started the month of April off participating in the local Vegas Super Training Series. We had a great time, and helped Natasha, Trenna and Stephanie Bissonette accumulate some upgrade points. This was a fun event put on by Mike Olsen. Sonya Johnson provided tons of support for the event as well. Thanks to all the Olives for participating and supporting the local event.

Coleen, Kirsten Darley, Julie and Keely travelled to Bakersfield, CA and competed in the challenging W 1/2/3 De Vlees Huis Ronde RR. We finished in series, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th (Julie, Kirsten, Coleen and Keely, respectively). Julie and Coleen represented in the San Luis Rey RR in SoCal a couple weekends later, finishing 2nd (Julie) and 4th (Coleen) in the W1/2/3 race in the afternoon, and 1st (Julie) and 4th (Coleen) in the W35+ race in the morning! These two raced a total of 118 miles that day! Wow! Good Job girls!

Michelle had a busy few weekends, finishing 2nd and 3rd in the AZ State W35+ and W2 Championship Crits held in Phoenix AZ. She also had a stellar performance in the W35+ Old Pueblo Grand Prix, finishing 2nd to Nancy Jones, a racing friend of Keely's from Atlanta GA area.

Nancy Jones (Left) gets the win and Michele (right) takes 2nd in the W35+ Old Pueblo Grand Prix!

Ashley had a great finish in the LA Circuit race in the W3/4. With over 30+ racers, she finished 7th overall! Trenna Adams again travelled to UT to compete in the W3/4 field in terrible snowy conditions. She won the crit and finished 2nd in the GC! When's this girl going to upgrade!??!!  

Our own Peggy Brennan had a fantastic finish in the local Rage in the Sage Triathlon! She won her age group! Yeah Peggy!

Congrats to Peggy for winning her category in Rage in the Sage Triathlon!

March 2011 News: Tour de Murrieta, Tour Del Sol, Tucson Bicycle Classic, and San Dimas Stage Race- to name a few.....

Big races this month. We've got races in AZ, UT and SoCal! Julie Cutts and Keely Brooks raced the Tour de Murrieta Stage Race in SoCal this month. Julie had an amazing win in the crit, made possible by the help of her teammate, in a stacked field dominated by team SC Velo. For the GC, Keely finished in the pack but helped Julie take 4th overall.

Julie wins the Tour de Murrieta Crit stage with Keely's help!

Later in the month, Julie and Keely raced the San Dimas Stage Race, which was dominated by national and international professional racers. The field was sold out, with over 100 women racing! It was incredibly exciting racing with such national and international elites as Amber Neben, Mara Abbott, Kristin Armstrong, to name just a few! Julie managed to hang in and finish top 50! Way to go Juls.

March was a busy month of racing for Team Colavita. Trenna Adams raced the Tour Del Sol Stage race in terrible conditions (freezing cold, snow, sleet and rain), but nothing can stop her. She rocked the overall finishing 2nd!  

Michelle King represented in AZ, finishing top 20 in GC in the very challenging, W1/2 three day Tucson Bicycle Classic Stage Race! She also raced the Tumacocori Circuit Race (8th), the San Tan (1st in W35+!) and Hungry Dog (6th in W1/2) Crits. Way to go Michelle!

February 2011 News: Boulevard, VOS and Calville, Oh My!

February was a big racing month! We had Kirsten and Coleen race Boulevard RR (Campo, CA, 2/5/11), finishing 6th and 7th place in the W1/2/3 field respectively. Michelle covered the McDowell Mountain Circuit race (Phoenix, AZ, 2/5/11)- winning the Women's Masters 35+ race!!! and placing 8th in the Women's 1/2 field.

Trenna Adams raced the Women's 4 field at Valley of the Sun (VOS) Stage race in Pheonix, AZ (2/11-2/13) and finished 8th in the GC! Michelle, Keely and Julie represented the Olives at VOS in the Womens 1/2 field. Julie finished 2nd GC in a very strong field.

We had great team participation at our own Callville Bay Classic (2/25-2/27)! In the W 1/2/3 field, Julie, Coleen, Kirsten, Keely and Stephanie all represented. It was grueling conditions, but we were able to help Juls hold her 4th place GC finish. Natasha, Ashley, Trenna and Peggy all participated in the W3/4 field which was stacked! An unfortunate car accident neutralized the road race and upset many of the girls. The girls helped Natasha hang on to a 10th place finish.

Julie gets 4th Overall in the 2011 Calville Bay Classic!

January 2011 News:
Mothballs Criterium- Goleta, CA

Julie Cutts represented the Olives at the Mothballs criterium race. She took home tons of prims and finished 7th in the sprint.

Poor College Kids RR- Los Olivos, CA

lie Cutts, Kirsten Darley and Keely Brooks raced the Womens 1/2 field. Keely got a flat, but Juls and Kirsten were able to finish with a 1, 2 punch!
Ashley Elias also got a flat in the women's 3/4 race. :(

Avondale Criterium - Avondale, AZ


Michelle King started off 2011 strong with a top 5 finish in the
Women's 1/2 Avondale Crit. Great job, Michelle

2010 Season NEWS:
El Tour de Tucson - Tucson, AZ

The 2010 Tour de Tucson event is a grueling 100+ mi race that has several thousand participants, including several of our own Olives! Peggy Brennan managed to be the first Las Vegas Female to cross the line, just over 5 hrs. Michelle King and Trenna Adams rolled in together just under 6 hrs. Good job, ladies!


LiveStrong LV - Las Vegas, NV



Team member, and cancer survivor, Sonya Johnson organized the 2nd annual LiveStrong LV Ride, held in October. Most team members participated and helped in this event. The event was only expecting a couple hundred participants and managed to get over 600 riders! Next year, we expect to provide additional support and route signs and information. Congrats to Sonya for organizing such a great event.

Trenna takes the Arizona State TT Championships!! - Hillside, AZ

Congrats to Trenna Adams for taking the Arizona State TT Championships in the Women's Master's 35-39 Cateory, and to Julie Cutts for placing 3rd in the Women's Pro/1/2 field.

Top 5 in the Longest 1-Day Road Race - Logan, UT to Jackson Hole, WY



The Colavita-Outback Steakhouse women’s racing team represented in the 206 mile road race from Logan, Utah to Jackson Hole, WY, also known as LOTOJA 2010.  In the women’s 1/2/3 field, Stephanie Bissonnette finished 5th overall, while Michelle King finished 12th.  Peggy Brennan managed a top ten finish, placing 9th in the women’s 4 field. Molly Cramer had knee issues and pulled out early. In addition to the great participation, Nicole Nastanski, Sonya Johnson and Kristen Evans helped support the team in the SAG vehicles.

Another Podium Finish at the Sisquoc Road Race - Santa Maria, CA



Julie, Kirsten, and Coleen finished up 2nd, 3rd, and 5th, respectively at the
Sisquoc Road Race!


CA/NV Masters and Elite Road Race Championships - Bakersfield, CA



Colavita/Outback Steakhouse dominated the Master’s categories at the Bakersfield Road Race and earn MORE CA/NV State Championship titles!  Here are the results: Women 35+ (1st Julie, 2nd Coleen, 7th Michelle); Women 45+ (1st Kirsten); W 1-3 (4th Kirsten, 5th Julie, 6th Coleen); W 3 (7th Natasha); W 4 (10th Maria).

Girls Earn CA/NV State Championship Title - Womens Team Time Trial - Lake Los Angeles, CA

Coleen, Kirsten, Julie, and Stephanie take 1st place in the Women Open division at the California/NV State Championship Team Time Trial with a 1:30 lead on LaGrange and a 2:30 lead on InCycle...two very tough teams!  The women also did great earlier in the individual time trials with Coleen placing 2nd, Kirsten 8th, and Julie 10th in the Women 1-2; Natasha 4th in the Women 3; and Trenna 2nd in the Women 4. Great job! 

Barry Wolfe Grand Prix - Woodland Hills, CA
By Coleen Knutson

We decided to keep our race strategy simple, just have a rider in ever attempted break. There were several attacks but none would "stick."  Kirsten was able to get in a break with girls from a majority of the teams, having the perfect combo for a break.  We all held our breath hoping that this one would stick.  After a lap or so, it was caught.  About 3/4 of the way through the race, Julie attacked after a chase down and managed to hold the break with a La Grange rider.  At the final lap, they were so close to getting caught that Kendall Ryan bridged up to them and won the overall, but Julie and Morgan (La Grange) kept their gap! Whew, that was close!

Speedweek - Southeast Region 

By Keely Brooks



The pro teams had quite a presence with showings from Colavita/Baci, Vera Bradley Foundation, VanderKitten, and Team Type 1. The week long (4/25 to 5/1) omnium series began with a loud bang... literally!  The Athens Twilight Pro Womens field rolled to the start line for this evening's event with a big clap of thunder, the skies proceeded to open up and dump on us. The course was technical with lots of potholes and a short climb on the backside. I lasted until about 10 laps to go, when I got bumped in a corner and decided to pull out. And I'm glad I did because there were several crashes. Even the winner, Colavita/Baci Pro rider, Theresa Cliff-Ryan, went down with a bunch of others after crossing the finish line! I think there were at least 45 starting the race, and only 19 women finished.

Historic Roswell was the next day, and I was feeling pretty spent from the efforts of the previous night. Again there was a short climb and an off-camber corner (all left-handed corners- counterclockwise, instead of clockwise which I'm more comfortable with!), which created an accordion affect. Still feeling timid from the previous night, I stayed in the back and killed my legs with the constant slowing and accelerating. I ended up in a chase group, and was happy to simply finish the race.

The next race I did was the Spartanburg Crit. I went into the weekend simply wanting to hang on to the pack! The course was all right-handers, with wide-open corners, and the only tight spot was the straight-a-way to the start/finish line. I felt far more comfortable on this course, and was able to move up and be in better position most of the race, but by the end I had lost position and my legs had no jump left.  I was only able to come in with the pack. That's ok with me. I'll take 24th!

Saturday was the Dilworth Crit outside of Charlotte NC. This course was counterclockwise, with a bombing descent into an off-camber crazy-narrow left handed corner. After "the corner" came a pretty long climb to the start/finish line. Rumors abounded about this horrible corner, and they were true. First lap there was a crash in the corner, one of the BMW girls hit the curb and endowed and a small pack went down. The curb appears out of nowhere, causing the pack to tighten and brake, skidding tires almost every lap. This made getting to that corner first almost everyone's main objective! So it was a downhill sprint to be the first into the corner, only to slam on the brakes- you can imagine the mayhem. I felt better than I had in previous days and managed to make up positions on the hill. But by the end, I was erring on the side of caution and ended up towards the back in that corner. I sprinted up the hill and made up several positions, to finish 23rd for the day.

I was fortunate to be in the races with the Colavita/Baci Pro team.  I talked with them after the race, and got a photo with Theresa Cliff-Ryan who ended up with 4 wins in the series, Shontell Gauthier who doggedly worked and sacrificed for her team, and Rushlee Buchanan who won the Dilworth Crit. They dominated the entire series! Overall, I have to say I learned a lot in my first experience at Speedweek- especially that fighting tooth and nail to stay in the front is the only option for survival!  I look forward to doing even better next year.


Keely in the pack at Speedweek 2010

Colavita/Outback Steakhouse Rides the Local Tour de Fire Event to Benefit Charity - Las Vegas, NV

By Nicole Nastanski 

What a great day and turnout for the Tour de Fire event at Lake Mead put on by Pro Cyclery and Outback Steakhouse as well as many other local sponsors to benefit the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. Thanks to everyone for coming out...it was great to ride with the team and even some of our sponsors! 

The gals posing after a delicious snack at one of the rest stops.

Devil's Punchbowl Road Race and Chuck Pontius Crit - Pearblossom and Santa Clarita, CA
By Natasha Meincke


The girls got out again this past weekend to suffer the climbing at Devil’s Punchbowl and work it at the Chuck Pontius Crit.


Devil’s Punchbowl was hard, fun, fitness!  The weather was beautiful, and warm, but not hot.  The views were gorgeous with snow capped mountains in the background.  We lucked out with no wind, a perfect day to be on a bike! The 3-4 race started at 12:30 and it was pretty warm on the climbs, the girls pushed hard right off the first climb and shelled a large number of ladies. Two girls from one team kept trying to get a break away and the group tried to chase a few times, but after three tries one girl got away while the other blocked, and she managed to hold it for the win.  There were six of us left in the peloton, I managed to hold on, but it was tough on those climbs.  As we reached a hair pin turn near a bridge the set up for the finish started with everyone fighting for position.  I was trying to see who looked strong to pick a wheel.  As we neared the finish line the girls stood and started going faster and I followed, then I saw Eric and he was telling me to go, so I did!  I was next to third place, but didn’t quite get there, still good for fourth though.  It was fun and boy was I glad to be finished, that was hard work.  Peggy represented very well with 14th place out of a field of 25!  Nice work Pegster!!!  Kudos to the ladies who did 3 laps, our Cat 1-2 ladies did outstanding (Steph 4th, Kirsten 6th, Coleen 8th, and Michelle 13th)!  The Olives were well represented at this race and it was just nice to see our jerseys on the road together!  Congrats to everyone that did this course, very tough terrain.

Chuck Pontius Crit was so exciting to watch and race in.  The course was four wide corners with a kicker followed by a decent, fast course!  The weather couldn’t have been better, perfect day.  In the 3-4 race we raced together but were scored separately, I think together we had 23 ladies.  Two teams were well represented and kept trying to get breaks, it kept the pace fast.  With about six laps to go, the handlebars of one girl got stuck on the shorts of another right next to me, it was scary and we came close to a big mess but the girl’s shorts ripped and we all avoided a crash.  Whew!   I stayed in the top six places for the last few laps and moved up for the final sprint.  The pace picked up for the kicker and  I took the inside corner tight when it opened up, then the decent came and we all stood and went as fast as we could.  I was on one girl’s wheel and then shot around her to the 2nd position at the line.  In the 1,2,3 race Coleen rode so strong!  It was awesome to watch.  She got in a break and worked hard to make it stick, and it did!  Each lap she came around the ladies had to work hard to hang on to her, she was MOVING.  At the finish they came around and it was neck in neck, she got third place! 

Coleen Knutson Earns Her Cat 1 Upgrade! - Las Vegas, NV


Girls Clean-Up at De Vlees Huis Ronde Road Race - Bakersfield, CA
By Stephanie Bissonnette

What a great and scenic course; lots of climbing, technical descents, and some flats. The pro 1-2 women went in with 60 miles of racing and only 5 girls registered. The goal was simple, we wanted it all.  The race started with a short downhill followed by about 5- 6 miles of flat. The five of us got in single file and just kept a tempo pace. When the first climb hit, a moderate grade of about 3%-4%, Coleen took the front. In no time at all, legs were burning! And "POOF" we spit one girl out. As the climbing kept going, the grade got steeper. Attacks were in the horizon. We took turns and made that other girl work! She was hanging tough until Coleen attacked again, I bridged up to Coleen and then Kirsten joined in. The break was made at the top of the climb. The three Olives were together! Will it stick?! Long descent ahead and then turn around point at the cone. As we made it around, my heart went "kapout' as we all noticed that our competitor was back on the Colavita/Outback train. We kept attacking hoping that we could get rid of the fourth at some point... On our way back to the start/finish of our first lap we were descending for a while. Helen's girl attacked us. Coleen had no mercy and countered. Kirsten and I made the Helen's girl chase her down. We all knew the game was over as Coleen was long gone. The second lap was much easier and Coleen was TT’ing away. We now needed to secure second and third place and it happened on the uphill finish. I took off first on the last sprint making a good gap and sure enough Kirsten bridged up to me with a monster sprint. I looked back and our competitor had no response. Coleen finished first well ahead, and Kirsten and I crossed the line together. Kirsten took second with me in third. And VOILA, the job was done!

The Women 3-4 field had 18 riders and we had 5 in the field! Natasha finished 3rd, Trenna 9th, Molly 11th, Maria 13th, and Sonya 16th.  Way to get out there and race gals!

Cyclo-Vets, Well Worth the Trip - San Diego, CA
By Coleen Knutson

The team had a very successful weekend of racing! The TT started early, so the remaining day was free for riders to enjoy.  Kirsten Darley placed 1st in W 40+, Julie Cutts placed 3 and myself 1st in the W1-4.

For the Road Race, the Calvary was there!  Stephanie Bisonette raced and they combined W40+ with W1-4, so Kirsten was there to help.  We had a team meeting before to discuss strategy which was to attack until we got a rider off in a break.  Todd Darley took some time before the race to help us practice timing and placing of attacks which was so helpful!  Julie attacked, then myself, and again Julie which was successful!  Kirsten and I launched another attack on second lap and stayed away!  Julie finished 1st, myself 2nd (Kirsten was 3rd, but 1st in W40+!).  Stephanie did her job finishing 2nd in final sprint (4th overall), stealing Omnium points from other riders!

For the W40+ crit, Kirsten easily won keeping her overall 1st place GC.  Julie joined her in the crit stealing all primes!  For the W1-4 crit more women showed up, Stephanie and Kirsten sacrificed themselves by launching multiple attacks.  There were two point primes that our team needed to grab!  Julie grabbed 1st points prime, myself 3rd. Second prime was perfect, Julie 1st and myself 2nd!  The final lap implemented Eric's strategy of taking the "sprint" out of the final sprint (for time-trialists who can't sprint).  Fortunately for our team, on the final lap Kelly Jones started to bring up the speed with Julie and I close behind.  I saw an opening on the inside before a small climb and went for it, finishing 1st.  Julie finished 5th while Stephanie blocked our closest competitor!  Awesome team work!

Eric and "Tactical Todd" (Darley) were so helpful, being there to offer advice and to help with mechanicals (15 minutes before my crit while warming up my pedal fell apart! Eric saved the Day!)  

This is a great race to do for next year!  There are masters categories for women, the women's races are in the morning allowing for the play time in afternoon and the cash prizes are great!  It was also a great course to practice strategy!



 Mothballs Criterium- Goleta, CAMothballs Criterium- Goleta, CA

Kirsten, Coleen, and Stephanie working it in the road race! Julie must be there somewhere...maybe up the road!

Rock Hill Spring Bicycle Classic - Rock Hill, NC
By Keely Brooks

Keely Brooks participated in this Omnium multi-stage race which included a 350 m sprint event, a 47 mile road race, and a crit located around a picturesque lake with plenty of shade trees and green grass! 

The road race was a rolling course.  The pack started off hot with tons of attacks. I was solo, and was hoping to make it in a break… but not knowing the players in the southeast, I bridged to all the attackers, hoping to go with them, but to no avail. I was sitting perfect for the QOM at about 50 meters, but my legs had no jump, so I got passed.  After the QOM, NOBODY would work. It was frustrating, and I found myself, unfortunately, in the front oh too many times. This and all the chasing early on was my downfall.  When it came to the sprint finish, I was passed by women I hadn’t seen all day, and ended up 14th.  PATIENCE is the lessoned learned here, girls!

This criterium course was beautiful!  A pretty good hill in the middle makes this course more like a circuit race than a criterium.  There were several teams well represented: BMW Bianchi, Kenda, and Subaru/Gary Fisher. I also befriended a fellow Colavita rider, from team Colavita-South, Thea Rent, who is the 2009 SC Crit and RR State Champ.  Also in attendance was Robin Farina (Vera Bradley Foundation, 3rd GC in Redlands 2010), and Morgan Patton (Team Type 1) and Rebecca Larson (Value Act Capital).  I was determined to get in a break and redeem myself for my lackluster finishes in the 2 previous days. And this day, I was able to make it happen. Based on my assessment of the riders the previous day in the road race, I was better able to read who to go with in a break-away attempt. I was not disappointed. Early on, I managed to get in a 6 person break with Robin Farina and Rebecca Larson. Unfortunately half the people wouldn’t work.  I was willing to sacrifice myself to make sure this break would last, and it did, but I had nothing for the sprint and ended up with 6th place for the day, and a cash prime. 

Also, my name, and our sponsors name, Colavita/Outback Steakhouse from LAS VEGAS was mentioned over and over by the announcer because he was the same announcer that did the Mandalay Bay USA Crit Finals in September, so he was thrilled that I was there (and visible because of being in the break).

Overall the weather was beautiful, and I learned a lot, like I have to work on patience and keeping my nose out of the wind!

6th place finish after a successful breakaway for Keely Brooks (2nd from left) at the criterium.

Fun Times at Howard Hughes Road Race - Las Vegas, NV

What a great turnout for a local circuit race.  If you talked to anyone, you probably heard that this was a really fun race and course.  The venue was also great...a bit of an oasis in the middle of the desert! How great to hear the sound of rushing water as you race on by.  Huge thanks to Mike Olsen for getting this together.

The Women 3/4 field had 10 racers which was a great turnout for a first time local race.  Colavita-Outback Steakhouse was well represented by Sonya, Nicole, Trenna, and Natasha. Other teams present included Team Fluid, McGhies, and a Utah rider.  The 7 mile circuit provided a little bit of everything with a steep uphill finish.  Natasha got in a front group of 4 that stayed away and she ended up taking the WIN! Natasha is well on her way to an upgrade!

The Women1/2 field consisted of Coleen and Michelle. Both did awesome racing with a large Men 4 field and Coleen finished in 5th!  Great job to everyone who came out and braved the windy day!

Natasha cruising up the hill in the Women 3/4 race!

Coleen racing with the Men 4 field at Howard Hughes.

Congratulations Julie! - Redlands, CA
Congratulations to Julie Cutts for being invited to race with a composite team, Roosters-Edge Composite Wheels, at the 2010 Redlands Bicycle Classic.  Julie and her composite teammates will be participating in the 1,2 Women's Invitational Stage Race which includes a prologue plus 3 stages.  Way to go Jules!!!  We are so proud of you.

Callville Bay Classic - Las Vegas, NV
Another truly tough stage race at the Callville Bay Classic in Southern Nevada! Top ten GC results: Julie Cutts (8th, Women 1/2/3) and Natasha Meinecke (7th, Women 3/4). Stage highlights for Women 1/2/3: Kirsten Darley (3rd RR, 5th Crit), Julie Cutts (7th TT). Stage highlights for Women 3/4: Natasha Meinecke (7th TT, 4th RR, 5th Crit).

Valley of the Sun - Pheonix, AZ

Congratulations to Julie Cutts (5th Place GC, photo left), Coleen Knutson (6th Place GC, middle), and Keely Brooks (Pack Finish, right) at VOS 2010! 

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