FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Elite female cyclists from northeast Ohio come together to race as a team and grow the sport of women’s cycling.
Cleveland, OH USA
February 3, 2015
VeloFemme LLC announces the establishment of VeloFemme-Litzler, an experienced and talented team of 8 Elite female cyclists from the northeast Ohio area. It is the mission of VeloFemme LLC to grow the community and sport of women’s cycling through participation in local, regional and national competitions, events, clinics, and mentoring programs.
“Over the past few years we have been racing against each other, most often on our own or in pairs. We are now coming together to learn from each other, explore real team tactics and share our experience with other female cyclists and developing riders.
“Although women’s cycling continues to be under-represented and under-supported, change is happening. You see it with the creation of Le Tour Entier, a campaign established by four of the world’s most prominent professional female athletes, to support the growth of women’s cycling starting with Le Tour de France. On a local level, we are seeing more women and girls at races, more races with equal payouts and hopefully soon, equal race times and distances.
It is our hope that through the creation of VeloFemme LLC, we are able to grow the sport and community of female cycling on a local level.
“In addition to racing locally, regionally and nationally, we will be hosting races and clinics at the Cleveland Velodrome and beginner clinics on the road geared towards women and juniors. The team and our partners are all very passionate about racing and growing the sport for women, and we look to the coming season with much anticipation.” Laura Webb, VeloFemme LLC.
The VeloFemme race team has secured a multi-year lead sponsorship with Matt Litzler of C. A. Litzler Co. Inc. Addtionally, the team has secondary partnerships with SportLegs, Ken Knabe Attorney At Law, Synergy Sports Therapy, Bike Authority, Felt, Zipp, SRAM, Train Ready Coaching, and the Cleveland Velodrome, and is supported by the generous contributors to its crowdfunding campaign.
“I look forward to great results from our new team this year as we work towards developing Womens’s Cycling across multiple disciplines. Bringing new people into this fascinating team sport of ours is one of my goals and I firmly believe that VeloFemme – Litzler will reach a significant number of people throughout the cycling season. We are “Driven by Right” and VeloFemme – Litzler embodies this same philosophy.” Says Matt Litzler, President of C. A. Litzler Co., Inc. Litzler is a world-wide supplier of custom machinery and automation based in Cleveland, Ohio.
2015 Team Roster
The current roster includes Samantha Brode (Green), Gwennyth Davis (Tallmadge), Anneke Frankemolle (Cleveland Heights), Jane Geisse (Chagrin Falls), Sally Price (Hudson), Julie Sroka (North Royalton), Kellie Strang (Boardman), and Laura Webb (Lakewood). The team is currently accepting resumes for their development and junior program.
There are many ways the public can be involved in this adventure; come out and support the team at local racing events and clinics, become a team sponsor, and/or if interested in racing/riding, apply to join the team.