Posted by: marissaridesbikes | February 10, 2011

Winner Within mentoring program

We’re happy to announce that Touchstone rider Elis Bradshaw will be a member of the NCNCA’s Winner Within mentoring program for the 2011 season. This is her third year of mentoring the cat 4 women’s field. It’s a great way to give back to the sport! Here is the official announcement from program coordinator Laurie Fenech:

We would like to introduce the 2011 NCNCA “Winner Within” female, Mentor team. We mentor most USAC sanctioned-women cat 4 races (no combinations). Our focus is “safe race practice” in the field. This dedicated, qualified and friendly, group of female mentors are eager to assist, inspire and inform new cat 4 women with safety questions concerning the sport we love; bicycle racing. We are dedicated to the 2011 season, please share this information with your team, thank you.

Elis Bradshaw: Elis fell in love with bike racing as a member of the UC Berkeley Cal Cycling program in 2004. The next year she started racing USAC events and discovered that her passion and main talents lay in criteriums. She is dedicated to increasing the number of women and opportunities for women in the sport, especially at the beginner level, and was program manager of the Bay Area Women’s Cycling: Women’s Racing Series from 2008-2010. This is her third year as a part of the Winner Within mentoring team.

Laura Charameda: Laura’s racing results include multiple stage wins at the women’s Tour de France, a medal at the World Road Racing Championships, a spot on the Olympic Team, and two Criterium National Criterium titles. With the number of Laura’s career cycling victories are well over 250. Laura’s current career foci are athletic program development, coaching and directing both junior and women cyclists, leading clinics for beginning cyclists and in 2009 was the Race Director for the inaugural Women’s Tour of California Criterium. After retiring from professional athletics her passion has shifted her own athletic performance to helping others learn the joys of cycling at every level of the sport. Laura is currently the executive director of Team Swift which is a nonprofit organization based in Sonoma County , California. Team Swift brings resources and guidance to 10-18 year old cyclists, starting with their first cycling experiences and continuing through the USA National Team level. She was also the director of the Amgen Women’s Tour of California in 2007 & 2008. Laura’s greatest satisfaction comes from helping athletes achieve personally defining breakthrough experiences in athletics.

Laurie Fenech: This is Laurie’s fourth year as coordinator of the “Winner Within” mentor team. She is honored to work with dedicated mentors who are experienced racers and who value the integrity of safe and skilled behavior in the field. Being mentored herself for two years through the Early Birds, she recognizes the benefit through positive learning patterns; the essential aspects of the basic race fundamentals/skills and the genuine, qualified, guidance from the mentors whom she learned. Laurie is one of the team organizers for the Early Bird mentoring series (2009/2010/2011) and directed the “junior” early bird development clinic series in 2011. Laurie is a local cat 2 racer.

Laurel Green: 2011 is Laurel’s 18th year of bike racing. Her racing experience is with Criteriums, Stage Races, and Time Trials in the United States. She specializes in teaching bike handling, and safe racing skills. Since she loves to coach, she works for Wenzel Coaching based in Walnut Creek, CA. She is currently a Certified Level 2 Cycling Coach for USA Cycling. During the school year she teaches Physical Education to 4th, 5th and 8th graders in Windsor, CA. Feel free to contact her with questions you might have about your own potential as a bike racer. 707-836-4246

Meredith Nielsen: Meredith has always loved competing in sports, but didn’t start racing bicycles until she was 43. After racing on a co-ed club team for several years, she and a teammate decided to start a women-only team to support the newly opened Left Coast Cyclery in Berkeley . With lots of hard work and commitment, the team was the 2004 Master Women Best All-around Team in the NCNCA. Now retired from racing, Meredith is a USAC Level 2 Coach, Vice President and the only woman ‘Lifetime Member’ of the Berkeley Bike Club and has promoted many of the clubs races over the last 10 years. ‘Continued involvement in the cycling community, whether it is helping put on races or mentoring first-time racers, is my way of giving back to a sport that has taught me so much.’

Holly Roberts: Holly has been racing for 8 years. She races on the road as a Category 2, a Category 4 on the track (hopefully that will be a Cat 3 this year!) and a Beginner on the MTB. Proudest moment so far: a podium (3rd place) at Sea Otter in the XC MTB race in 2008, after falling “a zillion times”. (2nd proudest moment: Not falling when demo’ing wheel touching at the Early Birds in 2008.) Fortunately, she keeps upright on the road as much as possible and has been mentoring at the Early Bird series for the past seven years. “I found the mentoring at the Early Birds so helpful my first year, that I wanted to continue to give back.”

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