Kowalski’s Markets Collegiate All-Star Team For Nature Valley Grand Prix Loaded With Talent
Six riders with a combined seven podium finishes at the recent USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals make up the Kowalski’s Markets Collegiate All-Stars team for this month’s Nature Valley Grand Prix.
Elle Anderson (Dartmouth College) and Kimberley Turner (Seattle Pacific University) are repeat selections to the team while Robin Bauer (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Missy Erickson (Fort Lewis College), Holly Mathews (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Laura Ralston (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) are first-time selections.
The six will wear their school jerseys during the Nature Valley Grand Prix, June 15-19, but compete as the “Kowalski’s Markets Collegiate All-Stars,” sporting sponsor-branded team shorts.
Erickson, who hails from Alexandria, Minn., is an exercise science major on target to graduate next year. She said making the team completed her season goal. Erikson finished fourth in the Division I criterium at nationals.
“I am proud to call Minnesota my home state and honored to represent Fort Lewis College,” she said. “Racing as part of the Kowalski’s Markets Collegiate All-Star team gives me the opportunity to see my dream of becoming a professional cyclist come true, while also representing my college, and pursuing my education.”
Team Manager John Barron said his squad aims to impress the pro peloton and continue the tradition of top talent migrating from the Kowalski’s Markets Collegiate All-Stars team to the pro ranks. Past team members are a “who’s who” of promising young talent, including: Kristin McGrath (Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY 12), Sinead Miller (Diadora-Pasta Zara-Manhattan), Erica Allar (BMC-Bianchi) and Amanda Miller and the late Carla Swart (both HTC-Highroad).
“We have six women who are particularly gritty, gutsy and hungry for a win,” Barron said. “They know all about teamwork, but have never been on the same team together.”
Key to solidifying that team atmosphere will be participation in a pre-Nature Valley Grand Prix training camp, Barron said. Members of the Kowalski’s Markets Collegiate All-Stars will join the men’s and women’s Nature Valley Pro Ride teams at the camp.
Each Kowalski’s Markets Collegiate All-Stars team member receives complimentary entry into the Nature Valley Grand Prix, free host housing and a travel stipend. They will also receive the full support of a staff that includes Barron, soigneur Stu Barron, mechanic Gabe Masiulis, massage therapist Tom Hagerty and photographer/social media coordinator Cory Funk.
About Collegiate Cycling
With over 4,700 student athletes and 300 collegiate clubs and teams, Collegiate Cycling is the division of USA Cycling responsible for administering competitive bicycle racing in 11 unique collegiate conferences. Collegiate Cycling also oversees all four USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships: Track, Mountain Bike, Cyclo-cross, and Road, and recognizes collegiate club and athlete achievements with the Stenner and Kuck scholarships. To learn more about USA Cycling-Collegiate, visit www.usacycling.org/ncca. Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX, and cyclo-cross.
About Kowalski’s Markets
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