Panaracer tires has come together with some of the strongest and most recognisable names in women's cycling to support the Happy Tooth Dental Pro Road team in 2016. The team is led by Tina Pic, who at 50 has seen a successful career in which she became a six-time American national criterium champion, five-time National Road Circuit champion, two-time Pan-American road race Champion and six-time World Championship team member.
The Happy Tooth Dental Professional Racing program will exclusively use Panaracer Tires in 2016, as they compete across the country in the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour, and selected other national calibre events.
Panaracer Tires provided the team with a ride range of EVO3 tires, from the reliable Race A EVO3 Tubeless Clincher tire that will handle all training duties, to the lightweight and race ready Race A EVO3 tubular tire, that will be glued to the team's selection of race wheels.
Pic is joined by experienced riders such a 2011 New Zealand road champion Courtney Lowe, Christina Gokey-Smith, Laura Jorgensen and Jannalyn Luttrell. Joining the team to learn from their experienced teammates are up-and-coming riders Ashlyn Woods and Monica Volk.
Former American road race champion Robin Farina will make her debut as Director Sportif.
“After a long and satisfying road career, I am excited to change gears and direct a dynamic team of women that want to excel on the road and in their professional cycling careers,” said Farina. “There is no better time than now for me to be involved in women’s cycling and help grow our sport to a more professional level. I am thrilled about what 2016 will have in store for our new team.”
With an emphasis on rider development, the team will provide unique guest riding opportunities for amateur riders from the Pacific Northwest through the Portland Bicycle Studio women’s development program.
Christina Gokey-Smith, Courteney Lowe (2011 New Zealand Road Champion), Laura Jorgensen and Jannalyn Luttrell bring firepower and professional experience to the team. Ashlyn Woods (junior World’s team member), and Monica Volk are up and coming racers looking to make their mark in the women’s peloton.
“I leapt at the opportunity to work with Happy Tooth Dental to build upon their national caliber racing programs in 2016.” PSG owner Molly Cameron says, “Together with our partners we have built a team with winning professional riders, hungry young elite talent and we provide a clear path to develop amateur women through our development program. I can not express enough how honored I am to have Robin Farina directing our team.”
“After a long and satisfying road career, I am excited to change gears and direct a dynamic team of women that want to excel on the road and in their professional cycling careers.” Robin Farina, (2011 US Road race champion); “There is no better time than now for me to be involved in women’s cycling and help grow our sport to a more professional level. I am thrilled about what 2016 will have in store for our new team.”
The team officially begins the racing season at the Redlands Bicycle Classic before heading East to the USA Cycling Criterium national championships followed by team camp and media presentation in Chapel Hill, NC.