Wednesday, February 28, 2024

DNA Professional Biking Makes Plans for Excursion of the Gila 2024


SILVER CITY, NM – DNA Professional Biking, which received the issues classification at the Excursion of the Gila 2023, will convey a squad of six riders to the 37th Excursion of the Gila this April.

Final yr, DNA Professional Biking attended 31 occasions in 8 nations, incomes spots on over 55 podiums and completing the yr because the top-ranked UCI Continental Girls’s Workforce within the Western Hemisphere. With staff contributors from the U.S., Canada, Colombia, Mexico and Nice Britain, DNA had 5 riders, representing 3 countries, on the 2023 UCI Global Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. “We’ve been assembly our objective of being an the world over aggressive ladies’s biking staff,” DNA Professional Biking Workforce Important and Sports activities Director Catherine “Cathy” Fegan-Kim says.

In its 12th yr, DNA Professional Biking has raced Excursion of the Gila 9 instances, bringing riders right through the staff’s inaugural season. “We began this staff to offer alternatives for girls to race level races within the U.S. equivalent to Gila that have difficult pageant and logistics,” Fegan-Kim says. “What we’ve discovered since then is that Gila is as stunning as it’s difficult.”

Ranked 37th international, together with Girls’s WorldTour groups, DNA ranks twenty second amongst UCI Continental groups by myself. “As a U.S,-based skilled staff, it’s necessary for us to have alternatives to get UCI issues nearer to house. Our funds limits us to just 3 or 4 world journeys. Excursion of the Gila is one in all most effective two highway occasions within the U.S. which can be UCI [the other being Joe Martin Stage Race],” Fegan-Kim says. “We’re in reality grateful that Gila continues to sign in as a world UCI tournament.”

On a person stage, Excursion of the Gila is the place riders achieve side road cred. “It’s a huge race, particularly for climbers and this is going into numerous our determination making on rosters,” Fegan-Kim says, divulging that DNA riders like Heather Fischer and Colombian Nationwide Champion Diana Peñuela have each received levels of Excursion of the Gila and stay extraordinarily pleased with the ones victories. “For numerous riders, Gila is a huge objective. Should you podium or win the Gila Monster, it’s bragging rights.”

This yr, DNA Professional Biking has its attractions set on profitable the Normal Classification. “That could be a giant objective for the staff,” Fegan-Kim says. “We’re simply going to be daring and say it: We’re going for it. We’ll take the most productive squad we will be able to perhaps have for it.”

Whilst Fegan-Kim would now not verify the roster on the time of this interview, conceivable riders come with the two-time Colombian highway champion and present time trial champion Peñuela, 2023 Gila Issues winner Shayna Powless, former Mexican Highway and Time Trial Champion Anet Barrera, 2023 Excursion of the Gila alumna and 2023 Vuelta a Colombia level winner Kaitlyn Rauwerda, and the present Canadian U23 Highway Champion Sarah Van Dam. Different conceivable DNA riders in this yr’s Excursion of the Gila squad come with Maeghan Easler and Nadia Gontova, who’re each becoming a member of from the UCI Continental Workforce Roxo Racing. Easler made her mark in U.S. level racing in 2023 with two podiums on the Excursion of the Gila, whilst Gontova additionally used to be an element within the Excursion of the Gila ladies’s box closing yr. Sara Poidevin, who joined DNA this yr from the Girls’s WorldTour staff, EF Schooling-Tibco-SVB, along with her mountain climbing and breakaway prowess, could also be a possible variety.

Each and every spring Excursion of the Gila most often brings DNA Professional Biking’s riders and team of workers to southwest New Mexico for approximately 8 days general. “We adore the world, from the unbelievable surroundings to the nice and cozy welcome from Silver Town citizens to the burritos and low within the native stores,” stated Fegan-Kim. “Even past the contest, there are all the time just right tales we will be able to take house with us.”


Excursion of the Gila is an iconic American highway bicycling race this is famend around the globe for its 5 difficult levels. As a UCI-sanctioned level race, Excursion of the Gila is the proving floor the place professional and elite newbie racers exhibit their ability. Additionally sanctioned by means of USA Biking, Excursion of the Gila draws newbie cyclists short of to enjoy southwest New Mexico’s notoriously steep and scenic roads whilst trying out their bodily limits. Since 1987, Excursion of the Gila has highlighted the state’s wealthy historical past and panorama, together with the area that impressed the introduction of the Barren region Act, its tough farming, ranching and mining heritage, a rising inventive group, and mountains that make for a bike owner’s dream playground.

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