Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New EVOL Women's Road Team

EVOL Racing Women’s Elite Road Team

New for 2015, EVOL Racing introduces the EVOL Women’s Elite Road Team to take on the fierce Colorado competition. After dominating the 2014/2015 cyclocross season, the EVOL Women’s team is excited to continue their success in racing, leadership, and mentorship on and off the road this spring and summer. 

Six women comprise the women’s road team including EVOL cyclocross racers Kate Powlison, Melissa Barker, and Kristen Legan. New to the team are veteran racers Beth Fisk and Margell Abel as well as development athlete, Christa Ghent. While the women are racing under a new team - EVOL Racing - they are no strangers to each other. Most of the member raced together as a team in the 2014 road season and they’re excited to stick together and build on previous successes.

Kate Powlison rocked Cross Nationals! 
While local races are the main focus this season for EVOL Racing, the women’s team is also working to help advance women’s cycling from the grassroots up. Team leader, Kristen Legan explains, “Our goal is to create positive and educational race opportunities for developing athletes through mentorship from seasoned racers.” Through this mentorship, the goal is to help bridge the gap between local racing and national level races so that emerging athletes can purposefully progress to the next level.

The Colorado road season is underway and EVOL Racing is looking forward to a full lineup of races ranging from crits to gravel grinders. Watch for the EVOL Women’s Team as they take on Colorado’s finest cyclists throughout the season. Also, make sure to stop by the Breeze Bars tent after each race as these competitive women also love to kick back, enjoy, and share their post-race cocktail creations.

Rider Profiles

Kate Powlison
Kate comes into the 2015 season motivated to race and excited to have a powerful team behind her. With her masterful skills on the dirt, Kate is ready to crush on all of dirt road races this year. 
Christa Ghent
With a wicked fast sprint, Christa is gunning for the “Queen of Crits” title this year. Proof that powerful things can come in small packages; Christa will be one to watch in any sprint finish road race or crit this season.

Margell Abel
Margell brings tons of experience to the team with years of elite racing as well as coaching and mentoring young riders. Margell is a master tactician and reads races as if she can see into the future. 
Beth Fisk
Beth is another seasoned racer who not only provides valuable race insights and tactics, but she can also tear the competition’s legs off. It’s not uncommon to see Beth throwing down attack after attack to help her team take the win.  

Melissa Barker
As the new member of the EVOL road team, Melissa will be a huge asset with her quick sprint and strong diesel engine. Melissa is coming off a winning cyclocross season and excited to continue her success this spring and summer on the road.  

Kristen Legan
With new focus and determination, Kristen comes into the 2015 season ready to throw down. Kristen is shooting to dominate the various stage races around Colorado as well as a few long distance gravel races throughout the U.S.

EVOL Race Calendar

April 4            Louisville Crit
April 11          Boulder Roubaix
April 12          Stazio Crit
April 19          Federal Center Crit
May 2             Koppenberg
May 15-17      Superior Morgul Stage Race
May 30           City Park Crit
June 14           Yeti Beti Mtn Bike Race
June 21           Golden Granfondo
June 26-28      Boulder Stage Race
July 4              Firecracker 50 Mtb Race
August 1         Littleton Crit (NCC Race)
August 2         Bannock Street Crit

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Colorado Cross Cup sweep

Although the bikes have been washed off and put away weeks ago (if not longer), the Colorado 'cross scene wrapped up the season in style at its awards party on Saturday.

There were plenty of pink jerseys atop the podium at the evening event in Denver. As was the case in 2013, Evol Racing won both men's and women's overall team competitions in the Colorado Cross Cup. With 126 racer starts, the team was in for the long haul in 2014 to claim the two titles again.

In the individual Cross Cup categories, the Evol team did one better over last season, when Ken won the men's open title. In 2015, the team claimed both the men's and women's open individual titles. Spencer won the overall men's title after placing second in 2012 and 2013. Melissa earned her first Cross Cup as well. She was fourth in the overall standings last year.

"It's a really tough feat to win the overall," Spencer said. "There were times in the past couple years when I thought I had it sewed up, only to have someone come on strong in the final month of racing. It's great to take the series title and to share the podium with my teammate, Ken." Ken was second overall in the series.

Photos: Justin Tamplin

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Melissa wins Rocky Mountain regionals

Photo: Justin Tamplin
Melissa put together the race of the season to win Rocky Mountain regional championships in Longmont, Colorado on Saturday.

Right from the gun, she rode an aggressive race. "The holeshot was a left turn on to loose dirt, so I knew there was the potential for carnage," she said. "I gunned it off the line, got the holeshot and push hard up the first hill."

She was in the front for the first lap, followed closely by teammate Kate and Feedback Sports' Caitlyn Vestal on a fast, grassy course that had several extended power sections and a tricky sandpit.

"Near the middle of the race Caitlyn closed the gap to about five seconds," Melissa explained. "However, I was able to gain a little time back by riding both sandpits and pushing hard on the climb. I dug deep and tried to squeeze out every extra second I could by being consistent and smooth.

"People all around the course were yelling encouragement and giving me splits. By the last lap, I was holding a 15-second lead and starting to realize that I might actually be able hold my lead."

And she held it, with Caitlyn finishing close behind, and Kate riding home to third place.