Team T-Mobile, the all-American women's team structured under USA Cycling and sponsored by the wireless subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, introduced their 2003 international squad at a training camp in Arizona over the November 23-24 weekend. The most notable addition to the team is Kimberly Bruckner, formerly of Saturn. Brucker enjoyed a remarkable 2002 season that brought a second consecutive national time trial championship, as well as numerous stage race podiums, including the Cascade Classic (1st), Sea Otter (2nd), Solano (3rd) and the HP Women's Challenge (3rd). Also new to the

American All Stars

By Neal Rogers

The American All Star Squad
The American All Star Squad

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

Team T-Mobile, the all-American women’s team structured under USA Cycling and sponsored by the wireless subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, introduced their 2003 international squad at a training camp in Arizona over the November 23-24 weekend.

The most notable addition to the team is Kimberly Bruckner, formerly of Saturn. Brucker enjoyed a remarkable 2002 season that brought a second consecutive national time trial championship, as well as numerous stage race podiums, including the Cascade Classic (1st), Sea Otter (2nd), Solano (3rd) and the HP Women’s Challenge (3rd).

Also new to the team are Kristin Armstrong, 29, a former triathlete who impressed with a strong performance at the 2002 HP Women’s Challenge riding for Goldy’s, and Stacy Peters, a 33-year-old who previously rode for Bianchi USA. Nineteen-year-old Sarah Hammer joins the team looking to expand on a promising track career that already includes gold and silver World Cup medals.

Returning to the team are Dede Demet-Barry, Amber Neben, Dotsie Cowden, Katrina Berger, Mari Holden, and Kim Anderson.

The Sonoran Desert provided a surreal backdrop for team photos
The Sonoran Desert provided a surreal backdrop for team photos

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

The professionally run “USA Trade Team” will focus on international competition in 2003, with the goal of Olympic gold in 2004 in mind. T-Mobile is committed as the exclusive title sponsor through 2004, with the right to renew in 2005.

Sporting new jerseys and matching Cannondale CAAD 7 bikes in a black and magenta flame motif, the squad gathered at an elegant resort in Tucson in conjunction with the Tour de Tucson, a 108-mile tour that draws thousands of riders from across the country, as well as notable professional racers.

Sunrise in Tucson, as thousands prepare to ride in the Tour de Tucson
Sunrise in Tucson, as thousands prepare to ride in the Tour de Tucson

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

This year’s event was “won” by Robbie Ventura, of U.S. Postal, and French racing legend Jeannie Longo. T-Mobile riders completed approximatlely two-thirds of the event before passing by their host resort and calling it a day.

T-Mobile’s 2003 International Roster

Kim Anderson
Age: 34
Specialty: Stage races
Years Racing: 7
Individual Accomplishments: 3rd, G.C., 2001 Sea Otter Classic
Top 2002 Results: 4th, First Union Liberty Classic; 5th, G.C., Sea Otter Classic; 5th, G.C., Redlands

Kristin Armstrong
Age: 29
Specialty: Time Trial
Years Racing: 1
Individual Accomplishments: 1999 Hawaii Ironman; 2002 La Grande Boucle Feminine
Top 2002 Results: 7th, G.C., HP Women’s Challenge; 11th, G.C., Housatonic Valley Classic

Deirdre “Dede” Demet-Barry
Age:30
Specialty: All-rounder
Years Racing: 15
Individual Accomplishments: Three-time USCF Elite national champion (1998 criterium, 1996 road race, 1993 team time trial)
Top 2002 Results: 1st, UCI World Cup #6, Montreal; 3rd, First Union Liberty Classic

Katrina Berger
Age: 28
Specialty: Criteriums
Years Racing: 6
Individual Accomplishments: 1st, 2001 Tour of Willamette time trial
Top 2002 Results: 1st, Cannery Row Criterium, Sea Otter Classic; 2nd, Vuelta de Bisbee; 6th, G.C., Tour of the Gila

Kimberly Bruckner
Age: 32
Specialty: All-rounder
Years Racing: 5
Individual Accomplishments: 2001 USCF Elite national champion, road race and time trial.
Top 2002 Results: 2nd G.C., Sea Otter Classic; 10th, La Grande Boucle Feminine; USCF Elite time trial national champion

Dotsie Cowden
Age: 29
Specialty: Domestique
Years Racing: 4
Individual Accomplishments: 4th, 2001 USCF Elite national road race
Top 2002 Results: 7th, Oak Glen road race stage, Redlands; 13th, USCF Elite national time trial

Sarah Hammer
Age: 19
Specialty: Track, Sprints
Years Racing: 10
Individual Accomplishments: 2nd, Individual Pursuit, 2001 Junior Track World Championships; 12-time junior national champion
Top 2002 Results: 1st, Points Race, 2nd, Scratch Race, UCI World Cup, Sydney

Mari Holden
Age: 32
Specialty: Time trial
Years Racing: 10
Individual Accomplishments: World Champion, time trial, 2000; Silver medal, time trial, 2000 Sydney Olympic Games; Six-time USCF Elite national champion, time trial
Top 2002 Results: 8th, UCI World Cup #1, Australia; 8th, G.C., Sea Otter Classic

Amber Neben
Age: 28
Specialty: Climber
Years Racing: 7
Individual Accomplishments: 1st, Stage 8, 2001 HP Women’s Challenge; 2nd, 2001 USCF Elite national road race
Top 2002 Results: 1st, G.C., Gracia Cez-Ede (Czech Republic); 2nd, G.C., Housatonic Classic; 2nd, USCF Elite national time trial, road race

Stacey Peters
Age: 33
Specialty: Domestique
Years Racing: 6
Individual Accomplishments: 5th, time trial, 2002 Solano Classic
Top 2002 Results: 10th, G.C., Solano Classic; 11th, G.C., Sea Otter Classic

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