Change afoot for Amy D. Foundation ‘cross team
The Amy D. Racing cyclocross team and Stan’s NoTubes Cyclocross team have joined forces to provide continued support for rising star Rebecca Fahringer in the 2016-2017 cyclocross season.
The Amy D. Racing team previously partnered with the Raleigh – Clement team to provide travel, equipment, mechanical and mentoring support throughout the domestic UCI season to one up-and-coming female racer. The team provides the rider with everything they need for elite racing. The Raleigh squad is refocusing on World Cup races this season, so both parties agreed that a continued partnership was no longer practical.
Dan Dombroski, founder and president of the Amy D. Foundation said “strong ties with the Raleigh – Clement team remain.” Donn Kellogg, manager of the Raleigh squad echoed Dombroski’s sentiments: “As a team and as individuals, we stand ready at each race to lend a helping hand to the ongoing Amy D. Racing program.”
“We are excited and honored to be working with the Amy D. Foundation,” Stan’s NoTubes manager Jake Wells said. “The developmental element has been a long-time goal for [our] program, and this is a big stride toward fulfilling that vision.”
Previously, the Amy D. Racing program has been a single-season commitment, but this season, the team is supporting Fahringer for a second year. Fahringer is still a developing talent within the sport. “Her trajectory is tremendous,” Dombroski said, “and we feel that there is further development potential that we can help facilitate. A significant consideration is the unfortunate lack of opportunities within the sport at the professional level. Lots of very talented athletes are scraping to put a season together. There’s a lot to be said for the stability of multi-year support in the development process.”
“Last season I learned so much and made a lot of really important breakthroughs,” Fahringer said. “I worked hard in the off-season and am really excited to keep momentum going into this season. I made friends with the NoTubes CX riders throughout last season, so the support transition will be easy for me. I am really looking forward to not only furthering my career, but helping the Amy D. Foundation develop another strong relationship with a great team in Stan’s NoTubes.”
In addition to Stan’s NoTubes, the Amy D. Foundation program will receive support from the Stan’s team’s sponsors: Scott Bikes, Shimano, IRC Tires, Pearl Izumi, KASK helmets and eyewear, and Action Wipes. They will also continue to receive support from Lazer Helmets and BikeFlights.com
Started in 2013, after the death of world-class cyclocross racer Amy Dombroski, the Amy D. Foundation “aims to build participation, opportunity, and equality for female cyclists, promoting healthy personal development that transcends the sport.” Any donations made to the Amy D. Foundation are tax deductible. For more information about the foundation, or to make a donation to the cause, go to amydfoundation.org.