Cyclocross

Amy D. Foundation seeks rider for 2015-16 ’cross season

The Amy D. Racing program awards a roster spot on a professional cyclocross team to a female rider aged 18 or older

The Amy D. Foundation is searching for a female rider to join its 2015-2016 cyclocross team.

As part of its Amy D. Racing program, the foundation will award one woman, aged 18 or older, with a roster spot on a professional squad. The chosen rider will race a full USA Cycling Professional Cyclocross Calendar schedule while traveling under the wing of the Raleigh-Clement Professional Cyclocross Team, according to a press release.

“Applicants should possess top-notch athletic potential, embody Amy Dombroski’s passionate and ambitious spirit, qualify to enter the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships, and be available for a lengthy racing agenda,” the press release reads.

The application window is open through June 22, and one rider will be selected on July 6.

The foundation started its Amy D. Racing initiative last season in memory of American cyclocross racer Amy Dombroski, who died in a training accident in Belgium at age 26 in October 2013.

“Like everything we try to push forward through the Amy D. Foundation, this ’cross program is about a holistic approach to building equality and opportunity for women in the sport,” said Amy’s brother Dan Dombroski. “We constantly look to Amy’s passion, drive, and perspective as a guiding light.”

The foundation strives to provide an opportunity for a female rider to race on a professional team for a season, something that isn’t always financially possible. The team covers travel, equipment, and mechanical services throughout the season.

“The Amy D. Racing program offers a huge opportunity to the selected rider and it brings awareness to women’s racing,” said Erica Zaveta, who was chosen to race in the Amy D. Racing program last season. “There are a lot of good riders looking for support, and in the end there are just not enough teams to go around.

“I learned the importance of believing in yourself and working hard. So many sponsors and supporters gave so much and believed in the program that I wanted to honor the opportunity and the memory of Amy and do my very best.”

For the application and more information, visit amydfoundation.org/racing.