By VeloNews Interactive
The resurgent Dede Demet-Barry has signed a multiyear agreement with Team T-Mobile following a string of podium appearances, according to USA Cycling.
The 29-year-old Boulder resident, a former Saturn rider who had been racing in Talgo America kit after taking nearly two years off from racing to continue her education, scored a victory in the Montréal World Cup on June 1, then followed that up with a second place at Le Tour du Grand Montréal June 3-4 and a third place at the First Union Liberty Classic June 9 in Philadelphia.
Her first race with Team T-Mobile will be at the U.S. Elite National Championships July 18-20 in Nashville, Tennessee, followed by the Tour de France for women, the Grand Boucle Féminine, August 4-18.
“This is a great program and a huge opportunity for U.S. women,” said Demet-Barry, a seven-time national champion who originally took up cycling as cross-training for speed-skating (she was a member of the U.S. world speed-skating team from 1988 to 1991).Her new teammates include Mari Holden, Kim Anderson, Katrina Berger, Dotsie Cowden, Amber Neben, Lara Ruthven and Missy Thompson.
“The team has a good mix and balance of established stars and up-and-coming talent,” said Demet-Barry, who began racing at age 14. “It’s really cool that developing riders are getting the chance to ride the big races and gain the international experience they need to become competitive on a world-class level.”