Colavita/Baci Women’s Cycling Team merges with Italian team for 2011

The new Colavita/Forno D’Asolo team will race a full UCI schedule as well as a National Racing Calendar campaign.

2010 Cascade Cycling Classic prologue
2010 NRC champion Cath Cheatley remains with the merged squad

2010’s top ranked U.S. women’s team, Colavita/Baci Women’s Cycling Team presented by Cooking Light, will merge with Italy’s ASC Chirio Forno D’Asolo Professional Women’s Cycling Team for 2011.

The team will be renamed Colavita/Forno D’Asolo Pro Cycling team.

The merger has athletic as well as culinary implications, the team said. The U.S. team’s title sponsor is the Italy-based olive oil company Colavita USA. The Italian team’s title sponsor is the Treviso, Italy-based croissant factory Forno D’Asolo SpA.

“This is a great partnership between two Italian companies which both support cycling, first and foremost, for the love of the sport,” said Colavita USA’s vp of marketing, John A. Profaci. “This was the opportunity I’ve been waiting for, namely, to get the Colavita team over to the European UCI circuit.”

The 2011 Colavita Forno D’Asolo team will field a roster in both the U.S. and Italy. Colavita/Baci Directeur Sportif Rachel Heal will coordinate an international program and continue to direct the team in the National Racing Calendar and UCI-sanctioned events held in the US while Forno D’Asolo manager Franco Chirio will guide the team in a full UCI schedule of events across Europe.

The team said the core riders from both teams will return, including NRC women’s individual champion Cath Cheatley. A full roster will be announced in coming weeks.