SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 2, 2019) — The DNA Pro Cycling Team is proud to announce plans to return for the 2020 season registered as a UCI Women's Continental team for the first time since 2017. Celebrating their 8th racing season, the race calendar will include a broad range of events including UCI stage races, one-day classics and the USA CRITS Series. The team will also continue to compete on the dirt for epic gravel and mountain bike events.
The UCI women’s roster boasts riders with diverse backgrounds and disciplines, multiple national champions and past Olympians, to kick-off a winning campaign.
Leading the team as captain on the road will be rouleur Heather Fischer, racing her seventh professional season. Fischer was the recent winner of the Most Badass jersey at the Colorado Classic this summer, and a past winner of the Downtown Silver City crit at the Tour of the Gila, and D1 Collegiate National Championship. Working alongside her will be Michaela Drummond, former Junior World Champion on the track and a 2020 Olympic hopeful for New Zealand. Celebrating her 18th birthday this past August and graduating from junior gears, 26-time National Champion Katie Clouse will be racing her fourth year with the program. After proving her strengths in all three disciplines of mountain biking, cyclocross, and road, Clouse will join the team early next spring after another full cyclocross campaign this winter with Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.
American Mia Kilburg (formerly Manganello), returns after a hiatus from professional cycling, winning a medal in long track speed skating at the 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics. Prior to her return to the ice in 2017, Kilburg had scored a collection of points classification jerseys at Cascade Cycling Classic, Redlands, and San Dimas.
The complete roster will be finalized in the coming weeks. Other new signings include collegiate national champion and climbing specialist Margot Clyne of Boulder, Colorado, and Liza Rachetto. Rachetto will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience earned after racing for the past 16 seasons in the top races of the world, including finishing the Giro Rosa three times. Earlier this season she spent several months racing in France and Belgium with her previous team.
“Women’s racing in 2020 will be exciting, challenging and rewarding; we’re eager for all of it,” Director Sportif Cathy Fegan-Kim said. “Bringing in sponsors, supporting our athletes and succeeding in each race is increasingly competitive, but we believe nothing meaningful has ever been easy.”
Fegan-Kim is one of only a handful of women in the world officially certified as a UCI sports director, alongside Carmen Small and Rachel Heal to name a few. She earned her certification in Switzerland in 2018 through a scholarship.
“The momentum in women's racing is growing in North America with the Colorado Classic, AMGEN Tour of California, a robust criterium scene that includes USA CRITS, and Team USA's success winning multiple rainbow jerseys at Worlds. We are ready to join once again in becoming a UCI team, racing hard, developing more women athletes and putting on a show for cycling fans.”
The 2020 DNA Pro Cycling Team Roster (to date):
- Heather Fischer (Boulder, CO)
- Hanna Muegge (Monterey, CA)
- Michaela Drummond (Cambridge, NZ)
- Kimberly Lucie (Tuscon, AZ)
- Brenna Wrye-Simpson (Portland, OR)
- Margot Clyne (Boulder, CO)
- Katie Clouse (Park City, UT)
- Mia Kilburg (Cincinnati, OH)
- Liza Rachetto (Los Altos, CA)
- Sarah Kaufmann (Salt Lake City, UT)
The DNA Pro Cycling Team is a registered USA Cycling Domestic Elite Team and is a joint venture owned and managed by FCS and K4 Racing. The team’s website is www.DNACyclingTeam.com. Fans can also follow the DNA Pro Cycling Team on social media at facebook.com/k4racing, instagram.com/dnak4, and twitter.com/DNA_K4