FEARLESS FEMME RACING DEBUTS PROFESSIONAL CYCLOCROSS TEAM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – AUGUST 22, 2016: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Fearless Femme Racing, a women’s elite road and criterium racing team announces its expansion into professional cyclocross racing in a merger with Level Eleven Racing, a privateer operation founded and operated by pro cyclocross racer Arley Kemmerer. Kemmerer, a member of the 2014 U.S. World Championship team, established her own racing program in 2014 which took the name Level Eleven Racing in 2015. Level Eleven Racing supported Kemmerer and rider and mechanic Rachel Rubino. Rubino had a breakout season, netting her first UCI points in her first season of UCI competition.  Kemmerer and Rubino will now race under the Fearless Femme banner, and welcome the addition of Taryn Mudge, a strong up-and-coming Pacific Northwest Philadelphia transplant who has quickly risen in the local mountain bike ranks. Mudge will join Fearless Femme as a development rider this season.

Fearless Femme has a rich pedigree of nationally- and internationally-renowned cyclists. The team’s racing genesis came from Pure Energy Cycling, a small brick-and-mortar bike shop in Lambertville, NJ. The shop’s focus on making a positive impact in cycling through community events and small programs evolved into professional cycling teams and ultimately into Pure Energy Velo, a 501c-3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote cycling advocacy, awareness and participation within communities both locally and nationally through events that promote, mentor and inspire youth, recreational and competitive cycling. Pure Energy Velo organizes an array of community events including group rides, cycling clinics, races, and school and youth group meet-and-greets. Athletes of Pure Energy Velo serve as ambassadors whose mission is to create a new standard for a role model for whom youth look up to and aspire to be like. “We’re hoping that kids look up to cyclists in the same spirit as football or baseball players, and want to continue riding a bike as a lifestyle activity because riding a bike has character-building, environmental, health and community benefits that mainstream sports just don’t possess”, said Arounkone Sananikone, Founder of Pure Energy Velo and Director of Fearless Femme Racing.

“I’m so excited about the opportunity to work with Fearless Femme and Pure Energy Velo” says Kemmerer. “This partnership provides the platform we’ve been looking for to help develop women and junior girls to lay the foundation for future generations of cyclocross racers, and also to just get more people on bikes in a positive way.” Sananikone, director of Fearless Femme, Founder of Pure Energy Velo, and owner of Pure Energy Cycling, has always had a special passion for cyclocross, and had been considering expanding the Fearless Femme program to support a cyclocross team. “I’m exctatic to introduce cyclocross racing into the Fearless Femme and Pure Energy Velo team because it brings another dimension to our bicycle program that perhaps inspires the next new bike rider. Arley is keen on being a mentor and creating a development program which echoes the same ideals of Pure Energy Velo. She is already an amazing ambassador and together we have an opportunity to not only make the podium, we have an opportunity to make a difference!”

The team is set to kick off the season in Rochester, New York, for the first domestic UCI races of the season. Kemmerer has been selected for the World Cups in Las Vegas, NV on September 21st and Iowa City, IA on September 24th. After suffering from a torn hip labrum last season, Kemmerer is back on form and eager to return to World Cup competition. The team will focus primarily on New England and Mid-Atlantic UCI events and the national championships in January. Kemmerer will also target the domestic C1 UCI events and a European World Cup campaign later in the season.

Follow the Fearless Femme Cyclocross Team on Instagram, and check often for blog updates, schedules, events and appearances, or to make a donation, at www.pureenergyvelo.org. We have a lot of exciting things on tap for the season, so stay tuned!

 

Roster:

Arley Kemmerer  (@arleykemm)

Rachel Rubino  (@rayraygrams)

Taryn Mudge  (@trmudge)

 

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Arley Kemmerer Rebrands and Expands Cyclocross Program

There’s a new women’s cyclocross program in town, formed by former World Championship Team member Arley Kemmerer. Level Eleven Racing p/b PB2 will be coming to a UCI race near you this season. Kemmerer, coming off of a stellar season last year that included an 11th place finish at the Valkenburg World Cup and an 8th place finish at U.S. Nationals, looks to build upon those results with an eye toward the World Championships in Huesden-Zolder, Belgium.

Level Eleven Racing p/b PB2 will feature the continued support of Focus Bikes, American Classic Wheels, Challenge Tires, Sram, Skratch Labs, Mad Alchemy, ProGold Lubricants, Crank Brothers, Swiftwick and Sportif Coaching Group, along with Bell Plantation and PB2 Peanut Butter. New to the program is the support of Rudy Project Eyewear, Giro, the Law Offices of Glenn A. Allen PLLC, Polar Beverages, and Vie13 custom clothing.

The program will expand on Kemmerer’s solo project from last year, adding an additional rider and full-time mechanic into the mix. The long-term goal is to develop Level Eleven Racing into a program that can support additional riders and help deepen U.S. women’s cyclocross as a whole. “Women’s domestic cyclocross is in a place that needs more support in order to continue thriving. I am hopeful that with the continued support of my amazing sponsors, I can help develop that idea in the coming years through this program” says Kemmerer.

Level Eleven p/b PB2 will be hitting all the major domestic UCI races, and is planning for attendance at the Las Vegas, Valkenburg, Namur and Zolder World Cups. Check out www.arleykemm.com for the latest news, schedules and sponsor information. Don’t forget to follow along with us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook as we take this season to the next Level!

Roster:
Arley Kemmerer
Twitter: @arleykemm
Instagram: @arleykemm

Rachel Rubino
Twitter: @Rubino_Official
Instagram: @rayraygrams

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CHARM CITY CX UCI C.2.

DOUBLE PODIUMS, DOUBLE 2NDS

After a whirlwind beginning to the season with Nittany followed immediately by Vegas, I finally have had a (brief) amount of time to get collected and ready to go into the season full speed.  Charm City is always a favorite race for me, and although  I didn’t totally dig all the course changes made this season, all in all, it was a solid weekend, resulting in two 2nd place finishes behind the one and only Helen Wyman.

There’s not much by way of exciting details on either day of racing. Helen led the attack on the first day straight from the gun, and I managed to hang on for a little while, and fight my way back on after losing some ground in the sand pits. We swapped on Day 2, where I got the holeshot, but lost ground again in the sand pits. Yea, those sand pits; my Achilles heel on the weekend. I like to think that generally I can manage riding in sand fairly well. It certainly isn’t my strongest skill, but I thought I had a grasp on it. But, enter four consecutive passes through the volleyball courts of Druid Hill Park, and it’s like I’ve never ridden a bike before. No matter what I tried, I couldn’t hammer the technique down enough to ride cleanly four times through. I got close, but no cigar. I knew Helen rode all four each lap, which made me want to stop and wait for her so I could figure out how it was done!

I never did quite figure it out.  I lost time each lap on each day as a result.  I’m still a little frustrated about not getting that sorted out, despite having ridden the damn things at least fifteen times over the course of the weekend.  But, as one of the local kids said (who kept riding past where I was parked doing the longest and raddest wheelies ever) “you’ll get better if you practice”.  Now, he was referring to wheelies at the time, but his advice is universal.  Onto the next one – Gloucester!