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Amy Dombroski :: Crank Brothers New Little Sister

Amy Dombroski is one of the most well-rounded female cyclists in the US right now– one of the few who can boast of National titles in mountain bike, road and cyclocross. And with a full schedule and a handful of goals in 2011, she is persists in her pursuit of pedal perfection.

Dombroski is also one of the few female cyclists who can say she was on the Luna Pro Team (the top domestic women’s mountain bike team), as well as Webcor Builders, one of the top domestic women’s road teams. And now, for Amy, it’s time for something completely different.

Amy Dombroski's Ibis Tranny.

With her Pro experience and her personal expectations, Dombroski has partnered with Crank Brothers and Ibis Bicycles to create the Crank Brothers Race Club. The Crank Brothers Race Club is about conjoining style, design and cycling, according to Dombroski. And to help develop and promote the USA’s female cyclists.

The team is a bit like Amy herself. The focus of the team is World Cup racing– be it mountain or cyclcocross. Domroski’s 2011 schedule is filled with World Cups and even the 2011 Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships. “We’re covering it all,” says Amy.

Amy Dombroski's Ibis Tranny. Tiny bike packs a tremendous punch. Photo: Corey Keizer

While Amy is the sole rider so far this year, there is a plan for 2012 and beyond for this women’s off-road team. Riders who have an eye for style and design in addition to being top riders will be the best prospects for the Crank Brothers Race Club.

The team bike is the Ibis Tranny, and Tranny meaning “transition”. The bike is singlespeed and geared compatible as well as a travel bike with removable rear end for travel ease. (For more about the bike, see the Ibis web site). Team equipment is all Crank Brothers and SRAM components.

Amy Dombroski waiting for the 2011 Sea Otter Classic Pro Women XC race to begin. Photo: Corey Keizer

Dombroski made her 2011 mountain bike racing debut in April at the Sea Otter Classic. After finishing her cyclcorss season at the beginning of February, she needed some time off and missed the early season of domestic mountain bike racing.

“My season has started 5 or 6 following weeks after everyone else’s,” Amy says. She is skipping a few weeks of XC World Cup and the Mellow Johnny’s Pro XCT for some training. “I’ve got get some miles right now.”

Although Amy is racing a handful of cross country World Cup races later in 2011, she says “the summer’s going to be about getting ready for cyclocross season. It’s going to be a bunch of training”

Amy’s main focus for 2011 is making the US Worlds Cyclocross team. “I have a big focus in the Cyclocross World Cup this year.”

 

Amy Dombroski. Photo: crankbrothers.com

That means she’ll likely be consuming copious amounts of Pommes Frites, tasting some Westvleteren and savoring a bit of chocolate after those long hard cold Belgian training rides this fall.

Stay tuned for more about Amy, and in the meantime visit her web site AmyDombroski.com.

 

 

 

 

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Sea Otter Classic :: Women of Mountain Biking Part 1

The Sea Otter Classic 2011 was blessed with perfect weather and incredible energy. Here are some moments caught by our photographer Corey Keizer.

Rebecca Rusch (Specialized) talks to an aspiring mountain bike chick at the SRAM Ladies Lounge at the Sea Otter Classic 2011. Photo: Corey Keizer

Rebecca Rusch puts an incredible amount of time into growing the sport of mountain biking. If you are not familiar with Rebecca, she has won the Leadville 100 multiple times and has a long list of palmares including 2010 World Masters Mountain Bike Champion. Rebecca can usually be found at the endurance races, but this weekend she spent most of her time in the SRAM booth hosting the Ladies Lounge as a part of her SRAM Gold Rusch Tour.

Melissa and Stella at the Cannondale booth. Photo: Corey Keizer

Mountain biker/barista Melissa and her Chihuahua Stella sold coffee to raise money for children with cancer in South America at the Cannondale booth this year at Sea Otter.

Teal Stetson-Lee in the red glow of the Specialized umbrella. Photo: Corey Keizer

 

Teal Stetson-Lee is new on the National Pro cross country scene. After having an incredible 2010-2011 cyclocross season, she is here to find out what she can do on the pure dirt. In 2010 Teal won the collegiate Cyclocross National Championship, and is excited to be a part of the women’s pro mountain bike peloton.

Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek) after winning the Sea Otter Classic pro women's cross country race. Photo: Corey Keizer

Emily took the first big win of her career at Sea Otter this year. After moving from the Trek World team to Subaru-Trek, it was her moment to shine and prove she has the World Class talent. And best of all for mtbchick.com, we love to see the girly girls winning! And even better, she did it on a 29er!

The Luna ladies line up at the front Photo: Corey Keizer

 

The Luna team continues to dominate the US Pro XCT. In this photo we see three National Champions: Catherine Pendrel of Canada in front, Katerina Nash of the Czech Republic in the middle and Georgia Gould of the USA on the far left.

The Little Bellas. Photo: Corey Keizer

The Little Bellas, directed by Sabra Davison, is a mountain bike camp for girls ages 8 to 14. There are two camps, one at Sea Otter, and one at the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival. Every morning at Sea Otter this year we saw the group of girls preparing for their ride with Sabra and her sister Lea Davison. For more about Little Bellas, visit the web site.

Lea Davison (Specialized) patiently waits for the call up. Photo: Corey Keizer

Lea Davison is having a break through year after taking a full year off the bike to recover from hip surgery. We’re looking forward to seeing Lea at the top for many years to come.

Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Trek) focused before the cross country. Photo: Corey Keizer

Heather Irmiger and her husband Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski are one of the top power couples of mountain bike racing. Heather’s palamres go like this: 2009 XC National Champ, 2009 & 2010 Marathon National Champ, 2009 Singlespeed World Champ, and she has the tattoo to prove it. Check out the JHK + Heather web site.

 

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