The Hagens Berman | Supermint UCI women’s professional cycling team will return in 2019 for a fourth season, backed once again by Hagens Berman, a Seattle-based national class action law firm. Lindsay Goldman will continue as General Manager, while Tad Hamilton will retain his role as Sports Director after leading the team to their strongest season yet in 2018.
Says Goldman, “Tad’s leadership brought out the best in our riders and put this team on the map in 2018. Thanks to Steve Berman’s support, we have another season to build on that success. Steve and the Hagens Berman firm have made a huge impact US cycling by sponsoring multiple teams, and we can’t thank him enough for what he has done for this sport and women’s cycling.”
New to the squad is 2018 US Professional Criterium National Champion Leigh Ann Ganzar, who racked up strong results throughout the 2018 season. Breakout star Lily Williams returns in 2019 after impressive wins across the Pro Road Tour calendar, including the UCI Winston-Salem Road Race. Aimee Vasse joins the team after a hiatus from professional cycling; she recently won the Mt. Washington Hill Climb and Phil Gaimon’s Hillclimb World Championships. Liza Rachetto, Julie Kuliecza, Jess Cerra, Starla Teddergreen, Harriet Owen, and Lindsay Goldman will return for the 2019 season.
The team will ride Scott bikes again. Additional sponsorship support is provided by BikeFlights.com, Feedback Sports, Tazzina Coffee, Terun, Vittoria, Vie 13 Kustom Apparel, Base Cartel, Honey Stinger, JoJé, FFWD, GQ6, Donnelly Sports, Arundel, Victory Circle Graphix, and K3 Holders.
After a February camp in Scottsdale, AZ, the team will launch their season at the Valley of the Sun Stage Race and follow the USA Cycling Pro Tour calendar to major stage races, one-day events, and top criteriums.
The team has also begun a second year of their Ambassador Program, pairing 10 amateur female cyclists with the pro riders throughout 2019 in an effort to better engage with women’s cycling. The 2018 Ambassador Program was a great success – 11 women around the country connected with the team’s riders, swapped stories and tips all year, and used sponsor products while riding in the team colors. In the words of Elise Donovan, one of the 2018 Ambassadors: “The ambassador program was the epitome of women in cycling of all ages and abilities connecting, supporting and learning from each other. The pros and ambassadors all connected by discussing various topics that affect women in all levels of cycling in the group forum, with everyone sharing experiences, stories, and questions. I developed an even deeper respect for these pro women and how hard they work on and off the bike. I truly appreciate their passion for the sport, team unity, and their willingness to share this and their experiences and race season with us.”
Whitney Allison (USA)
Jess Cerra (USA)
Leigh Ann Ganzar USA
Lindsay Goldman (USA)
Julie Kuliecza (USA)
Harriet Owen (GBR)
Liza Rachetto (USA)
Starla Teddergreen (USA)
Aimee Vasse (USA)
Lily Williams (USA)
Photo by SnowyMountain Photography