CANADA'S ELLSAY AND WATTERS JOIN COLAVITA/BIANCHI FOR 2017
Team Colavita/Bianchi continues its long-running support of women's cycling with a reinforced roster for 2017, as well as a new partnership with the Killington Mountain School. Canadians Gillian Ellsay and Ellen Watters will both ride their first year as Professionals with the team in 2017, joining a talented squad that includes U23 U.S. Cyclocross champion Ellen Noble, Kendelle Hodges of Australia and Emma Grant of the United Kingdom.
“I'm really excited about this move! Ever since I started racing a few years ago, I have wanted to race professionally, and Colavita/Bianchi is such a great fit. I'm really looking forward to racing amongst the best Professional female cyclists in the world,” said Watters, formerly with The Cyclery-Opus.
Ellsay was eighth in the junior women's ITT at the 2015 Road Worlds and won the U25 jersey at the San Dimas Stage
Race this year. “I spent two seasons with Trek-Red Truck, and their program was so instrumental in my second-year junior development and into my first year as a senior. I have not discussed my role in depth with Colavita and expect to be mainly a supporting ride as a first-year Professional, but hopefully I will be able to get in some results as well,” commented Ellsay.
The Colavita/KSM women's development program will strive to develop highly competitive junior cyclists while ensuring that every athlete receives an exceptional college-preparatory education.