Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

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.

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