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Kowalski's Markets Collegiate All-Star NVGP team selected
 
By Staff
Date: 5/29/2013
Kowalski's Markets Collegiate All-Star NVGP team selected
 
Six riders with a combined eleven podium finishes at the recent USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals make up the Kowalski's Markets Collegiate All-Stars team for this month's Nature Valley Grand Prix.

Erica Zaveta (Brevard College/Brevard, North Carolina) is a repeat selection to the team while Christina Birch (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Justine Boddy (Colorado State/Colorado), Katie Hall (University of California – Berkeley), Rose Long (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/New York) and Abby Mickey (University of Colorado – Boulder) are first-time selections.

The six will wear their school jerseys during the Nature Valley Grand Prix, June 12-16, but compete as the “Kowalski's Markets Collegiate All-Stars,” sporting sponsor-branded team shorts.

Zaveta, a member of the 2009 Kowalski’s Markets Collegiate All-Stars and 2013 Division II Cyclo-cross National Champion, said making the team completed her season goal. An Exercise Science major, Erica finished 2^nd overall in Division II, 2^nd in the criterium and 3^rd in the road race at the 2013 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships.

"I can’t wait to return to the Nature Valley Grand Prix," she said. "Racing as part of the Kowalski's Markets Collegiate All-Star team gives me the opportunity to see my dream of becoming a professional cyclist come true, while also representing my college, and pursuing my education."

Team Manager John Barron said his squad aims to impress the pro peloton and continue the tradition of top talent migrating from the Kowalski's Markets Collegiate All-Stars team to the pro ranks. Past team members are a "who’s who" of promising young talent, including: Kristin McGrath (Exergy/TWENTY16), Erica Allar (Care4Cycling), Amanda Miller (TIBCO/To The Top) and the late Carla Swart (HTC-Highroad).

"We have six women who are particularly gritty, gutsy and hungry for a win," Barron said. "They know all about teamwork, but have never been on the same team together."

Key to solidifying that team atmosphere will be participation in a pre-Nature Valley Grand Prix training camp, Barron said. Members of the Kowalski's Markets Collegiate All-Stars will join the men's and women's Nature Valley Pro Chase teams at the camp.

Each Kowalski's Markets Collegiate All-Stars team member receives complimentary entry into the Nature Valley Grand Prix, free host housing and a travel stipend. They will also receive the full support of a staff that includes soigneur Stu Barron, mechanic Gabe Masiulis, massage therapist Tom Hagerty and social media coordinator Cory Funk.

About Kowalski's Markets: Kowalski’s Markets offer the premier grocery experience in the Twin Cities. With nine family-owned markets throughout the Twin Cities, Kowalski’s offers the finest available selection of groceries, including natural and organic items. Kowalski’s is committed to civic leadership in the communities they serve.

About USA Cycling – Collegiate: With over 4,700 student athletes and 300 collegiate clubs and teams, Collegiate Cycling is the division of USA Cycling responsible for administering competitive bicycle racing in 11 unique collegiate conferences. Collegiate Cycling also oversees five USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships: Track, Mountain Bike, Cyclo-cross, Road and BMX, and recognizes collegiate club and athlete achievements with the Stenner and Kuck scholarships. To learn more about USA Cycling-Collegiate, visit . Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX, and cyclo-cross.

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