Sorella 2018 Race Team

The Sorella Cycling race team is composed of women of all ages and abilities who race road, mountain bike, cyclocross, and track.  We have two levels of racing commitment – the  Veloce and Allegro Teams. The Veloce Team has more race experience and commits to more racing and volunteering requirements. Our Allegro Team members are usually new to racing.  Check out the team bios below, and follow them on Instagram.

Our race season runs from January though December of a given year.  We accept race team applications in September/October for the following year’s team.

Veloce Race Team

Jennifer Klein - Race Team Director

Atlanta, GA

Primary Discipline – Road, Cat3

Years Racing – 8 (Sorella – 5)

Strengths – Hill Climbing, Endurance

Career Highlights – USA Cycling Masters Nationals, Silver Medal (2017, 2016); National Senior Games, Gold Medal (2017), USA Cycling Masters Regionals, Omnium Winner (2017, 2016), RAAM Finisher, Sorella RAAM (2015), 6 Gap Century QOM (2016, 2015)

Angela Barros

Mabelton, GA

Primary Discipline: Road, Cat 4

Years Racing: 3 (all with Sorella)

Strengths: Time Trialing

Career Highlights: Cumming Tundra TT, Overall Fastest Woman (2018); Fort DeSoto TT, 1st W40-59 (2017); Orlando Airport TT, 1st Cat 4 (2017); Masters TT Nationals (2017); GA Games TT, 3rd Cat4

Emily Davenport

Alpharetta, GA

Primary Discipline: Mountain Bike – Cat 2/Sport

Years Racing: 5 (Sorella – 4)

Strengths: Climbing

Career Highlights: Black Bear Rampage, 2nd Sport Women (2017); 6 HR Chainbuster Series,1st (2015); Black Bear Rampage, 3rd Sport Women (2015),

Sarah Hoots

Albany, GA

Primary Discipline: Road Cat 4

Years Racing: 2 (all with Sorella)

Strengths: Still Figuring it Out!

Career Highlights: Greenville Hincapie Spring Series, 2nd Cat 4 (2018); GA Games Championship, Omnium Winner Cat 5; Silk Sheets Mercx TT Winner; Hincapie Gran Fondo, 3rd F25-30; Racing 3 Centuries back-back, all sub 5 hours (September 2017)

Ali Martinez

Chattanooga, TN

Primary Discipline: Mountain Bike – Cat 1

Years Racing: 16 (Sorella – 7)

Strengths: All Arounder, Technical Trails

Career Highlights: 12 Hrs Dusk Till Dawn, 2nd  Female Duo (2017); 24 Hrs of Old Pueblo, 1st 4 Person Women’s Team (2006); Crown King XC – Cat 1, 1st (2005)

Laina Palmeri

Dacula, GA

Primary Discipline: Mountain Bike – Cat 2/Expert

Years Racing: 12 (all with Sorella)

Strengths: Climbing

Career Highlights: Mohican Finisher (2016); Dirty Spokes 12 HR Series Winner (2009); Black Bear Rampage,1st Sport Women (2009)

Trish Albert

Smyrna, GA

Primary Discipline: Cyclocross, Cat 3

Years Racing: 21 (Sorella – 8)

Strengths: Technical CX Skills, Track Sprinting

Career Highlights: Masters Track National Championships (7x Medalist); CX Nationals, 2nd (2002);
More then 24 MTB and CX overall awards

Ellen Carroll

Atlanta, GA

Primary Discipline: Mountain Bike – Pro/Expert

Years Racing: 17 (Sorella – 2)

Strengths: Enduro Technical Singletrack, Climbing, Descending, Endurance

Career Highlights: Enduro National Champion (2017); XC National Championship, 4th(2017); Masters World Championship XC, 4th (2017); SERC Overall Champion; Big Frog 65 NUE, 11th Open Women; Assault on Mt. Mitchell Off Road, 5th Open Women; Fools Gold 50 NUE, 6th Open Women

Julia Gazmararian

Decautur

Primary Discipline: Road,

Years Racing: 33 (Sorella – 11)

Strengths: Endurance, Determination and Passion

Career Highlights: Cracker Swamp , FL 1200K; R21 Award (200K/month for 12 consecutive months); Colorado High Country 1200K; RAAM Qualifier; Alaska 1200K (with son on support crew); Exposing friends to new cycling routes & achieving goals never imagined

Deidra James

Mableton, GA

Primary Discipline: Mountain Bike, Cat 2 Sport

Years Racing: 6 (Sorealla – 3)

Strengths: Climbing

Career Highlights: 6 HR Ft. Yargo MTB Race, 1st (2017); 6 HR Blankets Creek MTB Race, 1st (2017); 6 HR Chainbuster Series, 2nd (2016); Mohican 100 miler, Finisher (2016)

Jean Miller

Lawrenceville, GA

Primary Discipline: Cyclocross, Cat 3

Years Racing: 18 (Sorella – 6)

Strengths: Climbing, Endurance, Gravel

Career Highlights: SE Gravel Series Champion, Women Masters (2017); Southern Cross, 1st Women Masters (2017); Cyclocross Nationals 8th 40+ and 10th 50-54 (2017); Turkey Cross,1st Women 1/2/3 (2016); Elks Aidmore CX, 2nd Women 1/2/3, 2016; Cyclocross Nationals, 45-49 Masters (2016); Snake Creek Gap TT (2014)

Diane Schleicher

Dahlonega, GA

Primary Discipline: Road Bike

Years Racing: Current 2 (all with Sorella); Previous 6 years Road (1980s/90s) and 4 years MTB (1990s/2000s)

Strengths: Road Racing and Eddie Merckx Time Trials

Career Highlights: World Gran Fondo (Albi, France), 14th Road & 12th TT (Age Group) (2017); Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo (UCI Gran Fondo Qualifier),1st Age Group (2017); HHC Rumbling @ Roebling Road Race, 1st  (2017)

Susan Barrett

Augusta, GA

Primary Discipline: Road – Cat 4

Years Racing: 3 (Sorella – 2)

Strengths: Endurance, Tenacity

Career Highlights: USA Cycling Masters Road Championships, TT and RR (2017); National Senior Games, 3rd TT and RR (2017); Georgia Senior Games, Nationals Qualifier (2016); Georgia State RR Championships, 2nd RR Cat 5

Kim Cross

Atlanta, GA

Primary Discipline: Mountain Bike – Cat 2/Sport

Years Racing: 7 (6 with Sorella)

Strengths: Technical Terrain

Career Highlights: Psigah Stage Race (2017), Mohican 100 Snake Creek Gap TT (2017-2014), Winning first Cross-country race

Katie Hamlin

Atlanta, GA

Primary Discipline: Road Cat 4

Years Racing: 2 (all with Sorella)

Strengths: Endurance

Career Highlights: Snake TT, 1st (2017); ToSH RR, 3rd Cat 4/5 (2017); Summer Solstice 300K (2016)

Ali Lecraw

Smyrna, GA

Primary Discipline: Mountain Bike – Cat 1/Expert

Years Racing: 2 (all with Sorella)

Strengths: Descending, Technical Skilles

Career Highlights: Snake Creek Gap Series, 2nd (2018); Dirty 30 Blankets Creek, 1st (2017); Couch Potato (Brevard, NC), 3rd (2016)

Kim Nelson

Decautur, GA

Primary Discipline: Road, Cat 3

Years Racing: 7 (all with Sorella)

Strengths: Endurance, Experience, Focus

Career Highlights: National Senior Games RR, Gold (2017); World Masters Cycling Federation Road Champion (Austria),  (2016); US Cycling Masters National Road Champion (2016); WMCF Road (Austria), Bronze (2014); Overall Rider World Senior Games (Utah),1st Expert

Stephanie Wilmert

Atlanta, GA

Primary Discipline – Road, Cat3

Years Racing – 8 ( Sorella – 5)

Strengths – Hill Climbing, Endurance

Career Highlights – USA Cycling Masters Nationals, Silver Medal (2017, 2016); National Senior Games, Gold Medal (2017), USA Cycling Masters Regionals, Omnium Winner (2017, 2016), RAAM Finisher, Sorella RAAM (2015), 6 Gap Century QOM (2016, 2015)

 

Allegro Race Team

Rosie Levy

Atlanta, GA

Primary Discipline: Road – Cat 5

Years Racing: 1st

Strengths: Crits, Road Racking

Career Highlights: Brooks Tucker Crit, 2nd Cat 4/5 and 4th Overall; Boston – Manhattan Charity Ride

Connie Mathis

Mabelton, GA

Primary Discipline: Road

Years Racing: 1st

Strengths: Toughness, Pack Riding

Career Highlights: Sunshine Gran Prix Omnium, 3rd Overall and 1st Cat 4/5; Swamp Classic, 3rd; Brooks RR, 2nd Cate 4/5; Completed ToSH (2018)

Shanicka Roberts

Dacula, GA

Primary Discipline: Road – Cat 4/5

Years Racing: 1st

Strengths: Endurance & Determination

Career Highlights: Cumming Tundra TT, 2nd Cat 4/5 (2018); Brooks, GA Tech TT, 5th Cat 4/5 (2018)