About Women Cyclists Web Site
This site was established as an outcome of the 2003
Yoplait Women's Cycling Summit. Sensing the need for a nationwide
women’s 'call to arms,' David LaPorte (director of the Nature
Valley Grand Prix) and Giana Roberge (professional cyclist and
former coach of the Saturn women's cycling team) have establish
the Women Cyclists Web site.
Cycling is a sport that women can enjoy and participate
in no matter your location, age, or level of fitness. This site
has been developed to:
- Inform, insight and educate women cyclists of
- Increase awareness of women’s cycling activities
on a local and national level
- Improve recognition of women’s cycling as
a sponsorship opportunity
- Encourage participation of women in the sport
- Provide tools that help better organize and promote
- Develop resources for the media which allow them
to more easily cover women’s cycling
- Encourage growth in number of women’s cycling
events (rides, races, seminars, clinics)
If you have ideas or suggestions for the Women Cyclists
Web site, please contact us through the contact
section of the
A professional cyclist with over 30 career victories, a heart condition
forced Giana to retire in 1999. After retiring, Giana became the
Coach and Manager of the Timex Women’s Professional Cycling
Team, and eventually becoming the Assistant General Manager for
the Saturn Professional Cycling Team, and the Coach for the Saturn
Women’s Team.Under her leadership, the Saturn Women’s
team became the top rated team in the United States and the World.
Editor and founder of the Team Speed Queen
newsletter, Giana’s goal is to educate people about cycling.
She founded and currently chairs the nationwide Women’s
Task Force on Cycling. The Task Force is developing programs
to promote women’s bike racing throughout the United
Prior to joining the managerial side of cycling, Giana owned Paradox
Bicycle Center in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Giana’s experience as a professional cyclist
makes her a knowledgeable and accessible coach. She is also an
excellent public speaker blending the inherent themes of speed,
teamwork and determination in both cycling and business together
for intriguing talks to corporations, athletic clubs and women’s
Giana is a current National Champion and was the
Silver Medalist in the 2003 World Championships.
David gives the pace car final instructions before the start of the 2003 Nature Valley Grand Prix.
David is the coordinator for the Yoplait
Women's Cycling Summit Conferences. The conferences began at
the Nature Valley Grand Prix, an NRC stage race in Minnesota
that he directs. These conferences now take place twice each
year: at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in June and at the Interbike
trade show in October.
David founded a number of other organizations and
events. Examples include a beginning roads racing program that
trains 75 riders a year, a Youth Cycling League for kids ages
8 16, the Getting Kids on Bikes conferences a 2000 EDS
Track Cup and the 2003 Elite Track National Championships. He
is also the faculty advisor for the University of Minnesota Cycling
In the "real World", David is a Professor
and Director of Graduate Studies in the Biochemistry, Molecular
Biology and Biophysics program at the University of Minnesota
Academic Health Center in Minneapolis.
Lorri Lee Lown
Lorri Lee Lown is chair of the Yoplait Women's
Grassroots Cycling Task Force, charged with helping women throughout
the country begin
and continue racing. She is a professional cycling coach and in
2002, founded the Bay Area Velo Girls, -- a women's club and race
team based in San Francisco, numbering almost 300 members. Velo
Girls, was selected by USA Cycling as the 2003 Women's Club of
Lorri is very active in the cycling community, coaching clinics
and training private clients (cycling and non-cycling). She also
presents cycling and fitness workshops focusing on nutrition,
heart rate training, flexibility, strength, and cycling skills.
Lorri is a USA Cycling Expert Coach, a certified
and an ACE-certified Personal Fitness Trainer. In her previous
life, Lorri received a BFA in Theatre Arts Management from Ithaca
College and an MBA in Organizational Management from Syracuse
University. For 13 years, she managed professional theatres followed
by a two-year stint in the corporate sector as a project manager
and web developer.