Contact: Duane E. Perkins, wheelpassion@gmail.com

Professional and Elite Amateur Female Cyclists Line Up 
for the Inaugural Danbury Audi -­‐ Race4Scholars Criterium
-­‐ The Passion of Bike Riding Spurs the Resurgence of
Women to the Sport of Competitive Cycling -­‐

Danbury, CT (August 15, 2014) – Duane E. Perkins, Race Promoter of the Danbury Audi -­‐
Race4Scholars Criterium, announced today that registration of riders from professional and elite amateur
women’s cycling teams has outpaced expectations, in the inaugural race that will take place on Sunday,
August 17, 2014 at 1:50pm EDT. The women’s race is on pace to be the largest, local criterium in the area
for the 2014 season. Event proceeds will assist in establishing Health & Wellness, Mentoring, and
Educational Programs for WHEELpassion, Inc.
“We are excited to be involved in the process of creating the type of venue that elite amateur and
professional female cyclists can call home,” said Duane E. Perkins, Race Promoter. “Advocating for parity
in women’s professional cycling, by offering equal distances and prize money, is the second step, listening
is the first. We are determined to make this venue a Must-­‐Do race for female cyclists.”
“This year has been exciting for both the sport and for our team, Stan’s NoTubes p/b enduranceWERX.
We have pushed to elevate our racing and compete all over the country at the nation’s top professional
level events,” said BrittLee Bowman, Team Director. “The Danbury Race4Scholars Criterium is the perfect
example of the positive changes we have seen in women’s cycling.”
“We are a group of 12 women, ages 19-­‐50, we are teachers, health care professionals, engineers,
coaches, moms and scientists. We all are passionate about bike racing and strive to race hard and inspire
those around us to live healthy and fit lives,” said Laura Summers, Team Director of ERRACE. “The level of
camaraderie and professionalism on this team has been unprecedented and I hope to enjoy many more
years of racing with this group of women.”
“The City of Danbury’s Public Works Department has taken pride in addressing all surface conditions on
the racecourse within the scope of their operations. There are interactive maps with GPS capability to
assist with directions and parking for riders, spectators and for other interested parties to use,” said
Perkins. “We are creating a brand that is centered around community and family.”
It is an exciting time for women’s cycling, with races like the Tour de France, Tour of California and Tour
of Utah adding women’s events. It is incredibly inspiring to see veterans of the sport racing alongside,
recognizing and reaching out to rising young talent in an effort to collectively grow the sport,” said Andy
Ruiz, Director Sportif of Zimmer Capital p/b Foundation. “What I believe will continue the growth of
women’s cycling, is capitalizing on the love and commitment women have for riding a bike.”

To register for the inaugural Danbury Audi Race4Scholars Criterium, visit BikeReg.com.