The 2013 LUNA Pro team is keeping on with their dominating list of killer girls. What has been a long time running “winning” team will continue and I’m excited to see what these girls will do in 2013.
The LUNA Pro Team rolls into this New Year with the same winning world-class roster as in 2012 headlined by Olympic medalist Georgia Gould and World Cup Champion Catharine Pendrel.
• Catharine Pendrel – 2011 World Champion, 2012 World Cup Champion
• Georgia Gould – Olympic bronze medalist, U.S. National MTB Champion
• Katerina Nash – Four time Olympian
• Teal Stetson Lee – Mountain bike and cyclocross pro
• Shonny Vanlandingham – 2010 XTERRA World Champion
• Danelle Kabush – 2012 XTERRA Mountain Champion
• Suzie Snyder – 2012 U.S. National XTERRA Champion
• Dave McLaughlin – GM
• Waldek Stepniowski – Team Manager
• Marla Streb – Media and PR
• Chris Mathis – Equipment Manager
• Dusty LaBarr – Mechanic
Olympic bronze medalist Georgia Gould, current World Cup Champion Catharine Pendrel and
long-time staff members Dave, Waldek and Chris will continue with the LUNA Pro Team for four
Mountain bike legend and former XTERRA World Champion Shonny Vanlandingham, current
XTERRA Mountain Champ Danelle Kabush, US National XTERRA Champion Suzie Snyder and
Marla Streb have each extended their LUNA Pro Team contracts through 2014.
Four-time Olympian and World Cup winner Katerina Nash and development rider Teal Stetson-
Lee have each signed through 2013.
The team welcomes new mechanic Dusty LaBarr. Dusty is a veteran of the international race
circuit and brings a fresh perspective to the team.
The 2013 LUNA Pro Team is proud to announce committed support from Orbea bicycles, Fox
Racing Shox and Giro for four years. Sponsors through 2014 include Maxxis, Shimano, Squadra,
Prana and Camelbak.
The name Liz Hatch is a sensitive subject in the women’s cycling peloton . The sexy blonde has made many pro women cringe. Last year I mentioned her name during an interview with Team Vera Bradley and they weren’t happy. Why? Some call her a wanna be. Not fast enough to compete with the great girls. Some call her a sand bagger.
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Mountain biking of every type, but I can be talked into a road ride now and then
What is your first cycling memory?
at 4 years old, I learned to ride 2 wheels on a little blue Schwinn. Of course one of the most liberating moments of my life!
Who in the current cycling industry inspires you, and better yet WHY?
Mountain bike legend and Hall of Famer Jacquie Phelancontinues to inspire me because she is one of a kind. She’s articulate, intelligent, zany, hilarious, outspoken, inventive, and still very fast on a bike!
What was your best moment on a bike in 2010?
Teaching my four year old how to ride a bicycle for her first time. It was an after-dinner, spontaneous moment, and the two of us ending up riding together past dark. She was happy, I was ecstatic
In the next year, what are your goals with cycling and pushing yourself forward in 2011?
I’ve only raced once this year, but I’d like to beat my old downhill record at Downieville Classicin CA, and possibly race the La Ruta in Costa Rica again.
What are the struggles of opening a shop, and the daily worries a shop owner has?
Funny, I haven’t even opened my shop yet and it’s been a major struggle! For the last 4 months, I’ve been trying to buy a 6,000 sq/ft commercial property (with liquor license- woo hoo!) to create Baltimore’s first “Bike Cafe”. We hope to close the deal within a month… The “HandleBar” will be a full cafe with fresh roasted coffee, light fare, beer/wine/liquor, and unlimited, free indoor bike parking. Also, we will retail new and used bikes and accessories.
Across the country small pockets of youth in middle and high schools are creating their own cycling team. LUNA Sport recently donated $2,000 to the NorCal High School Cycling League at the annual Cyclefest Fundraiser. This money will go towards sending eight girls to the NorCal high school mountain bike series during their 2011 season.
The NorCal League continues to grow fast as more and more high school students discover this challenging and rewarding sport. Many more girls are starting to race as well, and LUNA Sport wants to help these young women get to all the races in the series, potentially fulfilling their dreams and changing their lives.