and here is a very nice email from shelley:
Niki and I are at it again. The World Cup Track Season is just around the corner and we are getting ready for what should be a very successful year for the PROMAN Racing Team. The team this year is going to be much smaller. In fact, I am the team.
The World Cup Season starts this year in Manchester, England on October 31st. Tickets for the event are already sold out. Great Britain had huge success in the Olympics this year and they hope to carry on the tradition at the first world cup event. However, I am looking to spoil there hopes for success in the Women's Points and Scratch Race events. The goal for me this year is to earn my ticket to the World Championships by scoring enough UCI points throughout the course of the season to earn a spot at Worlds. I would also like to be invited by the National Team to at least one World Cup this season, either by winning the Points Race at Nationals, or by racing my butt off at the first two world cups and giving them no other choice but to select me as a member of the National Team.
Last year, I was so fortunate to have the support of so many amazing people. I feel that we all came together for the cause and that I was not only racing for myself, but for all of you as well. This year, I am going to need your help again. We have already confirmed the dates for the first three Ride the World Cup Track Fundraisers. The dates are as follows:
Sunday, September 21st Saturday,
October 18th Saturday,
Please come out and share this experience with me in whatever way you can. I need to be prepared for the level of talent in the women's fields at the world cups and racing with the locals at Hellyer is just what I need to whip myself into shape. Ben Jaques-Maynes, if you are out there, please come make me chase you down. If I can only hold your wheel for a half a lap, that's good enough for me.
The first event is right around the corner, so I apologize for the late announcement. We are hoping this race will be a great opportunity for those riders still gearing up for Elite Nationals to get some solid racing. The event will be the same format as last year and the party will be just as fun. If you cannot race, please come and hang out and cheer us on. We will have great food, beer, drinks, music, and raffle prizes.
I have attached a flyer for you to pass on to your teammates and friends. The flyer should have all of the information you need, but if not, we have created a website that has all of the information as well and will be updated throughout the course of the season. http://www.ridetheworldcups.
com/I thank you all in advance for being a part of my dream. I couldn't do any of this without you.