Allez, allez! 2014!

Les Petites Victoires, known affectionately to many as LPV, is excited to announce some great things happening in our third year as an elite amateur women’s cycling team.

First, we welcome Madeleine “Madi” Pape to our team roster! Madi shares LPV’s commitment to having fun while racing at a high level and brings a positive outlook, serious athletic background, and geographic diversity to LPV. After driving over to meet us from Madison, WI, Madi endured some unintentional hazing when the midwest skies opened up violently over our get-to-know-each-other team ride. She didn’t melt, or even whine, so we decided she’s definitely a keeper.

Next, we officially put Tenspeed Hero in charge of making us look good. They already were doing a good job of this with photos and stories and socks and water bottles for us, but now TSH will be our exclusive clothing and style sponsor for 2014. We cannot wait to show off the work of a talented team of people that has resulted in possibly the best women’s cycling kit ever made. Big thanks to Lauren Ayers, who gets the credit for our modified 2014 colourway.

Last, but not least, we have one more important partnership to share. Looking to add meaning and mentorship to our athletic endeavors, LPV has hooked up with Girls in the Game, a Chicago-based organization that promotes and enhances the overall health and well-being of girls by providing opportunities for sports, fitness, nutrition and health education, and leadership development. In addition to participating in several Girls in the Game events, LPV will donate a minimum of 20% of all funds we raise this year to support this group.

“The bicycle has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives a woman a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. The moment she takes her seat she knows she can’t get into harm unless she gets off her bicycle, and away she goes, the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”- Susan B. Anthony

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