Introducing Peterson Racing

Peterson Racing, has partnered with Jubilee Women’s Center, a non-profit transitional house for homeless and low-income women. Riders volunteer at Jubilee by preparing meals, teaching wellness, bike maintenance, and technology courses, and working on site at the Capitol Hill facility. Our riders:

Alicia Boland, Sarah Charlesworth-Attie, Nicole Connor, Jessica Culnane, Jessica Cutler, Andrea Casebolt, Lindsay Felker, Rebecca Jensen, Eryn Maris, Christy Mays, Courtenay McFadden, Zara McGrath, Alexie Montaland, Mirna Nieto, Tara O’Brien, Sheila Raff, Christine Soja, Kristen Sblendorio, Lori Surges, Lisa Toner, Carly Tu, Cathy Varland, Kelly Woznicki, Elise Wright, and Jackie Wolfe.

Rider Profiles

Name/Nickname: Nicole Connor, Niccheetah
Hometown: Helena, MT
Category: Road/Cyclocross 3
Contribution to the team: Sick dance moves and big smiles.
Racing Goals: I am just getting back into racing after having my son. My goal for next year is to get in as many races as possible while maintaining balance at home. I am looking forward to learning about racing with a team.
Past Cycling Achievements: 2009 was kind of a breakthrough year for me. I won the Enumclaw Omnium and got second in the Wenatchee Omnium as a Cat 4. I also decided to try cyclocross in 2009 and placed 6th in my first race at Starcrossed. My last race was the USGP in Portland, where I placed 3rd as a pregnant lady.
When you’re not on the bike: I am collecting jobs to help pay for my cycling habit while staying at home with my son. I teach spin classes at Fairhaven Fitness, tutor math, sell honey at the Bellingham Farmer’s Market, and have a few graphic design gigs here and there. You might see me covered in food with bags under my eyes chasing a little blonde cherub boy.

Name/Nickname: Jessica Culnane, JAC
Hometown: Snohomish, Washington
Contribution to the team: Clif Bars, loud laughs, beer and food suggestions, hopefully some good pulls on team rides or races.
Racing Goals: Since I’m new to racing, my main goal is just to get out there and race. Upgrading would be nice too.
Past Cycling Achievements: Third at my first two and only crits last year Cat 4. Riding the Cascade Loop (Washington pass/Stevens Pass) in 5 days felt like an achievement.
When you’re not on the bike: In the kitchen, out on the town, traveling, climbing, doing yoga, working, enjoying life with loved ones.

Name/Nickname:  Jessica Cutler, “Cutler”
Hometown: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Category: Road Cat 1, Track Cat 2, Cyclocross Cat 1
Contribution to the team: Tireless volunteering, cheer leading, pestering, throwing excellent parties, rallying the troops.
Racing Goals: To complete my first NRC race, to never stop having fun, and to be the best teammate I can possibly be.
Past Cycling Achievements: A few palmares over the years including:
Winner, 2011 Capitol Stage Race, Cat 1/2 Women
Winner, 2011 Masters National Time Trial, 30-34 Women
Winner, 2011 Masters National Tandem Road Race, 70+ Women
When you’re not on the bike: I’m hanging out with my #1 dude, Niels and our four (yes, four) cats.  I have a new found love of gardening and spent a ton of time this last year growing tomatoes, squash, beans, artichoke, and many many other fruits and veggies.

Name/Nickname: Lindsay Felker
Seattle, WA
Road/Track: 3, Cyclocross: single speed
Contribution to the team: 
chairperson of the fun committee, costume design, team DJ
Racing Goals: 
Elite Track Nats 2012
Past Cycling Achievements:
WA St Criterium Championship and Redmond Derby Days wins. 2nd place in MFG Cyclocross Series (SS).
When you’re not on the bike: 
ultra marathons, ski mountaineering, surfing, hip hop, science

Name/Nickname: Rebecca Jensen, RJ
Hometown: Granite Falls, Washington
Contribution to the team: Adventure Racing Skillzz
Racing Goals: Podium in the Epic Mountain Bike Series overall and the Epic series championship, the Capitol Forest 50. Upgrade to Cat 2 on the road. Win GC as a Cat 3 in a stage race if I can fit one of those in my schedule! I also want to rip up the Rapha Gentlemen’s race and work my way towards being able to compete in mountain bike stage races!
Past Cycling Achievements: 3 Collegiate Team Time Trial national titles ’05-’07 (I love me a TTT!). Rode from Oregon to Virginia, self-supported with a buddy in ’09!
When you’re not on the bike:  Crashing through the woods with a map and compass, looking for that darn “control.” (See

Name/Nickname: Erin Maris
Hometown: Buckley, Washington
Contribution to the team: I am really happy to be a part of Spokeswomen racing.
Racing Goals: I am 15 now but my racing age will be 17. I got into racing because my older brothers were racing. I love to race because its so much fun and I love everything about it.
Past Cycling Achievements: My favorite race is Mutual of Enumclaw stage race.
When you’re not on the bike: I am a sophomore at White River High School.

Name/Nickname: Christy Mays, CeeMays
Hometown: Woodinville, WA
Category: Road 4
Contribution to the team:  I’m a total team player and will pitch-in to help anytime I can!
Racing Goals: I’m still fairly new to racing, so one of my goals is simply to try more races. There are a lot of different races and each seems to be unique in its own way. I’m looking forward to racing more courses this year. I’d also like to venture into track this year to see what it is all about!
Past Cycling Achievements: Making the 10,000 ascent up Haleakala on Maui!
When you’re not on the bike: I love to be in the kitchen, spending time with my family, hitting the ski slopes or taking my awesome yellow lab out for a good run!

Name/Nickname: Courtenay McFadden/Court
Hometown: Mercer Island, Washington
Contribution to the team:  Positive energy and baked goods.
Racing Goals:  To hang in with the 1/2s for the road season and help my teammates!  I would also like to complete the NW Epic Series and finish the 60 miler mountain bike races!  Get my Cat1 in CX by the end of 2012, just so I can say I have it.
Past Cycling Achievements:
When you’re not on the bike:
  I’m probably eating stuff like ice cream, cookies, and cake.  You might see me on a run or more recently at all my friends’ weddings (eating cake).

Name/Nickname: Zara McGrath- Zouzou
Hometown: Bellevue, Washington
Contribution to the team: Being on our junior on the team.
Racing Goals: To gain experience and learn from all.
Past Cycling Achievements:
Winner of the Seattle Cyclocross series 2010, junior girl 10/12
When you’re not on the bike: Swimming competitively, studying, going to France, snowboarding, being goofy.

Name/Nickname: Alexie Montaland
Hometown: Clermont Ferrand, France
Category: Track 3/Cross 3
Racing Goals: Hopefully learn how to sprint, and Upgrade to 2 on the track next season.
Past Cycling Achievements:  I have had my fair share of 2nd and 3rd places, and a few wins- but what I remember is my Silver medal at the Cyclocross State Championships and 2nd overall for the season at the Seattle Cyclocross series (I know- 2 second places).
When you’re not on the bike: I wish i was on a bike 🙂

Name/Nickname: Mirna Nieto
Hometown: Chihuahua, Chih., Mexico
Category: Road Cat 2, Track Cat 3
Contribution to the team: 100% commitment to the success of Spokeswomen Racing on the bike and off Racing Goals: To be in the best shape possible to help deliver many podium finishes for our team.
Past Cycling Achievements: A few wins here and there, including two State Championships as a Cat 4 and the Capital Stage Race GC as a Cat 3.
When you’re not on the bike: At this thing called work.

Name/Nickname: Tara O’Brien
Category: Road 3
Hometown: Spokane, Washington
Contribution to the team: I am always willing to show up and ride, especially the hilly courses! I also am a firm believer in quality over quantity when it comes to training… so don’t break yourself, just have fun!
Racing Goals: Upgrade to Cat 2 on the road (ultimate goal upgrade before Cascade Classic Stage Race). Win a race! Try a different discipline … (track? cross? mtn biking? all the above?) Enjoy this new team of amazing, inspiring women!
Past Cycling Achievements: In my first Stage race and first Critirium I crashed out with one lap to go. The next day, I got on the bike for the last road race and finished fourth! (Behind teammates that finished first and second!!)
When you’re not on the bike: My most recent project has been me. I am working on loving and accepting me, for all that I am. It’s a big project, but has been a wonderful journey. I also love to cook, practice yoga (and hopefully teach sometime soon), and spend a lot of time doing a little something called work (no complaints, it provides me money to play!)

Name/Nickname:  Sheila Raff
Category: Road 3
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Contribution to the team:  Willingness to work hard.
Racing Goals: To work together as a team, and I would like to compete in the Master Road Nationals in Bend.
Past Cycling Achievements: Upgraded after first year of racing, and consistently finishing in the top 10.
When you’re not on the bike:  I take care of my 5 year old daughter who could not be more different than I am.  She is such a joy and has opened up my view of the world.  I love her.

Name/Nickname: Christine Soja/Tini
Hometown: Cumberland, Maine
Contribution to the team: Racing cyclocross and mountain biking, volunteering at Jubilee, showing up and having fun.
Racing Goals: To compete in 10 races and stay on this team!
Past Cycling Achievements: I won the Methow Valley Mountain Bike Festival which was the first race I entered, but that was ten years ago.
When you’re not on the bike: I’m trying to keep up with my 5 and 3 year old sons, being outside, volunteering, cooking, and trying to make time to get back on the bike!

Name/Nickname: Kristen Sblendorio or Sblen, Sblendo, some variation of whomevers’ choice 🙂
Hometown: Seattle, Washington (born and raised)
Contribution to the team: Work, climb, bridge, and never afraid of blowing up… you always have to go for it, for the integrity of team cooperation team and self- commitment.
Racing goals: Cascade classic is a bit of a dream race for me so building my power to hang with the big girls in 1/2 is my goal for the upcoming season.
Past Cycling achievements:  Last year was my first year racing. I had no idea if I’d love it or hate it, do well or get dropped, so I went out as a solo woman for Audi and give it my best. My philosophy was to first show up with positive energy, willingness to work with anyone who wanted to go for it and always test my body as far as I thought it could go. I ended up doing pretty well and ended with some points and 2 wins late in the season (tacoma crit and gig harbor circuit).
When I’m not on the bike: 40 hours a week I’m standing at my desk working for Seattle Public Utilities in engineering services. That being said I resort to the extreme weekend warrior lifestyle… Skiing BC canada every weekend in winter, kitesurfing on weeknights at jetty or weekends throughout the spring, summer and fall. I’m committed to traveling and learning as well, and am always looking for a challenge.

Name/Nickname:  Lori Surges / Lori
Hometown: Hales Corners, Wisconsin
Category: Road 4/Cross 4
Contribution to the team: I will bring a lighthearted attitude some seriously funny jokes during long rides and chocolate.
Racing Goals: To work with the other Cat 4 women to win races and have fun.  I would like to consider moving up to Cat 3 soon.
Past Cycling Achievements: Leaving the other girls behind on the hills!
When you’re not on the bike:  Single parenting an awesome 13 year old daughter, climbing, running and trying to get some sleep somewhere in-between all that.

Name/Nickname: Lisa Toner
Hometown: Bellingham, Washington
Contribution to the team: Attacking on the hills, chasing down breaks, and volunteering at races.
Racing Goals: Continue to improve my tactics, start working toward my Cat 2 upgrade, aim for the top 5 in all Cat 3 road races, and maybe get a win.
Past Cycling Achievements: I began my racing career with Husky Cycling, and was the only woman on the team when I joined in the fall of 2008.  Over two years, I built up a strong and committed women’s team.  I went to collegiate cycling nationals in 2010, placing in the top half of a very competitive, rainy, and hilly road race.
When you’re not on the bike: I am a Suzuki violin teacher and educational psychologist.

Name/Nickname: Carly Tu, carls, carls-in-charge
Hometown: Spokane, WA
Category: Road 3/Track 4
Contribution to the team: I’m an excellent superfan for my teammates and I offer my husband’s amazing race photography at!
Racing Goals: Have fun and always learn something. Stay injury free! Finish with the pack in a combined 1/2/3 race. Upgrade to Friday nights on the track. Qualify for either the Ironman World Championships or the Half-Ironman World Championships. Get some points towards my cat 2 upgrade.
Past Cycling Achievements: Silver medalist at the Washington State Championship Individual Time Trial for two years in a row.
When you’re not on the bike: I’m running, swimming, eating and sleeping! Oh, or attending UW Husky football games and hanging out with my wonderdog Wrigley and my amazing husband Kevin.

Name/Nickname: Cathy Varland
Hometown: Hoquiam, Washington
Category: Road 2
Years Racing: 4
Contribution to the team: Hard core rainy ride training buddy.
Racing Goals: Upgrade to a Cat 1 on the road, “Compete” in the Cascade Classic, Make it to the top of a hill on Jess’s wheel.
Past Cycling Achievements: 3rd in the GC at Elkhorn as a cat 3, Finishing with the lead group on stage 4 of Cherry Blossom – 2010, “Competing” against Kristen Armstrong at the Mt Hood Stage Race – 2011.
When you’re not on the bike: I love to be outdoors or spending time with my friends and family.

Name/Nickname: Elise Wright, “e”
Hometown: Poulsbo, Washington
Contribution to the team: A fun, positive attitude and some mean cheering skills.
Racing Goals: Hoping to kick some booty in the 4s this season where it suits me and very much looking forward to working hard to see my teammates succeed in their specialties.
Past Cycling Achievements: er…
When you’re not on the bike: I like to play in the mountains including: mountaineering, rock climbing, xc and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking/backpacking.

Name/Nickname: Kelly Woznicki, kwoz
Hometown: Gates Mills, Ohio (near Cleveland)
Category: Road 2
Racing Goals: My goal for next year is to get back into racing, suffer a lot, and help our team win.
Past Cycling Achievements: I got second place a lot in 2009 (5 or 6 times I think, but no wins).  You can learn about my experience here:
When you’re not on the bike: I am a user experience designer by day, so I design user interfaces (websites, mobile apps, software, etc.) and make them easier to use.  I also enjoy crafting, extra bold coffee, nerdy board games, math, and sunshine (I don’t know why I moved to Seattle).