Jessica Cutler is rider of the month for May! She is our team president and a founding member of Peterson Racing p/b Spokeswomen. A native of Bainbridge Island, WA, Jess is a Cat 1 on the road, a Cat 1 in Cyclocross, and a Cat 2 on the track.
Jess has had an amazing season so far. She won every local race she entered, placed 3rd in the GC at the Sea Otter Pro/1/2 stage race, and was invited to guest ride at the Tour de Gila with Primal/Mapmyride, a women’s pro cycling team. The Tour de Gila is held in New Mexico. Its five tough stages include three road races, a time trial, and a criterium. The last race is called the “Gila Monster Race,” which speaks volumes about its toughness! Jess raced strongly in each stage, ending up with 15th overall GC and helping her teammate place 6th!
For those who haven’t heard, Jessica has some AMAZING news to share! We are so excited for her. I’ll let her speak for herself in this excerpt from her blog:
After having a really fun and hard race at Gila, I was offered a mid-season contract by Primal/MapMyRide. After much deliberation (actually not much at all because these ladies are amazing!) I have signed a professional cycling contract to race for the remainder of 2012 (and hopefully beyond!) with Primal/MapMyRide!
I am so excited to have found such a good team for myself and doubly excited that they liked me enough to sign me right away! Everyone involved with the team is so supportive and kind and the sponsors are extremely generous and committed to supporting our team. There is a huge breadth of experience on the team and I am so excited to learn from and race with these awesome ladies!
We at Peterson Racing p/b Spokeswomen are excited to have been a part of Jessica’s journey to the pro ranks so far, and will to continue to support and cheer her on! She will remain our team president for this season and will continue to act as a board member for the team in future years. Since she signed with Primal/Mapmyride in the middle of the year, her new team director will release her to ride for Peterson in a few local races if she chooses and if they consent. You will also see her out at Marymoor for track racing this summer.