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Team Africa Rising, the all-black women’s pro cycling team supposed to become part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour in 2017, today announced that Yohana Dawitt, the Eritrean national road champion, will be racing the Green Mountain Stage Race in Vermont with the Amy D. Foundation race team.
Dawitt will be the first Eritrean to professionally race for an American team and Team Africa Rising has started a crowd funding campaign to financially support Dawitt’s trip to the United States.
The Amy D. race team, named after American rider Amy Alison Dombroski, who tragically passed while training abroad in Belgium in 2013, is a development racing program that offers women the chance to compete at elite level.
The Amy D. road cycling program creates opportunities for women by organizing teams with open rosters that may vary from event-to-event. It tries to pair up-and-coming athletes, like Dawitt, with seasoned veterans.
For example, WiggleHigh5’s Mara Abbott won the 2016 Tour of the Gila representing the Amy D. race team, teamed up with Bethany Allen (Inpa-Bianchi), Julie Emmerman, Caitlyn Laroche and Gabriele Pilote-Fortin (Cervélo-Bigla).
Green Mountain Stage Race
The Green Mountain Stage Race is a four day stage race in the heart of the Green Mountains of Vermont and runs from Friday September 2 to Monday September 5.
Stage 1 is a 5.7 mile individual time trial, stage 2 is called the Bridges Circuit Race and consists of 3 laps on a 17.4 mile circuit (plus a 4.7 mile opening section).
Another road race in stage 3 and the race is finished with a criterium on a 0.62 mile circuit on Monday.