With a growing and highly active women’s cyclocross team, B2C2 endeavored to cultivate an elite women’s cyclocross team to emphasize the importance of nurturing women committed to racing at a high level. With Averica Discovery returning in the 2016/2017 season as title sponsor, our roster welcomes new team member Lydia Hausle to join returning members Erin Faccone and Julie Wright. Team Averica plans to race a full calendar of regional UCI and local race. In addition to racing fast and having fun, Team Averica is taking a grassroots approach to promoting growth and equality for women racers at all levels.

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How did you get into cyclocross?

I moved to Boston at the end of 2011 and had to make friends as an adult in a new city. I'd already been into riding casually, so I joined a local cycling club up here. Every bicycle related person I met in that first year asked if I was going to race cyclocross. I had no idea what cyclocross was, but instinctively answered yes. In August 2012 I bought a cross bike and did my first race at Quad Cross. I was DFL, but also addicted.

Favorite post-race indulgence food?

Anything sugary and bad for you. I've been introducing New England to the "shake float" one ice cream stop at a time - it's a Jersey Shore favorite where you float a scoop of ice cream in a milkshake. Delicious. 

But also, tacos. 

Favorite race? 

Northampton! 

Bike racing lesson you had to learn the hard way?

All of them! Most of my failures trace back to failing to follow the 6Ps* (trademark: Matt Roy) - Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance. Cx is hard enough on equipment, showing up underprepared or with malfunctioning bikes is a recipe for disaster. Similarly, I had to flat a half-dozen tires before I found the lower-bound of tire pressure for my bull-in-a-china-shop riding style. 

Favorite pro?

Marianne Vos (duh). Though everyone knows I'm a cyclocross superfan first, racer second, and that my list of favorites is actually much longer. And the coolest thing about making it to the elite race is that I get to race and hang out with many of them!

Pump up jam of choice?

Early 2000s rap, always. Shoop, What's Luv, and I'm a Hustler are my final three pre-race jams. 

Biggest challenge you run into as a woman in the sport?

I think my biggest challenge is the same as most amateur cyclists regardless of gender: it's super hard to balance training and working full-time and having a normal adult life. 

Goals for 2015?

To claim all the UCI points that eluded me last season.

Optimal cycling sock height?

Five inches, In my opinion. No shorter than four. Ankle socks are for the birds.

How did you get into cyclocross?

I noticed knobby tires on a road bike when perusing a shop. Found out about Gloucester Grand Prix, went to watch, and decided I had to try the sport! Found a team (B2C2) and started racing the year after.

Favorite post-race indulgence food?

Not really an indulgence but pickles, hummus, and watermelon are a favorite. Especially in the summer. Except for hummus, I love hummus all the time.

Favorite race?

I loved the Casco Bay race last year in Maine.It was turn-y, climby, and a ton of fun. I'm also a big fan of Night Weasels and Midnight Cross.

Bike racing lesson you had to learn the hard way?

Oh boy, just one? I ate a Cliff Bar right before a race, it was the worst decision.

Favorite pro?

Katie Compton. She just hangs in her drops and plows along.

Pump up jam of choice?

Don't judge me: Skrillex.

Biggest challenge you run into as a woman in the sport?

While some race promoters and governing bodies won't pay equal money because of numbers, others won't pay because of a belief. It's hard enough being an athlete, let alone being chastised for gender. It's a Catch 22. In general, women are not encouraged to compete like men. But, by the sheer numbers of people on this Earth, there could be a girl out there who is just as talented or more so than Marianne Vos, but who perhaps was caught in the fray and told "No" too many times. It doesn't matter who you are, that's a very hard thing to fight. Luckily, in the USA, Cyclocross participation is booming and there are more women every year. It's exciting to witness change.

Goals for 2015?

I tend to make my plans as the race is happening. I want to get in the top 10 at a UCI race this year.

Optimal cycling sock height?

Right under the gastrocnemius.

How did you get into cyclocross?

Through mountain biking. I heard about cross and tried a race on my MTB. It took me a few years to buy a cross bike, but once I did, I was hooked.

Favorite post-race indulgence food?

Burritos, coffee, chocolate or anything with salt.

Favorite race ?

Cheshire has an awesome course - swoopy single track, sand, and a good climb. And the 2014 Plymouth course was a blast. Supercross in NY is a good one too!

Bike racing lesson you had to learn the hard way?

I'm stubborn, so I learn a lot of things the hard way. I'm still learning most of them.

Favorite pro?

Hmm, there's a lot of good ones. Probably Mary McConneloug. I think she's exceptionally awesome. And Helen Wyman.

Pump up jam of choice?

I've got a mix with MIA, Mates of State, Jay Z, Passion Pit, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots and a few others.

Biggest challenge you run into as a woman in the sport?

I think the most annoying one right now is being singled out as a woman cyclist rather than just a cyclist. In some cases, we have a lower bar set for us which has ripple effects in how we're treated, how we ride and how we set our goals.

Goals for 2015?

I’ll be chasing those coveted UCI points and continuing to work on finding that balance between training and keeping it fun.

Optimal cycling sock height?

I had no idea there was such a variety of sock heights until conversation on this question. It's usually whatever I pull out of my drawer first.


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Team Averica UCI Calendar

Rochester Cyclocross, September 10-11, Rochester, NY

Nittany Lion CX, September 17-18, Breiningsville, PA

KMC CX Festival, October 1-2, Thompson, CT

Charm City CX, October 8-9, Baltimore, MD

Gran Prix of Gloucester, October 15-16, Gloucester, MA

DCCX, October 22-23, Washington, DC

HPCX, October 29-30, Jamesburg, New Jersey

Cycle-Smart Northampton International, November 12-13, Northampton, MA

Supercross Cup, November 19-20, Stony Point, NY

NBX Gran Prix, December 3-4, Warwick, RI

USA CX National Championships, January 8, HARTFORD, CT!!!