Team Type 1 was founded in 2004 by two collegiate cyclists, Phil Southerland and Joe Eldridge, living with Type 1 diabetes. Their aim was to instill hope for people who are affected by diabetes. They wanted to prove to the world that athletes with Type 1 diabetes could not only manage their condition but also pursue their dreams and excel.
In their quest to further educate and inspire, Team Type 1 established a new women’s program in 2009. Two riders on the women’s team – Monique Hanley and Morgan Patton – have Type 1 diabetes. The remaining 6 members, Jacquelyn Crowell, Veronica Leal, Jen McRae, Alison Powers, Samantha Schneider, and Kori Seehafer blend to create a team of both young and experienced riders.
2009 has been very, very good for the new women’s team. The first big race for this squad was the Redlands Classic where Powers won the final criterium stage and sealed her 3rd place general classification position. Powers stated at Redlands, “I personally am having a really good time. The team is awesome. We have a nice mix of girls with a lot of experience and girls with not so much….but we can learn from each other. It’s been really a lot of fun. With the new team we have been learning how to ride together.”
“It has been an amazing, eye-opening experience riding for Team Type 1,” shared Crowell. “Just learning from these girls who have experience racing in Europe has been great. I am a newbie and getting their input and critiques is going to make me a better athlete and that is exactly what I have been looking for. This team’s attitude is so positive.”
Seehafer commented, “It’s exciting to be on a new team. A lot of the young riders would like to achieve what I have already achieved and I am very excited to share my knowledge. I have really enjoyed working with everyone. We didn’t have a lot of expectations coming into our first big race. We started to mesh well together fast so I see us continue to work well.”
Seehafer knows her team. Team Type 1 has had no problem meshing together. McRae finished third in both the Athens Twilight criterium and the Eighth Annual Historic Roswell Criterium. McRae’s back-to-back podium placings came in her first two races of the season. “It was the same people on the podium both days, so it shows who the top sprinters are,” McRae said. “But we’re not going to be happy with being third again. We definitely want to improve on that. I think the whole objective of riding with the team this weekend was dialing in the team dynamics.”
The team was able to establish itself as one of the top criterium racing squads by winning the team competition at the recent USA CRITS Speed Week series. Seehafer also won the Lap Leader’s jersey and Schneider earned the Best Young Rider title in the series of six races in South Carolina and Georgia.
Team Director Seehafer said the Joe Martin Stage Race, the four-day, four-stage event in Fayetteville, Ark., would also be an important race for the squad. “Alison declined to go to the Pan Am games in order to retain the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series leader’s jersey and Kori will be there to solidify her lead in the WPCS sprint jersey and help Alison win the overall,” he said. “Monique and Morgan will also be there to show their form after coming off the USA CRITS series.”
According to Team Director Seehafer, the final day of the Joe Martin Stage Race was suited for Powers. “The criterium really fits our ability well because it’s more of a tactical course,” Seehafer said. “We’ll be very aggressive and set a hard tempo at the front. Our goal is also to go for the stage win and see if we can employ what we learned at the criterium series.”
“I love the criterium here,” Powers said. “It’s technical and challenging and those are the courses where I race the best.” Powers did win the stage, while McRae took the field sprint.
Powers also won the overall GC jersey at the Joe Martin stage race and retained the overall lead in the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series (WPCS). Seehafer leads the WPCS sprint classification. Both will wear their leaders’ jerseys at the Nature Valley Grand Prix, which is the third event of the WPCS.
While her teammates were lighting it up at the Joe Martin stage race, Crowell finished second at the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships riding for University of Florida in the Division I criterium. “I think I rode the best race I could today,” Crowell said. “Eventually, I’m going to win one of these times.” Earlier she earned a bronze medal in the road race.
Powers said, “I think the whole team is super psyched that we are doing so well.”
“Our plan was to race aggressively,” team director Seehafer said. “Part of our goal initially for Alison and the team was to bring her on as a GC rider. With the way this team is, we have been able to fine tune that, especially with our other riders filling other important roles.”
With Nature Valley Grand Prix in sight, the Team Type 1 women’s team continues to work on team tactics….and continues to light up the 2009 season with their success.
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