Team TWENTY16 p/b Sho-Air moves back into the UCI ranks in 2015 with an all-new upgraded roster and under the guise of former World Champions Mari Holden as Team Director and Kristin Armstrong as High Performance Director. Alongside the leadership of team owner and General Manager, Nicola Cranmer, Team TWENTY16 is already making noise and winning races.
The roster is a deep and unique blend of road, track and TT'ers across a broad spectrum of age and experience. Between Holden, Armstrong and rider Sarag Hammer, the program owns an unprecidented combined two Olympic Gold Medals, five Olympic Silver Medals and 15 World Championship Medals.
Beginning her second year as the team's Director, Holden says, "2014 was my first year back in a managerial capacity and it was something special. We have some good success and look forward to really rasing the bar in '15 with all the new talent on-board. Our goals are high, but I feel we have the people in place to realize what it is we are after."
"With this incredible roster of riders and gifted staff, we are very much focused on the Rio Games in 2016 and then beyond that to 2020," says Cranmer.
"The team consists of both pro/elite and junior women, each unique in their talent and all with the ability and mindset to be highly successful. This youth movement is tremendously important to the team’s identity as is the support of USA Cycling. Without USA Cycling we could not achieve these goals," says returning team High Performance Director and two-time Gold Medalist, Kristin Armstrong.
The team will race a combination of F1 and ZW1 road bikes, and DA1 TT bikes. They will focus on a heavy US-based schedule although with the level of elite talent a high number of international events are expected through National Team selection.