Fast Chance Women’s Cycling and The Feed Hungry Kids Project p/b The Happy Tooth Foundation will merge for the upcoming season to be known as Fast Chance Women’s Cycling p/b The Happy Tooth Foundation. In 2018, Fast Chance Women’s Cycling and Feed Hungry Kids Project p/b The Happy Tooth Foundation operated as distinct 501(c)3 non-profits; One aimed to empower women in sport and the other to empower kids. In 2019 the two teams will combine and use their synergies to create a program that elevates and empowers women’s cycling while also playing a part in empowering youth. This will be accomplished by Fast Chance Women’s Cycling’s ASCEND Program being an active supporter of The Happy Tooth Foundation and its “Yes I Can!” youth development initiatives.
“When we were planning for the 2019 season, a merger was never one of the mechanisms of growth we were looking into,” said Laura Jorgensen of The Happy Tooth Foundation. “However, when we met Peter Easton and learned more about Fast Chance Women’s Cycling and the ‘why’ behind the organization he is building, we thought, wow we could make much more powerful impacts for our respective programs together than apart.”
Peter Easton, Managing Director of FCWC echoed the sentiment saying “We feel very strongly that our goal of providing a healthy environment to pursue athletic excellence and be successful ambassadors that enrich the communities we live and work in is strengthened by this partnership.”
The team will race a criterium-centric schedule, but will also appear at a handful of major domestic stage and road races. Team sponsor Velo Pasadena will host team camp in Pasadena, CA in March and the team will kick off its racing campaign at Joe Martin Stage Race in April.
The team will race onboard Orbea bikes with Shimano components and HED wheels while wearing CCN Sport clothing and Lazer Helmets. Other sponsors include Carborro Coffee Roasters and Omnium Bodyworks.
The team will boast a strong roster of both domestic and international riders which includes:
- Rachel Langdon (GBR)
- Janelle Cole (USA)
- Courteney Lowe (NZL)
- Emma Lujan (CAN)
- Winanda Spoor (NED)
- Laura Jorgensen (USA)
“We couldn’t be more excited about the group of women who have come together to be a part of this squad,” said Easton. “Each one is not only a fantastic rider, but has a passion to contribute beyond sport which makes them a perfect fit for our organizations. 2019 is going to be a special year.”
ABOUT FAST CHANCE WOMEN’S CYCLING
Fast Chance Women’s Cycling, Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization with a core mission to provide a healthy environment to empower and inspire women by creating opportunities in elite cycling. The cornerstone of this mission is the ASCEND Program which aims is to reduce the gap riders must bridge to reach their goals; create the opportunities to pursue these goals and redirect the question from “how good am I?” to “how good can I be?” FCWC showcases the pursuit of excellence in cycling led by women who personify the ideals that define success: honesty, integrity, dedication and professionalism. To learn more about Fast Chance Women’s Cycling, please visit http://veloclassic.com/womens-elite-racing/
ABOUT THE HAPPY TOOTH FOUNDATION
The Happy Tooth Foundation is a Chapel Hill, NC based 501(c)3 non-profit on a mission to empower children to reach their full potential by building four pillars of success: food security, physical wellness, self-esteem and literacy. This mission is fulfilled in several ways, but focuses on the “Yes I Can!” Summer Camp which combines a strong foundation of physical fitness with the security of food stability during a time period where children who rely on subsidized lunches throughout the school year would be without. The goal of the camp and all of The Happy Tooth Foundation’s programs is to empower kids to say “Yes I Can!” and create and inspire the building blocks for lifelong success. For more information, please visit thehappytoothfoundation.org