• Van Gilder with the Sugars!!!

    by  • February 12, 2009 • too random • 7 Comments

    Rad Rachetto somehow sweetalked LVG to slip into the SugarCRM spandex for this weekend’s $20K Tour of Cali catfights.

    Here’s the PRESS ~

    gildercross.jpgTwo time NRC winner Laura Van Gilder, with over 350 career wins to her credit, will lead SugarCRM at this weekend’s San Jose Classic Criterium and Amgen Tour of California Criterium. In her 18th season as a Professional, Laura shows no sign of slowing down and recently placed 19th at the World Cyclocross Championships in Holland on Feb 1- when most road riders were in their off season.


    Laura previously raced with SugarCRM Director Liza Rachetto on TEAm Lipton in 2006, and the pair are looking forward to guiding their stellar roster through this weekend’s racing, which has a combined purse of over $20000 for the women professional racers.


    Laura and SugarCRM Women’s Team ride Blue RC8 Competition bicycles and are supported by SugarCRM, the world’s leading provider of commercial open source customer relationship management (CRM) software.




    SugarCRM Roster pool over the 2 days:


    websugar.JPGLaura Van Gilder
    Lindsay Myers
    Karla Kingsley
    Jen Van Muckey
    Liza Rachetto
    Kim Fong
    Erin Dunne
    Starla Teddergreen
    Mary Ellen Ash

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    I’ve been lucky enough to have watched LVG race for years … and find her one of the most inspiring athletes to ever stand over a bike.  I’ve seen her turn herself inside out on climbs when already a minute down, cheered for her on the sideline of a time trial that she would suffer full-throttle through to get 18th, and witnessed her selflessly towing groups to stage race finish lines where there was no chance of a group gallop.

    She’s all-pro and races her bike for the pure love of it.


    I couldn’t see a better fit for her than the SugarCRMs this weekend.





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    7 Responses to Van Gilder with the Sugars!!!

    1. February 12, 2009 at

      let me quote karla:
      “does this mean laura van gilder is going to talk to ME?”

    2. February 12, 2009 at

      Laura Van Gilder will talk to anyone! She is one of the least assuming people I know….super friendly, super helpful, and very supportive of new racers, experienced racers, etc. She is just an all around great person, and Sugar CRM is lucky to have her racing with them! 🙂 And my that girl can sprint!!!!!!

    3. Sabine
      February 12, 2009 at

      so sweet!

    4. February 12, 2009 at

      Thanks Beth. Yes, that was indeed my initial reaction. We’re thrilled to have LVG in our kit! Thanks for the write-up hernando!

    5. February 12, 2009 at

      so cool!

    6. sweet
      February 12, 2009 at


    7. jackrabbit
      February 13, 2009 at

      God I hope somebody videoizes dis race! Clash of the Titans fer sure!

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