WWCGP ADVISORY BOARD

The WWCGP advisory board is a group of individuals who have united together to share their views of the development of bicycling through the platform of a women's-only bicycle race. Their combined experiences have contributed immensely to the growth of WWCGP.

Loren Rowney

Born in South Africa, and raised in Australia, Loren has been playing and competing in sport since she could walk. After 5 years racing at the professional level in road cycling,  she decided to step aside and start working on other areas of her life. She has competed in 4 world championships, won races across the Oceania, USA and Europe, and had a lot of fun along the way doing so. Her last year Pro, she raced on ORICA Scott and it really hit home the fret discrepancy between men's and women's cycling. Therefore, she has become that more passionate about being part of the change for women's cycling. Getting more women on bikes, having bigger events and more coverage are all achievable goals. In order to do so, we start with grass root projects such as the Woodstock GP, so she's thrilled to get involved and help out with this growing event. 

Steve Pucci

Steve Pucci raced a little in the 70s and 80, but was considerably involved with development in the sport, including notable juniors Martin and Michael Bruhn. Starting around 1980, he had significant involvement with the CCB Racing team, a strong development program, for many years. Steve has worked with and helped to mentor many successful racers over the year, many who have come through the CCB Racing team. CCB Racing has taken out a Continental license for the 2017 season. As well, Steve has helped and run numerous races over the years, most notably the Marblehead Road Race, which is approaching its 40th year anniversary.

Carole Vanier

Carole Vanier has dedicated her whole life to sport by teaching physical education for 30 years as well as racing. Quebec Cycling Hall of Fame inductee, Carole was a former pioneer of women racing in Quebec and also a former top Canadian athlete and is now competing as a master. Her achievements include 1980 Canadian Champion (TT), 1983 Canadian cycling team women's coach, 2013-2014 Canadian Criterium Champion, 2012 Canadian Road Race Champion, as well as racing several world championships. Those around her have found her to be nothing short of inspirational. She’d like to use this status to promote cycling for women in Canada and especially Quebec. As a Liv Ambassador, her main goal is to promote women’s cycling in Quebec.

Tom Schuler

Tom Schuler enjoyed a 20-year career as a bicycle racer, including 10 years as a founding member of the 7-Eleven Cycling Team and as a member of the 1980 Olympic Cycling Team.  During his career as a professional cyclist, Schuler garnered more than 100 career victories including the 1987 US Pro Road Championship. After retiring from racing, Schuler turned to team management  - first as the Assistant General Manager for the Motorola Cycling Team then forming his own sports management company, Team Sports Inc. in 1992.  In 1999-2000 Team Sports was managing both the #1 world ranked Volvo Cannondale mountain bike team and the world #1 world ranked Saturn Women’s Cycling Team and has managed 20 unique road, mountain bike and triathlon teams. Schuler is also a founding partner and manages cycling events including the Tour of America’s Dairyland, the Intelligentsia Cup in Chicago and the Quad Cities Criterium.

Robin Farina

Robin began her cycling career over 15 years ago, racing on several professional teams throughout her career, and is the former 2011 National Road Race Champion and a 2012 Olympic long team member. In 2015 she retired from professional racing and took on a management role directing The Happy Tooth Pro Cycling Team. When not on the bike, her time is spent overseeing Revolution Coaching and the Women’s Cycling Association (WCA), whose mission is to grow and become a global movement for women’s equality in sport and life. The main goal is help achieve equity and help people see the health benefits through riding bikes. Her passion for sport and the sport of cycling drives her to stay dedicated and lead the charge for a positive change.

Bob Knowles

Bob Knowles has been a partner and co-founder of Renewable Energy Massachusetts LLC since 2009, with 32 megawatts of utility-scale solar PV developed in Massachusetts to date.  He is responsible for generating new business, site acquisition, project development, utility management and energy sales.  He is a senior executive with over twenty-five years of business experience, and prior to REM he held roles as Director of Sales & Marketing and Business Development at Project Adventure, Inc., a $10 million in revenue non-profit.  Earlier in his career Bob was a key member of the management teams of two innovative consumer packaged goods start-up companies in both the pharmaceutical and premium beverage industries.  He assisted in the negotiations for the successful sale of each company in 1997 and 2002 respectively.  Bob acts in advisory roles for various start-up companies in the Boston area, and is a 15 year veteran Pan Mass Challenge rider/fundraiser having raised over $150,000 all to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Lori Torgersen

Lori Torgersen received her Ph.D in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany. She has had an extensive career in criminal justice and mental health working in a wide variety of advocacy, research and policy making roles. She is currently the Director of Local Justice Services for the New York State Office of Mental Health and is responsible for supporting localities to respond to the needs of persons with mental illness who are justice system involved. As a balance to her weighty career demands, Lori has another “full-time” life focusing on community development efforts in the Northern Catskills region where she lives. Specifically, Lori is on the Board of the Windham Area Recreation Foundation, whose mission is to establish the region as a four-season destination area through trail-based recreation.  In support of this mission, Lori has been the co-director of the Kaaterskill Spring Rush, the Masters of the Mountains Mountain Bike Race Series and most notably, the Windham Mountain Bike World Cup Festival.  Lori loves outdoor recreation of all sorts and spends much of her “free” time cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, running, hiking, and, of course, biking.

Michael Vaughan

Mike is a 30 year veteran of the advertising industry. As an Art Director/Creative Director, Mike’s work has been recognized by D&AD, Cannes, the Effie Awards, the One Show, National ADDY's, Communications Arts, New York Festivals, Andy's and the Clio Awards. In 2010, Mike was named North American Creative Director on Head & Shoulders, and created campaigns with Pittsburgh Steeler Troy Polamalu and Minnesota Twins’ Joe Mauer, setting new sales records for the brand and making it the #1 shampoo in the world. Mike presently works as a VP, Creative Director at BBDO New York, the world’s #1 creative advertising agency. Mike insists that the best work he's ever created has been his four sons.

Kira Payer

Kira Payer is an elite-level junior cyclist living and training in the gorgeous Berkshire Hills and surrounding counties in NY, VT, and CT.  At age eleven, cycling was introduced to her when her mother began road biking and quickly after, mountain biking. Wanting to join in on the fun, she  took to the woods, jumping over to the roads two years later.  She moved through the ranks of the local shop rides, deciding to take up racing during the 2016 season after a long winter of training. After attending the Women’s National Talent ID Camp, Kira was invited to race abroad in Europe with the US National Development program. Off the bike, she is a high school senior who will be pursuing a degree in psychology in the following years.

Kathleen Clinesmith

Kathleen Clinesmith is an administrator at The Calhoun School in New York City.  She and her husband live in New York and West Hurley.  She has served as an advisor and board member for the Brunswick Regional Youth Orchestra in Brunswick Maine, Abraham House Family Services in New York City, and Leonarda Productions, also in New York.

Nick Bove

Nick Bove’s love of bikes started at a very early age as did his first business venture during grade school when he fixed the bikes of his neighborhood friends in his parents’ garage.  In 1992, after graduating from Plattsburgh State, Nick opened the Coxsackie Bicycle Shop followed in 1996 by Windham Mountain Outfitters, a four season sports shop.  Nick is the founder and coach of the Windham Cycling junior development team which has introduced countless kids to the sport of cycling and generated three internationally known professional racers from Greene County.  Additionally, eager to share his passion for cycling, Nick developed the Masters of the Mountains Mountain Bike Race Series (now known as the NYS series) and more recently, directed the UCI Windham World Cup Mountain Bike Festival for three consecutive years (and again this August).  Nick has also devoted the better part of his two decades in business to his vision of Windham and Greene County as a cycling destination area culminating in the development of countless miles of mountain biking trails and the recent opening of the multi-use Windham Path.

Meredith Uhl Moran

Meredith was a relative latecomer to the world of athletics in general and cycling in particular, buying her first road bike at age 25 in an attempt to get more active outside of her desk job.  From her very first excursion in Central Park in the spring of 2011, she was hooked by the feeling of freedom she had on two wheels, and without much training or any real idea what she was doing, jumped into her first race only a few months later.  She quickly found a sense of purpose and camaraderie in the bike racing world, thanks in large part to the flourishing New York racing scene, and has proudly participated in each edition of the WWCGP!  Meredith currently resides in Boston, where she practices private equity law.

Pierre Hutsebaut

Pierre Hutsebaut, born in France in a cycling family, has developed in his early age the love for the sport at first as a competitor and then as a coach. In 1982, Pierre Hutsebaut became National Road Coach for the Canadian Cycling Association and later on the Director of National Racing Program and finally the Executive Director of the Canadian Cycling Association. Under Pierre’s guidance, the Canadian cycling team achieved 5 Olympic Medals in 1996 in Atlanta and was ranked second best country in cycling at these games. In 2005, Pierre Hutsebaut was appointed as the UCI America Tour Advisor and is now in the position of Continental Advisor as his activities include now events on the Asiatic continent. In the meantime, Pierre Hutsebaut is now associated in the Peak Centre for Human Performance.

Caroline Payson

Caroline has been highly involved with both U.S. and international cycling organizations.  Since 1977, she has been an official for USCF, NORBA, as well as USACycling.  Caroline brings lots of experience to the WWCGP Board of Directors; she was a member of the USAC Board of Directors from 2005-2010, as well as for other races including Fitchburg, Longsjo. She was also a member of the officials' crew for the 1996 Olympic Games and a member of the USAC Mountain Bike Board of Trustees from 2002-2012. She is the co-founder of the Yarmouth Clam Festival Bike Race. Caroline sees that bicycling is expanding its influence in all areas, especially Women's racing.  Acknowledging that women and men race differently, but no less competitively, has been the first giant step. She sees that events like WWCGP are leading the way.

Jorge Camuñas

Jorge Camuñas was born in Puerto Rico and is a retired Thoracic Surgeon. He cycled to the hospital on a daily basis. After many falls on icy streets, he became more discerning.  He took vacations at the beginning of July, so that he could follow the Tour de France and enjoy the many trails in the Hurley Woods on his mountain bike. He has been married to Caroline Emig of Hurley for 41 years. They reside on Dug Hill Road and in New York City. Jim Hanson, Jorge's brother-in-law and WWCGP Safety Director, invited him to participate in the WWCGP safety detail. He has volunteered for four years, and has hosted the Canadian team leader several times. Jorge would like to see women's cycling have the same opportunities and prizes as men's cycling.  The WWCGP is leading the way. 

Lido Crema

Lido Crema was a competitive cyclist from Vancouver, British Columbia. Lido is Canadian born of Italian roots. An avid cycling historian, Lido has brought his passion for cycling to life in his blog, Ciclismo Passion. His blog highlights the elements of passion in its purest form found in cycling: its romantic and grueling history, the fame and defeat,  the strength and sheer will of endurance and mind over body.