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2006 Team rosters

Independent Fabrication/Kempner Women's cycling team

The Independent Fabrication/Kempner women's road racing team has announced its roster and sponsors for 2006. This elite women's team was originally founded by Independent Fabrication President Matt Bracken in 1996 while he was employed at Merlin as VP of sales and marketing. Bracken left for Independent Fabrication (IF) in 1999 took his commitment to supporting elite women's road racing (and three of his original Merlin riders) with him, making this one of the longest running elite amateur road teams around.

"I started the women's team so that more outstanding female athletes would have a team and a company that supported them well in a male-dominated industry and sport," he said.

The title sponsor is Independent Fabrication, a custom bicycle frame design and production company headquartered in Somerville, Mass. Thomas L. Kempner Jr., of Davidson Kempner Capital Management LLC, assumed the role of second title sponsor in 2005 after two seasons at the associate level. Tom Kempner is the executive managing member of a New York-based investment management firm and a proud IF owner.

This Category 1 /2 women's road team competes in a full calendar of local, regional and national events while its members maintain full-time professional careers.

2006 Roster

Brenda Bahnson (Cat. 1)
Pauline Frascone (Cat. 1)
Lisa Maxwell (Cat. 2)
Heather Peck (Cat. 1)
Michele Smith (Cat. 2)
Marianne Stover (Cat. 1)

Directeur sportif: Matt Bracken

Title Sponsors

Independent Fabrication:
Tom Kempner

Associate Sponsors

Arcadian Shop (outdoor specialty store)
Brave Soldier (athletic skincare)
Clif Bar (nutrition)
Giro (helmets)
Housatonic LLC (real estate) – Web site not available
Hutchinson (tubes & tires)
ITM (stems, handlebars, seatposts)
Matty B. – Web site not available
Mavic (wheelsets)
Reynolds Composites (carbon fibre forks)
Security Bicycle Accessories (components)
Smith (eyewear)
Stella Azzurra (handlebar tape)
Time (pedals and shoes)
Verge (cycling clothing)
William Caligari Interiors/Architecture

Team website:

2006 team rosters