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2005 Team rosters

Independent Fabrication / Kempner Women's Cycling Team

The Independent Fabrication / Kempner Women's Cycling Team has announced its roster of riders and sponsors for the 2005 season.

The women on this elite amateur team have amassed impressive results over the past few years. Brenda Bahnson is the 2003 Massachusetts State Time Trial champion; Lisa Maxwell garnered top-20 results in NRC crits in 2004; Heather Peck finished 15th in the 2000 Olympic Trials road race; Michele Smith was the 2000 Division 2 collegiate national champion in the criterium; Marianne Stover was the 2003 women's 30-34 master's national cyclocross champion; and Pauline Frascone emerged in 2004 as a top podium contender in the hotly contested New England women's regional racing scene. In addition, these riders won the team competition in the inaugural Serotta New England Elite Women's Series in 2004.

The team started as Merlin/Smartfuel in 1997 and in 2000 picked up title sponsorship from Independent Fabrication, known for its stunning road, mountain bike and cyclo-cross frames. The Independent Fabrication / Kempner team is based in New England and races a full schedule of regional and National Racing Calendar events.

2005 marks the 10-year anniversary for Independent Fabrication, an employee-owned company based in Somerville, Mass. Independent Fabrication (a.k.a. IF or Indy Fab) has become well known for their uniquely creative and visionary approach to the design and fabrication of road, mountain and cyclocross bicycle frames. Each frame is a custom design and hand-crafted of steel, titanium or titanium/carbon and then perfected with a unique paint and decal scheme. The 12 employee-owners of IF combine many years of expertise and love of bicycles to produce the finest bicycle frames in the world.

Thomas L. Kempner Jr., of Davidson Kempner Capital Management LLC, assumed the role of second title sponsor in 2005. Tom Kempner is the executive managing member of a New York-based investment management firm.

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2005 Roster


Brenda Bahnson (Cat. 1)
Pauline Frascone (Cat. 2)
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)
Canyon Ranch (health resorts & spa clubs)
Clif Bar (nutrition)
Giro (helmets)
Hutchinson (tubes & tires)
ITM (stems, handlebars, seatposts)
Matty B. - Web site not available
Mavic (wheelsets)
Reynolds Composites (carbon fiber forks)
Security Bicycle Accessories (components)
Smith (eyewear)
SMRT Inc. (architecture, engineering, planning)
Stella Azzurra (handlebar tape)
Time (pedals and shoes)
Verge (cycling clothing)
William Caligari Interiors/Architecture

2005 team rosters