After two successful seasons, UCI women’s professional team Hagens Berman | Supermint returns for a third year with a strong roster, a new Sports Director, and an ambassador program to foster outreach across women’s cycling.
The team, originally founded in 2016 by Jono Coulter and Lindsay Goldman (née Bayer), has evolved over the past two years but remains a fixture at top North American races. Hagens Berman, a Seattle-based law firm with offices nationwide that fights for the rights of consumers, employees, and others against corporate greed and negligence, remains dedicated to supporting the women’s race program.
New for 2018, the team will be led by Sports Director Tad Hamilton. Hamilton was formerly the Sports Director of the Exergy Pro Cycling men’s continental team, before taking several years off to focus on family and manage a print shop in Boise, Idaho. Most recently he directed the Velo Classic p/b Stan’s NoTubes women’s team. He is excited to return to professional racing in a full time capacity: “The relaxed schedule of civilian life allowed me a diverse and adventurous respite, but I always believed I would find myself in professional cycling again. After 5 years away, it is an honour to return with Hagens-Berman | Supermint. This program has unlimited potential, and the opportunity to work the best races in North America was an offer I could not pass up.”
The team will be managed by Lindsay Goldman, who is taking the first part of the season off from racing to focus on leading the team and having her first child. Jono Coulter remains a part of the management group as the UCI Team Representative, while stepping back to focus on coaching. “After nearly a decade of being fully committed to supporting women’s teams, it was long overdue for Jono to focus on his own goals,” says Goldman, “With a break in my race schedule to have my daughter in February, it seemed like a great time to take an even more active role in leading this organization.”
After racking up dozens of podiums in 2017 including an overall win at the Tulsa Tough, Australian sprinter Peta Mullens returns for her second season with the team: “I’m excited by our line up this year, not just the riders but the sponsors and the staff. I’m most excited about working with Tad to achieve our personal and team goals for the season.” Whitney Allison joins the squad after five years with Colavita-Bianchi Pro Cycling to bolster the team’s climbing strength. Time trialist Jennifer Luebke and powerhouse Mandy Heintz come from Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling to round out the team’s stage race talents. New rider Lily Williams comes to the team after a breakout first season that included an impressive win at the UCI Joe Martin Stage Race. Returning riders Liza Rachetto, Julie Kuliecza, Jess Cerra, Starla Teddergreen, Tarah Cole, and Lindsay Goldman are back to continue the team’s successful program.
AJ Morrison returns as Head Mechanic, supported by Andrew Steele. Julia Warren is the team’s Marketing Manager and will manage the newly-launched Ambassador Program. Snowy Mountain Photography will provide photos from team camps and races throughout the year.
The team will ride Scott Foil and Addict bikes with FFWD Wheels. Additional sponsorship support is provided by Terun, Vittoria, Vie 13 Kustom Apparel, Oakley, Base Cartel, Honey Stinger, JoJé, Aminorip, GQ6, Donnelly Sports, Arundel, Victory Circle Graphix, and K3 Holders.
After team camps in Scottsdale, AZ in December and March, the team will launch their race season at the Tucson Bicycle Classic and follow the USA Cycling Pro Tour calendar to major stage races, one-day events, and top criteriums. Peta Mullens takes on the 2018 Australian Road National Championships in Ballarat from January 3-7.
In addition to the team’s race schedule, the new 2018 Ambassador Program will kick off on January 1. Each team rider will be paired with a selected ambassador, drawn from a pool of 100+ applicants representing women ages 12-99 across all levels and types of cycling. The goal of the program is to engage with more women in their own cycling experiences and to understand and respect what cycling means to them while providing insight into professional-level cycling. Ambassadors will receive free and discounted team sponsor gear, have VIP access to races and team events, and draw on a support system of all ambassadors and HB Supermint riders.
Follow the team on Instagram and Twitter at @supermintusa for updates throughout the season.
Whitney Allison USA
Jess Cerra USA
Tarah Cole USA
Lindsay Goldman USA
Mandy Heintz USA
Julie Kuliecza USA
Jennifer Luebke USA
Peta Mullens AUS
Liza Rachetto USA
Starla Teddergreen USA
Lily Williams USA