Who We Are
Watt Riot Cycling is a non-profit organization that began in 2017 with the mission to develop women in the sport of cycling. Our 2019 race teams consist of some returning and new athletes who have shown unbridled passion for their sport and community. Our women are committed to promoting cycling and encouraging equality within the sport.
These members are targeting National, UCI, and World Cup level podiums. Their personal Instagram accounts are sure to be ripe with adventure in 2019.
Erin is the founder of our team, her passion to promote women in the sport has been her driver to build this team. This woman lives and breathes bicycles. If she’s not on a bike, she’s probably working as a race official, coaching a Learn to Ride session or at a board meeting. Erin also races with Team Canadian as a tandem pilot.
Courtenay came to cycling in 2017 as part of the RBC Athlete Training Grounds. Coming from Bobsleigh as a brake(wo)man, Courtenay is focusing on track, with her eye on the prize of representing Canada in the near future. In 2018 she took third place with Sarah in the Elite Women's Team Pursuit at Canadian Track Nationals.
Three time Paralympian Robbi Weldon will be tandem partners with our founder Erin Ruttan for 2019. They are chasing down some World Cup podiums to secure their spot representing Canada at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
Sarah came to Watt Riot from the RBC Athlete Development Program in 2018. Together with Courtenay, she took third place in the Elite Women's Team Sprint at Canadian Track Nationals. Sarah will be continuing to train with Team Canada and racing across the world gathering UCI points and looking to hit her next time standards.
Madeline has been racing road and mountain in Minnesota for years, she is also a mentor for the Little Bellas. We look forward to the day when Madeline lives closer to us, but until then, we will cheer her on from afar and connect with her at every race we can.
Debra Sluz Parker
Debra connected with us after seeing the team race at Tour de Bloom, in 2018 she was looking to have some fun with a women's race team and she absolutely SMASHED winning masters provincial championship races in three different provinces.
Community Development Riders
Some of these members are brand new to racing, others have been racing for years but are taking a step back from personal podiums to focus on building up the community. They coach our clinics, lead group rides in their community, and can be found racing local events.
Kendra truly embodies the vision of Watt Riot Cycling. She never attends an event without a smile, she's encouraging to other women on the start line, and she is not so secretly the reason a few of her teammates kept riding after their first year. We are so happy to have her on our team.
After 16 years figure skating and 6 years speed skating, Sam decided to come over to cycling for a change of scenery. This woman has a pretty great history of advocacy and is currently a Ride Don't Hide ambassador.
Jenna is making a slow return to riding after having her 2018 season abruptly cut short when she was hit by a car commuting home from work. We hope to see Jenna try a race in 2019, but honestly we are just stoked she's getting back on a bike.
Kara's spirit exemplifies the mission of Watt Riot Cycling. Don't mistake her smiles and pleasantry as a weakness. This strong and fiery woman isn't afraid to speak her mind and have tough conversations around the hurdles female athletes are facing.
Yuen-ying graduated from our women's road cycling clinic in 2017 and took out her FIRST EVER race license in 2018. We are super excited to have her back in our program and helping encourage some new riders to take up their first start lines.
We first met Haley back in 2017 at Bikes on Broadway and were super impressed by her. Not only was she a strong wheel, she was sweet as pie and very supportive of the team. More of our riders raced along side her in 2018 and we are pleased to make her an official member of the team for our 2019 season.
Coach / Nat
No that's not a lost women drafting in the men's 1/2 field, that's our Nat. Being a fierce supporter of equality in sport, past director of women's teams, ex pro racer, official Watt Riot Coach for 2019, we decided we were OK with Nat having us on his license for 2019. Why? Because the men can support and empower women too.
Caitlin was one of the first people to register for our women's road cycling clinic in 2017 and we were so happy to support her in her first ever race in 2018 and are happy to continue to help her grow into her SECOND EVER RACE in 2019.
Janka caught the Fondo bug a while ago and after chatting with Kara, she has decided to throw her hat in the ring and try some racing in 2019. We now have one more reason to train out in Jasper.