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 2021 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.

Elite Riders

These members are targeting National, UCI, and World Cup level podiums. Their personal Instagram accounts are sure to be ripe with adventure in 2021.

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 races with Team Canadian as a tandem pilot and will be chasing some track records in 2021.

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.

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Keely Shaw

Keely is a firecracker out of Saskatchewan. Currently on the Canadian National Para Cycling team Keely came to us in 2019 looking for another way to get more involved in the women's cycling community. We have LOVED cheering loudly for Keely as she raced her heart out and into the second highest ranked female para athlete in Canada securing her spot at the Tokyo 2020(1) Paralympic Games.

Ottawa's Robbi Weldon will compete in her second consecutive Summer Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, after winning the women's class B tandem cycling road race in London with former pilot Lyne Bassette. PHOTO CREDIT Cycling Canada/Canadian Paralympic Committee

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Robbi Weldon

Three time Paralympian Robbi Weldon will be tandem partners with our founder Erin Ruttan for 2019. They chased down some  podiums and World Cup rankings to secure their spot representing Canada at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. With the on-going pandemic Robbi has decided to retire from the sport and will be riding whatever brings her joy in 2021.

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Sarah Orban

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. After 2019 track nationals Sarah officially joined Team Canada's Womens Sprint Team and has since been named an alternate for Tokyo 2020(1) Plympics.

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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.

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Haley Block
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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.

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.

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Peaceful Pedaler

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.

 

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The Planner

Jenna Dutton
@debutton

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.

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The Accountant

Debra Hall

It seems that lately any time anyone in the cycling world talks about the AMAZING book keeper they have, they are talking about Deb! Quick on the bike and with the books this fierce mumma bear has been racing with our riders for years. We are so happy to have her officially riding on Watt Riot for 2020.

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. 

 

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Laura Crack

This former Speed Skater has come into track cycling after a serious injury limited her range of motion ending her skating career. We are stoked to have Laura with us as she learns the ropes and gets her legs back under her. Laura's nickname comes from Erin's constant slip of the tongue. Sorry Laura, this one is sticking.

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Yuen-ying Carpenter
@instawhysquared

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.

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.

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Holla

Sarah Hall

This woman first caught our eye with her AMAZING performance at Tour de Bowness in 2018. As one of the less experienced and younger riders in the pack Sarah worked her butt chasing down the leaders and learning to echelon on the fly (really isn't that when the magic happens) in one of the hardest races of the year. We definitely kept our eye on her in 2019 and she did not disappoint. So happy to welcome Sarah to the team, hoping we can all ride together in 2021....

Support the Team

Watt Riot is currently looking for 2021 sponsors.

If you are interested in sponsoring the team or one of our Learn To Race programs, please contact Erin.