Rapha-Focus officially announced the addition of Julie Krasniak, a French National rider, to the team for the 2011-2012 season this morning.
This news comes shortly after Interbike where a little birdie whispered rumors of bringing a young lady to the team. Krasniak will be the first woman on the Rapha-FOCUS cyclocross team joining veteran racers Jeremy Powers, Chris Jones and U23 rider Zach McDonald.
Ms. Krasniak is representing France at the Road World Championships this weekend in Copenhagen, Denmark. Before becoming a professional on the road, Ms. Krasniak competed at a World-level on the mountain bike. This will be her first full-season of cyclocross as a professional, but her palmares on both the road and mountain give her a strong foundation for racing this winter.
“We’ve come to know Julie this year as she has been a key member of a European women’s road team that Rapha is involved with,” commented Slate Olson, General Manager of Rapha, NA. “That Julie is coming slightly out of nowhere to ‘cross is exciting, we expect that she might surprise some people this season.”
Planning a short break after Road World Championships, Ms. Krasniak will begin her cyclocross season in the Czech Republic, racing the UCI World Cup events in Plzen and Tabor. Krasniak will head to to Boulder, Colorado for the Boulder Cup, October 29-30 before she turns her focus to the Exergy USGP of Cyclocross series races in Louisvelle, KY and Bend, OR.
“Focus Bicycles is excited to have Julie on the team for a number of reasons; for starters we think that Julie epitomizes the sort of talent that is coming into the fields of women’s cyclocross”, said Scott Rittschof, CEO Of Focus Bicycles, USA. “Her nationality emphasizes the importance for Focus and Rapha to be recognized as global performance brands.”
In its second year, the Rapha-FOCUS team is comprised of Jeremy Powers, Chris Jones, Zach McDonald (U23) and now Julie Krasniak. Committed through 2013 World Championships, the team sponsors are Rapha Racing, FOCUS Bikes, Easton Cycling, Giro, SRAM, Fi’zi:k, CrankBrothers, Lemond Fitness, Feedback Sports and Contour. Follow along Twitter @TeamRaphaFocus, and more information can be found at www.rapha-focus.cx.
Sarai Snyder, Boulder, CO