Averica CRO Sponsors Back Bay Cycling Club

July 20, 2015

Averica Discovery Services, Inc., a contract research organization (CRO) with specialized expertise in small molecule analysis and purification, has signed on as title sponsor for Back Bay Cycling Club's elite level women's cyclocross team. Named "Team Averica," the 2015/2016 roster is comprised of three elite-level cyclocross racers: Erin Faccone, Hannah Rossi, and Julie Wright.

Team Averica's Faccone, Rossi, and Wright will compete in a full calendar of local, regional and national cyclocross races. Marrying elements of both road and off-road cycling, cyclocross races are held on a variety of surfaces -- ranging from dry and grassy to muddy and sloppy -- and feature obstacles requiring riders to quickly dismount and carry their bicycles. Cyclocross has been a feature of the fall/winter competitive cycling calendar in Europe for over a century, and is one of the fastest growing and most exciting racing disciplines here in the United States.

"Over forty percent of B2C2's members are women, and we wanted to cultivate a program to support women who compete at a high level in this sport," said Lydia Hausle, team coordinator at B2C2. "Averica's sponsorship provides the opportunity to show the community that women can, and should, be supported at a comparable level to men."

Though teams offer support throughout the racing season, the financial burden of race fees, clothing, and transportation often falls onto the shoulders of individual team members. Paying out of pocket for expenses limits the level of participation and growth of the sport. Averica is stepping in as the title sponsor of Team Averica to foster growth for elite riders. As one of very few dedicated women's cyclocross programs in the region, Team Averica is taking a grassroots approach to promoting growth and awareness for woman racers of all abilities and backgrounds.

For more information about the Team Averica program, roster, and race calendar, check out B2C2's website, http://www.backbaycyclingclub.com/teamaverica.