HotChillee Challenge are a new all-female British cycling team who will be heading to South Africa next week to take part in the gruelling Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour. The riders will be posting blogs on BikeRadar to keep us up to date with their training, aspirations and performances leading up to the event, but first we have to introduce them.
Team members include former and current road professionals, and well-known cycling personalities, with
Emma Davies won a bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in
Born in Knutsford,
Alice Monger-Godfrey is HotChillee’s youngest team member. At only 19,
The Surrey youngster came third overall in the Bedford Women’s Two Day Stage Race, as well as doing her bit to win the team time trial. This year, she’ll be heading to
Tanja Slater finished eighth in the 2003 European Triathlon Championships and quickly became part of triathlon’s World Class Performance Plan. But in 2006, due to illness, she abandoned running and swimming in favour of cycling, her strongest triathlon discipline, and never looked back. In 2007, she signed a professional contract with the Raleigh Lifeforce Creation team, riding alongside Nicole Cooke. That year, she achieved one of the best victories in her career, a stage in the Grand Boucle.
Slater retired from professional sport in March 2008, with the intention of competing as an amateur triathlete and time triallist. She ran the New York Marathon in November, finishing in 4:47:51.
Penny Krohn has completed 24 Cape Argus Cycle Tours and won her age group in every one of them. She has also been in the women’s top 10 for 15 of those events, and won the first Giro del Capo which was open to women in 1992. Krohn is something of a cycling personality in
That didn’t stop her from racing in the Ore-Ida stage race in
About the team
The team are run by the newly formed HotChillee global events management and marketing company, the people behind the London-Paris Cycle Tour. HotChillee will be staging the Devil Takes The Hindmost elimination race at our BikeRadar Live festival in May.
They are directed by Australian Scott Sunderland, who helped instrument Carlos Sastre’s 2008 Tour de France victory as sports director at Team CSC. Sponsors include Adidas, Sigma Sport, Cyclevox and Sportique.
About the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour
The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour is the biggest event of its type in the world, with some 40,000 riders set to head to the start line in
Although many of the entrants will be aiming to ride at their own pace around the 109km course, the Argus – which is described as an individually timed cycle race – attracts some of the world’s best known professional riders.
Miguel Indurain and Jan Ullrich have ridden in the past, while the 2008 event was won by Barloworld’s Robbie Hunter, as the event formed the last stage of the Giro del Capo, a five-day UCI pro race.
The 2009 event will follow the same format, with teams like Barloworld, the Danish Cycling Federation, the German national team and