Elite Development Riders
Shannon Mallory – U23
Shannon Joins Northwest Women’s Cyclocross Project in her first year as a U23 after a successful 2015-16 season with Jamis Pro Cyclocross.
Shannon is a many time Washington State Junior Cyclocross Champion and last year had a breakout ride finishing 2nd in the 17-18 category at the US National Cyclocross Championships and 10th among all women age 17-22.
This year Shannon will again be targeting the US National Championships as well as the Pan American Championships and some select UCI Races. When not traveling, Shannon will be hitting the local Washington races!
Hayden Gizinski – 17-18
Hayden joins Northwest Women’s Cyclocross Project in her first year in the junior 17-18 category. Hayden has raced the last several years with the Seattle-based Cycle University Junior team and is excited to make the leap to an elite development program.
Hayden has been racing racing cyclocross since she was in the 10-12 junior category and has a couple of Washington State Cyclocross Championships to show it.
2015-16 was a breakthrough year for Hayden wherein she won many junior and senior category races. This year Hayden will be making the jump to Cat 3 and will spend her season in Washington chasing series points at the MFG and Cross Revolution series. She’s setting her end of season sights on the US National Cyclocross Championships where she will line up with Shannon in the Women 17-22 race!
Jessica Cutler – Director
Jessica joins Northwest Women’s Cyclocross Project as the team’s founder and manager. Jessica raced the professional cyclocross and road circuits for five years before announcing her retirement at the end of the 2016 road season.
Jessica brings experience, mentorship, and organization to the team. For the last several years of her cyclocross career she raced as a privateer, putting together her own sponsors to support her racing. She is excited to pass her knowledge of the ins and outs of the sport on to the next generation of riders.
Niels Thogersen III – Mechanic
Niels brings years of experience working for both professional road and cyclocross teams. By day, he works as a mechanical engineer in Bothell, Washington.
Niels is one of the founders of the team and is excited to be helping provide opportunities for young riders. He is an excellent problem-solver and is fast with the wrench having worked the pits in countless local, UCI, World Cup, and national races.
Niels looks forward to keeping our team equipment in tip-top shape and working with the riders to help them better understand and operate their own equipment.
Lucy Cutting – Rider Support
Lucy joins Northwest Women’s Cyclocross Project in a rider support and mentor role. Lucy has raced cyclocross since 2010, and had a breakout season in 2015 when she was on the podium twelve times and won the Elite Women’s Title in the Sportif Cross Cup series in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Lucy brings extensive youth mentorship and coaching experience to the team and is excited to work with the next generation of women’s cyclocross. Additionally, she has experience fundraising and writing grant proposals, and is looking forward to helping grow the Northwest Women’s Cyclocross Project.
Ellie Mitchell – 17-18
Besides cross I have also raced at road and mountain bike nationals. I also do snow biking and racing in Alaska for winter training along with cross country skiing.