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SHE WOLF ATTACK TEAM (S.W.A.T.)

She Wolf Attack Team (S.W.A.T.) is a grassroots woman’s cycling club and development team based in Los Angeles, CA with the goal to inspire more woman to ride, race and be a part of the cycling community.

Born from a monthly Tuesday night ride SWAT continues to grow as a club. We host weekly group rides on Tuesday and Thursday nights as well as monthly weekend rides, bike clinics, and have deep roots in our local bike community. Acting as ambassadors for woman’s cycling the S.W.A.T. Race teams compete in Track, Cyclocross, Road, and Unsanctioned local races with an emphasis on teamwork.

TEAM TRIUMPH

Team Triumph is starting their second season as a team with 50 team members spread across the world. The team come into Triumph at all levels of the sport, from beginners to Kona qualifiers. The team was hand selected not by skill level, but by their triathlon community involvement and attitude towards the sport and others.

The vision for Triumph has always been simple; have fun, be positive and inspire others to TRI. Team Triumph is excited to partner up with Irwin for their 2019 season giving our team the opportunity to ride high quality wheels!

AMBASSADORS

Elliot Bach

Elliot is a 24 year old Professional Triathlete based out of Argyle, Tx where he currently lives and trains. When he is not training or racing he coaches a kids triathlon team as well as several adult triathletes. He did his first triathlon at the age of 14 and finished almost dead last, but somehow was hooked and hasn’t looked back since! Some of the best riding he has done has been in Arizona and South Carolina. Goals for 2018 are to consistently finish top 10 at 70.3s.

Taylor Nowlin

Taylor is a 28-year-old professional ultrarunner and full-time nursing student from Flagstaff, Arizona. She began riding gravel bikes as a means of cross-training to recover from running, and quickly became hooked after winning her first race, the Mt. Lemmon Gravel Grinder.

Chris Schroeder

Chris moved to the beautiful ski town of Telluride, CO when he was in kindergarten. Chris grew up skiing, hiking and enjoying life in the mountains and thrived on being outside and honing his skills as a skier because at school things were tough. As a dyslexic, school became increasingly difficult and confusing as he got older. In 7th grade, he transferred to a boarding school especially for dyslexic students. There, he used sports as a way to keep him focused and to burn off the energy and frustration.

One of Chris’s teachers introduced him to running, and he found that it not only made him feel physically stronger, but also emotionally more centered and focused. Chris began competing in races and when he moved with his family to NYC, he joined the track team. As his running improved, he wanted to find something with more challenge and multi-faceted. Since his first triathlon in June of 2012 and won his age group he was hooked. Ever since, he just wanted to work harder and get better.

Chuck Pena

Chuck is a native Californian (born and grew up in the Bay Area but went to high school and college in SoCal) who has now spent the better part of his life in the Washington, DC area, aka Babylon on the Potomac. He was a tennis player in high school and college and dabbled in ski racing. His road to cycling was via running.

Chuck is a burgeoning senior citizen who, as his younger self, used to race bikes. Chuck founded and used to manage the Unione Sportiva Coppi’s (now Squadra Coppi) race team. Before that, he raced for Kodak Ektar (Victory Velosport). He also captained Team Ultimate Athlete the year that RAAM (Race Across America) introduced team racing. Now — after a 15 year hiatus off the bike but rediscovering his joy of riding in 2014 — he just rides for fun but every now and again proves Fausto Coppi’s adage true: “Age and treachery will overcome youth and skill.” Chuck’s favorite riding crew are his fellow Methuselahs (especially former teammates), but he loves to mix it up with the youngers guys and gals just to keep him honest and young at heart. His favorite rides are coffee rides because bikes and coffee just go together. And he loves doing family rides with his wife (his favorite riding partner) and his daughter (who is an accomplished competitive golfer who can beat him all the time, but at least he’s still faster than her on a bike). Chuck is also a contributor to PEZ Cycling News. https://www.pezcyclingnews.com/byauthor/?tag=180#

Jillienne Sanders

Jillienne is an age-group athlete. Los Angeles is her playground and triathlon is her sport. Her main goal is to get more women involved in triathlon. Jillienne did not grow up active and only started racing five years ago. She has since completed two full Ironman races, seven half Ironman races, and countless other distances. Jillienne is looking forward to achieving a PR at Ironman Santa Rosa while smiling and giving out high-fives on the course!

Nathan Turner

Nathan is a competitive triathlete from Denver Colorado, where he lives with his wife and two furry kids Izzy and Tyler.  Nathan works for an engineering design firm as a VP/General Manager which requires much of his time, but he still manages to get 12+ hours a week of training all while saving time for his family.

He became a triathlete back in 2012 after convincing a friend to run an obstacle course with him, and in return agreed to his first triathlon.  Since then he’s never looked back, and is now a 2-time Ironman, 14-time half Ironman and has raced well over 20 Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons.  In 2017, he competed at the Age Group National Championships after placing 1st in his division at the TriBoulder Triathlon in Boulder Colorado.  His strongest event is the bike, where he usually picks up some time from his competitors.  Nathan is focused on two goals: 1. Qualifying for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships, and 2. Race ALL the Ironman 70.3 races offered in North America.  You can learn more about Nathan at www.thetrilyfe.net

Susan Oyler

Susan a military wife, mother, engineer and age group athlete.  While pretty active as a youngster (figure skating, cross country running and lacrosse), she didn’t fall in love with sports until her mid-20’s.  It all started with long-distance running and the Chicago Marathon in 2006.  Slowly she added swimming and biking, and did her first sprint triathlon in 2012.  Since then, she’s done triathlons of all different distances and completed her first Ironman this year!  While she came into triathlon with a running background, biking has become her favorite sport of the three disciplines.  

Thrudur Gunnarsdottir, Ph.D.

Thrudur has a joint PhD in Psychology and Public Health and is currently employed full-time as a Research Analyst at IBM Watson Health. Before moving into industry, Thrudur worked as a research scholar and an assistant professor at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis and at the University of Akureyri, Iceland, where she taught undergraduate classes on the topics of Personality Psychology and Addiction, and did research and trained mental health providers on her expert topic of Childhood Obesity Treatment.

Growing up in Iceland, Thrudur rode bikes everywhere and later commuted by bike during her college years in Reykjavik, Iceland and in Berlin, Germany. She taught spin classes for a while, but it wasn’t until after moving to Colorado, U.S.A. that she decided to make her dream come true and become a ‘’real cyclist’’. She bought a road-bike in the fall of 2014 and hasn’t skipped a beat since. Riding bikes is her source of happiness, gratefulness and grounding. It keeps her sane both during busy and challenging times. She enjoys riding bikes with her husband, also an avid cyclist, and their four girls. As a mental health and a childhood obesity researcher and expert, she is a huge proponent of physical activity as a source of health and happiness, especially being active outside in nature.

Eric Foltz

Eric is a native Californian but has lived and traveled around the country and the world. He grew up riding BMX, transitioned to mountain bikes around 1990 and then got a road bike in 2006 to keep the mileage up following bad weather to avoid damaging the trails. Since 2014, he has been putting in more and more miles on his gravel bike.

He spent most of the 90s racing both cross country and downhill but switched over to more endurance oriented events around 2008. Eric stopped racing seriously after 2013 but still averages about 15k miles per year split between road and dirt. Most of the events he does now are charity rides or anything that looks especially challenging. He has also done some touring and bikepacking, including riding his mountain bike from California to Florida. For Eric, cycling is about exploring. Exploring the world and exploring his limits. He doesn’t consider himself a mountain biker or a roadie, just a cyclist.

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Stephanie Doyon

Stephanie is a competitive age-group triathlete and 10-time Ironman 70.3 finisher. At 24 she’s already participated in 3 Ironman 70.3 World Championships. She is originally from Montreal, where she was an avid basketball player for 10 years prior to switching to triathlon in 2014. Currently, she is studying for her MBA in the United States and has grown to balance her school/professional life with her rigorous training schedule quite well. She started triathlon with no background in all three required sports, however, running has proven to be a source of speed during races.  Stephanie’s currently aiming to earn her spot at the 2019 Ironman 70.3 Worlds in Nice France and is focusing her training on finding additional speed on the bike.

Kayla Bowker

Kayla is an elite age group triathlete training, living, and working in Spokane, Washington with her husband and doodle puppy Gage.  Growing up a runner Kayla added in swimming and biking in 2013 and fell in love with the sport.  Currently training for her second Ironman World Championships Kayla also runs her own triathlon and run business known as Where Your Feet Take You where her main goal is to cultivate passion and strength for each of her athletes in the sport of triathlon.  You can follow her journey at www.whereyourfeettakeyou.com