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About The Team.

Virginia’s Blue Ridge TWENTY24 is more than a diverse team of professional athletes, eSports athletes and a junior program. It’s a team of female mentors and role models. For 10 consecutive years, the team has been presented with the USA Cycling Centers of Excellence Award, which is awarded to select junior and under 23-years-of-age development teams that excel in the development of young cyclists into nationally competitive athletes. One cannot overlook the compelling pillars of our campaign’s mission – empowering women, championing diversity & promoting fitness, promoting VBR as a cycling & outdoor paradise, and supporting an economic win for VBR and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Team Bios

Our Story.

When the team was formed in 2005, the goal was to create a pathway for athletes to the 2012 London Olympics. In 2009, the team name became TWENTY12 and has since evolved to keep pace with the years, now leading up to the Paris 2024 Olympics.

The Virginia’s Blue Ridge TWENTY24 program is responsible for developing many of the most successful American female cyclists to date, creating opportunities for elite, junior and para-cycling athletes. Virginia’s Blue Ridge TWENTY24 has established a consistent pipeline for talented road and track cyclists and has provided opportunities for athletes who excel in the virtual world of eSports (such as Zwift) and the new dynamic discipline of gravel racing.

2015 Team and Juniors

Mission & Values.

Our mission is to excel at the highest level as athletes, while inspiring others to perform at their absolute best, lead healthy lifestyles, and be engaged participants in the sport of cycling and in their communities.

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Sacrifice
  • Commitment
  • Community

What We Do.

  • Road, Gravel, Mountain Biking and Zwift eSports
  • Deliver compelling, quality content and visibility for our partners
  • Connect high school cyclists to collegiate cycling scholarships
  • Community outreach to young girls through cycling programs and informational sessions
  • Develop world-class, high-performance athletes and results
  • Maintain a diverse and inclusive roster: Asian American, African American, South American and members of the LGBTQ+ community
  • Serve as mentors and role models to our junior and collegiate athletes

Athlete Highlights.

Olympic athletes working with the program:

Kristin Armstrong (USA), Jennifer Valente (USA), Jamie Whitmore (USA), and Marlies Mejias (CUB) won medals in London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

  • Eight professional athletes
  • 25 junior athletes (ages 9–17 yrs)
  • Junior ambassador club launching in 2022
  • #1 ranked Zwift eSports female
  • Recruited the former captain of the Afghan Women’s Cycling Team, Rukhsar Habibzai
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