The Happy Valley Women’s Cycling (HVWC) team is an organization of women committed to advancing women’s biking and racing in Centre County, Pennsylvania. Our race team is composed of women of all ages and abilities who race road, gravel, and mountain bike. Check out the team bios below and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

 

2018/2019 Race Team

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Tanya Hampton

Race Team Manager & The Bicycle Shop Ambassador

Primary Discipline: Endurance Gravel Races 

Years Racing: 3, 1 with HVWC

Strengths:  Training consistency, pushing past the comfort zone, encouraging teammates 

Career Highlights:

Official Finisher of The Pittsburgh Dirty Dozen (11/2017)

Monster Cross - 2nd place (after returning for the 3rd year & taking the podium) (2/2018) 

Gran Fondo Agony in the Alleghanies -
1st Place (7/2018) 

Mount Davis Challenge - 2nd Place (7/2018)

Pisgah Monster Cross - 7th place (9/2018) 

UnPaved 90 mile Gravel Race - 1st Place (10/2018)

“I could list out all the races that I have raced this year and what places I received, but that’s not as important to me as I once thought it was. It is even less impressive depending on what cycling circles you ride in. Still I ask myself the question how do we empower a community simply by riding a bike? By doing the things you think are not achievable. By setting goals that seem impossible. By dreaming bigger! Let’s work together to build a strong community of women cyclists who ride and dream together.”
— Tanya

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Maryanne Neal

Founding Team Board Member

Primary Discipline: Road

Years Racing: 8+, 1 with HVWC

Strengths: Endurance, Climbing, Balanced Rider

Career Highlights:

Gran Fondo Agony in the Alleghanies - 1st Place (2015, 2016, 2017); 2nd Place (2018)

UnPaved 90 mile Gravel Race - 2nd Place (2018)

Alleghany Highlands Triathlon - 2nd Place (2014)


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Rebecca Stewart

Board Member & Team Designer

Primary Discipline: Road

Years Racing: 1

Strengths: Determination, Dedication

Career Highlights:

Liberty Blockhouse Festival Race - 1st in Age Group (6/2018)

Milton Harvest Festival Race - 1st in Age Group (9/2018)


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Brianna Bair

Primary Discipline: Gravel

Years Racing: 1

Strengths: Eats mountains and gravel for breakfast. Full of grit and determination.

Career Highlights:

Official Finisher of The Pittsburgh Dirty Dozen (11/2017)

Asheville NC Biltmore Estate Gravel Grinder (2017)

Keystone Gravel (2017, 2018)

Iron Cross Gravel (2017, 2018)

UnPaved 120 Mile Gravel (2018)


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Nicole LoRusso

Primary Discipline: Gravel

Years Racing: 1

Strengths: “I’m a trail runner turned cyclist. Still trying to find my place in the cycling world. As in my trail running, I am more comfortable in the woods. Gravel is my passion.”

Career Highlights:

UnPaved 90 Mile Gravel - 8th Place (2018)


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Alyssa Valent

Primary Discipline: Road

Years Racing: 2, 1 with HVWC

Strengths: Flats, downhills, sprints, crits

Career Highlights:

Shippensburg Scurry Crit: 1st Place, Cat D (4/2017)

LWA/TheVeloShop Crit: 3rd Place, Cat 4/5 (6/2018)

Race Avenue Crit: 6th Place, Cat 4/5 (6/2018)


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Maddie Margevicius

Primary Discipline: Road, Traithlon

Years Racing: 1

Strengths: Endurance, Determination

Career Highlights: Team USA Qualifier for
Triathlon Worlds


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Maure Irwin-Furmanek

Primary Discipline: Road, Triathlon

Years Racing: 10 years, 1 with HVWC

Strengths: Hill Climbing, Endurance, Determination

Career Highlights:

Happy Valley Triathlon

Stone Harbor Triathlon

FOS Dirty Dozen


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Amy Blake

Primary Discipline: Road, Triathlon

Years Racing: 14, 1 with HVWC

Strengths: Descending

Career Highlights:

Kepler Sprint Triathlon (2012, 2013)

Millheim Sprint Triathlon (2014, 2016, 2018)

Happy Valley Sprint Triathlon (2009, 2012, 2016, 2017)

Canoe Creek Triathlon (2014, 2015)


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Amanda Temnykh

Primary Discipline: Mountain Bike

Years Racing: 8, 1 with HVWC

Strengths: Hill climbs, Technical terrain

Career Highlights:

Yellow Creek MTB Short - 1st Place (2015, 2016, 2018)

Laurel Classic MTB Challenge - 1st Place (2014, 2015, 2017)

Queen of the Mountain @ Laurel - 1st Place (2017)

Rothrock Trail Mix Short - 3rd Place (2016)

Rattling Creek 25K - 4th Place (2018)


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