Probably unbeknownst to most of you, part of Red Peloton’s community involvement efforts include supporting junior racers. Often time it comes in the form of mentoring them during the TNTs or at other events, but this year one of our biggest efforts is something a bit different.
For several years now the Red Peloton ladies have had the honor of racing against…well with, but against…Aliya Traficante. When we first met her, Aliya was racing with Tibco and I think we all agreed that she was the cutest thing ever in the peloton. Now at the racing age of 16 and racing with the Chico Corsa Cycling Club, Aliya is embarking on one of her biggest cycling journeys to date: The Tour de la relève internationale de Rimouskiis.
The Tour, which is in Rimouski, Quebec (yes in Canada), is a six-stage cycling race specifically for juniors. Given the rapport we have always had with Aliya – her enthusiasm and energy is nothing but infectious – we knew supporting her on this journey was the least we could do. As much as she may be on a different team when we compete, we have enjoyed seeing Aliya grow as a cyclist and a young woman. And now as she heads to Canada we cannot wait to see how this adventure unfolds for her.
Aliya and her family started their trek to Canada today. We not only wish them safe travels, the Red Peloton ladies and team as a whole wish Aliya nothing but the best during the stage race. Go get ’em, Aliya!
>> Learn more about the Tour de la relève internationale de Rimouskiis
>> Follow Aliya’s cycling adventures by reading her blog