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Velorosa® reveals custom kit for elite ultramarathon cyclist, Sarah Cooper — purchase limited edition jersey and help support her RAAM effort

February 22, 2017 Lisa Carponelli

Ultramarathon cyclist, Sarah Cooper’s, custom Velorosa skin suit for her 2017 race season.

We are proud to reveal our custom racing kit for ultramarathon cyclist, Sarah Cooper. The design is a tribute to Sarah, the newest member of her family and the epic race she’s training for in June.

Sarah is one of the fastest ultramarathon cyclists in the world and we are excited to be the exclusive clothing sponsor for her action-packed 2017 racing season. The mother of four rides more than five hours a day in preparation for some of the toughest bicycle racing in the world. Sarah started competing in these long-distance biking events in 2014. Since then, she’s won several races outright, holds course records based on distance and time, and is preparing for the longest race of her career—Race Across America (RAAM).

This Road to Glory special edition jersey is now available on the Velorosa website.
$40 of each jersey sold will go to support Sarah’s 2017 RAAM effort.
Our Road to Glory jersey celebrates the invincible spirit of ultramarathon cycling. The horse on the jersey symbolically gallops from west to east, the direction of RAAM— a 3000-mile bicycle race across the United States. The colors are a stylized version of a patriotic red, white and blue. Sarah will wear this kit when she goes for glory and attempts to make history starting on June 13, 2017 in Oceanside, Calif. where RAAM begins.

The Road to Glory jersey is available now for pre-order in both men and women sizes and retails for $100. Forty dollars from every jersey sold will help Sarah pay for her crew and the resources she needs to compete in this year’s RAAM. Pre-ordered jerseys will deliver in early April.

The inspiration behind Sarah’s racing kit is the story of a rescue. Road to Glory is named after an injured race horse that Sarah and her family adopted in November 2016 and are nursing back to health. Glory is the name of their four-year-old thoroughbred. The horse broke her pelvis in a starting-gate accident. Veterinarians determined she would never race again and Glory needed to find a new home. Sarah and her daughter, Logan, fell in love with the horse and adopted her through an organization called HART (Hope After Racing Thoroughbreds.) The Coopers now count Glory as one more member of their family.

Sarah's daughter, Logan (age 11) and four-year-old thoroughbred, Glory.

 As lead designer at Velorosa, Kim instantly went to work on creating a custom kit for Sarah. She decided a galloping horse with a long flowing mane was the perfect symbol. If you think about a horse, you think about its power and its strength. You think about its speed. Sarah just so happens to have the endurance of a workhorse and the speed of a racehorse. It’s why she’s becoming a legend in her sport.

The Road to Glory jersey coordinates with the Plains Cycling Shorts and the Range Cycling Shorts as well as other pieces in our new Road Warrior Collection.

Velorosa Cycling was founded in 2015 by business partners and cycling friends Kim Hopkins and Lisa Carponelli, both of Des Moines. Hopkins began designing jerseys for her race team in 2008. The partners sell the race-inspired apparel online and at pop-up locations to meet the needs of women looking for unique, great-fitting, high-performance cycling clothing.



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