Madison Kelly-Growing up was an avid equestrian since the age of five and always on the move with different hobbies including surfing, SCUBA diving, skydiving, and running. She started cycling summer of 2014 and racing January 2015. Shortly after she started racing as a cat 4, she won the FL state crit championship and rose through the ranks, winning nearly every Florida race she entered in 2015, to eventually cat up to 2 by June and to cat 1 by September. After she graduated Eckerd College with a B.S. in Marine Science, she spent the summer racing Pro 1/2 races alone out of state such as Tour of America’s Dairyland, Boston Mayor’s Cup, Gateway Cup with solid results.
Then in 2016 she and a few other women formed their own small team which grew to become what it is now, the Papa John's Racing team p/b TREK! She has seen 26 podiums in 2017 in the pro/1/2 field including winning both the Indy and Mass Ave criteriums. Now a 3x Collegiate National Champion, the experience she acquired racing solo and with the team the past two years in the bigger pro 1/2 races around the country was extremely valuable and she is excited to have the opportunity to race with the team for yet another year! As well as racing with for Papa John's, she is currently working on her thesis in Biomedical Science at Marian University in Indianapolis and will graduate in the summer
Debbie Milne, from Greenville, South Carolina, is a full-time clinical and wellness dietitian. She has board certification as a Sports Dietitian, as well as a master’s degree in Health Promotion.
Debbie has been riding her bike for 30 year and racing her bike for 20 years - accumulating over 180 wins, including a win and three podium finishes at NRC & USA Crits series events and a 14th place finish at the UCI event Liberty Classic. She also has four Masters National Championship Road titles (2009, 2010, 2016, 2017), a 7th and 10th place finish in 2015, 2016 at the Pro Criterium National Championships, and an 8th place finish in the Elite Road National Championships in 2008.
Other interests include spending time with her three adolescent children, eating delicious food, and practicing yoga. Debbie also provides sports nutrition counseling to select clients and also owns a food bar company, Supra Functional Food Bars, producing nutrition bars for training and racing.
A former professional cyclist in the 90s racing throughout the United States, Europe, and Down Under. She has a B.S. degree from the University of Oklahoma in dental hygiene before pursuing triathlons and eventually bike racing.
She was noticed and coached by Mike Waldon of the Wolverine Sports Club who had coached multiple Olympic athletes. She coached at Waldon School of Cycling in Orlando and Texas for 9 years while pursuing her goals of a 1996 Olympics. During the Olympic trials, Pettit had to be life flighted from suffering a heat stroke curtailing her dreams of an Olympic berth. She then had 2 boys, Pierce & Price, now 19 and 17 yrs of age.
She got back into cycling in the fall of 2013 because of cyclocross and then started racing road again in 2014. Since then she has 12 National Championship medals in all the cycling disciplines and currently the Individual World pursuit champion in her age group. She is now racing full time while raising her youngest (oldest started at Northwestern Univ in the fall of 17), and working as a personal trainer and cycling coach in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
On only her second season of racing in the pro field, Hannah Shell is one of our “up-and-coming” team members. Hannah is based in Saint Louis, Missouri. She started racing in 2016 and had several promising results as a cat 3, including wins in the Joe Martin Time Trial and at Athens Twilight. She quickly advanced to racing in the pro-1-2 field with a small local team.
Last year, Hannah had several local wins and top 10 finishes in PRT races, including 9th at U.S. Criterium Nationals and 10th overall at Tulsa Tough. As a teammate and guest rider, Hannah helped The Dare To Be Team’s Amber Neben ride to second place GC at Redlands classic, and for the second portion of the season, helped IS Corps p/b Progress achieve many podiums. She is excited to apply these team tactics to racing on the Papa Johns p/b Trek team, and grateful for the opportunity to grow as a cyclist.
Hannah enjoys hilly criteriums and long hilly road races. Her strengths are climbing and covering attacks at the front.
In addition to racing, Hannah holds a Bachelors of Science in Quantitative Economics and a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations. She is a Senior Research Associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis and hopes to go on to a PhD program in political economics.
Ashley started cycling during her freshman year at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. By her senior year she had learned how to balance her studies, work, and training all while winning multiple Conference Omnium Championships and several podiums at Collegiate Nationals. After graduating, she accepted a cycling scholarship to Lindenwood University while working towards her Masters in Human Performance with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology. During her two years at LU, she began transitioning from competing locally to racing nationally at PRT and UCI races.
Her palmarès consists of two state criterium championships from Texas and Missouri. Multiple podiums at Collegiate Road and Track National Championships. Multiple wins in the Missouri Bicycle Racing Association calendar, as well as winning Missouri's overall women's road race omnium for the 2017 road season.
Ashley's perfect race course would be a criterium that is mostly flat with a punchy hill to the finish.
As a child, Flora Yan always enjoyed the freedom and sense of adventure that came with riding a bike through her neighborhood streets. Later on, at 16 years old, she quickly fell in love with the sport of cycling. She soon entered the local state and collegiate racing scene, also winning the DIII Collegiate Nationals TT in 2016. A second year medical student at UT Southwestern, Flora also enjoys finding balance between her studies and her riding.
She loves the camaraderie and team environment that encompasses bike racing. Flora is ecstatic to be a part of Flamingo Racing and can't wait for what 2018 has in store!
Elizabeth “Izzie” Harden is from Greenville, South Carolina and a freshman in high school. She became interested in cycling when she was 9 years old after watching her dad race on a local cycling team. She joined a junior development team and entered her first road race when she was just 10 years old. Although she loves road racing, her passion is criterium races where she really enjoys the intensity and excitement of these high energy races.
In the five years she has been racing she has accomplished over 26 podiums and won several state and SC/NC regional championships. Izzie had top 10 finishes in both road and criterium races at the USA Cycling Junior National Championships, and at 15, is looking forward to competing in the top tier of women’s cycling for many years to come.
When not cycling Izzie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also loves to be around animals so no one is surprised when she hops off her bike and runs up to a fence to pet a llama, goat, or any other creature she finds on her training rides.
Strengths – criteriums, sprinting, breakaways.
Resides in Sterling, Virginia, and is a recent graduated from Lindenwood University with a degree in Chemistry with a minor in Criminal Justice. She is interning at the Department of Energy during the spring to work on a project dealing with climate change.
Started racing BMX at the age of 9 in Nashville, TN, and raced as a elite BMXer til she was 18. She began racing road and criteriums in 2014 after a bad injury that required reconstructive surgery of her wrist.
Recently, she won a Pro Road Tour race at the Gateway Cup Series In 2017, along with a second place finish at the Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic followed by multiple podiums throughout the season.
As team director for the 3rd year, Andrew Crater, comes to Papa John's Racing p/b Trek Elite Women's Cycling Team as a former professional cyclist and an experienced coach. As well as an executive chef, yoga instructor, and mechanic! With a 25-year history of cycling competition Andrew has raced every discipline in the sport of cycling winning four national titles, five NRC races, and over 120 career victories. Andrew was very fortunate to have developed his racing career under the direction of top-level Olympic coaches and in participation with several successful elite and pro teams, which served to build his personal foundation for training techniques and for peak performance. He continues to train and compete in the national calendar circuit as time permits.
Andrew has a 16-year history of coaching and directing several teams prior to working with Papa John’s, which provides the foundation for his expertise in working with a wide range of teams and of individuals.
Andrew feels his best asset, as a coach, is his hands-on approach. By currently maintaining a high level of fitness, he is able to train alongside athletes in order to assist and demonstrate in actual situations, which accelerates their progression in many areas of tactics and techniques.
With respect to team directing, the road cycling discipline is by far the most challenging in terms of teamwork and tactical implementation. His past experiences as a professional road cyclist has exposed him to numerous high-quality events with top-level competition nationally and internationally. It is the summation of Andrew’s rich background in the road cycling world, that has developed the foundation for the exceptional teamwork and tactical expertise he brings to the Papa John's Racing p/b Trek’s family.
As the Team Owner/Director, Tish is no stranger to competition on the elite level. Coming from a background of elite national level tennis, and competitive swimming and equestrian sport, she knows what it is like to be a part of the best.
In 2007, Tish realized she loved another type of riding. But this style had two wheels. Over the next four years, the lure of competition was too much for her to resist and she started racing in 2011. She showed well in the Florida racing scene, and she carried that enthusiasm and excitement to her daughter Madison. So in her senior year of college Madison joined her mom, on the starting line, for her first race. Madison finished 2nd overall. After that Tish watched her daughter win pretty much every race she entered in Florida going from a Cat 4 to a Cat 1 in 9 months. They then traveled the summer to national pro races where Madison competed well and finishing respectively. Tish took great pleasure in being able to race along with Madison and spending quality time with her.
It was in the fall of 2015, after a group ride with friend Papa John Schnatter, that the idea to create a team came to fruition. Papa John was so impressed with Madison, and the fact that she had only been racing for a short time, that he offered to sponsor her. Knowing that no team would take a chance on a young lady who had been riding a bike for under a year, Tish took the reigns and made the decision to form a team around Papa John's generous offer. With Papa John on board, Tish found additional sponsors who were willing to take a chance on a new team and more talented ladies who were in need of a team to race for. With that, Flamingo Racing LLC was born.