Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Meet Melina Bernecker

Meet Melina Bernecker. Melina has committed to racing for Primal Pro Women in 2013.

Melina dominated the Southern California criterium scene last year. She doesn't sit and wait for the sprint. She is off the front over and over and over again. And if necessary, she has some speed at the end. Team oriented, Melina is ready to light it up on the NCC scene.

When asked about the up and coming season, Melina stated, "I am excited to be riding with the Primal girls in the 2013 season and am looking forward to kicking goals both in racing as well as fulfilling our team motto of leaving something behind and mentoring our future cyclist."

Rider Bio:  

Melina Bernecker
  From: Melbourne, Australia (originally from Germany)
  Cycling Specialty: All round (stage racer)

Major Championship’s and Awards
2012 World Masters Cycling Federation Road Champion 
2012 California & Nevada Elite State (2 Person) Team TT Champions
2011 LaGrange Raymond Fouquet (Racer of the Year) Award
2011 Australian Masters National Time Trial Champion
2011 Australian Masters National Criterium Champion
2011 California & Nevada Masters State Road Champion
2011 California & Nevada Masters State Team TT Champion
Top cycling results for past 3-5 years:
2012 Season
1st Poor College Kids Road Race (Cat 1/2)
2nd SoCal Cup Criterium Series Overall (Cat 1/2)
2nd World Masters Cycling Federation World Cup Road Race (MASW 30+) 
3rd Manhattan Grand Prix (Cat 1/2)
6th Dana Point Grand Prix (Cat 1/2)
2011 Season
1st Summers End Grand Prix (Cat 1/2)
1st Monkey & Son Criterium (Cat 1/2)
2nd Memorial Day Criterium (Cat 1/2)
6th SCNCA Elite Criterium Championships (Cat 1/2)
6th Tour of Americas Dairyland – Stage 7 (Elite)
010 Season
4th Australian Masters National Criterium Championships (MASW 30+) 
7th CBR State Criterium Championships (Cat 1/2) 
12th LAX Circuit Race (Cat 1/2) 
12th Teschner Grand Prix (AUS Elite)
13th Victorian State Elite Criterium Championships (AUS Elite)

What are doing in your community to mentor/promote cyclists?
I have a mentoring role with Velo La Grange Cycling Club with the Cat 3/4 girls teaching them bike skills etc. I run a local group ride for my current sponsor Bike Effect once a month to encourage riding and racing as well as a morning tea to promote sponsor products and th importance of bike fitting etc.
What you like to do when you are not bike racing?
Sleeping… walking my dog Peppa, drinking wine and eating with family, friends and my lovely hubby!
Occupation off the bike:
Managing Director for Levbern Properties LLC – Real-estate Development and Investment Company
Your most memorable experience on and off the bike:
My most memorable experience on the bike was winning the Masters World Championships in Austria. The scenery could not have been more beautiful and the feeling of crossing the line first was indescribable and one I will never forget. As to experiences off the bike but holding my nephew in my arms when he was only a few minutes old would have to rank up there at the top.
What tunes inspire you?
U2 – It’s a Beautiful Day
Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger
Groove Armada - I see you Baby
Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
Van Halen - Jump

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