QCW Women’s Domestic Elite Racing Team is a Pennsylvania-based women’s cycling team comprised of Category 1 and 2 elite-level female cyclists. The team races local, national, and international events in all disciplines, with a focus on professional level road racing, while still allowing riders the time and flexibility for personal careers and family outside of racing.

The QCW Domestic Elite Racing Team works differently than most domestic elite teams in the United States. We develop our team from the ground up, meaning we do not look for riders from outside our club. Instead, we find talented women within our own QCW club and mentor those riders to advance their skills even further. The domestic elite team hosts weekly group rides, skills clinics, one-on-one mentoring and race day coaching.

Once a female member of the club achieves a category 2 license, she is invited to race on the domestic elite team. Through this method, we are able to passionately promote our mission of the development and growth of women’s cycling within the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas while maintaining greater bonding and team-oriented structure among teammates.

QCW Women’s Domestic Elite Racing is a part of QCW Cycling, which is always looking for new members. Whether you are a talented racer or just starting out, our club has something to offer.

The mission of our domestic elite team is simple: As we love to race and ride our bikes, we want to promote women’s cycling in our area by participating in women’s cycling events throughout our region and beyond. We also aim to provide a community of support for all riders and all goals, no matter how big or small.

QCW Cycling is a 510(c)(3) non-profit organization to which donations of money and/or equipment are tax deductible.

ADVOCACY: The QCW Women’s Domestic Elite Team believes strongly in being involved in the community. While one goal is to promote women’s cycling and bicycle racing  across various disciplines, we are also committed to promoting safety and awareness on the bikes and in athletics in general.

To this end, we strongly support and participate in advocacy programs that educate the community regarding,  and promote the use of, the safety of wearing helmets during athletic endeavors where there is a risk of concussion and brain injury.  Cycling is one of many sports where head injuries are frequently experienced, even by the most seasoned athletes.

One example of an event we will be attending:  The Franklin Institute is hosting a presentation where attendees learn about brain injury and receive a free bicycle helmet.