We’re proud to announce that Win Allen has come on board to join Vincent Gee as a Unior Brand Ambassador. Win’s history as a race mechanic goes back over 2 decades and he’s worked with some of the biggest teams in cycling at races all over the world.
Win also is the owner and operator of Win’s Wheels, a service-only shop in Westlake Village, CA. Though the shop has taken most of his time the last 11 years he still makes the time to stay active on the race circuit to keep his skills sharp and will be making appearances with Mitchelton-Scott this year at the Amgen Tour of California and The Colorado Classic.
Chris Kreidl, Unior USA Operations Manager, had this to say about the chance to secure Win as a brand ambassador: “My earliest memory of Win was in a cold, rainy parking lot somewhere in Alberta, Canada during the 1st or 2nd Tour of Alberta. I was cold, tired, wet, overworked, and Win was across the lot putting things away after having finished his team’s work for the evening. When he saw I still had an hour’s worth of work ahead of me he offered to come help out even though we were working for different teams and the conditions were bad enough to make anyone want to go straight to their hotel room. His kindness stuck with me through the years and every encounter I had with Win from then on was just as nice. It was a no brainer to bring Win on board.”
Win’s time in the trenches of professional cycling, along with his decades of experience working in bike shops and running his own, have kept his skills sharp. Very sharp. Win won the first Interbike Mechanics Challenge in 2016 and then confirmed his reputation as one of the best mechanics in the country by winning it again in 2017.
Joining Win is Amber Pierce. A fixture in the women’s peloton, Amber has found new strength in helping other women find their potential through sport:
A lifelong athlete, Amber got her start as a swimmer. Her dedication to both academics and competitive swimming earned a scholarship to Stanford University, where she graduated with a B.A. and M.Sc. When a shoulder injury ended her swimming career, Amber found cycling and within a year had signed her first professional contract. She has been competing internationally in road cycling at the professional World Cup / World Tour level for over a decade and has competed all over the world, earning results and a reputation as one of the most respected domestiques in the peloton. Having been afforded so many opportunities through sport, Amber strives to give back in many ways. She mentors other women through Network For Advancing Athletes, serves as an advocate for active transportation with Bike Mansfield, and helps local youth cycling programs with the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Homestretch Foundation. In 2018, Amber is racing a primarily domestic calendar representing Cannondale and Mavic on the US Pro Road Tour.