After a successful 2018 World Cup season, Sandra Walter is moving up to a new team for 2019. She’ll be joining 13 other riders on the international Liv Racing team.
It shouldn’t be hard for the Canadian cross country racer to adjust to her new surroundings, though, as Walter’s been with Liv Canada since 2013.
Last season, Walter moved up through the crowded women’s elite World Cup field to land several impressive results. A 15th on a treacherously muddy course in Albstadt, Germany was followed by 19th at the World Cup in Val di Sole, Italy, and 14th at the Short Track XC race in Vallnord, Andorra.
In addition to her international results, Walter was second at Canadian cross country national championships in Canmore, Alta. In November, she added another Canadian podium to her resume, finishing third at cyclocross national championships in Peterborough, Ont.. Those results pushed Walter into double digits for podium results at Canadian championships, with 10.
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YEEOW! I'm pumped to be joining Liv Racing this season alongside 13 other shredders. @livcyclingcanada has supported me since 2013 and I'm so grateful to the Canadian crew for the massive role they've played (and will continue to play) in my career. Thanks to everyone for the opportunities. Looking forward to more great times ahead! 💜💜💜 . . Reposted from @livcycling – We’re thrilled to introduce Liv Racing and our roster of 14 women from 6 countries! These women will be competing in multiple cycling disciplines across the globe. We celebrate the achievements of these women while also challenging our industry to accelerate gender parity. Let’s all help create a balance for better. Learn more about Liv Racing at the link in our bio. #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter #HowWeLiv #LivRacing
2019 Liv Racing roster
Walter joins the 14-rider Liv Racing team. The squad features riders from six countries across a full range of disciplines from road to downhill racing.
Enduro World Series racer Rae Morrison moves across from Giant Factory Off-Road Team to join Liv Racing. Also new to the roster are enduro rider Isabella Naughton, and road racer Ayesha McGowan. The two enduro riders will join Leonie Picton, one of B.C.’s top enduro riders.
“We welcomed our first athlete more than six years ago and are proud to continue to evolve and grow our support of female athletes,” said Phoebe Liu, chief branding officer. Not only are these riders competing at the top of their field, but they are also riders who motivate and inspire everyone they meet, on and off the bike.”
Returning to the team for 2019 are Crystal Anthony (XC, CX), Kaysee Armstrong (XCM, CX, gravel), Serena Bishop Gordon (XC, CX), Caroline Washam (DH, Dual), lesley Paterson (Xterra), Radka Kahlefeldt (triathlon), Shirin Gerami (triathlon), Sam Scipio (Gravel, CX), Allysa Seely (triathlon). You can find out more about the rest of the 2019 Liv Racing team here.