Amy Dombroski

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Amy Alison Dombroski
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Personal information
NicknameCross Diva[1]
Born9 Sep 1987
Vermont,  United States
DiedOctober 3, 2013(2013-10-03) (aged 26)
Begijnendijk, Belgium
Team information
DisciplineCyclocross, Mountain Bike
Amateur team(s)
2006-2007Excel Sports Boulder
2007-2009Velo Bella - Kona
Professional team(s)
2008Richard Sachs-RGM-Radix
2009-2010Schlamm p/b Primus Mootry
2010-2011Luna Pro Team

Amy Alison Dombroski (1987 – 2013) was an American professional cyclist competing in cyclocross, road, and mountain bike (MTB) race disciplines. A U.S. National Champion in Road (2009 U23),[6][7] Cyclocross (2010,[8] 2012,[9] 2013[10]), and Mountain Bike (2009),[5] Dombroski also competed internationally, representing the United States at UCI World Championship Cyclocross, UCI World Cup Cyclocross, and UCI World Championship Cross Country Mountain Biking (2009 U23)[11] events. Transitioning from alpine ski racing to cycle racing in 2006,[1] Dombroski's international cyclocross career began in 2007, with a grassroots fundraising initiative undertaken by her team, Velo Bella. The team sold equipment and special edition socks to generate funds to send Dombroski to compete in the 2008 UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Treviso, Italy.[12][13]

Originally from Vermont, Dombroski moved to Boulder, Colorado where she climbed the ranks of women's cyclocross in the U.S. before moving to Belgium in the 2011-2012 season, to train and compete on the UCI World Cup cyclocross circuit.[1] Dombroski met with success on the circuit, placing second in Leuven behind Sanne Cant, and achieving top ten finishes at the cyclocross events in Otegem, Heerlen, Hoogstraten, Diegem, Overijse, Antwerp, Gavere, Zogge, Zonhoven, Ruddervoorde, Kalmthout, and Neerpelt.[citation needed] Dombroski's nickname Cross Diva stems from a disagreement regarding the mandatory use of sponsored equipment, as well as Dombroski's petite stature and efforts to promote gender equality for cyclists' pay.[1][14] Dombroski died during a moto-pacing training ride on 3 Oct 2013, after a truck collided with her.[15]


Cycling Teams[edit]

During her cycling career, Dombroski represented the following professional and amateur teams.[15]

2006-2007 Excel Sports Boulder
2007-2009 Velo Bella-Kona
2008-2009 Richard Sachs-RGM-Radix (cyclocross)
2008-2009 Webcor (road)
2009-2010 Schlamm p/b Primus Mootry
2010-2011 Luna Pro Team (cyclocross & mountain bike)
2011-2012 Crankbrothers
2012-2013 Young Telenet-Fidea

Death and Legacy[edit]

Dombroski died on 3 October 2013 at age 26, after she was struck by a truck during a moto-paced training ride in Belgium.[15][16]

Amy D. Foundation[edit]

Following her death, Dombroski's brother (Dan Dombroski) and sister-in-law (Nicole Novembre) established the Amy D. Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to empower young women through cycling.[17] The Foundation logo, a heart with a lightning bolt through it, was designed to emulate a wrist tattoo commissioned by Amy Dombroski following the death of her mother.[17]

Since inception, the Foundation has operated mountain bike camps for girls age 7 through 14 (in cooperation with the Boulder-based organization, Little Bellas), started a women's race team, and advocated for gender equality in payouts at cycling events.[17]

Other tributes[edit]

In 2013, the race promoters of the UCI Colorado Cross Classic and Boulder Cup events organized a one lap ride in Dombroski's honor; over 100 participants attended raising over US$10,000 for the Amy D. Foundation.[18] Also in 2013, the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado renamed its pre-junior cycling program the Amy Dombroski Pre-J Program in Dombroski's honor.[18]

Handlebar Mustache Apparel, a cycling apparel company located in Boulder, CO, has an Amy D. line; which features the Amy D. Foundation's logo. All proceeds are donated to the Amy D. Foundation.[19]

Major Results[edit]


UCI World Championships[edit]

2013 UCI Cyclocross World Championships, Louisville, USA

11th, Elite Women[10]

2012 UCI Cyclocross World Championships, Koksijde, Belgium

23rd, Elite Women[9]

2010 UCI Cyclocross World Championships, Tábor, Czech Republic

14th, Elite Women[8]

2008 UCI Cyclocross World Championships, Treviso, Italy

21st, Elite Women

UCI World Cup Events[edit]

2013 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #8, Hoogerheide, Netherlands

20th, Elite Women[20]

2012 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, Soudal Classic Leuven, Belgium

2nd, Elite Women [2]

2009 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #5, Heusden-Zolder, Belgium

13th, Elite Women [21]

Other UCI Events[edit]

2009 Verge New England Cyclocross (UCI 2), Providence, USA

3rd, Elite Women[22][23]

2009 Planet Bike Cup, U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross (UCI C2), Madison, USA

7th, Elite Women[24]

United States National Championships[edit]

2010 United States National Cyclo-cross Championships, Bend, Oregon

17th, Elite Women[25]

2008 United States National Cyclo-cross Championships, Kansas City, Kansas

5th, Elite Women[26][27]

2007 United States National Cyclo-cross Championships, Kansas City, Kansas

MaillotUSA.PNG1st, U23 Women[4]

2006 United States National Cyclo-cross Championships, Providence, Rhode Island

MaillotUSA.PNG1st, U23 Women[3]

Mountain Bike[edit]

UCI World Championships[edit]

2009 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, Canberra

18th, Elite Women U23[11]

United States National Championships[edit]

2009 United States National Championships

MaillotUSA.PNG1st, U23 Women (Cross Country MTB) [5][28]


United States National Championships[edit]

2009 United States National Road Race Championships

MaillotUSA.PNG1st, Elite Women U23 (4th, Elite Women) - United States National Road Championship[6][7]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Amy Dombroski: Colorado's Young, Leg-Crushing Cross Diva". 14 May 2012. Retrieved 11 Dec 2017.
  3. ^ a b Dreier, Fred (16 Dec 2016). "Trebon charges away for national 'cross title". Pocket Outdoor Media LLC. Retrieved 21 Nov 2017.
  4. ^ a b "CX nats: Selander, Dombroski take U23 titles; Dwight, Jacques-Maynes claim masters crowns". 15 Dec 2017. Retrieved 3 Dec 2017.>
  5. ^ a b c "Junior and U23 Cross Country Champions crowned on opening day of USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships". 20 Jul 2009. Retrieved 20 Nov 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Frittani, Kirsten (31 Jul 2009). "Dombroski adds U23 road title to collection: Road title joins cross country, cyclo-cross titles". Retrieved 19 Nov 2017.
  7. ^ a b Frattani, Kirsten (30 Jul 2009). "A different Miller claims US title: Dombroski best U23". Retrieved 19 Nov 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Elite Men and Women 2010 Cyclocross World Championships Report". 31 Jan 2010. Retrieved 19 Nov 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Vos unstoppable in retaining rainbow jersey - Van Den Brand and Cant take silver and bronze". 29 Jan 2012. Retrieved 19 Nov 2017.
  10. ^ a b Weislo, Laura (2 Feb 2013). "Vos storms to victory in Cyclo-cross World Championships, Compton second on home ground". Louisville, KY, USA. Retrieved 20 Nov 2017.
  11. ^ a b Jones, Rob (2 Sep 2009). "Dawidowicz takes convincing under 23 women's world title - Batty best North American despite mechanical troubles". Retrieved 19 Nov 2017.
  12. ^ "Special Edition Velo Bella Mid-Calf Socks for Sale to support Amy!". Velo Bella. 7 Dec 2007. Archived from the original on 12 December 2017. Retrieved 20 Nov 2017.
  13. ^ "Socks for Amy". Velo Bella. 28 Dec 2007. Retrieved 20 Nov 2017.
  14. ^ "AMY DOMBROSKI AND RICHARD SACHS PART WAYS". Cyclocross Magazine. 1 Nov 2009. Retrieved 11 Dec 2017.
  15. ^ a b c Hymas, Peter (7 Oct 2013). "Amy Dombroski killed while training; US 'crosser collides with truck". Retrieved 9 Dec 2017.
  16. ^ "L'Américaine Amy Dombroski tuée par un camion à Begijnendijk" [American Amy Dombroski killed by a truck in Begijnendijk]. Belgium. 3 Oct 2013. Retrieved 9 Dec 2017.
  17. ^ a b c Averett, Nancy (6 Oct 2014). "Inspired by Amy: Dan Dombroski channels the loss of his sister into greater support for female cyclists". Bicycling. Retrieved 20 Nov 2017.
  18. ^ a b Topping, Mary (15 Oct 2013). "Dombroski lives on in Boulder cyclo-cross - "Her spirit is here forever"". Boulder, CO, USA. Retrieved 9 Dec 2017.
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  20. ^ "Vos wins final round of cyclo-cross World Cup in Hoogerheide, Dutch rider tests form ahead of world championships". 20 Jan 2013. Retrieved 19 Nov 2017.
  21. ^ Hazen, Bart (26 Dec 2009). "UCI World Cup Cyclocross - Heusden-Zolder Women". Daily Peloton. Retrieved 20 Nov 2017.
  22. ^ "Nash nails Providence win - Two races, two wins for Luna rider". 12 Oct 2009. Retrieved 19 Nov 2017.
  23. ^ Fauske, Christopher (11 Oct 2009). "Cyclocross: Verge New England Championship Series # 6". Daily Peloton. Retrieved 20 Nov 2017.
  24. ^ Frattani, Kirsten (28 Sep 2009). "Queen Compton reigns supreme, Luna Chix the bridesmaids again". Madison, WI, USA. Retrieved 19 Nov 2017.
  25. ^ "2010 USA CYCLING CYCLO-CROSS NATIONALS. BEND, OR. DEC 8, 2010 - DEC 12, 2010". USA cycling. 2010. Retrieved 3 Dec 2017.
  26. ^ Wenslo, Laura (2008). "US Cyclo-cross Championships - Kansas City, Missouri, USA, December 11-14, 2008". Retrieved 19 Nov 2017.
  27. ^ Wenslo, Laura (11 Jun 2009). "Compton takes jersey number five". Retrieved 19 Nov 2017.
  28. ^ George, Sue (18 Jul 2009). "Dombroski & Pastore victorious in Under 23 and Junior women's races; First two cross country races at US Nationals end in sprint finishes". Colorado, USA. Retrieved 9 Dec 2017.