ATOC Last Call with the Podium Girls
After a fabulous weekend of racing, cheering & photos (mostly of the podium girls) at the Amgen Tour of California, we wanted to introduce you to the fabulous ladies in the red pumps handing out the awards– Jen & Ashley.
For the major North American stage races, only two girls are selected per race. The girls travel throughout the duration of the Tour and assist the sponsors and athletes with the podium presentations each day – presenting the winning jersey and the V Australia “kiss” to the cyclist winner that wins the stage.
Their job is extremely important, requiring a commanding stage presence and the confidence to lead presenters and athletes through the podium ceremony in front of a large crowd and media. The V Australia Fly Girls also participate at the V Australia booth during the Lifestyle Festival where they greet guests, take pictures with fans, and promote V Australia’s product and service flying from Los Angeles to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne.
Name: Jennifer Caudill
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
This is Jen’s 5th time serving on the podium! She worked at the Tour of Georgia in 2005 and 2006 and at the Tour of Missouri in 2008 and 2009. Completing the 2010 Amgen Tour of California will make Jen the only young woman to serve as a podium hostess for all three major North American races. She grew up with the sport, is an avid cyclist and even writes a column for VeloNews.com.
Jen currently lives in Girona, Spain with her boyfriend, Garmin Transitions rider Steven Cozza.
Jen is a professional fashion model, freelance writer and photographer. When she isn’t in Girona, she can be found in Northern California or Atlanta, Georgia. Jen is also an animal lover. She enjoys volunteering with a variety of animal rescue organizations and is an accomplished equestrian.
Name: Ashley White
Hometown: Douglasville, GA
This is Ashley’s first time working as a podium hostess at a cycling tour. She is a graduate of the University of Miami and was a Miami Dolphins cheerleader and a former news anchor. Recently, Ashley went on a thrilling AFE Military Tour entertaining troops overseas in the Middle East.
Ashley has a toy poodle named Maggie that she loves taking to the dog park.