Photography by Steve Chrapchynski
“Girls race, Women empower.” – Christy Fritts, Nytro Team
The Nytro Womens Racing Team is the gold standard in triathlon racing, consisting of accomplished professional women, triathletes, and respected ambassadors for their sponsors. The team captain, Julie Dunkle, is a multi-Ironman World Championship finisher.
Julie summed up her team ethos best by saying, “Collectively, it's not about finding the women who race fast. It's about finding women who have, what I call, 'the whole package.'”
Julie also coaches twenty athletes, which lets her see the sport through their eyes. She values community and the feeling of finding a “Tribe” in the sport. A testament to her strong bike skills, her email is appropriately titled “idropboys.” Leslie Myers, team Co-Captain, coordinates the team’s social media efforts and supports the team. Every established sponsored team knows how important it is to have a media specialist, and Leslie fills this role for Nytro. When not racing, Leslie works as a professionally trained chef, and owner of Food Sense Now.
Julie and Leslie are best friends, but still compete hard against each other when they race head-to-head. The team is versatile, participating in races varying from triathlons to Xterra off-road events.
A list of the 2018 Nytro Women’s Racing team members and their occupations:
- Alexis Barnes– Communications Director, UC Medical
- Alex Dreu – Consultant, Optical Industry
- Christy Fritz – Tri California
- Leslie Myers – Food Sense Now
- Julie Dunkle – Triathlon Coach, D3 Multisport
- Liz Granquist – HS Teacher, Ramona
- Polly Gill – Teacher
- Monica Stratton – Golf Pro, Carlsbad Golf
- Trina Psenicnik – Acupuncturist, Rehab United
- Carol Gasaway – Xbox
Nytro Multi-sport women's team in front of the Duquette support van: (LEFT to RIGHT) Christy Fritts, Carol Gasaway, Alexandra Dreu, Monica Stratton, Liz Granquist, Alexis Barnes, Julie Dunkle, Polly Gill, and Leslie Myers. (Not pictured Trina Psenicnik)
One of the Nytro athletes that stands out is Christy Fritts, as her talented guidance helped bring back the famous grassroots Wildflower triathlon, also known as the “Woodstock of Triathlons.” Christy worked for Motiv Sports to effectively organize and promote the event.
Alex Dreu and Leslie Meyer have also helped blind athletes compete by running with them as guides during the race.
As for sponsors, Skip McDowell, Nytro Multi-sport shop owner, is a long-term sponsor of the women’s team. Skip and his crew competently support the team and community with their products and services. Nytro and its staff have assisted World Champions for years. They are located in Encinitas, CA.
Betty Designs, owned by Kristin Mayer, provides the stylish team kits. Having worked with Ms. Mayer, I can attest that you can rely on her not only for stylish design and high-performance gear, but also prompt delivery of the team clothes in time for race season. Kristin is also an accomplished bicyclist in her own right, having recently completed the grueling Belgian Waffle Ride, a 133 mile on and off-road race with 13,000 feet of climbing.
Some of the other prestigious Nytro Women’s Racing team sponsors include:
- Gatorade Endurance
- HUUB Wetsuits
- Surface Products Sunscreen
- San Diego Athlete Massage
- Foodsense Now
- Betty Designs
- HUUB Wetsuits
- Nytro Multisport
- Richard Duquette
The team mates have fun during the team photo shoot in Encinitas, CA.
To learn more about this exciting group of athletes, listen to the 911 Law Podcast to hear Julie and Leslie’s engaging interview. Gain insight into this special team and what makes them successful. They also offer helpful tips for competing in your first triathlon and how they delicately balance their family life too!